LoB Exec Board Predictions @ Indiana

Greg Zelinske, President

Revenge will be oh. so. sweet.

Penn State 72, Indiana 67

 

Nick Malizia, Vice-President & Social Media Manager

End of the game will be: Shep, 3 pointer, turns to the students, SHHHHHHHHHH!

Penn State 73, Indiana 68 (On top of not learning how to read in college, Nick also never learned how to count)

 

Andrew Flatley, Treasurer

This one’s going to be close. Penn State’s coming off a nice win against Illinois, while the Hoosiers are coming off two consecutive losses. In the end, I think the home court advantage is going to be the thing to tip the scale in the favor of the Hoosiers – but it’ll be a close one.

Penn State 70, Indiana 73

 

Mike Kwasnik, Webmaster

The salt will salivate my mouth. Hoops crew, revenge will be had.

Penn State 75, Indiana 72

 

Liz Cooney, Executive Officer

Close games are awesome. Close game losses not so much. It stung, but this team is ready to fight back.

Penn State 72, Indiana 69 #nice

 

Gavin Vanstone, Executive Officer

Another tough one for the Nittany Lions. Assembly Hall is not a friendly place to play. If Shep can come alive, the sky’s the limit. I haven’t seen enough from this team to give them a tough win on the road though. Indiana does have some significant injuries though so anything is possible ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

Indiana 75, Penn State 66
Shannon Jacob, Executive Officer

I see Penn State starting out strong against Indiana but unfortunately misses late shots that make the game harder to handle. It will be another nail biter until the very end.

Penn State 73, Indiana 72

 

Alex Trias, Executive Officer

Anunoby is out for the season. Blackmon Jr out indefinitely with a leg injury. With these two guys out, especially Blackmon who was a real big part to why they beat Penn State at the final buzzer last time around, Penn State has the opportunity to win the second matchup between these two teams, as long as we can play a more consistent 40 minutes of basketball.

Penn State 75, Indiana 70

Mercedes Fraistat, Secretary

Hey! I’m back! After a few tough games on the road and a great win at home the Lions are back on the road to Indiana! Personally I cannot wait to see the team dominate the court. I predict another tough battle but the Lions will come out victorious.

Penn State 72, Indiana 69

 

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LoB Exec Board Predictions vs. Illinois

Greg Zelinske, President

 

Well. A buzzer beating heartbreaker and 2 beatdowns back to back have placed the Nittany Lions on a 3 game skid as they head into a match up against the Fighting Illini. I truly believe Penn State outmatches Illinois in most aspects heading into this. Illinois bigman Maverick Morgan averages just 4 rebounds a game(that’s bad). Win the paint, win the game and I believe Watkins and Moore can do that, even with almost certain foul trouble. Chambers and co. will break the skid.

 

Penn State 74, Illinois 62

 

Nick Malizia, Vice-President & Social Media Manager

Greg always yells at me for my short predictions so I’m doing this to make him mad. We win.

 

Penn State 73, Illinois 71

 

Andrew Flatley, Treasurer

It’s here! Gameday is back in Happy Valley, and it’s looking to be a good one. Although PSU has been pretty much dead, I think the guys are going to come into the game ready to kick butt and take names. With the crowd behind them, PSU is going to cruise to victory, and bring a ton of momentum with them into next week.

Penn State 84, Illinois 75

 

Mike Kwasnik, Webmaster

Finally, after a trip only comparable to hell, the Nittany Lions return home to face Illinois. They have Malcolm Hill, who is a sensational player and will get his points. He scored over 30 last year but the Lions came away victorious. I see another competitive game where PSU pulls away at the end.

 

Penn State 75, Illinois 68

 

Liz Cooney, Executive Officer

Time after time this season, when Penn State is faced with adversity, they fight back. Although the last couple games have been rough, these guys will pull out a victory.

