Hoop Preview: Northwestern

Nittany Lions look to lock up at least a .500 record on Senior Day at the Jordan Center.

Penn State vs. Northwestern

Tipoff: 3:30 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center

Records: Penn State (13-12, 5-9), Northwestern (13-12, 5-8)

Coaches: Ed DeChellis is 29-54 in three seasons at Penn State and 134-147 in 10 seasons overall. Bill Carmody is 81-92 in six seasons at Northwestern and 173-117 overall.

Series: Penn State leads, 17-11.

Last meeting: Penn State beat Northwestern 65-61 in Evanston Jan. 11.

TV: WWCP Fox 8 (Mike Adamle play by play, Greg Kelser color). See other ESPN Plus clearances here.

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

Next up: Penn State wraps up the regular season with a Wednesday game at Iowa. Tip time is 8 p.m.

Probable starters:

Penn State

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

G David Jackson, 6-1 Jr. (7.3)

F Geary Claxton, 6-5 So. (15.8)

F Travis Parker, 6-5 Sr. (11.8)

F Jamelle Cornley, 6-6 Fr. (12.0)


G Craig Moore, 6-4 Fr, (7.0)

G Mohamed Hachad, 6-4 Sr. (12.0)

F Vedran Vukusic, 6-8 Sr.(19.8)

F Tim Doyle, 6-5 Jr. (8.3)

C Bernard Coté (4.2)


• This is Senior Day for the Lions, but the team has only one -- Parker. The program's first junior college transfer in more than two decades, Parker has done a good job of erasing the stereotypes of jucos, in DeChellis' eyes. “He's done well in the classroom and very well with being an ambassador for the our program and he's come into his own on the playing floor. I don't know who much more we could have asked for.”

• Hachad was coming off an illness and only logged 22 minutes the last time these teams met. But he's healthy now and has been tearing it up of late, including a 25-point effort in Thursday's upset of Wisconsin. “He really affects the game. He's a big difference for them. When he's in the game, defensively they are much better.”

• If DeChellis jumped all over junior guard Ben Luber for missing a crazy 3-pointer late in Wednesday's loss at Indiana, he's not letting on. “We need to execute down the stretch, learn from it and move on.”

• A win today will assure PSU of a .500 or better record for the first time since 2000-01.

FOS Prediction: Penn State 66, Northwestern 63

Comment: This is officially THE biggest game for the Lions this year. The heart they've shown in recent weeks suggests they will represent.

FOS Record: 22-3.


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