Monday, March 30, 2009

Penn State Preview

Penn State-
Pomeroy Ranking- 64th
Record- 25-11 (10-8)
Quality Wins- Purdue, Michigan, @ Michigan State, Illinois (x2), Florida
Bad Losses- None
Common Opponents- Lost to Ohio State 73-59, Beat Indiana Three Times
Pomeroy Projection- ND 72-68

Key Players-
#12 Talor Battle- 5'11", 165 lbs.- 16.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.9 APG, 34.9% 3PA
#2 Jamelle Cornley- 6'5", 250 lbs.- 14.2 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 40.4% 3PA
#11 Stanley Pringle- 6'1", 180 lbs.- 12.9 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 47.0% 3PA

Scouting Report-
Don't turn the ball over (19th).
Don't allow offensive rebounds (21st).
Don't allow many trips to the line (2nd).

In case you were wondering, here is what a preview for the Irish would look like:

Notre Dame-
Pomeroy Ranking- 33rd
Record- 21-14 (8-10)
Quality Wins- Texas, Georgetown, Louisville, UAB, New Mexico, Kentucky
Bad Losses- St. John's

Key Players-
#44 Luke Harangody- 6'8", 255 lbs.- 23.5 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 36.1% 3PA
#23 Kyle McAlarney- 6'0", 195 lbs.- 15.1 PPG, 3.4 APG, 42.6% 3PA
#2 Tory Jackson- 5'11", 193 lbs.- 10.6 PPG, 4.9 APG, 4.5 RPG, 36.4% 3PA

Scouting Report-
Don't turn the ball over (2nd) or get it back on defense (343rd).
Great three-point shooting team (18th).
Don't get to the line very often (336th).


Craig said...

Penn State also doesn't get the ball back on defense (301st).
Penn State also doesn't get to the line all that often (261st).

We also don't allow many trips to the line (13th).

I assume you were trying to stick to only three key players, but Ayers will be almost as important to our fortunes as McAlarney. We don't need both of them to be scoring, but we do need points from one of them.

luke"paulus"zeller said...

pringle's 3 point % is mmm mmm good....sorry couldn't resist

it should be a good game, especially with all the heated commentary between the PSU blogger and Black and Green

but with this ND team who knows? we have the potential to demolish PSU by 30 or lose by 10 in a real ugly game

MJenks said...

Let's hope that Pringle keeps to stroking it in the library and not from the three-point line.

BlackandGreen said...

What a romantic.

I do try to stick to three statistical points for the scouting report and key players. As you pointed out, that can create a couple holes in the preview. I almost went with Ayers over Jackson (usually the three players are the top three scorers), but wanted to show off how Tory helps the team in other categories.

Anonymous said...

This is stupid on my part but when is this game?

Anonymous said...

9 on espn2. It's the second semifinal.

Devon Edwards said...

Good luck tonight, guys. May the best team (i.e.: Penn State) win.

Craig said...

I agree, may the best team win.

Unless that's not ND, in which case, may the worst team win.

And I'd wish PSU good luck, but I'd be lying. I'd like to see them have awful, rotten luck.

Anonymous said...

Thank God Hillensland is a senior because all he does on offense is try to get rid of the ball. He doesn't know how to play. He tries to get rid of the ball because he just doesn't it want it in his hands. Why Brey played him is beyond me. He is always just lost.