#724 Pennsylvania State University Nittany Lionsvs.#723 Duquesne University Dukes
Written by Big B
NCAA Basketball: Sunday November 15th, 6:00 pm EST
Duquesne travels to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions in the second game of the year for both teams. They both finished in the bottom half of their conferences last year, with Duquesne going 7-11 in the Atlantic 10 and 17-17 overall while Penn State finished 7-11 in the Big Ten and 16-16 overall. Duquesne is coming into the game off of a 65-60 win over Loyola of Maryland, while Penn State lost to Albany 87-81.
Duquesne held off a frisky Loyola of Maryland on Friday to notch a victory in their first game of the year. Duquesne led by four points at halftime and then survived numerous tense moments in the second half. It’s hardly an impressive win considering the low level of the competition. Duquesne shot only 41% from the field, and an even worse 15% from the three point line. A bright spot was senior guard Emile Blackman who had eight points, 10 rebounds, two steals and a block. The shooting will have to be better if they want to keep up with Penn State on Sunday.
Penn State dropped their first game this season, against perennial mid major threat Albany. Penn State trailed by 16 at half but made a nice run in the second half, before falling short by six points. The Nittany Lions were led by junior guard Shep Garner, who had 25 points, four assists, and three rebounds. The offense was fine, but the defense struggled. They allowed 49.2% from the field, 50% on three pointers, and Albany also shot 80% from the line. Can’t blame Penn State for that, but you can say that giving up 25 free throws is way too much.
The Penn State Nittany Lions are:
These are two teams who finished in the bottom of the pack in very respectable conferences. It’s hard to take much out of their opening games since neither team was very impressive, so I’m just going to take the team that I think is better and that is Duquesne. I don’t see this being a blowout, but I do think Duquesne pulls away to win later to win comfortably. Look for Shep Garner to have another big game in defeat, but I like Duquesne to get the cover.
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Known as Big B since his time at UCSB, Brian O’Sullivan is a novelist, screenwriter, & poker player who follows sports religiously. His betting style would be considered that of a contrarian, and he likes to bet against the general public. It seems to be working. You can find him at the coffee shops of Vegas, hanging with his family in SF, or at the bars of LA.