Hoop Preview: Northwestern

Nittany Lions look to end long Big Ten road losing streak while visiting the streaking Wildcats.

Penn State @ Northwestern

Tipoff: 8:00 p.m., Welsh-Ryan Arena

Records: Penn State (8-4, 0-1); Northwestern (9-4, 2-0)

Coaches: Ed DeChellis is 22-45 in three seasons at Penn State and 129-129 in 10 seasons overall. Bill Carmody is 77-84 in six seasons at Northwestern and 169-109 in 10 seasons overall.

Series: Penn State leads 16-11.

Last meeting: The Lions dropped a 54-39 decision at Welsh-Ryan Feb. 19, 2005.

TV: None.

Radio: Penn State Radio Network (Steve Jones play by play, Dick Jerardi color).

Next up: Penn State plays host to Iowa Saturday at noon.

Probable starters: Penn State -- G Ben Luber, 6-0 Jr. (8.5); G David Jackson, 6-1 Jr. (8.1); F Geary Claxton, 6-5 So. (15.0); F Travis Parker, 6-5 Sr. (10.3); F Jamelle Cornley, 6-5 Fr. (12.9). Northwestern -- G Sterling Williams, 6-4 Fr. (3.6); G Craig Moore 6-4 Fr. (6.0); G Tim Doyle 6-5 Jr. (9.7); F Bernard Cote, 6-8 Jr. (3.8); F Vedran Vukusic 6-8 Jr. (21.8).

Notes: Penn State is 0-3 away from home this season and has not won a Big Ten road game since beating Iowa near the end of the 2000-01 season, a streak of 33 games . … Vukusic has led the Wildcats in scoring in every game except one this season and was named Big Ten Player of the Week for his performance last week. … Wildcat senior guard Mohamed Hachad, a PSU killer in his career, has been out of action since having appendectomy surgery Dec. 28. It is not known if he will play today. ... Out for the season with a knee injury, Lion sophomore guard Danny Morrissey is now dressing for practice. He is able to jog up and down the floor and take set shots.

FOS Prediction: Northwestern 65, Penn State 57.

Comment: This is a game the Nittany Lions could win. But until they show a modicum of heart in a road game, it is impossible to pick them.

FOS Prediction Record: 12-0.


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