Tidbits: Penn State suspends Johnson

Penn State will be down a player on Tuesday night. Plus, IU receiving more votes in the polls.

Penn State will be without one of its best scorers when it visits Assembly Hall on Tuesday night.

The school announced Monday that it has suspended senior guard John Johnson indefinitely "because of conduct inconsistent with team standards and values."

Johnson is averaging 7.4 points per game for the Nittany Lions (12-4, 0-3 Big Ten) and was averaging nearly 10 points per game in league play thus far. He made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points in Penn State's loss to Michigan last Tuesday.

Indiana and Penn State tip from Assembly Hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Hoosiers opened as an 8.5-point favorite with a chance to move to 3-1 in Big Ten play.

IU getting more votes

Indiana received 15 votes in the latest AP poll released Monday, 56 fewer than No. 25 Wyoming. The Hoosiers received the 30th most votes, meaning only four teams stand between IU and the Top 25. Beat Penn State and Illinois this week -- and they should -- and the Hoosiers will be ranked for the first time this season.

Indiana currently sits in the 54th spot in the KenPom.com rankings, and the Hoosiers' RPI is 58th. ESPN's Joe Lunardi had Indiana as one of the last four teams in the NCAA Tournament in his latest edition of Bracketology.

UPDATE: Indiana is 28th in this week's coaches poll with 25 votes. Ohio State is 25th with 47 votes.


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