MBB Pregame Glance: Penn State

Written February 26th, 2014 by Ken

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The #22/#20 Ohio State Buckeyes (22-6, 9-6) travel to Happy Valley to play the Penn State Nittany Lions (13-14, 4-10) Thursday evening. In their previous meeting in Columbus, PSU overcame a 10 point deficit over the last 5:33, as D.J. Newbill scored the winning basket with: 03 remaining in overtime to give PSU a 71-70 win.

Here’s their Profile

  • School: Penn State University
  • 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

Penn State currently sits at the bottom of the Big Ten (4-10), but one of their scalps is Ohio State’s, when they closed out the month of January with a 71-70 win. However, since that game, Penn State has gone 2-6.

In the OSU game, in addition to hitting the game-winning field goal, D.J. Newbill led the Lions with 25 points. Brandon Taylor added 19 points and Graham Woodward added 11 points. Tim Frazier contributed 8 points and 10 rebounds.

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 (17.4) and Travis in rebounding (6.9), make no mistake, this is Tim Frazier’s team. He  accounts for 16.0 points, 5.9 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game.

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 17.4 46.3 34.6 75.5 5.2 1.8 2.0
23 Tim Frazier 6’1″ G 16.0 44.5 29.6 80.3 4.6 5.9 2.8
10 Brandon Taylor 6’7″ F 9.4 39.4 31.4 87.8 4.4 0.5 0.8
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Ross Travis
6’6″ F 9.3 45.6 30.0 69.2 6.9 0.9 1.6
5 Donovon Jack 6’9″ F 7.1 46.5 33.9 63.6 4.1 0.6 0.4
1 John Johnson 6’1″ G 7.2 36.9 28.8 81.0 1.6 0.5 1.4
11 Allen Roberts 6’3″ G 5.7 34.9 30.0 75.8 2.7 1.0 0.6
3 Graham Woodward 6’0″ G 3.0 36.8 40.8 42.9 1.0 0.5 0.5
13 Geno Thorpe 6’3″ G 2.5 52.6 14.3 60.0 1.4 0.4 0.4
44 Julian Moore 6’10″ F 1.1 33.3 0.0 100.0 1.6 0.1 0.0
34 Alan Wisniewski 6’9″ F 0.8 57.1 0.0 66.7 1.1 0.1 0.1
32 Jordan Dickerson 6’0″ C 0.7 40.0 0.0 50.0 1.5 0.0 0.6

Ohio State University Buckeyes

The Buckeyes have rebounded well since their loss to Penn State, going 6-1 in February. This currently puts them in 5th place in the Conference, a “rounding error” behind 4th place Iowa and a half game behind 3rd place Wisconsin. After the loss to Michigan, OSU entered a five-game stretch of very winnable games prior to the season finale against MSU. The Buckeyes have completed three games in this stretch and have gone 3-0. They are doing what they need to do.

In the PSU game, the Buckeyes were led in scoring by LaQuinton Ross (16 pts), LenZelle Smith JR (15 pts) and Amir Williams (12 pts). Ross and Williams led OSU in rebounding with 7 and 6, respectively.

And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:

No Name Hgt Pos PPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG TPG
10 L. Ross 6’8″ F 14.3 44.0 40.4 72.4 5.6 0.9 1.4
32 L. Smith Jr. 6’4″ G 11.8 43.9 36.2 79.3 5.1 1.6 1.1
4 A. Craft 6’2″ G 9.5 48.6 35.0 74.8 3.4 4.6 2.4
23 A. Williams 6’11″ C 8.6 59.9 0.0 69.6 6.0 0.3 1.5
12 S. Thompson 6’7″ F 7.5 45.1 36.2 66.7 2.9 0.9 0.8
3 S. Scott 6’1″ G 7.6 42.9 26.4 68.5 3.6 3.5 1.8
2 M. Loving 6’7″ F 5.0 36.1 24.1 77.4 1.9 0.2 0.6
33 A. Della Valle 6’5″ G 4.3 36.8 34.8 61.5 1.8 0.2 0.7
55 T. McDonald 6’8″ C 1.9 53.7 0.0 30.0 1.5 0.2 0.6
34 J. Lorbach 6’7″ F 0.8 42.9 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.1
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

Wrap-up

Right now, these team are heading in opposite directions; fortunately Ohio State is the improving team. This will be an opportunity to split the season series with Penn State and to maintain some pre-tourney momentum for the Buckeyes.

PPG O PPG D RPG APG TPG Pos/G PPP FG% 3P% FT%
Penn State 73 73 35 12 10 65 1.08 43.4 32.2 74.5
Ohio State 71 58 34 12 11 68 1.07 45.2 34.1 70.2

The game is Thursday evening at the Bryce-Jordan Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM EST. Television coverage will be provided by ESPN2, check your local listings. LiveChat will be here at tBBC, beginning approximately 30 minutes before game time. Please join us.

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