Episode 67: PSU Basketball vs Maryland Recap & Illinois Preview

Penn State men’s basketball’s losing streak continued with a 74-68 loss to the Maryland Terrapins. In this episode, Vince and Maggie recap this game and preview PSU basketball’s next game versus Illinois. Can the Nittany Lions go on a winning streak to end the regular season? WE ARE!

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Vince:

00:00:00.2 – 00:00:22.85 

¬†Welcome back to the Nittany Blues podcast Today we are here to recap Penn State’s crushing defeat to the Maryland Terrapins and to preview their valentine’s day matchup against the fighting line I uh Maggie So this was a slow start for Penn State heading into Maryland What are your thoughts on their performance early on in College Park

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Maggie:

00:00:22.86 – 00:00:28.96 

 Yeah it was it seemed like just a really sluggish start to the game I think it

Maggie:

00:00:29.11 – 00:00:55.21 

 from my perspective it seemed like neither team could really get into a groove or really establish dominance early in the game It was just kind of um yeah just sluggish is really the word that comes to mind I wasn’t um you know we I think we knew that Maryland was a good team coming into this But I also think that we thought that this was a game

Maggie:

00:00:55.53 – 00:01:09.88 

 We thought Maryland was beatable and we thought that this was a game that Penn State could pull out a win And so to have this sort of sluggish start to the game definitely was like Oh man it’s gonna be a long 40 minutes

Vince:

00:01:10.83 – 00:01:35.43 

 Yeah heading into this matchup I wasn’t super confident Penn State’s only 11 Big 10 road game this season so far and Maryland is the only undefeated team at home in big 10 play So uh really didn’t feel great heading into this game Uh really to to start things off Maryland just had a really great defensive intensity They forced a lot of turnovers on Penn State today

Vince:

00:01:35.68 – 00:02:02.8 

 um going well above their season average with 11 turnovers So Penn State really had a difficult time taking care of the basketball early Um they did a really nice job containing Jalen Pickett early on shots weren’t falling Uh they were even missing uh some gimme layups Uh and when you’re in a tough road environment uh like Maryland you got to be better and you know hit the shots you’re supposed to hit so

Vince:

00:02:03.0 – 00:02:30.86 

 really slow start for the Lions However they did get things turned around um after being down 12 points at one point they went on a nice 10 to run uh really exploding at the end of the second half Andrew funk and miles Dredd had a couple shots pick got going a little bit So you know heading into halftime I was actually feeling pretty good Uh you know we went on that nice tend to run in a 2.5 minute time period

Vince:

00:02:31.09 – 00:02:53.88 

 and we’re only down three points at halftime while not playing our best basketball uh not getting a single free throw Um that was a big area where Maryland really dominated Penn State They got to the free throw line a lot and Penn State didn’t um really 30 minutes into the game Penn State had one free throw attempt So

Vince:

00:02:54.17 – 00:03:01.98 

 you know the lines have to do a better job of you know getting to the paint and they got to do a better job creating fouls Um

Vince:

00:03:02.77 – 00:03:08.56 

 you know really surprised that Pet doesn’t really draw any with how good he is but um

Vince:

00:03:09.27 – 00:03:37.07 

 you know that definitely has to be an area of emphasis heading into this matchup against Illinois and you know when they faced the fighting line i they got 10 free throws which doesn’t seem like a lot but well above their their their big 10 average and they were eight for 10 and that makes a difference At the end of the game Maryland had 23 attempts and they were 18 for 23 Penn State was two of four So

Vince:

00:03:37.25 – 00:03:46.49 

 Maryland had a lot of lot of success uh driving off Penn State Penn State when it came down to crunch time they did actually go on a nice run

Vince:

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 in the second half but when it came down to crunch time

Vince:

00:03:50.28 – 00:03:51.14 

 uh

Vince:

00:03:52.07 – 00:04:19.87 

 you know Penn State like they have been doing has faltering defensively this is not the you know grading that pretty team we were promised at the beginning of the season and they the commentators put best they said the team that puts together a string of stops is gonna win the game and you just kind of knew that it wasn’t gonna be Penn State because they haven’t done it all year and they haven’t shown us they can do it So um you know really tough pill to swallow and

Vince:

