Episode 71: Penn State Basketball Blows Huge Lead Against Rutgers

Penn State men’s basketball fell apart in the second half against Rutgers, blowing a 19-point lead en route to a 59-56 loss. In this episode, Vince and Maggie break down this frustrating loss and discuss where Penn State goes from here as the regular season nears its end. WE ARE!

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Vince:

00:00:00.0 – 00:00:29.4 

 Welcome back to the Nittany Blues podcast today Unfortunately we are here to recap Penn State’s historic collapse to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the B J C Um definitely a lot of emotions tonight watching the game Uh you know definitely an emotional high very early in the game It was 23 to 7 uh even with five minutes left in the half Rutgers only had nine points in this game And

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Vince:

00:00:30.07 – 00:00:41.92 

 Yeah it was just it was just fun You know Rutgers fans they’re they’re they’re kind of known for being obnoxious and annoying uh compared to other other teams in the big 10 And

Vince:

00:00:42.45 – 00:00:53.07 

 um we uh we quieted them down in the first half quite a bit but you know they got on a run towards the end of the first half and

Vince:

00:00:53.84 – 00:01:21.53 

 Penn State’s defense let up a little bit They let Rutgers climb back in it However uh coming out of the half Penn State was on fire they want on an eight run Uh This was highlighted by you know um and one by cam winter and three point attempt and then Andrew funk knockdown shot So things were looking really good Penn State had a 19 point lead Um

Vince:

00:01:22.16 – 00:01:46.98 

 You know you just had it gave you the vibe of okay this is a team that is peaking at the right time and can make a run at the N C Double A Tournament and then everything just fell apart You saw Penn State just not scoring offensively Um Rutgers started moving the ball better offensively and creating better looks and

Vince:

00:01:47.46 – 00:02:09.3 

 uh Penn State They just offensively kind of stood there and were waiting for Jalen Pickett uh you know just to get to the paint and do his thing However Rutgers took that away they were harassing Jalen Pickett and you know he was being double double teamed at all times sometimes triple teamed and uh

Vince:

00:02:10.0 – 00:02:16.37 

 yeah his he may just want there to bail him out and it wasn’t good enough You also saw some

Vince:

00:02:17.1 – 00:02:25.86 

 historically cold shooting from Seth lundy He was o for 11 from behind the arc tonight and and this isn’t like

Vince:

00:02:26.45 – 00:02:34.87 

 you know some fan in the stands just you know chucking up threes this is the best three point shooter in the big 10 this season and he was out for 11 and

Vince:

00:02:35.48 – 00:02:52.11 

 um you know as you know we like to say should happen sometimes and and that’s going to happen Some of those were really good looks and and he just missed and some of them were kind of forced and you know might have not necessarily been the right decision but you know it’s just

Vince:

00:02:52.43 – 00:03:21.21 

 it just goes to show that there was a lot in this game that that went wrong and early the defense was incredible if they would have played with that level of intensity on the defensive end for 40 minutes no way they lose the scheme even with the colts shooting in the second half from Andrew funk and Seth Lundy uh it’s just you know Rutgers was moving the ball for 30 seconds They couldn’t find a good shot and they were just kind of chucking it up and

Vince:

00:03:21.64 – 00:03:24.43 

 yeah that worked early and you didn’t see Rutgers

Vince:

00:03:25.2 – 00:03:28.47 

 You know putting even 10 points on the board in 15 minutes and then

Vince:

00:03:28.99 – 00:03:40.74 

 um you know they fix things Uh they started getting better but I’ve talked a lot What what were your impressions of the game What what went wrong for Penn State tonight Oh

Maggie:

00:03:40.74 – 00:03:56.76 

 gosh I think you know we’ve had had some close games where someone who maybe is having a bit of a cold night can have a cold night and that’s okay because someone else on the team will step up You know I think we see sometimes

Maggie:

00:03:57.18 – 00:04:23.65 

 Andrew Funk can be hot and cold but if he’s cold and Seth lundy is hot then the points still fall and Penn State can ego to win I think something that we’ve talked about on this pod before that seems to really be an issue for the Lions is that if something is going wrong they can’t necessarily adjust what they’re doing We don’t see like uh

Maggie:

00:04:23.94 – 00:04:44.57 

 a recalibration offensively or defensively So it’s like I feel like Penn State things can go well and they’re going well and they’re going well but it takes like one little momentum shift one hiccup and you know the momentum swings the other way and Penn State can’t do anything to reel it back in and they just sort of

Maggie:

00:04:44.86 – 00:05:14.43 

 keep on doing maybe what is not working They keep running the same plays offensively They keep being like all right Jalen Pickett will just bail us out or they keep not responding defensively to what the other team has changed So I think we just we see Penn State being on the like the reactionary end of the game instead of being proactive they’re in the position of really consistently reacting to what the other team is doing They’re letting the other team

