Penn State-DePaul Hoops Preview

Get the lowdown as the Nittany Lions play host to the Blue Demons in a 5 p.m. tip at the Jordan Center.

DePaul (1-0) @ Penn State (1-0)

WHEN: Tuesday, 5 p.m.

WHERE: Bryce Jordan Center

TV: ESPNU

LINE: Penn State -4.5 as of Monday night

PROBABLE STARTERS

Penn State

G Shep Garner (6-1, 185, So. 15.0 ppg)

G Josh Reaves (6-4, 190, Fr. 6.0 ppg)

F Payton Banks (6-6, 220, RS-So. 12.0 ppg)

F Brandon Taylor (6-6, 225, Sr. 13.0 ppg)

C Jordan Dickerson (7-1, 245,Sr. 0.0 ppg)

DePaul

G Erten Gazi (6-4, 200, Fr. 0.0)

G Billy Garrett Jr. (6-6, 210, Jr. 18.0 ppg)

C Tommy Hamilton IV (6-11, 262, Jr. 11.0 ppg)

F Myke Henry (6-6, 238, Sr. 16.0 ppg)

F Rashaun Stimage (6-9, 229, Sr. 6.0 ppg)

THE LOWDOWN

This matchup is part of the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games matching Big Ten and Big East opponents and also part of ESPNs annual Tipoff Marathon (hence the odd starting time). Nittany Lion coach Pat Chambers(99-103 overall, 56-75 at PSU) squares off with new/old DePaul coach Dave Leitao (143-129, 59-34), who is back in Chicago after previously leading the Blue Demons for three seasons (2002-05).

STAT OF NOTE

Penn State is 0-6 all-time vs. DePaul, but the two teams have not met since a 78-61 Blue Demon win at Rec Hall in 1984. DePaul also beat PSU in 1938, 55, 68, 77 and 82.

SHORT SHOTS

The Blue Demons rallied to beat Eastern Michigan (69-63) in their season-opener Saturday. PSU beat VMI (62-50) at the BJC Saturday.

Chambers played all 10 of his eligible scholarship players in the opener, and eight of them scored.

DePaul has been picked to finish eighth in the 10-team Big East.

DePaul and Xavier are the only members of the current Big East that have never lost to Penn State. PSU and Xavier have never played.

One game for each team is a small sample. But neither team shot well Saturday. The Blue Demons made only 13.3 percent of their 3-pointers (2 of 15) vs. EMU while the Lions were good for only 26.3 percent (5 of 19) vs. VMI.

FOS PREDICTION

Penn State 72, DePaul 67

COMMENT

The Blue Demons were 3-13 away from home last season, including seven straight losses.

FOS PREDICTION RECORD

1-0 straight up, 0-1 vs. the line


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