Pregame Glance MBB: Penn State

Written January 28th, 2014 by Ken

The Ohio State Buckeyes (16-4, 3-4) hope to continue their healing process by hosting the Penn State Nittany Lions (10-10, 1-6) Wednesday evening at Value City Arena. The Nits snapped their own losing streak (6 games) on Thursday by defeating Nebraska in a wild one, 58-54, to get their 1st conference win of the season. Yes, the same Nebraska that rolled OSU a week ago. There’s no transitive inference in this situation.

Here’s their Profile

  • School: Penn State UniversityPennStateTRANSP
  • Location: University Park, PA
  • Founded: 1855
  • Student Population: 39,192
  • School Type: Public, coed
  • Division: D-I
  • Conference: Big Ten Conference
  • Arena: Bryce Jordan Center
  • Seating: 15,261
  • Built: 1996
  • Head Coach: Patrick Chambers
  • Year: 3rd

Penn State University

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Tim Frazir

Third year coach Pat Chambers is seeing some relative success in his program building task. He has already hit the win total (10) that he did last year, and he may grab a couple more wins before the season ends for them. In Chambers’ first season the Nits went 12-20, 4-14 and last season they went 10-21, 2-16 due to some injuries.

Penn State uses a 2G/3F lineup; D.J. Newbill (6’4”) and Tim Frazier (6’1”) are the guards and the forward positions are filled by Ross Travis (6’6”), Brandon Taylor (6’7”) and Donovan Jack (6’9”). Although Newbill leads the team in scoring (17.2) and Ross in rebounding (7.3), make no mistake, this is Tim Frazier’s team. He missed nearly all of last season after suffering an Achilles injury, but has recovered well enough to account for 16.5 points, 6.4 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game.

Chambers isn’t afraid to juggle his lineup to “go small” is need be since back-up guards Johnson, Roberts, Thorpe and Woodward combine for 60 minutes per game. Against Nebraska, PSU slid in and out of a man-to-man defense and some sort of zone defense, maybe a 2-3 or 3-2, I couldn’t tell. Nebraska did find some shooting gaps, but not enough to outscore PSU.

Here are the Penn State University Nittany Lions:

No Name Hgt Pos PPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG TPG
2 D.J. Newbill 6’4″ G 17.2 47.8 37.8 72.2 5.3 1.9 2.1
23 Tim Frazier 6’1″ G 16.5 46.9 32.7 80.0 4.6 6.4 2.9
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Ross Travis
6’6″ F 10.2 45.9 30.0 64.5 7.3 1.0 1.9
10 Brandon Taylor 6’7″ F 9.6 38.6 29.0 86.8 4.9 0.6 0.7
5 Donovon Jack 6’9″ F 7.5 50.5 42.5 70.0 3.8 0.7 0.5
1 John Johnson 6’1″ G 9.1 43.5 33.3 100.0 1.0 0.4 1.6
3 Graham Woodward 6’0″ G 2.2 33.3 35.7 40.0 0.8 0.4 0.3
11 Allen Roberts 6’3″ G 5.6 33.3 28.8 76.7 2.7 1.0 0.6
13 Geno Thorpe 6’3″ G 2.8 53.1 16.7 63.3 1.5 0.4 0.4
32 Jordan Dickerson 6’0″ C 0.4 33.3 0.0 50.0 1.5 0.0 0.8
34 Alan Wisniewski 6’9″ F 0.8 50.0 0.0 66.7 1.3 0.1 0.2
44 Julian Moore 6’10″ F 1.1 33.3 0.0 100.0 1.6 0.1 0.0

Ohio State University Buckeyes

The Buckeyes put together a tremendous 2nd half against Illinois to break their free-fall, but things toughen up quite a bit with upcoming games at Wisconsin and Iowa. This game will be a good one to straighten out a few issues before the mini road trip.

And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:

No Name Hgt Pos PPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG TPG
10 L. Ross 6’8″ F 14.1 43.2 40.0 65.9 5.6 0.8 1.5
32 L. Smith Jr. 6’4″ G 12.1 46.5 37.1 77.8 5.0 1.5 1.3
4 A. Craft 6’2″ G 9.3 45.7 30.0 74.1 3.5 4.9 2.4
23 A. Williams 6’11″ C 8.9 61.7 0.0 67.6 6.6 0.4 1.5
3 S. Scott 6’1″ G 7.6 43.8 28.1 66.7 3.9 3.8 2.3
12 S. Thompson 6’7″ F 7.7 44.1 30.8 69.0 3.1 1.0 0.8
2 M. Loving 6’7″ F 6.4 41.9 29.5 81.1 2.3 0.3 0.7
33 A. Della Valle 6’5″ G 4.8 38.0 37.0 57.1 1.9 0.3 0.7
55 T. McDonald 6’8″ C 1.8 51.9 0.0 32.0 1.8 0.3 0.4
34 J. Lorbach 6’7″ F 1.0 42.9 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.2
24 A. Goldstein 6’3″ G 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
15 K. Williams 6’2″ G 11.0 71.4 0.0 50.0 4.0 0.0 1.0

The interesting issue is that OSU’s preferred lineup is 3G/2F may force PSU into a “smaller” lineup early on in the game. The question is whether PSU can match up against OSU’s 6’7″ swingmen of Thompson and Loving. The key defensive matchup will be the “containment” of PSU guards Tim Frazier and D.J. Newbill. As you can see from the table below, statistically these teams aren’t that far apart. Except for team defense. This may be the “metric” that proves the difference.

PPG O PPG D RPG APG TPG Pos/G PPP
Penn State 75 73 35 12 10 69 1.09
Ohio State 73 58 35 13 12 67 1.09

The game is Wednesday evening at the VCA in Columbus. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM EST. Television coverage will be provided by BTN, check your local listings. LiveChat will be here at tBBC, beginning approximately 30 minutes before game time. Please join us..

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