Maggie:

00:05:14.72 – 00:05:37.77 

 set the tempo for the game And then our Penn State just aren’t able to regain control or make some sort of like truly aggressive like momentum shift And so it’s like as a fan you’re like oh gosh it’s going great it’s going great But all it takes is like you know three minutes of basketball and you’re looking at a whole different game because Penn State can’t respond

Maggie:

00:05:38.32 – 00:05:43.09 

 There were definitely some highlights vince what do you think were some good points

Vince:

00:05:43.87 – 00:06:06.24 

 Uh some good points Your Communion prediction came through like knocked down to two big three pointers And uh you know I think that’s a very good point about Penn State being unable to make adjustments Rutgers said hey Jalen Pickett torched us in the in the first half Uh you know he had 11 points in the second half They were hell bent on not letting him score And Jalen Pickett

Vince:

00:06:06.48 – 00:06:15.0 

 I think they’ve done something that no other team that the big 10 has done is uh helping to zero points in a half of basketball and

Vince:

00:06:15.54 – 00:06:41.71 

 uh incredible And he only had nine shot attempts He couldn’t even shoot It was that level of hey we gotta shut this guy down And the other guy was cam winter he was three of five from three Um he’s a guy I predicted to have a big game and you know early on a couple of minutes into the second half even uh you know cam was at 16 points and then he didn’t score the rest of the game uh after you know

Vince:

00:06:42.03 – 00:06:47.33 

 And then he only had nine shots So what they did is they took those guys away

Vince:

00:06:47.88 – 00:06:53.88 

 And then when those guys stopped scoring Penn State stopped scoring they only had 25 points in the second half And

Vince:

00:06:54.48 – 00:07:13.57 

 you know let’s face it it wasn’t good enough And uh I I thought you know the inability to make adjustments and coach crews to get other guys around the floor moving to create space and it opened I thought yeah I thought there was some coaching that could have been better I also thought with the matchup and

Vince:

00:07:14.01 – 00:07:39.58 

 I thought cuBA and Mikey and we’re both doing a pretty good job on Marie I and you know he he’s a solid player and they held him to nine points tonight I thought I thought it was it was a big air not to have kept a giant at the end of the game with how he was playing tonight Um now you know with with his low free throw percentage you can understand why he’s not out there

Vince:

00:07:39.76 – 00:07:48.85 

 Because he’s an easy guy to hey file this guy because he’s 50% brie throw shooter However defensively at the end of the game

Vince:

00:07:49.48 – 00:08:13.13 

 uh the game was tied at 56 all and uh you know Cliff Omori he got an offensive rebound having easy put back He he was being boxed out there trying to box him out But you know that’s what happens when someone 6 11 and the toss guy having the floor 66 like the big guy is going to get the rebound especially if it’s as athletic as you know Clifford and Maria and

Vince:

00:08:13.74 – 00:08:32.42 

 that end of the game right there and in Penn State could knock down a three to tie it up They had a couple of good looks and got a couple offensive rebounds but you know it was almost like you know Ohio State and their inability to knock down a three when uh they were down four points at the end of the game in their matchup And

Vince:

00:08:32.99 – 00:08:37.49 

 um yeah this definitely had vibes of the michigan game from

Vince:

00:08:38.01 – 00:09:00.18 

 years ago last year when they were up 23 points early in the first half This is I think a worst loss because you know the the 19 point deficit was so much later in the game So definitely uh you know a historic collapse of proportions that I’ve really not seen you know

Vince:

00:09:01.11 – 00:09:08.63 

 in many games I guess I have seen in pensive basketball quite a bit But yeah at the end of the day when

Vince:

00:09:09.29 – 00:09:26.89 

 when stuff is starting to snowball uh you know I was I thought they could have called some timeouts earlier and made some adjustments you know Mikey had knocked down a couple of threes offensively cuba they’re finding him on some good passes and he was getting some dunks in the paint and

Vince:

00:09:27.17 – 00:09:42.94 

 you’re getting to the free throw line and getting the guys in foul trouble a little bit Um you saw uh palm palm okay he fell out of this game and he kind of lit up Penn State in their first matchup of the season and they got him in foul trouble So you know

Vince:

00:09:44.05 – 00:09:46.39 

 good things were happening but

Vince:

00:09:46.93 – 00:10:08.44 

 I I didn’t like the way we were unable to adjust the night And I think you know at the end of the day a lot of that goes down to coaching and it’s you know just relying on picket you know to do his thing if the other team takes that away you gotta seem something up and you got to be more prepared and you gotta move the ball like you saw Rutgers they

Vince:

