CONFERENCES COACHING CHANGES TRANSACTIONS GAMING MATCHUP CURRENT ODDS
Michigan (13-5) at Penn State (14-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, January 20th, 9:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Bryce Jordan Center (15,261) -- State College, Pennsylvania. Television: BTN. Home Record: Michigan 10-2, PSU 10-2. Away Record: Michigan 1-2, PSU 3-2. Neutral Record: Michigan 2-1, PSU 1-1. Conference Record: Michigan 3-3, PSU 3-3. Series Record: Michigan leads, 21-9.
GAME NOTES: The Penn State Nittany Lions open a short two-game homestand tonight, as they entertain the Michigan Wolverines in Big Ten play at the Bryce Jordan Center. The Lions enter the tilt on a high note, as they scored a 65-55 win at Indiana on Saturday. With the outcome, PSU not only snapped a two-game slide, but it also won at Assembly Hall for the first time in 16 trips. The Lions, at 14-5 overall and an even 3-3 within the league, now return back home, where they have gone a solid 10-2 thus far. As for Michigan, it comes into the contest trying to snap out of its first losing streak of the season following setbacks at Illinois (66-51) and most recently Ohio State (65-58) on Saturday. The defeats came on the heels of a three-game win streak and now have the club sitting at 13-5 overall and an level 3-3 in the conference. The Wolverines are now set to return back to the road, where they have posted an even 1-1 mark against Big Ten foes. Michigan leads the all-time series with PSU, 21-9, but the Lions snapped an 11-game losing skid in the rivalry with a 69-61 win at the Bryce Jordan Center last season.
On the season, Michigan is averaging 70.9 ppg, as the team is shooting 43.0 percent from the field and 77.4 percent at the foul line. Manny Harris is one of the elite scorers in the Big Ten and he leads the Wolverines with 18.8 ppg, to go along with a solid 7.6 rpg. DeShawn Sims has provided a nice complement to him with 15.6 ppg and a team-high 7.9 rpg, while Laval Lucas-Perry chips in with 10.3 ppg. On Saturday, Harris turned in an all-around effort of 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists, but it still wasn't enough for Michigan in a loss to Ohio State. Sims added 10 points and six boards for the Wolverines, who shot a sub par 35.7 percent from the floor in the setback.
The Lions are knocking down 44.7 percent of their field goal attempts and 38.7 percent of their three-point tries and that has led them to a scoring average of 70.5 ppg. Talor Battle joins Harris as one of the top scorers in the Big Ten with 18.6 ppg on the season, and he also contributes 5.7 rpg and a team-best 5.4 apg for PSU. Jamelle Cornley puts forth 14.7 ppg and a team-high 6.6 rpg, while Stanley Pringle follows at 14.4 ppg and 3.3 apg. On Saturday, Pringle tallied 19 pints and dolled out six assists to lead PSU to a win at Indiana. Cornley posted 17 points in the triumph, and Battle had 12 points and three helpers. The Lions connected on 45.8 percent of their chances from the field and 6-of-17 from downtown.
PSU has been especially tough on its home floor this season and behind the triple-threat of Battle, Cornley and Pringle, expect the Lions to come out on top in a tight one tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn State 68, Michigan 66
01/20 10:24:27 ET