Penn State 75, Illinois 65

 

Shannon Jacob, Executive Officer

The road that the Lions took was rough suffering big time to Purdue and then Wisconsin. However, they are headed home to take on Illinois. The Lions will need to use all their disappointment and anger towards Illinois. As long as they can keep their fouls down and make their shots in the paint, they will take the W. This should be an exciting game that will hopefully get more people to CLIMB WITH US!

Penn State 74, Illinois 66

 

Alex Trias, Executive Officer

The last two games were not fun to watch, but that was the hardest part of Penn State’s schedule, so I believe they will be ready to make a statement against Illinois at home at the Bryce Jordan Center. On the stat sheet, Illinois and Penn State are very similar, sothe winner will be whoever get ahead early and stay out of foul trouble. If we come to play with a fire lit under them, this Penn State team can show the potential that they will have in the very near future.

Penn State 69, Illinois 65

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LoB Exec Board Predictions vs. Wisconsin

Greg Zelinske, President

After taking a beat down from Purdue Saturday afternoon, I expect those Nits to come out with a vengeance. Expect Bank$ to really take up his leadership role and for freshmen to play a bit role. I foresee Watkins and Moore in early foul trouble, but I think Lamar comes in and plays surprisingly well at an unfitting 5 spot. Wisconsin is a tough place to play, but not as tough as Purdue.

Penn State 74, Wisconsin 73 in a nail biter

 

Nick Malizia, Vice-President & Social Media Manager

They should schedule these games later in the day.

Penn State 72, Wisconsin 71 in OT

Andrew Flatley, Treasurer

After a close loss to Indiana and being blown out by Purdue, I just can’t see PSU pulling this one out. Wisconsin is one of the better teams in the conference, and being on the road just doesn’t give me much hope for tonight. Here’s to hoping they can prove me wrong!

Penn State 64, Wisconsin 78

Mike Kwasnik, Webmaster

Penn State travels to Wisconsin to play the big ten front-runner this time. Nigel Hayes is a big ten player of the year candidate, and he really hurt the Lions last season. PSU will need to have the game of the season to pull this one off.

Penn State 59, Wisconsin 72

Liz Cooney, Executive Officer

It is my sincere belief that Wisconsin will

blow a 21-point lead in the second half. Proving to be a one-half team, Penn State will be sloppy and slow in the first half. By the second half, they’ll be fired up and ready to upset the Badgers, aka angry skunks.

Penn State 75, Wisconsin 72

Gavin Vanstone, Executive Officer

Meh. This isn’t gonna be an easy game for the Nittany Lions. Away, weeknight game in Madison. Wisconsin has been rolling and is arguably the best team in the B1G. A win here would be huge, but not confident. It’ll probably be a classic game for us though, go down ~10, bring it back to 3 in the second half, only to lose by double digits.

Wisconsin 73, Penn State 60

Shannon Jacob, Executive Officer

Gotta love Penn State but I do believe after taking a beating against Purdue and now headed to a competitive Wisconsin that they won’t be able to pull out the victory.

Penn State 63, Wisconsin 72

Patrick Burns, Executive Officer

Whoever at the B1G scheduled PSU to play Purdue and Wisconsin on the road back-to-back is a bad person and should feel bad. The Badgers, led by Nigel Hayes and sharpshooter Bronson Koenig, are yet to lose at home this year. Penn State’s best shot at winning will be getting big-man Ethan Happ or Hayes get in foul trouble and taking advantage of Wisconsin’s lack of frontcourt depth. The road after this game for the Nittany Lions is rather manageable, so there’s no need to get discouraged if things don’t go according to plan tonight.

Penn State 63, Wisconsin 77

Alex Trias, Executive Officer

Within 4 games, Penn State has had to face 3 B1G teams that were at one point or another all top 25 teams and a strong Indiana. We played great defense in a win over Minnesota, played tough in the loss against Indiana, and were M.I.A. at Purdon’t. We are an inconsistent team, but every game there are some things that just get me excited for their future. This game at Wisconsin is going to be tough, and we will need to have our shots fall and continue our upper-tier defense in order to come out on top.