00:10:08.6 – 00:10:30.42 

 they would keep moving whenever we would double they would keep moving the ball which I did like the devil’s on on Marie just because he’s there you know the best guy in the paint Um however you know whenever we doubled they kept moving the ball eventually till they found the open guy and that’s at work and that’s team basketball you gotta move the ball around you can’t just stand there and you know I think that was the

Vince:

00:10:30.57 – 00:10:41.27 

 the biggest thing that put the final nail in the coffin for Penn State is they just didn’t move enough they didn’t create space to get open they didn’t do what they need to do to create easy shots as a team

Maggie:

00:10:41.28 – 00:10:45.08 

 Yeah I think to there is a lot of like

Maggie:

00:10:45.59 – 00:10:54.2 

 kind of little weird sequences of just a team would shoot and they would get like three or four offensive rebounds but then miss

Maggie:

00:10:54.81 – 00:11:21.5 

 but then get the offensive rebound again and there’s like a stretch of time where Penn State was doing it and then Rutgers is doing it and Penn State was doing it again So it’s like you’re getting all these really lucky chances these chances that you know you might not expect to get and to get your own offensive rebound to three times in a row and then to end the play without even scoring or maybe you get like a turnover or something like that

Maggie:

00:11:21.74 – 00:11:36.13 

 So there there were just these kind of like weird sequences where the ball is clanging off the rim people are getting offensive rebounds everyone’s excited Oh my God offensive rebound and then just can’t create Yeah

Vince:

00:11:36.14 – 00:11:50.05 

 and I still can’t believe in the must have game you know Seth lundy going one for 16 from the field the field goal he made was a dunk and he you know he was five and five from the line So I was really hoping that once he

Vince:

00:11:50.25 – 00:12:07.08 

 you know got that dunk and started knocking out you know down all of his free throws and seeing those go in and just seeing the ball go in I was hoping that he would heat up and start looking like his normal self and knocking down shots However uh that didn’t happen tonight and

Maggie:

00:12:07.75 – 00:12:15.84 

 and to have that on a night when Miles Dredd is cold and Andrew funk is also cold It’s just like oh my God no Yeah And

Vince:

00:12:15.84 – 00:12:29.52 

 then and then you know once the second after a couple of minutes in the second half cam and Jalen get shut down and it was just a recipe for total disaster And

Vince:

00:12:30.5 – 00:12:31.39 

 um

Vince:

00:12:32.03 – 00:12:33.18 

 yeah it’s

Vince:

00:12:33.73 – 00:12:37.41 

 you know it’s on the players it’s on the coaches like

Vince:

00:12:38.31 – 00:13:06.06 

 really really frustrating game to watch Um and and they could they could have put themselves in such a good place by not blowing this 19 point lead Um Wisconsin Wisconsin last night So Penn State would have been a game ahead of them and in good position for the by Rutgers would have had the same record as them Illinois lost and michigan state has played one last game So

Vince:

00:13:06.23 – 00:13:16.96 

 like there was a lot of teams around that 10 and eight range and like nine and nine and you had Wisconsin below at eight and 10 so

Vince:

00:13:18.12 – 00:13:37.65 

 They can still avoid being an 11 seed if they can win the last two games However it’s gonna be a lot easier said than done You got uh you know you got northwestern who’s the second best team in the big 10 and then you have Maryland who just beat them tonight by you know about over 15 So

Vince:

00:13:38.17 – 00:13:53.99 

 you know it’s going to be you know a tough task this next week and you know emotionally after you lose a game like this this is definitely a game where you lose your confidence and um you’re giving Northwestern film of how to stop Jalen Pickett

Vince:

00:13:54.36 – 00:14:12.37 

 and how the team at times can can falter and collapse under the pressure Uh You know everyone wants Jalen Pickett to be the hero but when the hero is being double teamed you need a robin and there wasn’t a robin tonight uh no Robin Robin didn’t show up and you know it’s

Vince:

00:14:12.9 – 00:14:16.47 

 yeah disappointing because if they would have won this game

Vince:

00:14:17.49 – 00:14:21.19 

 and even if they lose against Northwestern and let’s say they

Vince:

00:14:22.03 – 00:14:24.68 

 they beat Maryland at home next sunday

Vince:

00:14:25.24 – 00:14:34.34 

 you’re looking and they say they win one game in the Big 10 tournament you’re looking at an N C Double A Tournament team and now because of this lost lead

Vince:

00:14:35.34 – 00:14:39.71 

 you know this lead Um Those two Wisconsin games those games

Vince:

00:14:40.34 – 00:14:42.21 

 have literally

Vince:

00:14:42.98 – 00:15:02.39 

 and most likely will stop us from seeing Jalen Pickett in the N C Double A Tournament and you know this team with a lot of old players who have been put in 56 years at Penn State and you know we’re not going to get to see them at the dance because of this this bone lead and it’s just inexcusable Um

