That sums it up. Your No. 20 team in the whole damn country just lost a very ugly game to mediocre Wisconsin at home. We might have to wait another two-and-one-half decades for Penn State to be ranked again.
Figuring this team out is like plugging holes in a sinking ship. A new problem just pops up in every game. Today we got some nice strong drives to the hoop by Lamar Stevens (19 points, 13 rebounds) and Izaiah Brockington (15 points off the bench), but Mike Watkins was a complete non-factor and scored zero points in 15 minutes. Plus, Curtis Jones — whose shooting was huge in that win over Iowa — and Myles Dread combined to shoot 0-for-13 from the field. John Harrar played 20 minutes and somehow ended up with no shot attempts and three rebounds.
At this point, we expect Dread and Harrar to be duds, but Jones forgetting how to shoot is a major issue. Somehow, it was Jamri Wheeler who led the team in three-point shooting with a pair of bombs in the first half. I don’t think that’s something we can count on going forward, but it’s a good sign. Either way, freshman Seth Lundy has shown potential and needs to be rotated in. I don’t know how Pat Chambers can justify playing him just two minutes when Dread is struggling so badly and the team is shooting 33 percent.
Penn State’s defense kept it in the game, but Micah Potter helped put the game on ice with what is by far the game of his life. The former Ohio State benchwarmer scored 24 points with 13 rebounds. I didn’t even know that this guy had a three-point shot, but he knocked down four from beyond the arc. I swear if Mike Watkins transferred to Wisconsin, we’d be talking about him as a three-point threat. This a program that knows how to find big men who can shoot.
Had to do it. Penn State’s next game is at Minnesota on Wednesday. Every game is a must-win from now on.