PSU Aims to Buck Badgers

Nittany Lions trying to win their way into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001. They face Wisconsin in a Big Ten quarterfinal Friday night.

WHO: Penn State vs. Wisconsin

WHAT: Big Ten Tournament

WHEN: 9 p.m. (approx.), Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis)

RECORDS: Sixth seed Penn State (17-13, 9-9 Big Ten); Third seed Wisconsin (23-7, 13-5 Big Ten)

COACHES: Ed DeChellis is 112-136 in his eighth season at Penn State; Bo Ryan is 240-89 in his 10th season at Wisconsin

TV: Big Ten Network (Gus Johnson, Shon Morris, Charissa Thompson)

RADIO: Penn State Sports Network (Steve Jones, Dick Jerardi)

PROBABLE STARTERS

Penn State
G Talor Battle, 6-0 Sr. (20.2),
G Tim Frazier, 6-1 So. (5.5),
F David Jackson, 6-7 Sr. (10.3),
F Jeff Brooks, 6-8 Sr. (13.6),
C Andrew Jones, 6-10 Sr. (6.3).

Wisconsin
G Josh Gasser, 6-3 Fr. (6.1),
G Jordan Taylor, 6-1 Jr. (18.2),
F Tim Jarmusz, 6-6 Sr. (3.8),
F Jon Leuer, 6-10 Sr. (18.9),
F Keaton Nankivil, 6-8 Sr. (10.3).

SHORT SHOTS

• Most experts seems to think Penn State must win this game to secure and NCAA Tournament bid. When asked if he felt that was the case, DeChellis said, "We've had to win five or six (games) in the last two weeks. That hasn't changed. … This is March, you have to win and continue to build your resume. The time is now."

• Battle needs seven points to become Penn State's all-time leading scorer. Jesse Arnelle, who played in the early 1950s, holds the current mark of 2,138 points.

• DeChellis on the quick turnaround from the opening-round win over Indiana Thursday: “I think that's an advantage to play a game and get the jitters out. So that's the way we're gonna approach it. I'll be telling (the players) that from now until tipoff.”

• The teams split the regular-season series, with each winning on its home floor.

• Penn State has not won a second-round Big Ten Tournament game since knocking off Michigan State in 2001. Meanwhile, UW has failed to win a tournament game in each of the past two years.

• The No. 6 seed is 22-11 all-time in the Big Ten tourney. The No. 3 seed is 9-11. The all-time record between No. 6 and No. 3 seeds is tied at 6-6.

• Penn State and Wisconsin have met only once before in the tournament. The Badgers upset the Lions 52-51 in 1998, the first year of the tourney.


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