How to Watch, Stream, Listen
Game Time: 11 a.m. ET
Location: Madison Square Garden
Radio: 970AM WNYM in New York/GoPSUNow
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Odds & Ends
St. John’s opened as a five point favorite, but that number has dwindled to 3.5 most places, per OddsShark. The over/under is 148
This hotly contested rivalry dates all the way back to 1911, where the Johnnies picked up the first victory. Unfortunately, the two decided to wait 102 years before playing again in 2013 when Penn State picked up an 89-82 overtime victory. Thrilling.
Current New Orleans Pelicans star Tim Frazier paced the Nittany Lions that day with 29 points. Frazier shot 17-20(!!!) from the free throw line. D’Angelo Harrison scored 20 to lead all scorers for the Red Storm.
What To Watch For
But seriously, both Chris Mullin and Pat Chambers are dealing with young, athletic teams who like to get up and down but have struggled early in the season, largely due to their inexperience.
Freshmen guards lead the way for Mullin’s squad. Marcus LoVett is averaging 18.8 points per game and 3.9 assists per game to pace the Red Storm. Backcourt mate and fellow frosh Shamorie Ponds isn’t far behind with 17.4 points per game and 3.4 assists. In all, St. John’s has four players averaging double figures. Joining LoVett and Ponds are Bashir Ahmed and Federico Mussini.
The Nittany Lions are similarly young. While Junior Shep Garner leads PSU in scoring at 14.5 per, Penn State has three freshmen averaging 10-plus. True freshman Tony Carr will run the show for the Nittany Lions, Carr is averaging 11.2 points and 3.6 assists per contest. Redshirt freshman Mike Watkins does a bit of everything for Chambers’ squad. Watkins is averaging 10.2 points, eight boards and 3.4 blocks in 11 games this season.
Both teams have yet to hit their stride this season and a matchup with a similarly young team could be a solid measuring stick for each program.