Penn State 75, Wisconsin 72

 

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LoB Exec Board Predictions vs. Indiana

Greg Zelinske, President

All I’m saying about this one is the Tom Crean face will come out in a post game interview.

Penn State 69, Indiana 67

Nick Malizia, Vice-President & Social Media Manager

You thought we would lose this one? Wrong.

Penn State 74, Indiana 73

Andrew Flatley, Treasurer

The Nittany Lions are straight fire right now. Indiana’s a good team, but Penn State has too much momentum to lose. With Saquon Barkley in the crowd and an amped up student body behind them, the Fightin’ Nits are going to cruise to victory, and prove to the nation that they are a top contender.

Penn State 68, Indiana 64

Mike Kwasnik, Webmaster

The meme king is coming to the Jordan Center, and he’s going to leave making more memes! Tom Crean and the Hoosiers are looking to rebound from a shaky start in the Big Ten slate. The loss of senior point guard Yogi Ferrell has really hurt their offensive chemistry, not that he played well here last year anyway. Junior Rob Johnson is a key player to watch, as he is expected to make 3 pointers, but didn’t do so well the last time in State College. Expect Coach Chambers and Co. to play strong defense against a team that wants to get out in transition. I see another turnover filled game as the Lions control from the second half on.

Penn State 69, Indiana 63

Liz Cooney, Executive Officer

Sadly for Indiana, they won’t be up 19 and have the opportunity for a failed alley-oop attempt as time expires. They won’t even have an opportunity to blow it in OT. Sorry.

Penn State 75, Indiana 61

Gavin Vanstone, Executive Officer

Indiana loves offense and hates defense. Penn State hates offense and loves defense. Curious how this matchup goes on. IU gives up about 70 points a game, but scores 85. Their starting five averages about 70 a game and they have size and physicality inside while the ability to score from behind the arc. They have some bad losses to IPFW and Nebrasketball, but wins over Kansas and UNC. So really, I have no idea what kind of team they are. If our defense plays up to snuff, your Nittany Lions could go on a three game win streak in the B1G. If it plays like it did early in the season, this is going to get out of hand quickly.

Penn State 77, Indiana 73

Shannon Jacob, Executive Officer

Penn State has the momentum coming off of a huge defensive game for the Lions. Of course, Indiana is a great offensive team however I believe that as long as Penn State brings the big guns (The Man of Steal, Josh Reaves and the Freshman of the week, MIke Watkins) it will be a close game.  Penn State will need to make their shots this game and hopefully Shep Garner’s shot comes back to save the day.

Penn State 76, Indiana 71

Patrick Burns, Executive Officer

This is an interesting matchup. Led by Guard James Blackmon Jr. (17.5 PPG and 41.9% from 3), Indiana is an explosive offensive team that loves to crash the glass (8th in the country with 41.4 rebounds per game). This rebounding rate is aided however, by a feeble non-conference schedule. Indiana has no road wins this entire season and until they win one, I don’t feel confident enough picking them to win this one. Shep Garner rediscovers his offensive form and the Nittany Lions win a thrilling offensive battle.

Penn State 79, Indiana 77

Alex Trias, Executive Officer

We aren’t a perfect team, but we have shown we can find ways to win hard games. Indiana may not have a great record in the B1G, but they have a high scoring offense that could be potentially dangerous. However, our defense has gotten vastly better as the season has gone on, so as long as we aren’t as inconsistent on offense, Penn State will find themselves in the winner’s circle once again.

Penn State 69, Indiana 64

 

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LoB Exec Board Predictions vs. Minnesota

Greg Zelinske, President (Nick’s Boss)

It is a wonderful time of year. Penn State winter sports are in full swing and it is lovely. Penn State comes off a fantastic win over Miles Bridges and Michigan State last Saturday and is ready to face the Gophers of Minnesota at the annual THON Hoops game. The crowd will be on Penn State’s side, as the THON Hoops game is known to bring in large crowds of 10,000 every year. Penn State is soaring and Minnesota was just smacked by that same Spartan team that The Nits beat. I think Lamar Stevens puts up 18 points and Mike Watkins records 5 blocks. Long story short, not even typical Pitino recruiting tactics can save Minnesota from this one.

