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    hhcmatt got a reaction from tcp for a article, Game Day Essentials: Game #21 vs Penn St   
    Penn St. Info

    Head Coach: Jim Ferry
    Location: University Park, PA
    Conference: B1G
    Nickname: Nittany Lions
    Mascot: The Nittany Lion
    Conference Record: 4-11
    Typical Rotation Depth: 8
    Spread: Penn State by 6
    KenPom rank: 34
     
    Players to watch:       Myreon Jones
    On this balanced scoring Penn St team Jones leads the team in 3pt attempts and makes, hitting 39% on the season.  Jones also leads the team in scoring. Last time out vs Nebraska led the team with 18 points but took 20 shots to do so.
     
    Roster points
     
    PG SG SF PF C Pct 1 5 Jamari Wheeler
    6-1  170  Sr 0 Myreon Jones
    6-3  180  Jr 12 Izaiah Brockington
    6-4  200  Jr 1 Seth Lundy
    6-6  219  So 21 John Harrar
    6-9  240  Sr 17.5
      2 5 Jamari Wheeler
    6-1  170  Sr 0 Myreon Jones
    6-3  180  Jr 12 Izaiah Brockington
    6-4  200  Jr 2 Myles Dread
    6-4  220  Jr 21 John Harrar
    6-9  240  Sr 17.5
       
    With the departures of Mike Watkins and Lamar Stevens Penn St isn't running much offense through the post
     
    Seth Lundy as taken over the 4 spot from Stevens; his 3pt shooting has fallen off this year. Functions as one of the few shot blockers on the team Brockington is a lock down defender who mostly shoots inside the arc PG Jamari Wheeler spearheads this ball hawking defense that generates a lot of steals. He's a pure point guard in the sense that he barely shoots so you could see defensively challenged Kobe Webster playing some big minutes tonight Myles Dread still hasn't improved on his freshman numbers like this team would expect and often slots as an undersized forward for this small Penn St squad. Binghamton transfer Sam Sessoms is interesting as I wonder if the team might have been better off in the future had he redshirted.  The high scoring combo guard functions as the PG when Wheeler is off the court and as an undersized SG when they play together.  The Philly native is 2nd on the team in assists and 4th in scoring coming off the bench. John Harrar generates contact, getting to the line a ton while also racking up plenty of fouls on his own. Is one of 5 PSU players averaging over 9 points a game and leads the team in rebounds. Forward Trent Buttrick backs up Harrar but his poor finishing ability and defending makes him a substandard replacement  
     
    The Skinny:
    Penn St and Pat Chambers had built something in Happy Valley, being among the elites in the conference over the prior 3 years in KenPom ranking and on their way to the first NCAA appearance of Chambers' tenure.  (Projected as a 6 seed by some)  Covid-19 hits and there goes the tourney.  Chambers mouth finally writes enough checks he cannot cash and just before the season starts Chambers is gone.  Current Penn St assistant and former Duquesne and LIU Brooklyn coach Jim Ferry takes over for the team in November.  While Ferry has the title of interim you have to wonder if he has a good shot at retaining the job of the 5th most important sport at the school.
     
    Stylistically at this point I'd attribute Penn State's change in play and performance to the change in personnel as opposed to coaching style. It's slightly shocking given Jim Ferry's past and the lack of size on this roster that this team doesn't play faster.  Penn St doesn't shoot all that well nor do they get to the FT line often.  Their lack of size makes them vulnerable inside and no doubt the Huskers will spread them out in order to drive the lane. Penn St lives off of extra possessions, aggressively winning the turnover and rebounding games and playing with the sort of control Hoiberg wants to limit careless turnovers.   Last time out, Nebraska turned the ball over 16 times and gave up 13 offensive rebounds though managed to win as the Nittany Lions shot a putrid 21-65 from the court. 
     
    Look for both teams to have relatively better offensive games in what should be another close fought struggle where the winner is the team that fades the least at the end. 
     
     
    Prediction: Nebraska 71 - Penn St 68
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    hhcmatt got a reaction from Hooper for a article, Game Day Essentials: Game #5 vs Georgia Tech   
    Georgia Institute of Technology
     
    Head Coach: Josh Pastner
    Location: Atlanta, Georgia
    Conference: ACC
    Nickname: Yellow Jackets
    Mascot: Buzz and Ramblin' Wreck
    KenPom rank: 75
    Previous history: Georgia Tech leads the all-time series 2-0 including throttling the Huskers 73-56 last season.
    Offensive Style: Five out Princeton offense, dribble drive motion, scoring in the paint
    Defensive Style: A funky 1-3-1 zone that morphs into a 2-3 / 3-2 zone
    Rotation Size: 7-8
    Line:  Nebraska by 1
     
    Due to cancellations this game has moved from ESPNU to ESPN2

     
     
    Players to watch:   Moses Wright
    Senior F Moses Wright has been the best player for the Yellowjackets this season, currently leading the team in scoring, rebounding, and blocks.  With GT switching to a smaller lineup vs Kentucky, Wright spent most of the game as their starting center which is mitigated by how much Tech plays zone.  Wright has struggled from 3 most of his college career but is a nifty 3-5 this season.
     
