Stetson vs. Nebraska, 12/29/17

Nebraska guard Evan Taylor (11) drives to the basket against Stetson’s Abayomi Iyiola (23) during a December game at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

FRANCIS GARDLER, JOURNAL STAR

Nebraska (12-6, 3-2)

Player | Ht. | Yr. | PPG | RPG

G Glynn Watson | 6-0 | Jr. | 11.6 | 3.6

G James Palmer | 6-6 | Jr. | 15.8 | 4.4

G Evan Taylor | 6-5 | Sr. | 7.6 | 3.2

F Isaac Copeland | 6-9 | Jr. | 12.3 | 6.4

C Isaiah Roby | 6-8 | So. | 6.6 | 4.9

WHO TO WATCH

Taylor. He's been scuffling on offense — 2-for-11 from the field in the past three games — but maintains a great attitude. "I haven't been playing as well as of late," he said. "But my teammates always encourage me to stay positive, and I know I can affect the game in many more ways than just scoring. I just try to lift up someone else. Maybe that'll get me going."

Penn State (12-6, 2-3)

Player | Ht. | Yr. | PPG | RPG

G Tony Carr | 6-5 | So. | 18.9 | 4.4

G Josh Reaves | 6-4 | Jr. | 10.8 | 4.6

G Shep Garner | 6-2 | Sr. | 10.0 | 1.9

F Lamar Stevens | 6-8 | So. | 15.3 | 6.7

F Mike Watkins | 6-9 | So. | 12.8 | 9.6

WHO TO WATCH

Carr. Ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring, fourth in assists (4.7) and fifth in three-point percentage (47.8). “He plays with really good pace,” Taylor said. “You never speed him up. You don’t turn him over. He’s a steady guard. He’s added elements to his game from last year, but I look forward to the challenging matchup.”

THREE-POINTERS

1. Following Tuesday's win against Wisconsin, Watson sent out a tweet that read, in part, “Haven’t been playing good but i swear my team always got my back.” He expressed confidence that his game will improve soon. “I met Glynn after the game," Husker coach Tim Miles said. "We didn’t watch any tape. I just said, ‘Glynn, who you are is good enough. You don’t have to try to be someone you’re not.’”

2. Nebraska players weren't exactly jumping for joy after beating the Badgers. In fact, it almost seemed as if NU had lost. “It’s just an attitude that creates improvement," Taylor said. "Of course we’re happy about the win. We also know we didn’t play our best game. We understood that we need to play better. I appreciate that about this team.”

3. Nebraska's improved three-point shooting — it's hitting 36.3 percent of its threes compared with 32.0 last season — is opening driving lanes. “We’re getting more teams to (defend) our shooters and now it’s giving (Palmer) more driving lanes, and giving Copeland driving lanes, and Roby, too," Miles said. "That’s what you hope, is you’ve got that balance.”

— Steven M. Sipple

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Reach the writer at 402-473-7440 or ssipple@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraSip.

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Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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