Penn State 71, Minnesota 65

Nick Malizia, Vice-President & Social Media Manager (Flats’ Boss)

Nope we will not lose this one either.

Penn State 74, Minnesota 73

Mike Kwasnik, Webmaster

PSU hosts a much improved Minnesota team that has been ranked for the first time since 2013. The Lions are coming off an important win over the Spartans in the Palestra. Lamar Stevens had an excellent game and he will continue that again. I think he scores 15 and helps the Lions knock off the gophers.

Penn State 72, Minnesota 65

Andrew Flatley, Treasurer

LAINY PIERCE IS COMING WE ARE GONNA WIN <3<3<3 Coming off a big loss to Michigan State, Minnesota is going to come out all sorts of fired up. Penn State, coming off a landmark victory against that same Michigan State team, is going to look to keep the momentum going against the angry gophers. With a crowd of 10,000 plus behind them, Penn State is going to cruise to a second big victory, and the Fightin’ Nits are going to show they’re one of the best teams in the B1G. Lainy, if you read this (she won’t), sit with the Superfan (Me).then come to formal with me?

Penn State 74, Minnesota 69

Liz Cooney, Executive Officer

After a signature win at The Palestra against Michigan State, Penn State looks to continue their streak as they face off against a ranked-but-soon-to-be-unranked Minnesota Golden Gophers squad. Minnesota didn’t just lose to the very same Michigan State squad, they got blown out. And I expect Penn State to do the same to Minnesota at the highly anticipated THON Hoops game. With the very best of Penn State pride and philanthropy being demonstrated, I expect the atmosphere to be hype and unforgettable.

Penn State 75, Minnesota 59

Alex Trias, Executive Officer

Minnesota has come crashing down after a horrific performance against Michigan State Wednesday night, with only Nate Mason and Dupree McBrayer showing up to play. If Minnesota plays as poorly as they did last game, Penn State will have nothing to worry about. Being the THON Hoops game, Penn State will be playing in front of a big crowd, which should help them keep the momentum they have been building these last few games in B1G Play. Both teams are trying to prove to the B1G that their futures are bright, so expect this game to be hard-fought and exciting to watch from tip-off to the final buzzer!

Penn State 72, Minnesota 65

Gavin Vanstone, Executive Officer

Minnesota is a good young team that parallels Penn State a lot. They got blown out of the water against Michigan State earlier this week, so it will be interesting to see how they respond. I think we are running on too much of a high for us to lose this game, but it’s going to be close. The crowd at the game is going to be the determining factor. Also Reggie Lynch is a cake eater.

Penn State 77, Minnesota 73

Shannon Jacob, Executive Officer

Minnesota just recently got drilled by Michigan State. Penn State however beat these Spartans in Philly and because of it I believe the Nittany Lions can take down the Gophers. Especially because it’s #FTK THON Hoops!! Go State, Beat the Gophers and Cancer!

Penn State 74, Minnesota 66

No updated standings this week due to classes not being cancelled as a result of ice on Wednesday.

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LoB Exec Board Predictions vs. Michigan State

Greg Zelinske, President

Coming off a fantastic performance and very tough loss to Michigan, the Nittany Lions are heading to Philly! No, they’re not playing Temple…or Penn…or Villanova…or any other Philly school. Pat Chambers and company are headed to the Palestra to take on the Spartans of Michigan State in a neutral site game. There’s one very simple key to this game if Penn State wants a chance to come out on top: Stop. Miles. Bridges. That, however, is much easier said than done. Bridges is averaging 16.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Slow him down, they have a shot. Don’t, and it could get ugly. #WhiteOutThePalestra

Penn State 69 (Nice, Greg!), Michigan State 81

Nick Malizia, Vice-President & Social Media Manager

Nope we will not lose this one.

