Game Preview: Men’s Basketball vs. Rutgers

Audio/Story posted February 26, 2020 in CommRadio, Sports by Sports Staff

Host Andre Magaro, alongside analysts Preston Shoemaker, DJ Bauer, Jake Starr and Andrew Destin, with special appearances by David Hadar, Connor Griffin and Ethan Cook, preview the upcoming matchup between Penn State and Rutgers: 

After suffering back to back losses to unranked opponents, Penn State will look to bounce back at home against Rutgers. After dropping games to Illinois and Indiana, Penn State will have to take down a team that has already gotten the best of it once this season.

Back on Track

Penn State concluded the past week by dropping both of its games and its inability to consistently score in the first half played a huge factor. The Nittany Lions were outscored by a total of 17 points in the last two contests combined.

In order to get back in the win column, the Nittany Lions will need some of their perimeter shooters to find their stroke again.

Myles Dread was expected to step up in the absence of Myreon Jones. Recently, it has been his inconsistency that has hurt Pat Chamber’s offense. In his last two games, Dread has shot 3-of-16 from beyond the arc. In order to get back on track, the Nittany Lions will need him to improve find from past the 3-point line

Rankings Update

After being ranked ninth in the nation, Penn State dropped seven spots to No. 16.

The Nittany Lions will have their work cut out for them if they want to climb back up the rankings. Their next three games in particular will be challenging. After Rutgers, they will have to take on Iowa and Michigan State. Both are top teams not only in the conference, but in the nation as well.

Penn State’s upcoming schedule should tell a lot about what kind of team it really is and how big of a threat it truly is when it comes time for NCAA Tournament play.                                         

Myreon Jones

Jones has been Penn State’s most consistent shooter this season. He is currently averaging over 14 points per game and is shooting 41% from three-point range.

The sophomore guard has missed the last five games. He was listed as a game-time decision for Penn State's previous game against Indiana before he was ultimately ruled out. It was only a matter of time before Jones’ absence from the court caught up to the Nittany Lions.

If he can play Wednesday, his services will be a much welcomed addition and could be key to a Penn State victory.


The Scarlet Knights have also dropped their last two games. Both losses came at the hand of conference opponents.

When playing away from its home court, Rutgers is 1-7, which is not ideal when traveling to the Bryce Jordan Center to play a team that thrives at home.

Final Analysis

Penn State needs to get back in the win column. In order to do so it will need its perimeter shooters to make shots. Recently, Penn State has not had a consistent scorer outside of Lamar Stevens.

Rutgers will not make it easy on the Nittany Lions. In their only matchup to this point in the season, the Scarlet Knights came out on top, due in large part to their ability to contain Penn State’s shooters. They shot 6-of-25 from long range. Five of those six made attempts came from Myreon Jones.

Prediction: Penn State 82, Rutgers 73


Ben Serfass is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email

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Ethan Cook

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Ethan is a play-by-play announcer for CommRadio who is aspiring to be a college football analyst for either a major sports network or a college radio station.

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David “DJ” M. Bauer Jr. is a senior from Valencia, Pennsylvania majoring in broadcast journalism at Penn State. He is an editor, writer, producer, and play-by-play announcer for the CommRadio sports department. His writings include the Weekly NFL Game Picks series, Bauertology, and the NCAA Bubble Watch series. He is the co-host of the CommRadio talk show 4th & Long alongside Jeremy Ganes. Alongside Andrew Destin, Andrew Field and Zach Donaldson, he is one of CommRadio’s Penn State football insiders, a group of elite writers who cover Penn State football in depth during the 2020 season. He was also a production intern for the Frontier League’s Washington Wild Things baseball club. If you’d like to contact him, email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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David Hadar

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David Hadar is a senior from Chapel Hill, N.C., majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in entrepreneurship. He is a sports director with CommRadio in addition to being a play-by-play broadcaster. Additionally, David served as the voice of the Penn State women’s volleyball team for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, covering the radio broadcasts for all home and away matches. David previously interned with Westwood One Sports and the Saugerties Stallions. To contact David, you can email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or follow him on Twitter @djhadar.

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Preston Shoemaker is a senior Bellisario Fellow from Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania and is majoring in broadcast journalism. He is a director, play-by-play broadcaster and writer for the CommRadio sports department. He is also an executive producer for the Centre County Report and the newly formed After the Whistle. Preston is the Broadcast Assistant for the Altoona Curve, Double-A Affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he serves as a play-by-play broadcaster and works with media relations. Preston aspires to become a professional play-by-play broadcaster. To contact him, send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or follow on Twitter @prestonshoe21.

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Andrew Destin is a senior from Saratoga, California majoring in broadcast journalism and political science. Destin currently creates weekly content for CommRadio, as well as broadcasts and beat writes at live sporting events. Destin also works for the Big Ten Network as a play-by-play broadcaster for various sports on campus. Destin has perviously interned for the Santa Cruz Sentinel as a sports writer, for WPSU as a radio news reporter and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a sports writer. You can contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Jake Starr is a soon-to-be graduate from Penn State. He has spent the last year and a half as the general manager of CommRadio, where he helped oversee all seven departments and over 200 members. Prior to that, Jake worked as the station’s news director. In addition, he is a play-by-play broadcaster with experience calling nine sports across various outlets. In addition to calling games for CommRadio, Jake has called games for Big Ten Plus and ESPN+ for Bucknell University. For the last two summers, he has worked in summer collegiate baseball. Most recently, Jake served as a broadcaster for the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League. You can follow Jake on Twitter @jstarr1999 and email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)!

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Andre Magaro is a senior from Enola, Pennsylvania majoring in broadcast journalism. He is one of CommRadio’s two student general managers. It’s there that Andre does play-by-play broadcasting of Penn State sporting events, and helps with the everyday operation of Penn State’s student-run radio station Andre is also a sports anchor and reporter for the Centre County Report, in addition to doing play-by-play for B1G+ as well. In the past, he has completed a broadcast internship in the Northwoods League for the Kalamazoo Growlers, provided feature articles and game day social media coverage of Penn State Men’s Soccer for Penn State Athletics, and produced articles on Penn State sports for Armchair Media. He can be contacted via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and on Twitter @andre_magaro.

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Connor is a junior from Horsham, Pennsylvania. This is his second year working with CommRadio, and he currently serves as one of the station’s two production directors. In addition to his managerial role, he calls play-by-play for Penn State sports and co-hosts No Boundaries with Zach Donaldson. On the weekends, he is a student reporter on the Unrivaled Pregame Show for Penn State Athletics. You can contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).