Vince:

00:15:03.05 – 00:15:06.63 

 Yeah I I thought coaching wasn’t best in this game and

Vince:

00:15:07.66 – 00:15:11.01 

 you know players didn’t step up either So it’s

Vince:

00:15:11.62 – 00:15:21.71 

 you know it’s just it’s just a shame all around because this this team should be in the N C Double A Tournament and it’s just when you love games like this get away

Vince:

00:15:22.49 – 00:15:34.82 

 you know that that’s how you find yourself on the way out and you know definitely hurts being a fan who’s been you know following all the games and everything but you know at the end of the day it is what it is and this is a team that you’re gonna be seeing in the and I

Maggie:

00:15:34.83 – 00:15:36.02 

 was looking pretty good

Maggie:

00:15:36.73 – 00:15:41.8 

 Um One more bright spot that I do want to shout out and then I have a discussion question

Maggie:

00:15:42.33 – 00:16:10.54 

 um I thought Kanye Clary did pretty good too He’s getting really I think consistent minutes we’re seeing him more comfortable with taking his shot and then also more comfortable taking guys who are a lot taller than him to the rim and I think he he does it with um with style he looks sharp out there He’s moving quick he’s really really putting people on their heels So I think you know I’m

Maggie:

00:16:10.95 – 00:16:34.15 

 I’m really seeing a lot of potential in kinda Clary and it’s nice that it’s nice that like you know when we saw this kind of emerged for the first time we’re like oh is this going to be kind of like a flash in the pan or is this like like consistent talent and it’s I think it is reassuring to see that this is like he can consistently perform I don’t have the number of points that he put up but

Maggie:

00:16:34.36 – 00:16:55.18 

 We can I feel like we can sort of expect to see him put up between five and 10 a night which is awesome and it’s you know I think points to consistency and growth So I’m glad that this wasn’t just like a one off where he’s had a couple of games where this happens but that he can really really capitalize on this momentum

Vince:

00:16:55.87 – 00:17:12.65 

 Yeah I thought he had an alright game tonight to four from the field five points three rebounds knock down a really nice three in the corner But yeah yeah the reason you’re seeing him on the court a lot is because Penn State doesn’t have a lot of people who can create their own shot

Vince:

00:17:12.8 – 00:17:31.04 

 You look at Jalen Pickett for that cam winter is kind of starting to get starting to get back to that again And uh Kanye Clary is out there for like the next best ball handler on the team So you could even argue he’s the second best ball handler behind Jalen Pickett and

Vince:

00:17:31.6 – 00:18:00.04 

 um so that’s what he does Well that’s why he’s getting some court minutes because you need people unless you’re having some really good ball movement and and uh you know the players are moving well within the offense it’s really difficult uh to get shots without someone able to beat the guy off the dribble and and get to the paint So that’s why you’re seeing him in there a lot more because Penn State just doesn’t have a lot of guys that are able to do that and that’s

Vince:

00:18:00.27 – 00:18:04.16 

 really important in basketball last year like the

Vince:

00:18:04.74 – 00:18:31.2 

 the Bella the Bella mean squat bell and mine it’s in it’s in Louisville they were a D Two school but they run this offense where they like don’t dribble the basketball and they’re just constantly moving and they hardly dribble and it’s really fun to watch the ball movement and they’re getting easy shots off of it Yeah it’s pretty impressive to have that level of discipline but unless you’re running that kind of offense like you need guys that can

Vince:

00:18:31.51 – 00:18:57.77 

 you beat guys off the off the dribble and we don’t have a ton of that So that’s why you do see guys like Kanye Clarice in the field Um Some of them hate for a couple of minutes and I thought he was the guy who maybe should have got a few more minutes especially since hence State really was struggling locking down the other team when they were starting to make that comeback and when you have a lead

Vince:

00:18:58.12 – 00:19:18.0 

 um a defensive guy like Mahaffey that’s that’s his time to shine on the floor when you know and then you get some of your guys rest and and then you’re throwing some more bodies at guys like Clifford up more uri and yeah it’s just another guy might have been able to maybe get some more minutes But uh

Vince:

00:19:18.48 – 00:19:33.84 

 you know I think we’ve talked enough about our disappointments and a lot of different areas of this game We’ll move onto onto player awards discussion questions before we give our player awards Will give a discussion question

Maggie:

00:19:34.4 – 00:19:36.69 

 Yeah Question for the group So

Maggie:

00:19:37.41 – 00:19:59.29 

 the the don’t know B J C Event coordinators will do this little program You know they do all these little cute things during um during breaks during um timeouts halftime all that and one of them is like a competition where they have a fan list off

