Game Preview: Penn State vs Nebraska
Host Trent Fye alongside David Hadar, Matt White and Matt McClure discuss Penn States upcoming Big Ten matchup against Nebraska:
Penn State takes on Nebraska at home Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Nittany Lions are coming off a loss to Purdue, which may have shown that the Michigan upset victory was a fluke. Nonetheless Penn State got a signature win earlier last week when they beat No.6 Michigan for the first time since 2013. Penn State is looking like they will stay in the bottom bracket of the Big Ten Tournament starting mid-March no matter the outcomes.
Nebraska is coming into the Bryce Jordan Stadium on a two-game winning streak. They got their first win last week beating Minnesota 62-61 then handling Northwestern 59-50. This was their first string of victories after losing seven straight conference games and starting the season 10-1 outside of conference play.
Penn State on the other hand has gone 2-2 in their last four games. Getting their first conference win against Northwestern, losing to Ohio State, upsetting No.6 Michigan and then losing to No.12 Purdue. Penn State is 6-6 at home this season and they will need their home crowd to show up and bring the energy for them to win. Nebraska is 15-11 overall and 5-10 in Big Ten play. Penn State is 9-16 overall and 2-12 in Big Ten play.
Keys to the Game
Nebraska has been looking for the replacement of Isaac Copeland after his gruesome knee injury keeping him out for the season. Senior James Palmer Jr. has done a fine job to this point replacing Copeland. He averages 18.8 points a game and has put up multiple 20-point performances.
Junior Isaiah Roby has taken charge defensively, rebounding 7.2 on average a game. Penn State’s versatile playmaker Lamar Stevens will be expected to have a productive game. He averages 19.2 points per game and leads the team with 8.0 rebounds a game. Rasir Bolton and Myles Dread will have to be on point with their 3-point shooting percentage.
Right now Penn State is the team with more overall talent. They have two freshmen getting plenty of playing time in Bolton and Dread. The freshmen will be the key to a game that could propel Penn State past Nebraska.
Penn State should get the victory, 75-70. Expect solid free throw percentage and 3-point shooting.
Trent Fye is a Junior majoring in broadcast journalism, to contact him, email email@example.com.
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