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IGT @ Minnesota 2020, 9 pm, Wednesday January 15 (BTN)

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Theory vs. reality. In theory, we should have a good shot in this game given our overall records, respective resumes, etc. However, given how we’ve performed the last two games, I think the reality will be different unless there is a radical turnaround. I’ll be very interested to see what lineup adjustments that PC has hinted about will actually be rolled out. I’d like to see IB starting in place of Myles. Bring Myles off the bench and see if it helps him via reduced pressure. Need a good game for a change from Big Mike. He’s been basically MIA the last two outings and is due for a snap-back to what we all know he is capable of when his head is clear.


Goal in this game is to stay out of foul trouble. Carr is very streaky, but if hes off he tries to draw a million fouls. We need to defend him cleanly.

Oturu is gonna get his. Best way to contain him is limit touches. Minny isn’t deep, so the more we can run to try and tire them out, the better for us.

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i’m going out on a limb and saying that Big John starts in place of Watkins tonight

I do not have a good feeling about this game. At all. I think the fact that we lost 2 in a row has me convinced that we’ve reverted back to our old tried and true method of feeling sorry for ourselves and doing the same things we’ve been doing because “the shots will fall eventually.” A road game in this conference is not the time to have to figure yourselves out and I feel at approximately 11 tonight we’ll be left to feel more despondent than encouraged.

Mike was really out of it the last two games. Hope he snaps out of that.

Seth looks good on the offensive end but still has a tendency to get lost on defense (although he’s gotten much, much better, IMO). After seeing a high school game last week, I’m surprised any freshman can defend in college. :slight_smile:

Need to make some shots to get this thing back on track.


Mark Selders

Men’s Basketball 1/14/2020 5:12:00 PM

Penn State Travels to Minnesota for Mid-week League Contest

First of two regular-season meetings between Nittany Lions and Golden Gophers at Williams Arena Wednesday

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State men’s basketball team (12-4, 2-3) travels to Minneapolis Wednesday, Jan. 15 for the first of two regular-season meetings vs. Minnesota (9-7, 3-3). The Golden Gophers and Nittany Lions tangle at 9:00 p.m. ET at Williams Arena. The game will be broadcast by the Big Ten Network.

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Coach: Richard Pitino (Providence, 2005)
Record at Minnesota : 119-99 (Seventh season)
Career Record: 137-113 (Eighth season)
2019-20 Record: 9-7, 3-3 Big Ten
Top Scorer
#25 Daniel Oturu, So., C – 19.9 ppg
#25 Daniel Oturu, So., C – 11.9 rpg
Top Assists Leader
#5 Marcus Carr, R-So., G – 7.2 apg

Coach: Patrick Chambers (Philadelphia, 1994)
Penn State Record: 139-144 (Ninth season)
Career Record: 181-172 (11th season)
2019-20 Record: 12-4, 2-3 Big Ten
Top Scorer
#11 Lamar Stevens, Sr., F – 16.3 ppg
Top Rebounder
#24 Mike Watkins, Sr., F – 8.5 rpg
Top Assists Leader
#0 Myreon Jones, So., G – 2.9 apg

Penn State’s home/away January schedule continues with Wednesday’s game at Minnesota. The Nittany Lions play their first back-to-back Big Ten home games in 2020 on Sat., Feb. 15 and Tues., Feb. 18.

The Nittany Lions are ranked 10th in the nation with an average of 6.1 blocked shots per game. Senior forward Mike Watkinshas more than half (52) of Penn State’s 97 team total.

Watkins, who leads the Big Ten and is ranked fifth nationally in total blocks (52) and blocks per game (3.25) currently ranks as the NCAA Division I active career leader with 251 blocked shots.

Penn State has 141 steals so far, 26 more than any team in the Big Ten. Four Nittany Lions are ranked in the conference’s individual top 10: Jamari Wheeler (1-27), Lamar Stevens (t-6-21) and Izaiah Brockington and Myreon Jones (t-10-20).

Senior forward Lamar Stevens has scored 983 points in 61 career regular-season Big Ten games and needs 17 to reach the 1,000 B1G point mark.

The Nittany Lions and Golden Gophers played twice last year with Minnesota winning both by a combined six points: a 65-64 Williams Arena win (1/19/19) and a 77-72 overtime win in the Big Ten Tournament. Four of the last five contests have required OT or were one-possession games.

Penn State and Minnesota play twice in the regular season for the first time since 2016-17.

Series streak: Minnesota, W4
Overall series: Minnesota leads 36-14
at Minneapolis: Minnesota leads 20-3
Last game: at Chicago, Ill., Big Ten Tournament
Minnesota 77, Penn State 72 OT, 3/14/2019
Chambers vs. Minnesota: 4-9

Penn State reached a double-digit win total by December 31st for the fourth time in the last six years and the Nittany Lions reached 12 wins in 14 games for the fourth time in Penn State’s 28 seasons in the Big Ten era:

Season – Record after 14 games
1995-96 – 13-1
2019-20 – 12-2
2014-15 --12-2
2008-09 – 12-2

With its 89-86 win over Iowa at The Palestra, Penn State won its first league game of the new year for the eighth time in 28 Big Ten seasons and second time in the coach Patrick Chambers era.

