Another Off Night for Seth Lundy Shows Reason for Concern
Seth Lundy had shined during non-conference play at the start of the season, as he looked to be the best player on the Nittany Lions and destined to fill the role Lamar Stevens left behind. Lundy scored double digits in each of his first three games, including a career-high 32 points against VCU. He was the focal point of the Nittany Lions offense to start the season. But in his last two games, he’s seen a concerning drop in production.
It started during Penn State’s best win of the season, as the Nittany Lions upset No. 15 Virginia Tech. Lundy was quiet all night, despite the rest of his teammates playing excellently. Lundy didn’t record a single point, taking only four shots total.
Coach Jim Ferry after that game had mentioned that even though Lundy knew it wasn’t his night, he did a great job contributing in other areas of the game. He was able to record a rebound, assist, block and steal in the win.
In Penn State’s next game against Michigan, it became clear that Lundy was desperate to get back to his early season form. Lundy was one of four Nittany Lions to take 10 or more shots, but he was the only one to not record double-digit points.
Lundy followed his zero-point performance up with a five-point game in the loss, as he only made two shots on 10 attempts. However, unlike in the Virginia Tech game, Lundy barely contributed in other areas, as he recorded three rebounds and picked up three personal fouls.
The sophomore also played a lot more in the Michigan game. He was tied for second on the team in minutes with 28 after playing just 19 minutes against Virginia Tech. It’s clear that Lundy was doing more bad for the team than good in the loss.
Before the season during media day, Lundy touched on how Lamar Stevens motivated him and how he is trying to fill his shoes this season. While Lundy looks to have the scoring potential to fill that role, one thing we haven’t seen from him is presence on the glass.
As great of a scorer as Stevens was, he was also one of the best rebounders on the Nittany Lions, as he averaged 6.9 rebounds per game last season. This year, Lundy is averaging slightly over three rebounds per game.
Ferry has mentioned on several occasions that the size difference in the Big Ten is massive compared to other conferences.
“The size is different then every conference in the country,” Ferry said. “ACC plays a little bit smaller, the Big East plays very small, but [the Big Ten] plays physical.”
With Lundy being one of the tallest players on a smaller Penn State lineup, the ability to have a strong presence on the glass could make a major difference as Big Ten play continues.
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