Penn State-Radford Hoops Preview

The Nittany Lions take on the Highlanders at the Jordan Center Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Radford (3-2) @ Penn State (2-1)

WHEN: Tuesday, 6 p.m.

WHERE: Bryce Jordan Center

TV: BTN

LINE: NA as of Monday night

PROBABLE STARTERS

Penn State

G Shep Garner (6-1, 185, So. 14.3 ppg)

G Josh Reaves (6-4, 190, Fr. 6.7 ppg)

F Payton Banks (6-6, 220, RS-So. 11.3 ppg)

F Brandon Taylor (6-6, 225, Sr. 16.3 ppg)

C Jordan Dickerson (7-1, 245,Sr. 1.3 ppg)

Radford

G Rashun Davis (5-11, 185, Sr. 14.6)

G Justin Cousin (6-0, 195, So. 6.7 ppg)

G Cameron Jones (6-4, 180, Sr. 10.6 ppg)

F Kion Barnes (6-7, 210, Sr. 3.0 ppg)

C Brandon Holcomb (6-8, 215, Sr. 3.0 ppg)

THE LOWDOW

Radfords Mike Jones (66-72) and Penn States Pat Chambers (58-76) are both in their fifth season at their respective jobs. They actually met in their first year (2011-12) with the Lions winning 62-46.

STAT OF NOTE

Penn State is getting only 10.9 ppg from its bench. The Highlanders are getting 32.6 ppg from their bench.

SHORT SHOTS

Radfords whacky season to date includes an opening win at a good Georgetown team (82-80, 2OT) but blowout losses at VCU (92-74) and against Siena (76-62) in Rhode Island. The Highlanders also had a tight home win (68-60) over some D-II outfit called Catawba.

Taylor has reached double figures in scoring in each of Penn States first three games. The senior has never had a streak of four-straight double-figure scoring games.

Penn State only has 22 assists on its 64 field goals this season. The Lions rank 343rd out of 346 NCAA teams in assists per game with 7.3.

Three games into the season, Garner leads the Lions with six assists. Garner is the only Lion with more assists than turnovers (he has five of those).

Penn State is riding a streak of 13 straight nonconference home wins.

Taylor has been doing a nice job scoring inside and outside for the Lions. But they are getting next to nothing scoring-wise from their other big men. Dickerson, and backup centers Donovan Jack and Julian Moore are averaging a combined 8.6 ppg.

Dickerson has played 57 minutes this season and has made only 1 of 4 shots from the field.

This is Radfords fifth game in eight days, with four of them coming away from home.

The Highlanders are 24-42 on the road under Jones.

FOS PREDICTION

Penn State 68, Radford 63

COMMENT

The Highlanders may be deep. But playing so many games and traveling so much in such a tight window will catch up to them Tuesday.


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