    Players to watch:   Jose Alvarado
    Tech's Senior PG Alvarado leads the team in assists and steals, often times parked at the top of their 1-3-1. Has struggled with his shot to start the season.
     
    Players to watch:   Michael Devoe
    The talented wing might be their most dangerous scorer, last year shooting 42.7% from 3 while making it to the FT line 100+ times. Devoe was held scoreless vs Kentucky which shows how balanced the scoring is on this team.
     
    Roster points
    PG SG SF PF C Pct 1 3 Bubba Parham
    5-10  162  Sr 10 Jose Alvarado
    6-0  179  Sr 0 Michael Devoe
    6-5  197  Jr 4 Jordan Usher
    6-7  213  Sr 5 Moses Wright
    6-9  233  Sr 26.9
      2 3 Bubba Parham
    5-10  162  Sr 10 Jose Alvarado
    6-0  179  Sr 0 Michael Devoe
    6-5  197  Jr 12 Khalid Moore
    6-7  200  Jr 5 Moses Wright
    6-9  233  Sr 21.7  
     
    Georgia Tech shortened their bench vs Kentucky, only playing 7.
    Bubba Parham is the other 3pt shooter to keep tabs on along with Alvarado and Devoe. Those 3 take the majority of 3s on a team that doesn't shoot a ton of them Jordan Usher has been a solid second banana on the defensive end and his shot has been reliable thus far, slotting in as Tech's "big man" for short periods Khalid Moore doesn't shoot much as struggles when he does USC transfer guard  Kyle Sturdivant is still trying to get up to speed defensively but was a spark vs Kentucky, chipping in a career high 15. 6'10" 240# Georgia transfer Rodney Howard started the first two games and then didn't play vs Kentucky. Is a rim protector. 6'8" Jordan Meka  and 7'1"  Saba Gigiberia are freshmen post players who haven't been ready to contribute  
    Hoiberg Presser
    Thorir Presser
    Banton Presser
     
    Hoiberg got into their 1-3-1 as well as detailing some of the personnel.  Also we haven't yet found a replacement game for Florida A&M but it's a possibility for next week. 
     
    The Skinny:
     
    Georgia Tech got off to a slow start which could be blamed on Josh Pastner's decision to implement an "unheard of plan" of non-contact practices. Additionally Pastner was looking to put in more dribble drive to take advantage of this roster. After loses to Georgia St and Mercer, the Ramblin' Wreck scrapped those plans, switched to a smaller lineup, and gave Kentucky the business. 
     
    Tech is one of those 'bring almost everyone back' squads. However, that one player not coming back was the 6'10" shot blocking, defensive anchor James Banks. After problems trying to replicate the success with that size, Tech has leaned on defensive quickness and familiarity. Expect that trend to continue against the small ball Huskers.
     
    The turnovers that fueled Tech's offense vs Kentucky will be a lot harder to come by vs Nebraska as ball control has been the one positive offensive constant of the Nebraska Hoiberg era.  Both teams still aren't confident in their half court offenses and will look to get out in transition at the expense of giving up 2nd chance points.  Georgia Tech is going to try and work their way into the paint. Nebraska took the few zone looks they saw thus far and ate them up. Tech runs zone for a living so we'll find out how much this team is willing to pass its way to open looks vs driving into defenders/jacking up 3s. One random thing to note is that Trey McGowens played GT twice last year in ACC play.
     
    Defensively ,Nebraska's tendency to pack the paint is essentially what you want to run against GT and should hopefully help in keeping Moses Wright in check.  If Tech gets comfortable shooting from outside, it will be a long night for the scarlet and cream.  Nebraska's interior defense is suspect so you could see the Yellow Jackets looking down the bench in this game for some of that size.
     
    There really is no outcome, be it blowout win for either team or 4 OT game that would be surprising.
     
    Prediction: Nebraska 78 - Georgia Tech 72
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    hhcmatt got a reaction from Go Big Fred for a article, Game Day Essentials: Game #1 vs McNeese St   
    McNeese St Info

     
    Head Coach: Heath Schroyer 
    Location: Lake Charles, LA
    Conference: Southland
    Nickname: Cowboys
    Mascot: Rowdy
    Last season: 15-17
    Line: Nebraska by 14.5
     

     
     
    Player to watch: Dru Kuxhausen
    Named to the All-Southland Conference preseason first team, Scottsbluff native Kuxhausen is one of the best 3pt shooters in Div 1 as he set the school and conference record with 125 makes last year. It's easier said than done to just stick a man on Kuxhausen as the Cowboys will run his man through plenty of screens and curls to generate looks. Deadeye FT shooter.
     