Penn State 72, Michigan State 71

Mike Kwasnik, Webmaster

PSU moves home temporarily to the magical Palestra in Philadelphia for the Michigan State game. Everyone says it has an aura like no other, and I’m going to buy the hype. The Philly Six are the heroes of this game, and the Lions pull off the upset.

Penn State 69, Michigan State 68

Andrew Flatley, Treasurer

The day is finally here… We’re going to the Palestra! I believe the Fightin’ Nits are going to come out on fire, especially those who have their family and friends in attendance. Home court advantage is going to be massive for PSU, and the Lions are going to return to Happy Valley with the W.

Penn State 78, Michigan State 70

Liz Cooney, Executive Officer

After another heartbreaking loss this past Wednesday to Michigan, Penn State is matched up against Michigan State at THE PALESTRA. While the result of the game was not what was hoped, this team has proven that time in and time out they can rise to their competition. They perform well when a fire is lit under them. I expect this to be the case today. For Penn State to have the opportunity to win this afternoon, they must a) shut down a very strong 3-point shooting offense and b) keep their turnovers to a minimum. I have high hopes that Penn State can pull an upset. Michigan State is currently the best team in the B1G after a week and a half of conference play. Neutral site games have been a challenge this season, but the buzz that has surrounded tomorrow has been unbelievable. The atmosphere will be insane and a win in dramatic fashion will be a huge morale boost to not only the team but to the entire Penn State community.

Penn State 75, Michigan State 72

Alex “The Triad” Trias, Executive Officer

So despite the loss, I am not disappointed at all with how our boys played. Yeah we had too many turnovers, but that happens when you are developing young talent. Our boys were playing fast paced offense, were aggressive, and shutdown Michigan beyond the arc for most of the game. If we play that type of defense against Michigan State, we have a shot to beat a team that will most likely find itself in the NCAA Tourney this spring. Michigan state relies heavily on a few key players, primarily Mile Bridges, for their points and boards, while our team is more spread out. Our Roman Catholic Boys and Mike Watkins are all going to feel love playing in their hometown. If we play solid team ball, reduce the turnovers, and keep up the same level of intensity throughout both halves, we can pull off the win. Let’s get this W!

Penn State 77, Michigan State 73

Gavin Vanstone, Executive Officer

Surprisingly, I’m being optimistic on this prediction. I think the boys come out with a fire under their seat after a tough Michigan loss. It’s a homecoming for a lot of our roster and I think that will spark a little something. This game gets us to 2-2 in the B1G and starts our push for a relevant post season tournament (most likely the NIT). The only thing standing in our way of a W is another scoring drought.

Penn State 69, Michigan State 68

Standings (Home and away point differential added together)

Greg Zelinske – 227

Liz Cooney – 262

Mike Kwasnik – 271

Andrew Flatley – 280

Shannon Jacob – 329

Patrick Burns – 343

Nick Malizia – 344

Mercedes Fraistat – 374

Gavin Vanstone – 384

Joe Nadonley – 421

Alex Trias – 425

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LoB Exec Board Predictions vs. Michigan

Greg Zelinske, President

Coming off of their first B1G win of the season over Rutgers, the Nittany Lions (10-6, 1-1), head to Ann Arbor for a bout with the Wolverines of Michigan. Historically, Penn State has struggled against Michigan. This is especially true when on the road. Sadly, I think Penn State falls down by 12-15 early in the second half and can’t quite bring it all the way back. Here’s to hoping I’m wrong!

Penn State 65, Michigan 74

Nick Malizia, Vice-President & Social Media Manager

This is the first time this young team is going on the road to a legit Big Ten environment (@ me Rutgers fans) and conventional wisdom says Michigan will put out the win. However, Lamar Stevens threw a dunk home on Sunday and stared into the souls of the Rutgers student section. This inspired me to believe we won’t lose again.

