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B1G Tournament Preview: Penn State vs. Michigan State

The Nittany Lions defeated Nebraska to move into the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. Next up is Michigan State.

  

Penn State avenged a regular-season loss to Nebraska by defeating them 76-67 in overtime of the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.  The win earns the No. 13 seed Nittany Lions a match-up with No. 5 seeded Michigan State on Mar. 9. Michigan State lost its last regular season game 63-60 to Maryland back on Mar. 4.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

PENN STATE (15-17, 6-12 CONFERENCE)

Points - Tony Carr - 13.2 points per game, 39 shooting percentage

Rebounds - Mike Watkins - 8.1 rebounds per game (5.6 defensive rebounds per game, 2.5 offensive rebounds per game)

Assists - Tony Carr - 4.2 assists per game

MICHIGAN STATE (18-13, 10-8 CONFERENCE)

Points - Miles Bridges - 16.6 points per game, 48.7 shooting percentage

Rebounds - Miles Bridges - 8.3 rebounds per game (6.9 defensive rebounds per game, 1.4 offensive rebounds per game)

Assists - Cassius Winston - 5.4 assists per game

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

PENN STATE

Tony Carr: 13.2 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game

http://www.scout.com/player/192750-tony-carr

Josh Reaves: 7.8 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game

http://www.scout.com/player/180620-josh-reaves

Lamar Stevens: 12.5 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game

http://www.scout.com/player/186227-lamar-stevens

Mike Watkins: 9.5 points per game, 8.1 rebounds per game

http://www.scout.com/player/189569-mike-watkins

Payton Banks: 10.9 points per game, 2.0 rebounds per game

http://www.scout.com/player/162213-payton-banks?s=157

or

Shep Garner: 12.1 points per game, 2.7rebounds per game

http://www.scout.com/player/155642-shep-garner

MICHIGAN STATE

Miles Bridges - 16.6 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game

http://www.scout.com/player/181065-miles-bridges?s=157

Nick Ward - 13.6 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game

http://www.scout.com/player/191516-nick-ward?s=157

Joshua Langford - 6.5 points per game, 2.2 rebounds per game

http://www.scout.com/player/173467-josh-langford?s=157

Alvin Ellis III - 6.7 points per game, 3.0 rebounds per game

http://www.scout.com/player/154817-alvin-ellis?s=157

Lourawls Nairn. Jr. - 3.8 points per game, 2.5 rebounds per game

http://www.scout.com/player/168880-lourawls-nairn?s=157

REGULAR SEASON RESULT

Penn State defeated Michigan State in their only regular season matchup 72-63 on Jan. 7. The game was played at The Palestra in Philadelphia. Stevens scored 18 points and Carr added 14 in the win for the Nittany Lions. Michigan State's Ward scored 16 points in that game. Since that game, Penn State has won five out of its last fifteen games. In that same span of time, Michigan State has won seven out of its last fourteen games.

Tip-off is scheduled for about 2.25 P.M. at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.  The winner of this game will take on Minnesota in the quarterfinals Friday.


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