8 – The Nittany Lions have scored 80 points or more in eight games this season and are 8-0 in those contests.

10 – Penn State has 10 wins when it outrebounds its opponent (9-0) or has equal rebounds (1-0).

15.06 – The Nittany Lions lead the Big Ten in turnovers forced per game at 15.06. Wisconsin was only the second opponent this season with less than 10 turnovers.

61.2 – Including a single-game record-tying field goal percentage of 90.0 (9-10) vs. Cornell and a recent 7-8 outing vs. Rutgers, Mike Watkins’ career field goal percentage is 61.2, Penn State’s all-time best.

120 – Lamar Stevens has started in every game for Penn State in his career, 120 consecutive games, the second-longest current streak in the nation.

983 – Career Big Ten points scored by Lamar Stevens in 61 league games for a 16.1 ppg average.

1,638 – Senior forwards Mike Watkins (861) and Lamar Stevens (777) have combined for 1,638 rebounds.

Penn State matched Wisconsin point-for-point in the second half, but couldn’t overcome a slow start offensively. Penn State fell to Wisconsin, 58-49, in the Bryce Jordan Center as the Badgers’ snapped the Nittany Lions’ 13-game home win streak.

Lamar Stevens and Izaiah Brockington had 19 and 15 points, respectively, with both contributing double figures in the second half. Stevens posted his 15th career double-double with 13 rebounds.

Wisconsin went up by as many as 12 points in the second half, 39-27, before Stevens, Myreon Jones and Brockington responded points to fuel a 10-2 run.

The Nittany Lions cut the Badgers’ lead to four, 41-37, midway through the second half, but Wisconsin added four points to go up by eight. The Badgers didn’t let the Nittany Lions any closer than six with the teams trading baskets for the next five minutes.

Wisconsin had an answer on the offensive side for every Nittany Lion score and held Penn State scoreless for the last two minutes. Izaiah Brockington scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half and eight points in the final 7:46.

The slow start offensively began from the tip with both teams going 0-6 from the field through the 15:47 mark. Micah Potter scored 10-straight points over the next four minutes for the Badgers before Stevens put PSU on the board with a basket and a foul shot.

The Badgers shot 45.5 percent in the second half and 40 percent overall. Wisconsin had a 20-11 advantage on the boards in the second half after Penn State had a 22-20 edge at the break.

Off the bench, Potter scored a game-high 24 points with 18 coming in the first half, and tied Stevens for a share of the game-high rebounding lead.

Sometimes it’s all about matchups and I like our matchup with Minny. I think they’ll be more willing to run with us than maybe some other programs (See Wisconsin). I also think we can turn them over a time or two and get some easy buckets. If we can do that and get some rhythm going early, that’ll help our half-court game. Guys will also be playing with a sense of desperation, not wanting to go to 2-4 in the conference. What a huge difference 2-4 and 3-3 is.
I’m not saying we’ll win. I’m just thinking we’re going to give them a battle tonight.


Gotta make 3s.


Rebound too. Free throws also. Little things!

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My research has actually found the opposite. Road games are the best place for slumping teams to be.

We should come out with our hair on fire tonight and have good chances to win this one.

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Not to call you a liar, but can you show the evidence? I’m genuinely curious.

Well, how many slumping teams beat us at the BJC to get out of their slump?? It seems like quite a few :wink:

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It’s more ideal the longer the losing streak IMO. Teams break their losing streaks more on the road than the pointspreads suggest they should.

Below is a 3 game conference losing streak with the current game having a spread no greater than 4 to either team, so teams that figure to be relatively competitive vs one another.

Significantly profitable ATS betting edge on the road team in this situation and despite the average line of this sample being 1.1 points bent towards home team, the away teams win more often.

In professional sports, this is an even stronger trend. I love taking the points on NBA teams on the road who are carrying a bad losing streak. I theorize that teams on losing streaks feel less pressure to perform on the road combined with their opponents taking them lightly because of their struggles.


Not feeling good about this game either. I guess that is what happens, when you have the disappointment of the last two games along with years of an overall experience of falling short of hopes if not expectations.
Following the Iowa win in Philly, the possibility of loosing consecutive games to Rutgers, Wisconsin and MN seemed HIGHLY improbable, but here we are.

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If we were all feeling great after losing 2 straight, I’d be worrying about a lot of you. Hopefully we’ve fixed what we have been struggling on. Make shots, hit 12 3’s, rebound, hit our free throws, play good defense and come away with the win. Do it guys!

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