Penn State 72, Michigan 71

Mike Kwasnik, Webmaster

PSU goes to Crisler Arena after a sloppy win against Rutgers. That doesn’t make me very confident for this one. Michigan is a 3 shooting team just like St. John’s, but they’re much better. Slow starts have been plaguing us all season, I see that happening again. PSU has not fared well in Ann Arbor for a long time. I don’t expect that to change.

Penn State 65, Michigan 82

Andrew Flatley, Treasurer

It’s GAMEDAY and…

Penn State 71, Michigan 68

Mercedes Fraistat, Secretary

…Michigan still sucks.

Penn State 77, Michigan 72

Liz Cooney, Executive Officer

Despite some early season struggles, Michigan is a strong basketball team. They have the making to be a decent NIT contender. After coming off a heartbreaking OT loss to Iowa, Michigan’s woes will continue when our Nittany Lions come into Ann Arbor. Yes Sunday’s win was sloppy but a win’s a win and they proved themselves against a red-hot Rutgers team. Expect Banks and SH3P to be hot from the three point line while the Lions mount a successful U8 comeback in the second half.

Penn State 75, Michigan 70

Shannon Jacob, Executive Officer

The Nittany Lions will play a good Michigan team that has the ability to put strong numbers up on the scoreboard. Wolverines are averaging 82 points per game with two games over 95 points. Our young Nittany Lions will be able to limit the shots that the Wolverines have.  Unfortunately, I believe that the Nittany Lions will come up short due to the flu-like symptoms that hinder their ability to perform.  I hope that the sickness of the team is gone and the Lions do ultimately end up on top.  

Penn State 66, MIchigan 72

Joe Nadonley, Executive Officer

Tonight at tip-off it will be 8:30pm EST and Michigan will still suck. That being said, they’ve had a decent season so far and will be looking to come back after an overtime New Year’s loss to Iowa. However, Penn State will remain undefeated in 2017 as Sh33p Gardener hits a 3 pointer as time expires and the Surrender Cobra returns to Ann Arbor.

Penn State 65, Michigan 64

Patrick Burns, Executive Officer

Even after the Nittany Lions’ dominant victory over Rutgers this past weekend, I am not optimistic heading into Wednesday’s battle against Michigan. Penn State has not won in the Crisler Center since 2010 (!!!) and most of the team is still fighting flu-like symptoms. If Shep Garner and Payton Banks can catch fire from three, this game should be close, but ultimately Michigan prevails.

Penn State 67, Michigan 78

Alex “The Triad” Trias, Executive Officer

We are a second half school. We will struggle early on in the first half, but I believe we have too much raw talent on this roster to not make this a competitive game. Watkins will get a double-double, Tony Carr will continue to heat up as B1G play continues, and Payton Banks and Shep Garner, or Sheep Gardener for all the incompetent broadcasters out there, will continue to rain threes and show the leadership this young team needs. The Wolverines, despite some early season struggles, are not a pushover like some teams in the B1G, looking at you Rutgers, so expect this to be a hard fought game with my Lions taking it in the end!

Penn State 78, Michigan 73
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Standings

Greg Zelinske – 206

Liz Cooney – 254

Mike Kwasnik – 257

Andrew Flatley – 274

Shannon Jacob – 326

Patrick Burns – 335

Nick Malizia – 340

Mercedes Fraistat – 366

Gavin Vanstone – 369

Joe Nadonley – 409

Alex Trias – 415

Lady Lions Gameday vs. Iowa

Preview

Penn State returns to the BJC looking for their first Big Ten win of the year. Iowa looks to make it a 2 game win streak and shut down the Lady Lions. The game tips off at 7 PM and can be watched on Big Ten Network.

Penn State

The Lady Lions came out 0 for 10 from the field in the 1st quarter against Rutgers. Amari Carter went off in the second quarter, scoring 14 points before halftime. They battled back to bring it within 5 in the 3rd quarter, but went cold in the 4th. Teniya Page did not play due to injury, and Lindsey Spann was held scoreless. Needless to say, it was not a good end to 2016 for Penn State.

