Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

PSU Basketball

5 Things to Know Before Penn State-Loyola (MD)

Game 2 of Year 2 of the Micah Shrewsberry era at Penn State is Thursday night at the Bryce Jordan Center against Loyola (MD). Here are five things to know.

LIFE WITH MIKEY

Mikey Henn was one of three players Penn State landed from the transfer portal this past offseason, along with Cam Wynter and Andrew Funk. Unlike 5-foot-4 Michael J. Fox, who played the main character in the 1993 comedy Life with Mikey, Henn is tall. At 6-foot-8 and 244-pounds, the seventh—yes, seventh- year senior gives Penn State an inside presence on a team that isn’t known for its height.

Henn only played three minutes against Winthrop, but did hit the last of Penn State’s 18 three-pointers. It’s worth watching to see if his minutes will increase against Loyola.

THREES FALLING… FOR NOW

Making 18 3-pointers in a game probably isn’t sustainable, but that’s the way Shrewsberry and his staff want this team to play. In Loyola’s 72-66 loss at DePaul this past Monday, it allowed eight made treys in 27 attempts, good for less than 30%. So Loyola could present a stiff challenge in Penn State’s quest to hit from downtown.

THE LOWDOWN ON LOYOLA

Loyola is 0-1, with the aforementioned loss to DePaul its only result thus far, so we don’t know too much about the team— or any other team in college basketball— yet. Loyola’s currently ranked No. 229 in KenPom.Com’s 2023 Pomeroy Ratings.

The Patriot League squad went 14-16 last season and has 13 players back this year, including its top two scorers, Jaylin Andrews (13.9 PPG) and Kenneth Jones (8.7 PPG.) Andrews and Jones are fifth-year seniors. Jones led the Patriot League in assists last season and Andrews was one of the conference’s top 10 in points per game.

Jones had a team-high 20 points against DePaul, and Andrews added 12. Freshman Deon Perry also cracked double digits for Loyola, adding 13.

DEFENDING THE 3

For Shrewsberry, giving up 11 3-pointers in a game won’t cut it, even in a 25-point win. Winthrop went 11-for-25 against Penn State, exploiting what was a weak spot for Penn State last season.

Shrewsberry’s squad placed 12th of 14 Big Ten teams in opponents’ 3-point percentage. Loyola shot the ball well from beyond the arc against DePaul, hitting 10 of 24 shots. If Loyola is to upset Penn State, it will likely need to hit and hit often from three, and Penn State could get burned if its not careful.

HOW TO WATCH

Penn State and Loyola tip-off at 7 Thursday night at the Bryce Jordan Center. The game is on BTN+, like Penn State’s opener against Winthrop was. Andre Magaro (PXP) and Adam Sheetz (color)  are the commentary team. People who won’t be at the game and don’t have BTN+ can listen to Steve Jones and Dick Jerardi on one of these affiliates. Jones and Jerardi can also be heard on Sirius/XM Channel 382. The channel on the app is 972.

Get NSN in your Inbox

Enter your email address to get notifications of new posts by email.

More from Nittany Sports Now

PSU Basketball

0 Here are five takeaways from Penn State men’s basketball’s 2 OT loss at Clemson on Wednesday night. THE TEAM HAS GUTS Penn State...

PSU Basketball

0 Hunter Tyson scored a career-high 24 points and nine rebounds, and PJ Halls scored 22 points as they lift Clemson to outlast Penn...

PSU Basketball

0 Penn State men’s basketball los to improve to 7-1 Tuesday night against Clemson. Here are five things to know before the game. RETURN...

Opinion

1 Penn State fans are used to watching 68 teams that they don’t root for play in the NCAA Tournament. In the tournament’s history...

Get Nittany Sports Now in your inbox

Sign-up for email updates and get the whole story first from the Nittany Sports Now team, delivered straight to your inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.