MBB Preview: Nebraska

Audio/Story posted February 13, 2017 in CommRadio, Sports by Sports Staff


As the Nittany Lions look to continue their win streak, David Arroyo, Tom Shively and Brandon Pelter discuss what the team needs to do to obtain its third-straight win.

The season for Penn State is not what was expected, as the team was supposed to challenge for a tournament spot. That has not been the case, but the Nittany Lions are closing the season playing their best basketball.

Their performance on Tuesday night against a ranked Maryland team showed what the team is capable of. The 83-70 road win against Illinois proved the team is capable of playing consistently well.

Lamar Stevens is playing the best he has all season, as he scored 21 points against the Fighting Illini. It was his second consecutive game over 20 points and the third in his past five.

Stevens’ play has risen over the past couple of games and he has more confidence on his three point shot. The confident stroke he possesses could spell trouble for Nebraska as they do not truly know how to contain a stretch four.

Tony Carr had a decent game against the Illini as he did shoot over 50 percent from the floor, but his six turnovers are a major red flag. He had no turnovers against Maryland so the up and down play is a bit of a concern.

His scoring has been consistent as he has scored double digits in each of the past six games. Carr’s three point shooting has declined over the past five games as he’s only made four of his past 17 threes and needs to improve his stroke in order for Penn State to succeed.

Payton Banks has been inconsistent this season but played fantastic against Illinois. His 24 points led all scorers, making three triples and going 8-12 from the floor.

His scoring outburst from the bench is surprising as he only scored three points in the two games prior to Illinois. Banks is Penn State’s only true scoring option off the bench, so he needs to play consistently if Penn State wants to sustain success.

Shep Garner’s play has cooled off since his scintillating performance against Rutgers as he only scored three points against Illinois. He only took two shots, so his low point total is not that bad, but needs a bounce back game after struggling against Maryland.

Nebraska has lost its past three games, including their most recent one to Wisconsin in an overtime thriller, 70-69. The Cornhuskers kept the game close, but guards Tai Webster and Glynn Watson Jr. were the only consistent scoring options.

They combined to score 34 of the team’s 69 points and need more help from the rest of the team to compete with the Nittany Lions. Webster has been an offensive force this season as his 18 points per game are good for third in the Big Ten.

He is at his best attacking the rim as he only shoots 30.8 percent from behind the arc. Garner, Carr and Josh Reaves will need to keep him out of the paint as he is their best option.

Penn State and Nebraska are headed in different directions and that should continue as Penn State will extend their winning streak to three games with relative ease.


Joe Esquivel-Murphy is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism and Spanish. To contact him, email jje5139@psu.edu.

About the Contributors

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Tom Shively

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Tom Shively is a senior from Ashburn, Virginia. He is one of the CommRadio sports directors for the 2018-19 school year. He serves as the women’s volleyball and men’s basketball producer and has broadcasted several Penn State sports including the 2018 NFL Draft as well as hosting a talk show airing weekly on CommRadio. Tom also works for GoPSUsports.com, doing feature-style coverage of women’s volleyball and women’s basketball. Last summer, he interned at Blue Lion Multimedia, a local film company in the Washington, DC area. E-mail him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or follow him on Twitter @t_shives.

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David Arroyo

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

David Arroyo currently serves as one of two General Managers for CommRadio. David is a former arts & entertainment director, social media director and editor for the station. He has produced for multiple Penn State sports while in CommRadio, has done play by play for Penn State sporting events such as football, basketball and volleyball and co-hosted and produced his own talk show. During the fall of 2017, David was an anchor, producer and reporter for the Centre County Report. David most recently interned at WPVI-TV, 6abc in Philadelphia during the summer of 2018. While at 6abc he was a programing intern and helped in the production of their weekly show “FYI Philly.” David has interned at B94.5 (State College) and Center City Film and Video (Philadelphia). Follow him on Twitter (@_arroyodavid) or email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Joe Esquivel-Murphy

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Joe Esquivel-Murphy is a senior from Bay Head, NJ, majoring in broadcast journalism and Spanish. He has done play-by-play and beat writes for almost all the sports from CommRadio.  His two talk shows, Murph’s Lounge and Road to Russia, covered various different topics as the later previewed the qualification process to the World Cup with the former discussing relevant sports events. Joe also had an internship for Shore Sports Network (an affiliate of Town Square Media) before his junior year. To contact Joe, email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Brandon Pelter

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Brandon Pelter is a senior from Somers, New York. During his time with CommRadio, Brandon has served as an editor and Sports Director, and currently serves as the station’s general manager. For the past two summers, Brandon interned as a play-by-play broadcaster with the YD Red Sox of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League. He formerly interned with Westwood One Sports. To contact him, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).