Iowa

The Hawkeyes are 10-5 overall, and 1-1 in conference this season. They opened Big Ten play with a 5-point loss at Illinois, but rebounded with a 3-point victory over Nebraska at home. Iowa is led by Megan Gustafson and Ally Disterhoft, each who are averaging 17.3 points per game. Gustafson is leading the Big Ten in double-doubles with 7. As a team, Iowa is incredible at limiting opposing teams from hitting the 3, as the opposition is only shooting 26.5 percent from behind the arc. For comparison, Penn State is shooting 36.6 percent from deep.

Analysis

The biggest issue facing Penn State is the health of leading scorer Teniya Page. After the loss to Rutgers, Coach Coquese said that Page is day-to-day, and she hopes she is ready to play against Iowa. At the time of this writing, I have not read or heard any update to that, but it will be huge if she can play. In her absence, Lindsey Spann struggled, and no one seemed to step up except Amari Carter. Despite Carter’s 17 points, the Ladies looked sluggish for most of the game, unable to capitalize on a rally to bring it to within 5 points.

Keys

Teniya Page

Obviously, a vital key to victory would be Teniya Page playing. Her scoring and leadership is very much missed. Cold streaks can be stopped with one 3-pointer, and Page provides that.

Amari Carter

Saturday’s game could have been extremely ugly if not for Carter, who stepped up and caught fire. Should Page not play, Carter needs to show more of that, and even if Page does play, a fantastic showing from Carter could alleviate some of the struggles coming from Spann’s cold streak.

Consistency

What is it with Penn State Basketball? Both the men and women insist on going on lengthy scoreless streaks. The Ladies opened the game on Saturday with a 4 point first quarter. That is a killer. Any other analysis is useless if this happens. This must be avoided to have a shot at victory.

Prediction

Get ready for this: Iowa excels at preventing what Penn State excels at. It will be interesting to see who will win – Penn State’s 3-point offense or Iowa’s 3-point defense. With Page possibly out or her minutes limited, it will be tough for the Ladies to pull out a victory. After the Rose Bowl, I need a win, but I don’t see it coming tonight.

Iowa 63, Lady Lions 55

Look Ahead

Iowa has over a week off before they host a rematch with the Illini. Penn State will be in West Lafayette, taking on Purdue this Saturday at 2 PM.

I think we all need a Penn State victory tonight. Let’s hope to grab one. #WeAre

Nick Malizia is the Vice-President and Social Media Manager of Legion of Blue. He is a Junior who is double majoring in Advertising & Political Science. Contact Nick on Twitter through his personal account @Malizia22 or through Legion of Blue’s account @LegionofBluePSU.

LoB Exec Board Predictions vs. Rutgers

Greg Zelinske, President

I refuse to acknowledge Rutgers as anything more than that school from New York’s Parking Lot and the team we are now contractually obligated to play in the B1G. That being said, Rutgers’ decent start means nothing because they played no one. Lamar Stevens drops 20 including 8-8 from the line and Penn State gets back to the winners circle.

Penn State 73, Rutgers MAYBE 65.

Nick Malizia, Vice-President & Social Media Manager

I refuse to believe it will happen again. This team got embarrassed in their home gym. The follow up game will show us a lot about their character. I am of the belief the team will respond.

Penn State 83, Rutgers 74

Mike Kwasnik, Webmaster

PSU takes on a Rutgers team that won most of its non conference games, however they lost by 20 to Wisconsin. They have a new coach and Corey Sanders, but PSU has too much firepower.

Penn State 85, Rutgers 69

Andrew Flatley, Treasurer

There’s a lot of excitement surrounding Penn State this weekend, not for a game in Pasadena, but one in New York’s parking lot. I’m not going to lie, Rutgers is having a decent year so far, even if they have only taken on cupcakes. After PSU’s disappointing loss to Northwestern, I just can’t see them turning it around on the road. Close, but no cigar.

