Hoop Preview: Wisconsin

The Nittany Lions are looking to rebound after a tough loss to Minnesota. They'll attempt to do so against a Badger bunch that pounded them in Madison last month.

Penn State vs. Wisconsin

Tipoff: 4 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center

Records: Penn State (11-10, 3-7); Wisconsin (16-7, 6-4)

Coaches: Ed DeChellis is 27-52 in three seasons at Penn State and 132-145 in 10 seasons overall. Bo Ryan is 109-44 in five seasons at UW and 492-147 in 22 seasons overall.

Series: Wisconsin leads, 16-8

Last meeting: The Lions were clobbered by the Badgers 72-43 in Madison Jan. 28.

TV: ESPN2 (Dave Pasch, Stephan Bardo).

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

Next up: Penn State plays host to Indiana Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Probable starters:

Penn State

G Ben Luber, 6-0 Jr. (7.3)

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

F Geary Claxton, 6-5 So. (15.6)

F Travis Parker, 6-5 Sr. (10.7)

F Jamelle Cornley, 6-6 Fr. (12.3)


G Kammron Taylor, 6-2 Jr. (15.1)

G Ray Nixon, 6-7 Sr. (6.1)

F Alando Tucker, 6-6 Jr. (19.3)

F Jason Chappell, 6-10 Jr. (4.7)

C Brian Butch, 6-11 So. (9.7)


• The athletic department has declared this game a Whiteout. All fans are encouraged to wear white.

• This is Penn State's only nationally televised regular-season game this year.

• DeChellis, on following up last Saturday's thrilling road win at Illinois with an awful home loss to struggling Minnesota Wednesday: “I told them, you guys listened to two days about how wonderful you were. Now you listened to two days of how wonderful you're not.”

• Since last beating Penn State, UW is 1-3, including an ugly road loss to Purdue. But the Badgers smoked Indiana 72-54 at home Wednesday.

FOS Prediction: Wisconsin 73, Penn State 68.

Comment: The Lions have done well at bouncing back from tough losses. But the Badgers present too many size mismatches all over the floor, and should be able to score over the PSU zone.

FOS Record: 18-3.


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