Defending Northeast Conference champion Long Island invades the Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday night to take on a 2-0 Penn State team looking to remain unbeaten ahead of its matchup with No. 2 Kentucky on Saturday. The game will tip at 7:00 p.m. in Happy Valley.
Here are some keys to the game.
When Penn State has the ball
-The Nittany Lions will look to keep point guard Tim Frazier as involved as possible. On Monday night against Radford, the junior had 20 points, 10 assists and six rebounds and coach Patrick Chambers said he still wanted to see more from him. Look to see if Frazier can keep the momentum going.
-Penn State has forced the issue on the offensive glass in its first two games. Look for the Lions to continue to stress that element of their game to set up secondary opportunities for an offense still seeking an identity.
-Watch the big men. Jonathan Graham is coming off a strong game Monday night in which he posted seven points and four rebounds after shooting 0-6 against Hartford in the opener. Can he achieve some consistency?
When Long Island has the ball
-The Lions have forced a ton of turnovers in their first two games, generating a lot of extra possessions. Look for them to force that issue again.
-Long Island has three players averaging double figure scoring: Jamal Olasewere, C.J. Garner and Julian Boyd. If the defense can clamp down on at least one of them, it'll probably be in good shape.