00:04:20.03 – 00:04:46.7 

 you know towards the end of the game Maryland really started to pull away right around that six minutes ago mark you know credit to Penn State they fought back You saw Connie Claire getting some nice buckets and one miles Dredd fouled out and uh you know they didn’t quit they only ended up losing by six in the end but they were down 12 at one point and a lot of garbage time buckets made by Penn State So the final score was 74 68

Vince:

00:04:47.22 – 00:04:55.54 

 Um what are your thoughts of things that went well maybe and then maybe things that didn’t go as well for Penn State that you saw from your perspective

Maggie:

00:04:55.55 – 00:05:12.3 

 Yeah I think 11 highlight for me was Kanye Clary I think he really exploded tonight Maybe vince you can pull up the stats for Kanye but he looked really really commanding really confident

Maggie:

00:05:12.57 – 00:05:19.1 

 Thank you really really good performance eight

Vince:

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 of 11 shooting one of two from three had a steal on defense got blocked a couple of times but

Vince:

00:05:26.67 – 00:05:54.7 

 overall really great performance from freshman And he’s a guy we need to see more because he’s a guy who can get to the basket and Kendra contact So um I hope to see him getting some free throws as well Um some other positives I saw um you know Seth lundy continue continue to shoot well from three He was three of six Uh shot well from 34 or seven That’s something you don’t typically see of him Uh you know pick

Vince:

00:05:55.31 – 00:06:01.18 

 Uh not as many attempts as he normally has seven of 11 but you know still good stat line Uh

Vince:

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 however no no points from cam winter no points from cabbage I uh Miles Dredd looked like his old self you know shooting three of seven from three But you know at the end of the day it’s just you need everyone on the team to be performing at at their best You know you can have maybe one guy having an off night But when you start getting

Vince:

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 uh you know two guys are more that you know don’t even put up buckets unless Jalen pickets going off or something and he’s going off I’m not gonna I’m not gonna see many wins for this Penn State team

Maggie:

00:06:35.81 – 00:06:37.74 

 No I think it was

Maggie:

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 it was really a night where it seemed like there just weren’t a lot of sparks happening offensively and I think not defensively either Yeah I I know I said the word sluggish earlier but that really seems to be fitting for when I think about how this game went It seemed like Penn State just didn’t quite have that um that drive and some of that spark that we’ve seen in games earlier

Vince:

00:07:05.92 – 00:07:26.19 

 Yeah And for me this is a really frustrating loss especially since Penn State shot well above their season average They shot 46 from the percent from three Like you you can’t want more than that Really great number You’re not going to see Penn State lose many games and they’re shooting that percentage from behind the arc and

Vince:

00:07:26.44 – 00:07:38.47 

 you know really disappointing that you know the defense faltered and uh you know that that’s how they lost the game So I was really disappointed that you know that that was such a big factor in the game and you know

Vince:

00:07:39.56 – 00:07:47.27 

 this is a four games in a row now here So Penn State you know I I know I said uh you know

Vince:

00:07:47.95 – 00:07:58.84 

 When they were 14 and seven I was like Oh this this team can’t be worse than last year because they can’t they’re gonna improve because they’re not gonna lose their last 10 games But

Vince:

00:07:59.63 – 00:08:19.76 

 You know they’re running running out of time and running out of games and you know if they want to have a above 500 record you know that’s that’s starting to become in jeopardy So really they have to be locked in this month of February has not treated them Hopefully Valentine’s day The lines get some love and

Maggie:

00:08:19.77 – 00:08:20.82 

 you can

Vince:

00:08:20.82 – 00:08:28.85 

 turn things around in the BJc getting back to home So players in the game who’s your Mahoney Mahler award going to

Maggie:

00:08:29.19 – 00:08:29.97 

 well I

Vince:

00:08:29.97 – 00:08:31.36 

 think I

Maggie:

00:08:31.36 – 00:08:35.33 

 think Kanye Clary is the clear choice for me I

Maggie:

00:08:36.02 – 00:08:51.13 

 I mean I do think that you know Seth Lundy and Jalen Pickett played pretty well I think Andrew Funk wasn’t wasn’t as hot as we’ve seen him be but he also wasn’t as cold as we’ve seen him be So you know I’ll take a

Maggie:

00:08:51.73 – 00:09:04.67 

 um medium Andrew funk over Andrew funk that’s just having nothing worked for him so good for I’m glad Andrew Funk is able to find like a middle ground that isn’t just

