The days of Taylor Battle and Jeff Brooks are done. This season the cubborn has been left bare and that is why head coach Ed DeChellis bolted from a Big Ten job to take over at Navy. They have nothing left and anything better than a last place finish in the Big Ten will be a success for new head coach, Pat Chambers.
They do, however, enter Saturday’s game with a 3-0 record, with wins over Hartford (70-55), Radford (62-46) and Long Island (77-68). Remember, Long Island was a tournament team last year.
Their leader is junior guard Tim Frazier (6-1, 160). Frazier averaged just 6.3 points-per-game a year ago, but has scored in double figures in each of their first three games this year and leads the team in scoring with 20.7 points. He is shooting 51-percent from the floor and 60-percent from (on just 3-for-5 shooting. He also leads the team in assists (8.7apg) and steals (3.3spg), and he is also pulling down five rebounds a game.
Their only other double digit scoring is senior forward Cammeron Woodyard. Woodyard is averaging 11.1 points-per-game, but he is shooting just 35-percent from the floor. He is averaging nearly seven rebounds a game.
So how is this vastly undermanned Penn State team going to try and stay in the game with Kentucky. The three-point shot. Through three games, they are shooting 26-for-75 from deep, which is good for 35-percent. Nearly 35-percent of their makes are of the three-point variety and 41-percent of their attempts are from deep. They have three guys who have more than six threes on the season in Woodyard (7-for-18), Trey Lewis (6-for-13) and Billy Oliver (6-for-21).
Pat Chambers is going to have his hands full all season long and it won’t get much tougher than what his squad is about to face to Saturday. Look for the Cats to roll against the Big Ten’s worst team and then play either South Florida or Old Dominion in the final on Sunday.
How is Stan Heath still the head coach at South Florida?