Opponent preview, players to watch for Nebraska basketball vs. Penn State

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena

Radio: 1600 AM, 105.5 FM

Opponent Preview

2018-19 record: 7-8 overall, 0-4 Big Ten

Offensive efficiency (KenPom): 152nd

Defensive efficiency (KenPom): 19th

Trending: Down. Penn State started the season 4-2, with an exclamation-point win over then-No. 13 Virginia Tech. But Penn State has lost to every good team it’s played since, including Maryland, Indiana, North Carolina State, Alabama, Michigan and Wisconsin. That leaves them at 7-8 and winless in the Big Ten. Penn State has potential to get hot and upset someone — as seen with the Tech win and the two-point loss to Indiana at home — but that’s not really the case away from home. Penn State lost to DePaul on the road and Bradley on a neutral court.

Players to watch

» Lamar Stevens leads Penn State with 18.9 points per game, which is fourth in the Big Ten. The 6-foot-8, 230-pound junior isn’t very efficient, though. He shoots 43.4 percent from the floor, 17.1 percent from 3-point range and averages 16.6 shots per game. He did score 22 against a solid Wisconsin defense, though, so he could go off.

» Josh Reaves could give Glynn Watson some trouble on the defensive end. He leads the conference in steals with 2.5 per game. The senior guard scores 9.5 points per game, but dishes out 3.3 assists and is actually third on the team with 5.0 rebounds a game. He’s a pesky guard.

» Penn State has one potentially deadly 3-point shooter. That’s freshman Rasir Bolton. He’s shooting 40 percent from 3-point range. He’s the only Nittany Lion shooting over 35 percent from deep. He made four against UMBC on Dec. 29. Bolton averages 13.1 points per game, and half of those come from 3-point range.

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