Maggie:

00:09:05.28 – 00:09:20.25 

 you know zero points But um I do really wanna credit Kanye Clary for coming in off the bench and you know really stepping up as a leader as a point guard I think he’s

Maggie:

00:09:20.92 – 00:09:31.62 

 we’re really seeing him take the ball to the basket aggressively He’s definitely not the biggest guy out there but he plays with a lot of

Vince:

00:09:31.63 – 00:09:32.12 

 a lot of

Maggie:

00:09:32.12 – 00:09:46.83 

 energy a lot of effort and I think he’s he’s fun to watch too because he’s he’s so quick and I think he’s someone that you know going into next year is making me think like okay the pens day will be okay because

Maggie:

00:09:47.35 – 00:09:56.69 

 um Kanye Claire is going to be you know a year older you’re wiser you’re faster you’re stronger So I think that’ll be fun to follow

Vince:

00:09:56.7 – 00:10:16.58 

 Yeah so we got two players there you got your Mahoney Mahler and bird brawler um moving on to the Fidelity Fighter I have to give it back to Miles Dredd really happy with his performance today four of eight from the field three of seven from 33 he started to look like himself again and you know starting to knock down shots and we saw a graphic

Vince:

00:10:17.1 – 00:10:40.57 

 um first two months of the season my house driver is 46% and february He’s only been shooting 20% So you know the percentage has been going down down the the longer the season has gone on You know we hopefully hopefully that has nothing to do with his health and he’s just getting out of a shooting slump But it’s really nice to see him get some threes because

Vince:

00:10:40.94 – 00:10:58.09 

 He’s such an important role player If this this team is going to be successful you have funk out there but and Lundy’s uh you know shooting and hitting threes of the highest percentage in the big 10 He’s shooting at a 46% clip Really incredible So if we can get

Vince:

00:10:58.49 – 00:11:28.05 

 all of our shooters going and you know maybe get cam winter back to his normal self I think this Penn State team will have a fight fighting chance against the fighting line But uh moving on to our next match up this was a team that Penn State actually upset and they’ve beaten already they’ve beaten them in their house and champagne right after a big win after number two texas at the time and Penn State gave them a butt whooping And

Vince:

00:11:28.47 – 00:11:41.26 

 uh we’re saying that hey Tom Izzo his comments about not wanting to play Penn State again uh really seemed legit it hasn’t looked legit the past couple of weeks But um

Vince:

00:11:41.92 – 00:11:53.22 

 you know this matchup is going to be very different I do not think Illinois performed to their capability defensively against Penn State However

Vince:

00:11:53.82 – 00:11:55.09 

 Penn State

Vince:

00:11:55.65 – 00:12:07.61 

 uh had right around there They’re average shooting percentage when they played in the first match up So what are your thoughts heading into this rematch as the align I try to get some revenge on the Nittany Lions

Maggie:

00:12:07.62 – 00:12:09.69 

 Yeah I mean I think

Maggie:

00:12:10.17 – 00:12:38.53 

 if we if we were to do a season in review podcast like you know we’re not at the end of the season yet but I think this this win over Illinois early in the season would definitely be a highlight Like if we were going to do a top 10 moments in Penn State basketball I think that would be one of them for this season So that was that was really exciting And that was before some of the um just the string of string of struggles that Penn State has been

Maggie:

00:12:38.93 – 00:12:41.82 

 enduring recently So I think that was really

Vince:

00:12:41.83 – 00:12:42.7 

 really a high

Maggie:

00:12:42.7 – 00:13:00.68 

 point in the season and something that we’re like oh man maybe we can see something really special out of this team this year And maybe this will be a team that we can point to is sort of having like put behind some of the struggles that we saw with them last year the same kind of thing

Maggie:

00:13:00.88 – 00:13:11.73 

 where they would be losing all these really close games So to get that win over Illinois it was like oh man maybe you know this is like something new is sort of a fresh start

Maggie:

00:13:12.33 – 00:13:36.26 

 And then I think they’ve you know Penn State’s faltered a lot since then they’ve had some ups some downs and we’re sort of on a string of downs right now So I don’t know I mean I think Illinois is a really good team and I think um you know Penn State has a home home court advantage I know I always I always pick Penn State to win