Maggie:

00:20:00.0 – 00:20:17.61 

 items in a category and then they compare to one of the Penn State players So they do funny things like I remember they did like Disney movies or they’ll do fruits and pizza toppings which is a whole nother discussion question But

Maggie:

00:20:18.15 – 00:20:23.62 

 um Jalen Pickett was going pretty strong with the colors but then he started listing

Maggie:

00:20:24.19 – 00:20:25.02 

 he was like

Maggie:

00:20:25.88 – 00:20:37.87 

 dark dark green dark blue dark black And my question is black slightly darker black My question for you vince is is that cheating or not

Maggie:

00:20:38.44 – 00:20:40.41 

 to say dark green I mean

Vince:

00:20:40.42 – 00:20:44.57 

 I feel like it is is a little I mean

Vince:

00:20:45.92 – 00:20:50.95 

 nothing There’s so many different shades So I I guess like

Vince:

00:20:51.89 – 00:21:00.0 

 maybe like more like a navy blue that’s like a darker blue like something like that or maybe black that’s a shade of black So like I feel like

Vince:

00:21:00.52 – 00:21:18.25 

 or like you know kelly green and midnight green for the eagles So those are those are those are different colors but you know when you’re like when you have like 20 seconds to list a bunch of colors and you know you’re down to like the last couple of seconds you know you don’t have time to think of like

Vince:

00:21:18.91 – 00:21:35.58 

 um you know what you have and when you’re saying and listening all things you forget what you said you like like the last couple of seconds So I mean I don’t think it’s cheating I think it’s just like oh he said like 18 like 14 colors already and now he’s just like forgot what he

Vince:

00:21:35.59 – 00:21:56.69 

 he said kind of trying to say some new ones and not repeat So and it is a little unfair because the contestants do get an extra 10 seconds Save you 30 seconds compared to the players 20 That’s something I did notice I’m like how are the contestants winning like all the time Because yeah there’d be times where I’m like oh this guy just listed a bunch

Maggie:

00:21:56.69 – 00:21:58.85 

 and yeah

Vince:

00:21:58.86 – 00:21:59.47 

 a lot of

Maggie:

00:21:59.47 – 00:22:01.09 

 starfruit

Maggie:

00:22:01.92 – 00:22:17.76 

 going deep on fruits So okay Just wanted to get your take on that because I was like mm I don’t know if we can necessarily count shades of colors as separate colors unless you name it by its proper name Probably maybe

Vince:

00:22:17.76 – 00:22:23.98 

 blue Probably Probably not what I would go for Like if you say like dark blue

Vince:

00:22:25.05 – 00:22:31.51 

 there’s so many different shades of dark blue like but again I think that’s uh

Vince:

00:22:32.95 – 00:22:46.14 

 yeah I think at that point you’re when you’re doing a competition like that you’re just trying to get points and they’re usually very lenient with things like that giving points So I can’t I can’t fall pick for saying dark blue

Maggie:

00:22:46.15 – 00:22:57.64 

 I can’t either It’s just funny It’s like I didn’t know that Cannon Yeah we’re I guess maybe stretching a little to try and look for the good like good and funny things in this game

Maggie:

00:22:57.9 – 00:23:00.41 

 Yeah we did see

Vince:

00:23:00.69 – 00:23:11.38 

 franklin coach franklin was there Uh you know so he was definitely getting the crowd going at times and you know it was a really good environment The crowd was getting getting loud at times But

Vince:

00:23:11.95 – 00:23:22.19 

 you know it doesn’t matter because the crowd cannot impact what goes on on the floor the crowd cannot put the ball in the basket So players got to do that And uh you know

Vince:

00:23:22.8 – 00:23:47.18 

 The offense was not running well enough tonight Um one area that I was really happy in this matchup was the rebounding Penn State competed really well in the glass They only got outrebounded by one rebound tonight whereas I think they got out rebounded by 15 in the first match up So they definitely were a lot tougher a lot more physical especially in that first half They lived really good but

Vince:

00:23:48.09 – 00:24:00.2 

 you know just frustrating frustrating loss It makes you wanna bang your head against the table and you know throw stuff like just like it was just one of those games and

Vince:

00:24:01.17 – 00:24:20.31 

 yeah it just came at the worst possible time in the season because this is where um they just come off a three game win streak They’re playing good at the right time and then just um they let they let the pressure get to them and and you know they got tight and

Vince:

00:24:20.88 – 00:24:30.58 

 you know Rutgers you know they sense that momentum and you know they slowly chipped away at the lead They were even like rolling the ball slowly

Vince:

