The Nittany Lions went ice cold shooting the ball and have dropped two since upsetting the Spartans. The loss at home to Wisconsin was particularly dreary, considering they went 0 of 14 on 3-pointers and were held to a season-low 44 points. That came three days after mustering just 51 against Michigan.
That's not nearly good enough for an explosive offensive team that has defensive deficiencies. Coach Ed DeChellis is caught in a dilemma: How hard to practice his players this late in the season.
With only a month to go, Penn State's next four opponents all have winning marks in league play. The Nittany Lions enter the game at Purdue with a 6-5 record and tied for fourth place in the league. The next two weeks will go a long way in determining if the Nittany Lions can continue their resurgence or sink back to the bottom of the Big Ten.
"We're in a dilemma," DeChellis said. "First week of February, how much time do you spend on the practice floor to clean things up, versus how much do your guys need rest?"
It's his job to figure that out.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't know if I've ever had a team where we went 0-of-14 from 3. We've got to execute the offense much better. We got to make a jump shot." — Penn State coach Ed DeChellis, following the Feb. 8 loss to Wisconsin
IN FOCUS: Purdue has lost both its games without Robbie Hummel, who is out with a fractured vertebra. Coach Matt Painter said Hummel's availability will be a up in the air going forward. The Boilermakers, though, are 1-3 without him. Penn State's odds of winning obviously increase if he is out of the lineup.
PLAYER ROTATION: Usual Starters — G Talor Battle, G Stanley Pringle, F Jamelle Cornley, F Jeff Brooks, F Andrew Jones. Key Subs — G Danny Morrissey, C Andrew Ott, G Chris Babb, F David Jackson.
Penn State 72, Michigan State 68
Michigan 71, Penn State 51
Wisconsin 54, Penn State 44
vs. Minnesota, Saturday, Feb. 14
at Illinois, Wednesday, Feb. 18