Maggie:

00:13:36.86 – 00:13:37.92 

 Um

Maggie:

00:13:38.72 – 00:13:50.46 

 so I don’t want to give up my streak of picking them to win but I think um you know someone’s got to believe that they’ll win So I might as well be me

Vince:

00:13:51.38 – 00:14:17.9 

 you know a key to the game against this line I team is Terrence Shannon Jr he’s a really good player leads this ball club he’s right in jail in Pickett territory averaging about 17 points a game And he’s a really good player And Penn State did a really good job of shutting him down He only scored four points off of 27 shooting in the first match up So if you are stopping the other team’s best player that’s always a good sign obviously

Vince:

00:14:18.08 – 00:14:34.6 

 uh so Penn State needs to figure out what they did well in their first matchup continue to do that I’m sure Illinois is going to have um a counter to what Penn State did the first time So Penn State will then have to reapply that and counter back

Vince:

00:14:34.88 – 00:14:52.78 

 another guy to watch out for is Matthew Mayer he’s their best three point shooter overall Pen uh Penn State’s a much better three point shooting team than Illinois So that that’s an area where I’m really looking for the lines to take over as they shot 50% against the align i in their matchup

Vince:

00:14:53.34 – 00:15:20.25 

 in december which seems like a really long time ago So that is a key area for the game Uh Mayor had 14 points in their last match up but he only did it on four of 11 shooting So if we can keep him to those low numbers um that’s good for Penn State Uh you know keeping him at that area they do have a lot of guys that are in the low thirties Um from behind the arc however

Vince:

00:15:20.49 – 00:15:50.09 

 there’s not too many guys on this team that’s scary you and say oh you need to you know not play outside defense because this guy is such a good shooter Maybe Mayor at 37% but you know everyone else you know it’s fair game So I think that will give Penn State some more opportunities to help out if Terrence Shannon Jr is driving and I think that’s something that can play into their favor you know and I’m sure the students will be loud like they always are and provide our

Vince:

00:15:50.34 – 00:16:19.28 

 provide some energy for our defense and uh yeah I think that could be a key to the game and the last guy I’m looking at probably one of the funnest names on their team is dane danger He was coming off of the bench in their first matchup earlier in the season However he’s been more prone to that starting role He’s a really athletic tough physical center and uh I think that’s gonna be a challenge for CUba and Haiti and Mikey Hen

Vince:

00:16:19.51 – 00:16:41.67 

 I think he might might be a good matchup for him just because of his size and strength We’ll see if he can hang with the athleticism of jane danger He’s a really explosive player likes to get off his rebounds likes to you know finish around the rim not much of a three point shooter as he’s at 0% You have to worry about him from behind the arc But

Vince:

00:16:42.33 – 00:17:05.03 

 you know I’m hoping that Mikey hand and kev a and half we can all work together to slow him down in the paint because if they if they can stop him in the paint stop Terrence Shannon jr on the drive and stop mayor from behind the arc If they can do at least two of those three things I like their chances to actually come out and win this game and sweep sweep the fighting line I

Maggie:

00:17:05.04 – 00:17:08.08 

 yeah and I’m I’m glad that you brought up

Maggie:

00:17:08.28 – 00:17:29.7 

 Mikey Hen and Mahaffey because I feel like those were two guys that I was missing a little bit in this Maryland game They seemed like they weren’t getting they weren’t getting the minutes that we had seen in some earlier games especially when the defense was sort of uh sort of lagging I know that we can

Maggie:

00:17:30.18 – 00:17:53.46 

 we’ve come to really count on Mikey hen to make some big defensive plays and just put in some really solid minutes on defense And same with Evan Mahaffey So that was something that I I felt I was like oh man I wish we had seen them more against Maryland So I’m hoping that they get get some good time in against Illinois boys

Vince:

00:17:54.37 – 00:18:23.32 

 Yeah And something I wanna see I wanna see Penn State just explosive have a lot of energy from the start be really aggressive on the defensive end Another thing they did that lead to success for them was they were able to create turnovers and Illinois looked really sloppy in their first matchup So if we hit our threes play gritty defense the whole game and and close out and we don’t fall through in those last eight minutes of the game I really like Penn State’s chances Uh now will they do that

Maggie:

00:18:23.64 – 00:18:25.32 

 We

Vince:

00:18:25.32 – 00:18:41.84 

 don’t know well Cupid’s arrow hit and well well they well we fall back in love with the lines as they get back in the win column You know time will tell and Maggie Communion prediction for this game before we go to scores What’s your valentine’s day prediction

Maggie:

00:18:42.68 – 00:18:43.46 

 prediction

Maggie:

00:18:44.05 – 00:18:48.75 

 Oh gosh um kiss cam in the B J C

Vince:

00:18:49.26 – 00:18:50.2 

 Kiss cam

Maggie:

00:18:50.21 – 00:18:52.69 

 in the V J C

Maggie:

00:18:54.18 – 00:18:56.72 

 Is that an acceptable Communion prediction

Vince:

00:18:56.74 – 00:18:58.96 

 Well it has to be about one of the players

Maggie:

00:18:59.31 – 00:19:01.6 

 one of the players OK Kim

Vince:

00:19:01.6 – 00:19:02.45 

 winter maybe

Maggie:

00:19:03.07 – 00:19:07.29 

 can winter is my valentine No

Maggie:

00:19:08.08 – 00:19:09.14 

 Um

Maggie:

00:19:09.71 – 00:19:15.52 

 Alright I’ll go cam cam winter for 12 points

Vince:

00:19:15.53 – 00:19:19.24 

 12 points for cam winter I like it Why 12

Maggie:

00:19:20.12 – 00:19:28.72 

 Well I wanted I wanted him to get over that 10 point mark So I mean I just really picked that number for

Vince:

00:19:28.73 – 00:19:33.94 

 12 12 points for Cam Lander All right so I’m gonna

Maggie:

00:19:33.94 – 00:19:36.36 

 go I’m

Vince:

00:19:36.36 – 00:19:39.14 

 gonna go with a big night

Vince:

00:19:39.65 – 00:19:59.29 

 for Andrew funk He had 20 points in the first match up I think he has another 20 point game I think he’s going to be really hot And uh you know I think uh he’s gonna show up and it’ll be a really exciting game Final score What do you got

Maggie:

00:20:00.31 – 00:20:03.29 

 Alright Final score I’ll do

Maggie:

00:20:03.82 – 00:20:09.96 

 10st 80 Illinois 74

Vince:

00:20:09.97 – 00:20:12.92 

 high scoring game win for the lions I like it

Maggie:

00:20:12.92 – 00:20:20.49 

 20 points plus at least 12 points from can’t winter You know already we’re at 32 points

Vince:

00:20:20.5 – 00:20:25.07 

 Yeah I think this will be will be a higher scoring game

Vince:

00:20:25.76 – 00:20:28.85 

 you know for both teams However

Vince:

00:20:29.59 – 00:20:30.94 

 I don’t think the lines are going to

Maggie:

00:20:30.94 – 00:20:32.18 

 break this

Vince:

00:20:32.18 – 00:20:53.51 

 losing streak It could happen I could see it happening It is very difficult to beat the same team twice You saw Wisconsin do it against Penn State Um They won by three points And then the overtime when however Penn State just hasn’t done enough to show me that they can do it And I need to see better defense if there

Vince:

00:20:53.79 – 00:21:21.38 

 not stopping Terrence Shannon Jr he’s just gonna go all over them He’s gonna drive and dish and find dan danger in the post And you know we struggled with a lot of different centers this year So um you know just the way they’re trending doesn’t make me as optimistic It’s a it’s a week night matchup So you might not have as many students there as you would on a saturday sunday match up So I’m gonna go uh line I 78

Vince:

00:21:21.69 – 00:21:38.42 

 And Nittany Lions 73 So I think it’ll be a close game for the most part But I think you’re gonna see Illinois just just do enough to to pull away and close and Penn State frustrates again by looking good but not closing out the game in the final minutes

Maggie:

00:21:38.43 – 00:21:44.05 

 Well we have similar scores in mind Just flip to winning

Vince:

00:21:44.06 – 00:21:49.19 

 Yeah So this is gonna be a high scoring game folks You heard it here You heard it here

Vince:

00:21:49.58 – 00:22:09.18 

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Maggie:

00:22:09.19 – 00:22:12.19 

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Vince:

00:22:12.2 – 00:22:13.63 

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