00:24:30.76 – 00:24:59.25 

 on the ground across the court you know with like 17 minutes left and maybe that’s maybe maybe that’s another air but you know little things like that matter So if you’re if you’re doing more of a three quarter press and you have your point guard down there and that guy has to pick up the ball and they can’t just roll it up the court You know you’re looking at an extra 23 seconds of possession and you know that could that’s a game like this where you lose by three if the other team gets less shots then

Vince:

00:24:59.47 – 00:25:20.36 

 maybe this game is impacted If they don’t let them roll the ball down to half court you know that’s that’s another coaching area where you know when the clock is on your side you know little things matter every second counts and when you have the clock on your side you wanna try to get to zero as quick as you can especially if your shots aren’t falling you don’t want to give the other team more

Maggie:

00:25:20.36 – 00:25:21.53 

 time

Maggie:

00:25:22.19 – 00:25:39.24 

 Well I do think it is kind of cathartic to come home from the game record the pod get it all out and then be like alright we’ve said what we’re feeling about the game and then kind of like exhale onto the next one You feel the same way

Vince:

00:25:40.04 – 00:25:51.13 

 Um Yeah it feels good to vent and get it out of there and out of the system But anyway we have to do our players of the game who do you have for the Mahoney mauler I

Maggie:

00:25:51.14 – 00:26:00.26 

 will go for Mikey hen I so vince allowed me to make a last minute Communion predictions

Vince:

00:26:00.27 – 00:26:02.29 

 Were like two or 3 minutes in the game

Vince:

00:26:02.3 – 00:26:07.78 

 So I was like okay it’s early enough to allow it What’s your community prediction since you didn’t get the last

Maggie:

00:26:07.79 – 00:26:30.67 

 my retroactive community prediction is that I said Mikey hen would have a good good game Defensively shut down number 11 That’s Clifford Right okay And that and then I said that he would score 23 pointers and what do you know he scored 23 pointers So I felt pretty satisfied and proud of myself for

Maggie:

00:26:30.93 – 00:26:36.86 

 Calling that one So I do feel like it’s only fair that I return the gesture by giving him the Mahoney Mahler

Vince:

00:26:36.87 – 00:26:38.33 

 Yeah And

Maggie:

00:26:38.37 – 00:26:39.69 

 he drew a offensive

Vince:

00:26:39.69 – 00:26:58.88 

 foul oh yeah he drew an offensive foul That that was uh that was a big time in the game and you know really tough player plays tough he plays physical so definitely enjoy watching him play like his game Um yeah I think that’s a great candidate for the award I think I’m gonna go with

Vince:

00:27:00.0 – 00:27:20.25 

 with Kevin guy for this one I think I’m going to give him the Fidelity Fighter I really liked you know he was catching the ball really well He was finishing around the rim knocked down two of four free throws You know the one kind of went in and out which is unfortunate I hate when that happens when whenever I would shoot Um

Vince:

00:27:21.12 – 00:27:49.38 

 but yeah so I thought he played really well defensively did a really good job containing Clifford Um Aruri Uh so yeah he did really well and I like I like I like where he’s going and you saw him contributing offensively and for that reason I think that’s why he should be on the floor a little bit more or him or Mikey had for that matter because they’re contributing offensively

Vince:

00:27:49.6 – 00:28:07.06 

 and they have the size to hang with guys like Clifford and Marie and at the end at the end of the game it’s you need guys to get a key rebound and we did not get the most important rebound in the game And you know I think that you know having a bigger guy in there could have made the difference

Maggie:

00:28:07.4 – 00:28:14.4 

 So I agree with you I think Kevin is a good choice for that and for the bird brawler I feel like we’re probably gonna agree

Vince:

00:28:14.4 – 00:28:36.53 

 on that I think it has to be camp winter Cameron winter 6 to 9 from the field really great in that first half really led the way took the initiative and then in the second half got got Penn State rolling after they were a little bit lackadaisical at the at the end of the first half allowing the lead to go from 16 down to 10 at the half and

Vince:

00:28:36.93 – 00:29:04.31 

 so I thought he had a good game happy I’m happy with how he’s played the past week or two Um but yeah it takes everybody not not a couple of guys that were given the award suit So um yeah really tough tough loss But let’s move forward Wednesday night nine p.m. It’s it’s gonna be a late game on the Big 10 network You got Northwestern in that central time zone so games a little bit later

Vince:

00:29:04.56 – 00:29:23.27 

 Um Yeah Northwestern is the second best team in the Big 10 This will be the 1st 21 20 win team that Penn State has faced this year because when they played Purdue at the time they didn’t have 20 wins So now they’re at 24 but

Vince:

00:29:23.43 – 00:29:45.95 

 uh Northwestern squad really good They’re led by two star guards So we got Jalen Pickett and this team has like two Jalen pickets Uh they got Bowie and chase Both Both these guys are great guards Good ball handlers can score in a variety of ways Uh decent three point shooters um overall as a team

