Tipoff: 12:17 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center.
Records: Penn State (10-5, 1-2); Ohio State (13-2, 3-2)
Coaches: Ed DeChellis is 26-47 in three seasons at Penn State and 131-140 in 10 seasons overall. Thad Matta is 33-14 in two seasons at Ohio State and 135-45 in five seasons overall.
Series: Ohio State leads, 19-13.
Last meeting: The Buckeyes blasted Penn State 104-69 in Columbus 16 days ago.
TV: WWCP Fox 8 (Tom Hamilton play by play, Greg Kelser color).
Radio: Penn State Sports Network (Steve Jones play by play, Dick Jerardi color).
Next up: Penn State visits No. 15 Wisconsin Wednesday in a game that starts at 8 p.m.
G Ben Luber, 6-0 Jr. (8.6)
G David Jackson, 6-1 Jr. (7.7)
F Geary Claxton, 6-5 So. (15.1)
F Travis Parker, 6-5 Sr. (10.9)
F Jamelle Cornley, 6-6 Fr. (13.4)
G J.J. Sullinger, 6-5 Sr. (9.7)
G Jamar Butler, 6-1 So. (9.1)
G Je'Kel Foster, 6-2 Sr. (14.3)
F Matt Sylvester, 6-7 Sr. (7.8)
C Terence Dials, 6-9 Sr. (14.9)
DeChellis is hoping for a big-game atmosphere today: Our fans have an effect on what we do and our students have an effect on what we do. I don't know how else to say it. I'm encouraging them to come out and support our team. To show their support, a group of students from the fan club The Nittiwits is camping outside the BJC tonight in what is sure to be called DeChellisville.
Ohio State's four senior starters have 19 seasons of experience between them. Penn State's 12 scholarship players have a collective 18 between them, and that's counting 2005-06 injury redshirts Danny Morrissey and Max Dubois.
Ohio State scored 38 points off 20 Lion turnovers the last time these two teams met. One thing we have to do is take care of the ball. I can't stress that enough, we can't turn the ball over, DeChellis said.
The last time PSU was in this situation having been clobbered by an opponent on the road by 35 or more and then facing the same foe again a month or less later was vs. Indiana in 1993. The Lions lost in Bloomington 105-57, but then took the No. 1 Hoosiers to double overtime at Rec Hall before falling 88-84. But DeChellis said he did not reference that game going into this one. If we show up and think we're gonna play off emotion, that's not gonna work.
FOS Prediction: Ohio State 77, Penn State 67.
Comment: The Lions have displayed heart in rebounding from their tough loss in Columbus. But they don't have enough experience to topple the seasoned Buckeyes.
FOS Prediction Record: 14-1.
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