Hoop Preview: Minnesota

Nittany Lions look to build on big win as Golden Gophers come calling at the Jordan Center tonight.

Penn State vs. Minnesota

Tipoff: 8:05 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center

Records: Penn State (11-9, 3-9); Minnesota (10-9, 1-7)

Coaches:

Ed DeChellis is 27-51 in three seasons at Penn State and 132-144 in 10 seasons overall.

Dan Monson is 110-95 in seven seasons at Minnesota and 162-112 in nine seasons overall.

Series: Minnesota leads, 18-7.

Last meeting: The Lions fells to the Gophers 73-69 at the BJC last March.

TV: WPSU Channel 3 (Mike Adamle, Brian Allen).

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

Next up: Penn State plays host to Wisconsin Saturday at 4 p.m.

Probable Starters:

Penn State

G Ben Luber, 6-0 Jr. (7.5)

G David Jackson, 6-1 Jr. (7.4)

F Geary Claxton, 6-5 So. (15.7)

F Travis Parker, 6-5 Sr. (10.3)

F Jamelle Cornley, 6-6 Fr. (12.5)

Minnesota

G Vincent Grier, 6-5 Sr. (14.9)

G Adam Boone, 6-3 Sr. (9.8)

G Jamal Abu-Shamala, 6-5 Fr. (5.1)

F J'son Stamper, 6-6 Sr. (6.6)

F Zach Puchtel, 6-6 Jr. (1.0).

Notes:

• DeChellis said his primary focus the last couple of days has been bringing his squad back down to earth after Saturday's stunning road win over Illinois that ended the Illini's 33-game home winning streak. “Illinois didn't beat us Saturday night, and I don't want Illinois to beat us Wednesday night. We have to move on.” He also said, “I don't think one win validates your season.”

• This is State's first game against an unranked foe after facing five straight in the Top 25.

• Boone, a sixth-year senior, has a strong tie to PSU history. As a freshman at North Carolina in 2000-01, he was part of the Tar Heel team the Lion upset in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Boone, now 24, played two minutes in the game but did not score.

FOS Prediction: Penn State 70, Minnesota 67.

Comment: The Gophers have been playing better of late, but this is one game where the Lions appear to have matchup advantages.

FOS Prediction Record: 18-2.

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