Vince:

00:29:46.36 – 00:30:14.16 

 uh you know pretty average team shooting 32% But you know I’m sure they’ll do well at home uh in their gym I’m sure they’ll be really looking to get at Penn State and be kind of pIO that they lost to Maryland after you know playing really well this season So those are two the two guys that you’re definitely going to want to watch out for another guy I think that could give them fits is uh 77 footer Matthew Nicholson

Vince:

00:30:14.4 – 00:30:41.86 

 he only averages six points per game However his field goal percentage is 57% He did have a lot of points against Maryland who like us they’re not the biggest team Uh they don’t have a lot of size compared to a lot of these other Big 10 centers that are out there So he’s another guy Um I think we need to watch out for however I do think with how has been playing and how Mikey’s been playing He’s a little

Vince:

00:30:42.43 – 00:31:06.29 

 uh shorter but you know he’s he’s strong and he’s physical I think well hang in there All right So I think they can you know do a good job with him in the post be shutting down boo boo and chase ideas That is going to be um a really difficult task Um You’re going to see Pickett and Seth lundy their two best defensive players having their hands full with these guys

Maggie:

00:31:07.37 – 00:31:12.61 

 Yeah And I believe this is the first time Penn State and Northwestern have played this season

Vince:

00:31:12.62 – 00:31:32.05 

 Yes Penn State beat them twice last year So I do think that um Northwestern is out for Revenge and Northwestern is one of those teams that no one expected to be good at the beginning of the season You know we we we all knew that chase we were good players but outside of that it was like

Vince:

00:31:32.64 – 00:31:50.54 

 okay this is Northwestern this is a school that you know really only focused on academics and not sports However um their squad is having a really special season you’ll be seeing them in the N C Double A Tournament no matter how their final um You know two weeks ago of the season so

Vince:

00:31:51.31 – 00:32:08.1 

 really big time squad Penn State is going to have their hands full You’re gonna need good defense Um You’re going to need your stars to play like stars You can’t have Jalen pickett having zero points in the second half unless you know

Vince:

00:32:08.75 – 00:32:20.34 

 you have lights out three point shooting or you’re finding kevin the paint for easy layups and dunks Um You need him to play like a star you need Andrew funk to hit some shots Uh

Vince:

00:32:21.23 – 00:32:50.17 

 Little concerned I don’t know if he’s dealing with a shoulder injury You kind of saw like the cupping marks from that um You know that type of therapy that some some players enjoy getting and you know you saw like Michael Phelps was like the first guy to do that because swimming you know the shoulders get fatigue so he must must be getting a little tired late in the season with all the threes he’s been shooting and making So um you know hopefully he’s healthy and able to knock down some shots also need miles Try to get going Um

Vince:

00:32:50.41 – 00:32:55.47 

 46% shooter in November December and then past couple of months you know

Vince:

00:32:56.33 – 00:33:16.52 

 In the 20% range So you know he’s definitely got to step up and when the opportunities come he’s gotta knock them down We need him to step up big time especially since he’s a senior leader Um so I need him to knock some shots down and you need Seth lundy to keep on shooting Uh this is an anomaly tonight

Vince:

00:33:16.96 – 00:33:44.67 

 Like if you were a guy who sports bet like $1 on Seth wanted to go over 11 for three like you would have made like at least $10,000 like that That would have been like unheard of for him and his you know statistics and where he’s knocking down threes so um anomaly Um so I need you need Seth lundy to keep on shooting

Vince:

00:33:44.85 – 00:34:10.6 

 but shots aren’t falling early What I really would like to see him do is get to the paint a little more do a pump fake get the defender in the air take one or two dribbles in and you know take a mid range jumper or you know take it to the room for a layup or you know drive in and then kick out to a teammate I like to see him do that a little bit more I think with

Vince:

00:34:11.03 – 00:34:28.65 

 you know him being so hot recently he’s kind of getting away from that and I I think sometimes when you see Andrew funk and a little bit of a slump What he does is he does that pump fake he’ll take one or two dribbles to the paint and then pull up for a minute and jumper he’ll knock it down and that gets his confidence going and

Vince:

00:34:28.87 – 00:34:56.09 

 that’s something I would have liked to see him do a lot earlier in the game and it wasn’t only him but you did see Penn State at times settle for threes that were like not on the three point line but like you know 34 ft behind like you know getting even you know a little bit past NBA range at times and you know the when you watch basketball the percentage is significantly higher when they are a couple of inches behind the

Vince:

00:34:56.28 – 00:35:04.52 

 three point line then a couple of feet So you know getting to that line and getting the good shots matters And uh you know I think that

Vince:

