PSU Draws No. 1 Buckeyes in Final

The Nittany Lions have advanced to the Big Ten title game for the first time. Their reward is a meeting with powerhouse Ohio State.

WHO: Penn State vs. No. 1 Ohio State

WHAT: Big Ten Tournament Championship

WHEN/WHERE: Tipoff: 3:30 p.m., Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis)

RECORDS: Sixth seed Penn State (19-13, 9-9 Big Ten); First seed Ohio State (32-2, 16-2 Big Ten)

COACHES: Ed DeChellis is 114-136 in his eighth season at Penn State; Thad Matta is 186-55 in his seventh season at Ohio State.

TV: CBS (Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Steve Kerr)

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).

Ohio State :
G William Buford, 6-5 Jr. (14.3),
G Jon Diebler, 6-6 Sr. (12.4),
F David Lighty, 6-5 Sr. (11.9),
F Jared Sullinger, 6-9 Fr. (17.3),
C Dallas Lauderdale, 6-8 Sr. (4.2).

SHORT SHOTS

• Penn State advanced with a 61-48 win over Michigan State. Ohio State advanced by dispatching Michigan, 68-61, in a game that really was not that close.

• This is Penn State's first trip to the tournament championship game. Ohio State has been to the final six times and sports a 3-3 record in those games, including a win last year.

• The Nittany Lions are 0-12 all-time vs. the nation's No. 1 team, including an 82-61 loss to these same Buckeyes at the Jordan Center March 1.

• Ohio State has won 15 straight in the series, including a regular-season sweep this year.

• The sixth seed has reached the final twice before. Minnesota lost to the Buckeyes last year and Iowa beat fourth-seeded Indiana in 2001.


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