I was thinking that there was something I didn’t like about this matchup, and this doesn’t help:
The Huskers’ offense in general relies on second chances, so Penn State must protect the glass. That didn’t come into play in Lincoln when Nebraska shot a blistering 59.8 effective field goal percentage.
Here’s @eric17 on RLR after that one:
Possessions PPP eFG% OReb% TO% FTRate
Penn State 71 0.94 42.9% 19.5% 11.3% 25.4
Nebraska 1.16 59.8% 25.0% 17.0% 35.7
Nebraska just got far too many open looks and converted at a far better clip to earn the 16-point victory. This is not a great offensive team, but Penn State certainly made them look the part tonight. Second chances for Nebraska was a concern heading into this game, but they didn’t need them with how they torched the nets.
If there is a positive to take from this game, the Nittany Lions didn’t throw the ball away like previous games, but with how poor their shot selection was, it didn’t matter. The Lions had a season-low six assists as a team. The ball movement was stagnant and PSU really had to work for all of their points. -Eric Gibson