Penn State vs. Penn Preview

Audio/Story posted November 15, 2013 in Sports, CommRadio by Josiah Bates

Penn State (1-1) will travel to Penn (1-1) on Saturday for their first road game of the season. The Nittany Lions defeated the Quakers last season, 58-47, in the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Opponent

The Quakers are coming off a 79-73 win over Monmouth on Tuesday Night. They fell 78-73 to Temple in their first game of the season. The Quakers are led by sophomore guard Tony Hicks, who is averaging 20.5 points per game. As a freshman last season, Hicks was an All-Ivy league Honorable Mention, after averaging 10.4 ppg and 2.5 rpg. The Quakers have also gotten some nice production from senior guard Miles Jackson-Cartwright, who is averaging 18.5 ppg so far this season. Center Darien Nelson-Henry is also playing well through two games, with 16.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg.

What to watch for:

While Penn State lost their last game to Bucknell 90-80, they’ve looked solid offensively so far. Four players scored in double figures against Bucknell, led by D.J. Newbill who finished with 18 points. Penn State needs to remain consistent offensively. They’ve looked a lot better this season, after they averaged just 61.8 ppg last year. The return of Frazier has made an impact, as expected. Look for Penn State to continue to play well offensively. Especially against a team like Penn, whom they’ve beaten seven of the last eight times they’ve faced them.

Projection

Penn State should come out victorious in this contest. Coming off of a tough loss and being a little battered, they’ll look to come out aggressively against Penn. While the Quakers have quality guards, they likely won’t be able to slow down Frazier or Newbill on the perimeter. Sophomore Brandon Taylor and junior Ross Travis will look to be effective inside against Penn.. Penn State isn’t where they need to be defensively yet so they’ll rely on their offense early in the season.

Josiah Bates is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email jnb5278@psu.edu.

Photo Credit: (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Abby Drey)

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Bradford Conners

Senior / Broadcast Journalism and Actuarial Science

In addition to his work as a broadcaster, beat writer, talk show host, and bracketologist for ComRadio, Bradford has completed production internships with the sports department of NBC 10 in Philadelphia and the Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics Video Department, in addition to a writing internship with Whiztix, a ticket-comparison site. He is currently interning with ESPN Radio 1450 AM in State College where he serves as a color commentator for State College Area High School baseball games and assists with the production of Penn State baseball broadcasts.

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Tyler Zulli

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Tyler Zulli is a Senior from Bensalem, Pennsylvania majoring in broadcast journalism. In his four years as a member of ComRadio, Tyler has established himself as a key contributor at the station in many facets. As a broadcaster, Tyler has called games for Penn State in a wide variety of sports, including football, baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s hockey, basketball, soccer and volleyball. He’s also had the ability to call games at the professional level for the State Colleg Spikes, the Short Season A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Tyler is also a contributor to ComRadio’s original NFL Draft Show, in both the radio and television aspect of the show. He’s been the producer for the radio portion of the show for the past two years. Along with these, Tyler has hosted or co-hosted a variety of talk shows throughout his time at ComRadio. Currently, he is the co-host of two shows, known as Philly Sports Talk and Philly’s Finest. Tyler is also the host of his own solo show, The Tyler Zulli Show. Upon graduation, Tyler hopes to take his skills achieved through ComRadio into the professional world as a play-by-play announcer.

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Maddie Brightman

Senior / Broadcast Journalism and Spanish

Maddie Brightman is the General Manger of ComRadio and a reporter and producer for the Centre County Report. A member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, Maddie was recently a part of reporting trips to Cuba and Super Bowl 50. At ComRadio, she also serves as a producer for multiple Penn State sports has done play by play for Penn State football, baseball and lacrosse.

Maddie has interned at ESPN, Fox Sports Radio (Los Angeles), WBAL-TV (Baltimore) and 105.7 the Fan (Baltimore). One day, Maddie hopes to work behind the scenes in management or production for a national sports network. Follow her on Twitter @maddiebrightman or email her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).