Well, no harm, no foul, right?
Duquesne’s exhibition loss to Mansfield last weekend didn’t prove to be a harbinger that this team would go 0-31 against Division I competition. That’s not to say Friday night’s win against Loyola Maryland was all that encouraging, but it sure beats losing, which is exactly what Penn State did at home to an Albany team that was picked to finish third in the America East.
By my estimation, it was quite a bad loss for Penn State. But it was the season opener. Some teams start out rusty. I think the Nittany Lions are better than that, which could be a problem for the Dukes. I’d think there’s certainly no chance of Penn State underestimating another team, which might make it tough for Duquesne to go into State College and leave with a victory. But hey, it wasn’t much of an issue last season with Derrick Colter and Micah Mason leading the way to a 26-point beating.
Regardless, it should be a fun game. Any time you can get an A-10 and a Big Ten team together on Nov. 13, sign me up. On to the scouting report that ran in today’s P-G:
Matchup: Duquesne (1-0) at Penn State (0-1), 6 p.m. today, Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pa.
TV, Radio: Big Ten Network, WJAS-AM (1320).
Duquesne: Coming off 65-60 season-opening win Friday against Loyola Maryland. … Routed Penn State, 78-52, last season at Consol Energy Center. … Held Loyola Maryland to 36.5 percent shooting.
Penn State: Coming off 87-81 home loss Friday against Albany. … Junior G Shep Garner scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half. … Leads the all-time series with Duquesne, 27-20, with a 17-4 edge at home.
Hidden stat: This is the second of a program-record eight games in the month of November for Duquesne.