CONFERENCES COACHING CHANGES TRANSACTIONS GAMING MATCHUP CURRENT ODDS
Indiana (6-21) at Penn State (19-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 28th, 6:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bryce Jordan Center (15,261) -- University Park, Pennsylvania. Television: BTN. Home Record: Indiana 5-9, Penn State 13-3. Away Record: Indiana 0-9, Penn State 5-5. Neutral Record: Indiana 1-3, Penn State 1-1. Conference Record: Indiana 1-14, Penn State 8-7. Series Record: Indiana leads, 27-5.
GAME NOTES: For the second time this season, the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Indiana Hoosiers will clash in Big Ten Conference action. Penn State posted a 65-55 victory over Indiana on January 17th, just the fifth victory in 32 all-time meetings with the Hoosiers. The Nittany Lions will attempt to reach the 20-win plateau tonight, and that would be a significant accomplishment for a team that was considered an afterthought in the Big Ten coming into the season. They are 8-7 against league foes and carried a modest two-game win streak into Tuesday's battle with Ohio State, but the result of that clash was a 73-59 setback. Penn State is 13-3 at home this season, and a convincing victory tonight will strengthen a resume' that at least deserves a look from the NCAA Tournament selection committee. As for Indiana, it fell to Northwestern in a 75-53 final at home on Wednesday. The game was significant because it marked the Wildcats' first win in 36 games in Bloomington and the program's first-ever victory at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers are 6-21 overall, including 1-14 in Big Ten play, under the guidance of first-year head coach Tom Crean, who has been entrusted with turning the program around.
How bad are things for Indiana right now? Well, coach Crean has decided to allow the team manager, Mike Santa, to suit up for the rest of the season. The Hoosiers have lost their last five outings and are scoring only 60.8 ppg this season while yielding 70.7 ppg. They are led by Devan Dumes, who is posting 13.4 ppg. Tom Pritchard provides 10.4 ppg for Indiana, which allowed Northwestern to shoot 56.5 percent from the floor on Wednesday. The Hoosiers were outscored 14-2 from the foul line, overshadowing a 31-25 rebounding disadvantage. Kyle Taber scored 12 points to lead the way in the setback, and Nick Williams added 11 points. Both Dumes and Pritchard were held in check.
Penn State did not play well at the defensive end in the loss to Ohio State on Tuesday, as the Buckeyes were able to connect on 52 percent of their field goal attempts. The Nittany Lions also suffered a 34-25 rebounding disadvantage and were outscored 11-3 from the foul line. They were led in defeat by Jamelle Cornley, who posted 11 points. Andrew Jones, Stanley Pringle and Taylor Battle all chipped in 10 points, while Battle also contributed nine rebounds and seven assists. Battle has been a force all season, as he is netting 17.1 ppg to go along with 142 assists. He has more than twice as many assists as turnovers, impressive by any standards. Cornley checks in with 14.4 ppg and 6.4 rpg, while Pringle provides 12.6 ppg. Considering that no other player on the roster is scoring more than 5.6 ppg, the "big three" is counted on heavily every time out.
Considering the fact that Penn State has already beaten Indiana in Bloomington, expect the Nittany Lions to complete the season sweep of the Hoosiers tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn State 73, Indiana 62
02/28 10:29:49 ET