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Penn State vs. Youngstown State: Nittany Lions Look For Another Early Victory

Penn State can improve to 5-1 against the Penguins.

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Penn State looks to remain on its early-season role when it hosts Youngstown State on Wednesday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Nittany Lions, fresh off a split of games against Kentucky and South Florida at the Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament in Uncasville, Conn. look to improve their early season mark to 5-1 against the Penguins.

Youngstown State is 3-0 and looking to stay perfect on the season in this game.

Here are some things to watch for.

When Penn State has the ball...

-Trey Lewis struggled a bit at the tournament, so it will be interesting to see how he handles the adversity. He is still the team's second leading scorer, after all, so whether he gets out of his funk is kind of a big deal.

-As solid a contributor as Tim Frazier has been early on, he's been prone to some sloppiness handling the basketball. He's averaging 3.4 turnovers per game, which, while not terrible, is a figure he could definitely improve upon. This will be an opportunity for him to be more responsible with the ball.

-The forwards have to start getting involved offensively to take pressure off of the guards.

When Youngstown State has the ball...

-Speaking of forwards, when two guards (Frazier and Cammeron Woodyard) are leading the team in rebounding, it's very clear the bigs aren't quite getting the job done. It's important this group become more active on the glass starting against the Penguins.

-YSU's Kendrick Perry, averaging 18.7 points per game, is dangerous and the Nittany Lions must be aware of him defensively at all times, especially on the perimeter where he's hit 41% of his 3-point attempts.

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