Penn St Info
Head Coach: Pat Chambers
Location: University Park, PA
Conference: B1G 10
Nickname: Nittany Lions
Last time out: Beat Rutgers
Typical Rotation Depth: 9-10 players
Line: Penn St by 1
Fun Fact : The Nittany Lion nickname comes from local landmark Mount Nittany. They made up the name to impress some dudes from Princeton.
- White injured the shoulder in practice before Ohio St. He and Watson really haven't been practicing the last two days
- Shields doesn't look limited nor has he been shying away from contact
Last time out
It was the "Andrew White game" as he single-handedly picked up the slack for the missing Shavon Shields. White scored most of Nebraska's points in the first 10 minutes, Penn St grabbed a lead, and Nebraska clawed their way back to a 1 point half time lead with a last second Watson 3. White came out firing again, Brandon Taylor picked up 2 quick fouls and Nebraska continued on a 39-7 run to finish off Penn St halfway through the second half.
Both teams view this as a "we don't want to play on Wednesday in the B1G tourney" / get into some post season sort of game. Penn State has grabbed wins over Indiana and Iowa inbetween their drubbing at Nebraska and their gimmie vs Rutgers. Donavan Jack has stepped up the last 2 games with double digits and the Nittany Lions have been connecting at less than terrible rates from the 3 lately. While this still isn't a particularly good team, it's no doubt that Pat Chambers will have his squad fired up.
Shavon Shields comes back and as the team's leading FT taker vs the B1G team giving up the highest percentage of FTs, a big boost for a team on the road and a 2 game skid. Andrew White is still calibrating his shot after a shoulder injury bothered him into one his worst shooting games of his life and Glynn Watson has been sick to the point of not practicing. Look for the Huskers to initially working inside after last game's shooting debacle, hopefully pump faking their way onto the FT line against a tall but hacky Penn St. front court. Expect a rebound from last games poor shooting night, which is an outlier instead of the norm for this year's team.
Penn St is one of the grittiest teams in the conference but Nebraska grits back behind the return of Shavon Shields.
Prediction: Nebraska 71 - Penn State 67