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Iowa (12-7) at Penn State (15-5)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 24th, 6:00 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Bryce Jordan Center (15,261) -- State College, Pennsylvania. Television: BigTen Network. Home Record: Iowa 10-1, Penn State 11-2. Away Record: Iowa 1-5, Penn State 3-2. Neutral Record: Iowa 1-1, Penn State 1-1. Conference Record: Iowa 2-4, Penn State 4-3. Series Record: Iowa leads, 20-10.

GAME NOTES: The Penn State Nittany Lions will try to remain in the win column when they host the Iowa Hawkeyes this evening at the Bryce Jordan Center. The last time Iowa was on the floor the team grabbed a thrilling, 73-69 overtime victory over Wisconsin. It was just the second league victory for Iowa, which snapped a three-game slide with the win over the Badgers. The majority of problems for Iowa have occurred on the road, where the team has dropped five of its six matchups as the visitor. As for the Nittany Lions, they come into this contest with a small two-game winning streak. The most recent victory was a convincing, 73-58 win over Michigan. The 15-point decision over the Wolverines pushed the team's home mark to 11-2 and its conference ledger to 4-3. Penn State was victorious the last time these two schools collided on the hardwood, but despite the win, the Nittany Lions are still on the wrong end of a 20-10 mark in the all-time series.

Like many Big Ten teams, the Hawkeyes rely on a strong showing at the defensive end of the court. Through 19 games the Hawkeyes have been sensational at that end of the court, holding teams to just 57.8 ppg. The tenacious display defensively has overshadowed the squad's weak performance at the other end of the court, as the Hawkeyes are netting just 62.8 ppg. Matt Gatens is currently pacing the team with 10.9 ppg, while Jeff Peterson is contributing 10.1 ppg, to go along with a team-best 80 assists. In Iowa's recent win over Wisconsin, the team relied more on its offensive play en route to the four-point overtime victory. The Hawkeyes shot 46.5 percent from the field in the game, and also made 26-of-35 attempts from the foul line. David Palmer led the way with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Peterson added 16 points and seven assists. Gatens contributed 14 points in the win, while Jake Kelly tallied 12 points.

The Nittany Lions have also done a tenacious job defensively this season, as the team is holding opponents to just 62.0 ppg. However, not to be overlooked is the success Penn State has enjoyed at the other end of the court, as the team is netting 70.7 ppg, while shooting 45.3 percent. Talor Battle has been the top player for PSU, as the guard is pacing the team with 18.4 ppg, while contributing 5.6 rpg and a team-best 5.4 apg. Jamelle Cornley has been the top option in the paint, as the big man is grabbing a team-high 6.9 rpg, while also chipping in 14.9 ppg. Stanley Pringle rounds out the double-figure performers with 14.3 ppg. In PSU's recent matchup, the team limited Michigan to 58 points en route to a 15-point victory. At the other end of the floor the Lions shot a sizzling 58.0 percent, and also made 9-of-17 attempts from long range. Cornley led the way with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Battle added 15 points and six assists. Pringle tallied 12 points in the win, while Danny Morrissey chipped in 11 points off the bench.

Both teams play tough defense, so expect a low-scoring, hard Big Ten battle. The Lions have played well at home and have an advantage offensively, which means they should grab a key conference win this evening.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn State 69, Iowa 63

01/24 10:23:54 ET