Hoop Preview — @ Indiana

<B>Penn State @ Indiana <P>Assembly Hall</B> <P><B>Game Time:</B> 6 p.m., Wednesday

Ed DeChellis Audio (WMV)

Records: Penn State 7-13, 1-6; Indiana 9-9, 4-3.

Coaches: Ed DeChellis is 16-32 in his second season at Penn State and 121-125 overall. Mike Davis is 90-62 in five seasons, all at IU.

Series: The Hoosiers lead, 22-2.

Last meeting: IU beat PSU 75-56 at the Jordan Center last winter.

Last time out: Penn State was knocked around by Wisconsin (76-5) at the BJC Saturday. Indiana lost to Iowa (72-57) in Iowa City the same day.

TV: WPSX (Wayne Larrivee, John Laskowski).

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

Next up: Penn State travels to Purdue Saturday. Indiana is at Illinois on Super Bowl Sunday.

Probable Starters:

Penn State — G Ben Luber, 6-0 So. (5.8 ppg), G Mike Walker, 6-2 Fr. (6.9 ppg), F Geary Claxton, 6-5 Fr. (12.1 ppg), F Travis Parker, 6-5 Jr. (11.9 ppg), F Aaron Johnson, 6-8 Jr. (13.9 ppg).

Indiana — G Bracey Wright, 6-3 Jr. (18.6 ppg), G Marshall Strickland, 6-2 Jr. (6.9 ppg), G A.J. Ratliff, 6-2 Fr. (5.1 ppg), F Robert Vaden, 6-5 Fr. (9.8 ppg), F D.J. White, 6-9 Fr. (14.1 ppg).

Quick Quiz: Name Penn State’s leading scorer the last time the Lions defeated Indiana.

Penn State Notes:

• Penn State has lost 27 straight Big Ten road games. Including conference tournament action, the Nittany Lions have dropped 30 consecutive league outings away from the BJC. Penn State’s last Big Ten road win was at Iowa (78-73) in the next to last game of the 2000-01 regular season.

• Rookie guard Danny Morrissey gives the Lions 6.8 ppg off the bench. The rest of the reserves offer a meager 4.2 ppg combined.

• State has never won in 11 trips to Assembly Hall. The average margin in those games has been 18 points, with none being decided by fewer than seven (61-54, 2002).

• Freshman forward Geary Claxton has reached double figures in scoring in every conference game this season.

• Stat watch: Penn State is averaging 15.9 turnovers per game, a killer total for a team that struggles to score.

Indiana Notes:

• The Hoosiers have had as much trouble scoring as Penn State this season, averaging only 63.4 ppg and making 41 percent of their shots.

• Indiana has outrebounded only four opponents this season.

• Like PSU, IU starts three rookies. But the Hoosiers have veterans in the backcourt to run the show. Wright has hit for 17.5 ppg in his career (four games) against the Lions and Strickland is 15 of 29 in four outings against Penn State.

• Stat Watch: IU’s bench was outscored 54-6 in the Iowa game.

Quiz Answer: Jan Jagla had a monster game — 25 points, eight boards — in a 74-66 win at the BJC Feb. 8, 2003. He was held to eight points when the two teams met five days later in the Big Ten tournament, a 77-49 IU win.

Unanswered Question: How long can this road losing streak possibly continue?

FOS Prediction: Indiana 65, Penn State 55

Comment: Difficult to see THE STREAK ending in a gym where Penn State has rarely been competitive.

FOS Prediction Record: 13-7.


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