    Player to watch: AJ Lawson
    The big PG is a nice compliment to the diminutive Kuxhausen, able to guard the opposing team's SG on defense and drive into the open lanes or contact on offense.  Last year it was Lawson who took the lion's share of the shot and expect that to continue in 2020. Lawson is turnover prone so there will be opportunity for Nebraska to score some easy transition buckets.
     
    The Rest of the Roster
    Carlos Rosario is a JUCO PF, a non-3pt threat. Keyshawn Feazell was a seldom used post player at Mississippi St who saw action vs Nebraska in the 2018 NIT game.  Florida Gulf Coast transfer Zach Scott averaged double digits thanks to volume shooting.  This also describes Louisiana Tech transfer Ra'Shawn Langston. Smaller guard Myles Hutchinson does make shots but has a lot of competition for playing time in this guard heavy roster.  Chris Orlina and Jeremy Harrell are size.  Finally in this upperclassman heavy squad we have redshirt freshman guard Collin Warren that the Cowboys have listed as a potential starter.  The springy PG won their dunk competition last year and possibly will help in the ball security and/or defensive departments.
     
    UNL Game Notes

     
     
     
    The Skinny:
     
    2020 has been a rough year.  It's been especially rough on the McNeese St Cowboys as in addition to Covid-19, Lake Charles was hit by  two hurricanes, Laura in August and Delta in October. The city and thus McNeese St's campus was torn to shreds with the school suffering 70+ million in damages.  The basketball team spent most of the summer playing on another campus and their basketball arena will not be ready for 20-21.
     
     
     
    Still under 50 years old, head coach and now interim athletic director Heath Schroyer has been coaching in the college ranks for almost 30 years with HC stints at Portland St, Wyoming, and Tennessee Martin.  Additionally he's been a high level recruiter for UNLV,  NC State, and BYU and has assembled a roster with more talent than your average Southland school.  Schroyer has changed his style over the years so you might see his small team trying to run in this game which should benefit Nebraska.  His defenses tend to take away the paint so we'll find out if Nebraska has indeed improved their 3pt shooting from last year.
     
    The Huskers once again overhauled most of their roster and I don't have enough time to ask all the questions that most likely won't be answered after one game unless the answer is losing another home opener to a team we paid to be here.  Two easy things to track will be how Nebraska looks on the boards and how they execute the half court offense.  Last year Nebraska couldn't buy a rebound.  This year's team with plus length at most every position should be able to best the smaller Cowboys.  Offensively Nebraska should be able to generate a good look against a team like this with double digits on the shot clock.  Is the ball moving? Is Nebraska making the simple plays?
     
    Circling back from my opening about all that McNeese St has gone through just to make it to Nebraska for the opening of college basketball I don't think you'll find the Cowboys will play like a team brought in here to lose.  Last season they almost beat Texas and probably give the 2019-20 Huskers all they can handle.  The Huskers will most likely need some of the composure that last year's team undeniably lacked.  This should be a manageable opening test for a Nebraska team with not a whole lot of runway before they're playing nothing but Power 5 schools.
     
    Look for Nebraska to end up winning comfortably if the Cowboys want to run and perhaps sweat a bit if McNeese is here to muck things up.
     
    Prediction: Nebraska 90 - McNeese St 67
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    hhcmatt got a reaction from TheKamdyMan for a article, Wilhelm Breidenbach is N   
    Breienbach clocks in at 6'9" 210# and his combination of height, high motor, and ability to stretch the floor on offense via outside shooting is specifically what Nebraska is looking for in the post. This in-person review from one of our members spells out in detail what we might expect in the future at Nebraska from Breienbach:
     
      
     
     
    Nebraska currently has all of their scholarships for 2021 filled though they're continuing to actively recruit that class with the foregone conclusion that player attrition is inevitable.
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    hhcmatt got a reaction from jimmykc for a article, Wilhelm Breidenbach is N   
    Breienbach clocks in at 6'9" 210# and his combination of height, high motor, and ability to stretch the floor on offense via outside shooting is specifically what Nebraska is looking for in the post. This in-person review from one of our members spells out in detail what we might expect in the future at Nebraska from Breienbach:
     
      
     
     
    Nebraska currently has all of their scholarships for 2021 filled though they're continuing to actively recruit that class with the foregone conclusion that player attrition is inevitable.
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    hhcmatt got a reaction from KnightHusker for a article, Miles takes "Husker 1" to Columbus, NE   
    http://instagram.com/p/nG75qPg9LE/
    For those trips when a car just isn't fast enough and a plane is overkill....
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