Penn State will again look to get their first Big Ten win of the year when they take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers Saturday afternoon. Both teams come to the BJC with 0-5 records in conference. The game starts at 1:00 and can be seen on ESPNU. Also all student ticket purchases will benefit THON, so make sure you get to the BJC tomorrow.
The Last Time Out
Penn State took on the the 18th ranked Michigan State Spartans Wednesday night at the BJC. The Lions kept it close all game, mainly because of two career nights for Jermaine Marshall and D.J. Newbill. The final score was 81-72 Spartans, using a late push to secure the victory. Penn State had pulled within five after a Jermaine Marshall jumper with two minutes to go, but Derrick Nix was awarded a controversial basket on the next possession to put the game away. Nix backed down Jon Graham, and then clearly shuffled his feet, setting himself up for the basket. The whistle blew, but the call was a foul on Graham, instead of a travel on Nix. Marshall recorded his career high in points with 29, and his first double-double with 10 rebounds. Newbill also had his career high with 27 points.
Nebraska comes into the game tied with Penn State for last place in the Big Ten. Their overall record stands at 9-9, with their last win coming on Dec. 29th. Penn State’s last win also came on the 29th. It may be hard to believe, but Nebraska averages less points per game than Penn State does. The Huskers come in at 332nd in the nation, averaging only 58.1 ppg. Penn State averages 62.1 points. Nebraska’s leading scorer is senior Dylan Talley, checking in at 13.2 ppg. Talley is also second on the team in rebounding, so he’s a player Penn State has to keep track of throughout the game. Penn State has also struggled with big men all season, and Nebraska’s Brandon Ubel is third on the team in scoring with 12.8 points a game. The 6-10 Senior is also leads the team in rebounds.
If Penn State can get repeat performances from Marshall and Newbill, they will have their first B1G win of the year. That is pretty unlikely though, so the Lions will again need to get a third scorer to help those two guys out. Neither team will put up that many points, so whichever team can knock down open shots and shoot the higher percentage, should go on to get their first conference win. The last time Penn State hosted a last place team, they got blown out. I think they avoid that this time though. A hard fought game ends with a 64-56 Penn State win.
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