Penn State has been solid in the Bryce Jordan Center this season.
Of course, any team is expected to be better at home than on the road, but the disparity with this Nittany Lions team, in particular, is striking. Penn State is a respectable 10-4 at home and a repugnant 1-8 on the road, and that lone road win happened almost two months ago at Northwestern.
The Nittany Lions have three games left, and the bad news is that only one of them is at home. The good news, however, is that the last home game is against the team that has the worst record in the Big Ten and is 0-8 on the road.
Nebraska is 1-16 in the conference, so Penn State has a golden opportunity to win a second straight game, get back to .500 overall and send its seven seniors off from Bryce Jordan Center on a high note. The Nittany Lions are 10.5-point favorites.
Year three of the Fred Hoiberg-era in Lincoln has been a disaster, and Huskers fans are probably counting the days until it’s all over. One of the only bright spots has been the play of Bryce McGowans, who averages 16.6 points per game.
Fellow guard Alonzo Verge Jr. is also a key contributor, averaging 13.8 points.
Although Penn State had its Senior Night celebration Friday night, tonight’s game will be the last one at home for seven seniors. One of them, John Harrar, is coming off a career-high 20-rebound performance in Friday’s 67-60 win over Northwestern. Senior Night was also a coming out party of a sophomore. Dallion Johnson has 15 points on five three pointers— all in the second half— breaking double figures for the first time in his college basketball career.
Last season, Penn State won two of three meetings with Nebraska, with the second one coming in the Big Ten tournament.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 on the Big Ten Network, and can also be streamed on Fox Sports Live. Penn State fans who can’t watch the game can listen to Steve Jones and Dick Jerardi on any of these affiliates.