00:35:05.35 – 00:35:11.64 

 that means that Penn State needs to have better ball movement comes down that they need to you know

Vince:

00:35:12.27 – 00:35:15.53 

 have better ball movement to create space get open

Vince:

00:35:16.05 – 00:35:27.98 

 use the drive to collapse the paint and that’s how you create shots for you guys And uh you know if they can do that they’re gonna have a chance against Northwestern but if they don’t um

Vince:

00:35:28.5 – 00:35:49.87 

 Yeah they’re gonna be in trouble because shutting down Bowie and Chase Saudis Um not many big 10 teams have done it this year and with how Penn State has done defensively they’ve been playing a little better the past couple of weeks but you know they need to be dialed in for 40 minutes against these guys

Maggie:

00:35:50.87 – 00:35:54.85 

 Well speaking of 40 minutes we’re almost there for the pod So we are

Vince:

00:35:54.85 – 00:36:05.61 

 So I think it is about time to wrap things up But community prediction wise what do you think is going to happen in this match up against the Northwestern Wildcats

Maggie:

00:36:06.47 – 00:36:08.15 

 for 12

Vince:

00:36:08.16 – 00:36:10.84 

 12 points for Kevin John I

Maggie:

00:36:10.84 – 00:36:11.61 

 like

Maggie:

00:36:12.25 – 00:36:13.33 

 what do you think

Vince:

00:36:13.85 – 00:36:17.36 

 I think I’ll go with my community prediction

Vince:

00:36:18.03 – 00:36:25.88 

 is that you will see Mikey hand and cabbage I both scoring double figures I think

Vince:

00:36:26.86 – 00:36:52.75 

 I think there’s a good chance of that Especially Mikey I think Mikey has a really good chance to get double figures and he’ll be able to stretch the paint Um but again those things are only going to happen if they get the minutes like I could see them you know I almost want to change my mind here and say like okay Andrew Funk is gonna so I’ll say either that or Andrew Funk is going to start

Vince:

00:36:53.03 – 00:36:58.02 

 I think I think it’s going to have a hot game I think they’ll knock down like four threes You

Maggie:

00:36:58.02 – 00:37:02.15 

 can give that as Andrew Bird’s prediction for Andrew Funk Yeah

Vince:

00:37:02.16 – 00:37:11.17 

 Andrew Andrew Andrew prediction So final score What do you got for Penn State Northwestern

Maggie:

00:37:11.18 – 00:37:18.86 

 I’m going to say pens the 80 northwestern 79 1.1 All you need is one point

Vince:

00:37:18.99 – 00:37:31.23 

 Yeah I’m not feeling so optimistic I I think I think they’ll compete I think they’re going to have a hard time scoring against this Northwestern squad But at the end of the day

Vince:

00:37:32.55 – 00:37:57.68 

 I’m gonna say Wildcats 72 Nittany Lions I’ll say 64 So I’m gonna go with an eight point loss Uh you know Northwestern isn’t a team that scores a ton of points the average 68 a game So they can be slowed down a little bit But at the end of the day um

Vince:

00:37:58.46 – 00:37:58.95 

 yeah

Vince:

00:37:59.58 – 00:38:14.73 

 We gotta play defense for 40 minutes for that to happen And then we also got to keep up and score offensively and we can’t just be standing there staring at Jalen Pickett and you know asking him to be superman They gotta move bomb or you know this is

Vince:

00:38:15.25 – 00:38:28.86 

 uh high level Division one power five basketball Like they gotta get everyone moving and everyone locked in and we can’t just be standing waiting waiting around for a catch and shoot three Sometimes you gotta do a little bit more to to make that stuff

Maggie:

00:38:28.86 – 00:38:30.2 

 happen

Maggie:

00:38:31.05 – 00:38:34.33 

 Alright well we’ve we’ve aired our grievances

Vince:

00:38:35.32 – 00:38:38.22 

 grievances grievances

Vince:

00:38:39.14 – 00:38:45.57 

 You know uh you know when uh I like Jalen hurts his quote He after a bad game he’s like

Vince:

00:38:46.3 – 00:38:50.05 

 you take a ship you flush the toilet so just get it all out of there and

Vince:

00:38:50.78 – 00:39:05.64 

 you know it’s in the past it’s done It’s over We’re on the Northwestern and you know players have to that too They gotta have a short term memory and you know get back to playing Penn State basketball and what Penn State basketball is

Maggie:

00:39:05.65 – 00:39:12.07 

 So can I read it Yeah maybe this will be the current change that Penn State needs

Maggie:

00:39:12.96 – 00:39:38.32 

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Vince:

00:39:38.53 – 00:39:39.59 

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Maggie:

00:39:39.59 – 00:39:42.42 

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Vince:

00:39:42.54 – 00:39:43.82 

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