Penn State 67, Rutgers 72

Liz Cooney, Executive Officer

Yes, Rutgers is 11-3 coming into today. Yes, they played some (read: a lot) of cupcake teams. But any team that proved to be a solid tournament contender like U of Miami, Seton Hall, or even Wisconsin blew them out. Corey Sanders and Mike Williams have been hot the last couple games for Rutgers and if Penn State’s defense can shut them down, as well as Mike Watkins going toe-to-toe on the backboards with Deshawn Freeman, this game can be not only competitive for Penn State but they could even pull an upset.

Penn State 77, Rutgers 72  

Shannon Jacob, Executive Officer

Penn State is playing Rutgers this weekend. Rutgers is a team that has put up some numbers so far this year but they have not been able to step up and perform to quality teams. With this in mind, I expect the trash can school (Rutgers) to not be able to handle the Nittany Lions.

Penn State 72, Rutgers 66

Gavin Vanstone, Executive Officer

Welp, gotta build off of something. The team never stopped fighting. Keep it going into Rutgers and steal a win. Can’t go 0-2 to start B1G play. Think we win, but it’s going to be close. A New Year’s Day game is gonna be a sluggish one for all. Not sure this is high scoring either. Just screams a slow game. I do think we pull away in the end though.

Penn State 67, Rutgers 63

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Standings

Greg Zelinske – 175

Mike Kwasnik – 210

Liz Cooney – 212

Andrew Flatley – 242

Patrick Burns – 284

Nick Malizia – 290

Shannon Jacob – 295

Mercedes Fraistat – 315

Gavin Vanstone – 346

Joe Nadonley – 358

Alex Trias – 364

Lady Lions Gameday vs. Rutgers

Preview

Penn State travels to Piscataway with a record of 10-3 (0-1 in conference). The Ladies dropped their first game in the BJC on Wednesday vs. Indiana. Rutgers is 3-11 overall, and 0-1 in conference. They lost their conference opener at Michigan. Tip is at 12 PM on Saturday and will be broadcast on Big Ten Network.

Penn State

The Lady Lions fell to Indiana in part to a stellar performance by Indiana’s Tyra Buss, who put up 26 points along with Amanda Cahill’s 20 points and 8 rebounds. Indiana’s 57.4% shooting rate gave them the convincing win over the Lady Lions. Teniya Page got off to a slow start, but recovered to go on a second half scoring spree, tying Buss for 26 points. The 3-point attempts were just not falling for the Ladies, something that they did not experience in the non-conference schedule. State looks to sharpen up their play and limit turnovers going forward.

Rutgers

The Scarlet Knights finished 3-11 in the non-conference season, but their opponents certainly were not easy. Chattanooga, James Madison and St. John’s each won their respective conference titles. They limited the high powered Michigan offense to only 63 points, the Wolverines’ season low. Regardless of the opponent, this Rutgers team isn’t much of a powerhouse

Analysis

State got off to a hot start and played great basketball in the first quarter against Indiana, despite Teniya Page reaching early foul trouble and not at her strongest until the second half. I saw a team that got overwhelmed by an Indiana team that couldn’t miss. I see the Ladies rebounding with full strength against our friends from New Jersey.

Keys

Avoid Turnovers

The Ladies gave up 26 points off 19 turnovers against Indiana. That can’t happen against a Rutgers team that is forcing 15.6 turnovers a game.

Page & Spann

We have seen Page go off and lead the team, and we have seen Spann go off and lead the team. Can we be stopped with both of them going off? I’m not sure any team can stop us if that is happening, but I know Rutgers can’t.

Keep Rutgers Down

No Rutgers player is averaging double digits in scoring this year. We know the Lady Lions can score and score big. Rutgers won’t have a chance unless they find someone with a hot hand.

Prediction

This shouldn’t be close.

Lady Lions 88, Rutgers 58

Look Ahead

Rutgers will have a few days off before they host Wisconsin on Wednesday. The Lady Lions will open up the 2017 calendar year on Tuesday in the BJC vs. Iowa. 7 PM tip for both games.

Happy New Year everyone! 2017 will be an awesome year for Penn State Basketball. You heard it here first! #WeAre

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