Hoop Preview: Ohio State II

Nittany Lions get a home rematch with the team that torched them in Columbus two week ago.

Penn State vs. No. 19 Ohio State

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.

Probable Starters

Penn State

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)

Ohio State

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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