DePaul Blue Demons vs. Penn State Nittany Lions – Tuesday, November 17th, 4:00 p.m. Central – Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State University
Television – ESPNU
Radio – None
After defeating Western Michigan on Saturday night to get the second Dave Leitao Era at DePaul off to a good start, the Blue Demons (1-0) now face a step up in competition on the road at Penn State.
This game is part of the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games that matches Big East Teams with Big Ten opponents and is named in honor of former Big East founder Dave Gavitt.
The game is being televised as part of the College Basketball Tip-Off Marathon on ESPNU.
The Nittany Lions are coming off a 18-16 season where they went 4-14 in the Big 10 and finished 13th in the league.
Penn State is faced with the challenge of replacing leading scorer D.J. Newbill. Newbill averaged 20.7 point per game last year and has now graduated as the school’s third all-time leading scorer.
Last year Penn State lived and died by Newbill’s scoring output. Look for the Nittany Lions to be more balanced this season in the wake of losing Newbill.
Penn State coach Pat Chambers is in his fifth season in Happy Valley. Chambers has some familiarity with DePaul from when he was the associate head coach at Villanova. He worked on Jay Wright’s staff from 2004 to 2009.
The Nittany Lions (1-0) are coming off a 62-50 victory over VMI in their season opener on Saturday. Three players finished in double figures for Penn State.
6-1 sophomore guard Shep Garner led all scorers with 15 points, on 5 of 11 shooting, in the win.
Sophomore forward Payton Banks added 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.
Senior forward Brandon Taylor contributed with 13 points and six rebounds.
One player who could offset Newbill’s departure is four-star freshman wing Josh Reaves. Reaves is an athletic wing who put up six points, five rebounds, three blocked shots, and two steals in his debut against VMI.
DePaul is currently at 117 in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Ratings. Penn State is right behind at 118. It doesn’t get much more evenly matched than that.
This one should be a matchup of two of the better defensive teams. The Nittany Lions were a top 50 defensive team last season. There are definitely some similarities between DePaul and Penn State. Both are good at defending in the paint.
Penn State’s biggest weakness appears to be their shooting from the perimeter. The Nittany Lions shot 26.3 percent from beyond the arc (five of 19) in Saturday’s win.
Look for this game to be a low scoring affair. The first team to 70 points wins.
The Last Time
On December 12, 1984 at Penn State’s Rec Hall, the 2nd ranked Blue Demons defeated the Nittany Lions 78-61 behind 19 points from guard Kenny Patterson. Tyrone Corbin contributed with 13 points. Kevin Holmes and Lemone Lampley had 12 points apiece and Tony Jackson added 10 points.
Penn State Roster
No. Name Pos. Cl./El. Ht. Wt. Hometown High School
0 Payton Banks Forward SO 6-6 220 Orange, Calif. Lutheran
1 Deividas Zemgulis Forward FR 6-6 220 Kaunas, Lithuania St. Mary Ryken (Md.)
3 Devin Foster Guard SR 6-2 205 Dayton, Ohio Jefferson Township
5 Donovon Jack Forward SR 6-9 210 Reading, Pa. Berks Catholic
10 Brandon Taylor Forward SR 6-6 225 Tabernacle, N.J. Trenton Catholic
11 Sam Halle Guard JR 6-0 185 Springfield, Va. West Springfield
13 Terrence Samuel Guard JR 6-4 205 Brooklyn, N.Y. Victory Collegiate
21 Isaiah Washington Guard RS FR 6-3 160 Williamsport, Pa. Williamsport
23 Josh Reaves Guard FR 6-4 190 Fairfax, Va. Oak Hill Academy (Va.)
24 Mike Watkins Forward FR 6-8 245 Philadelphia, Pa. Phelps School
32 Jordan Dickerson Center SR 7-1 245 Brooklyn, N.Y. IMG Academy/Abraham Lincoln
33 Shep Garner Guard SO 6-1 185 Chester, Pa. Roman Catholic
44 Julian Moore Forward SO 6-10 235 Philadelphia, Pa. Germantown Academy