Josh Reaves Will Miss the Indiana Game Due to Academic Concerns

By Dan Smith on January 9, 2018 at 5:46 pm
Penn State Nittany Lions guard Josh Reaves (23) and Northwestern Wildcats center Dererk Pardon (5) chase after the ball during the second half at Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State defeated Northwestern 78-63.

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Penn State takes on Indiana tonight at 6:30 p.m. We have now just learned they will be without one of their most important players, as junior wing Josh Reaves will miss the game due to "academic concerns."

One of the biggest problems for the Nittany Lions all season has been depth, especially on the wings. Losing Reaves leaves a major hole in the lineup, especially on the defensive end where Reaves thrives. Penn State entered the game as a 1.5-point favorite on the road, but without Reaves that line is now a pick 'em.

The starting five for the game has not yet been announced, but based on past lineups, expect Reaves to be replaced in the starting lineup by Nazeer Bostick. Jamari Wheeler, the team's other top defender, should see plenty of run as well, with 6-foot-5 Tony Carr possessing the size to cover wing players.