Game Preview: Men’s Basketball vs. Rutgers

Audio/Story posted February 26, 2020 in Sports, CommRadio 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 is a play by play announcer for Com Radio 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 junior 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, and formerly Jason Marcus and Francesco de Falco. 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 is a junior from Chapel Hill, N.C., majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in entrepreneurship. He is a member of CommRadio’s sports team and has done several broadcasts with them, providing both play-by-play and color commentary. 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. He hopes to one day have a career as a play-by-play announcer or a TV anchor. 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 sophomore 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 a co-host of the S&S Show. He has experience covering high school basketball and has interned with the Altoona Curve. This summer, Preston will be interning with the Saugerties Stallions of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League as a broadcaster. Preston aspires to become a play-by-play broadcaster. To contact, send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Andrew Destin is a sophomore from Saratoga, California majoring in broadcast journalism. Destin currently creates weekly content for CommRadio, as well as broadcasting and beat writing live sporting events. Destin also works for the Big Ten Network as a play-by-play broadcaster for various sports on campus. Destin worked last summer with the Santa Cruz Sentinel as a sports writer and will be interning this summer as a play-by-play broadcaster in the Cape Cod league with the Bourne Braves. You can contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Jake Starr is a sophomore from West Chester, Pennsylvania, and is majoring in broadcast journalism. Jake is the News Director at Comm Radio, as well as taking on a variety of other roles. He serves as a play-by-play broadcaster for Comm Radio, in addition to BTN Student U. He hosts a weekly talk show every Tuesday and is the producer of Comm Radio’s Wednesday newscast. In addition to Comm Radio, Jake is a staff writer for, covering Penn State men’s ice hockey and women’s lacrosse. Jake is working a summer internship with the Saugerties Stallions of the PGBCL in New York. To contact Jake, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and you can follow him on Twitter @jstarr1999.

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Connor is a sophomore from Horsham, Pennsylvania. This is his first year working with CommRadio, and his focus is primarily in sports. Last year, he worked for Penn State Athletics Strategic Communications as an assistant to all of Penn State’s sports information directors. This past summer, he shadowed Williamsport WRAK 1400’s play-by-play coverage of the Little League World Series, and he interned with the sports department of the NBC affiliate news station in Charleston, South Carolina. You can contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).