Hoop Preview: @ Iowa

Nittany Lions aim to close regular season on a winning note vs. the Hawkeyes. With a victory at Carver Hawkeye Arena, Penn State would equal its Big Ten win total from the 2000-01 season.

Penn State @ Iowa

Tipoff: 8 p.m. at Carver Hawkeye Arena

Records: Penn State (14-12, 6-9); Iowa (20-8, 9-5)

Coaches: Ed DeChellis is 30-54 in three seasons at Penn State and 135-147 in 10 seasons overall. Steve Alford is 130-91 in seven seasons at Iowa and 286-168 in 15 seasons overall.

Series: Iowa leads, 17-8.

Last meeting: The Hawkeyes outlasted the Nittany Lions 80-76 at the Jordan Center Jan. 14.

TV: WPSU Channel 3 (Larry Morgan play by play, Shon Morris color). See other clearances here.

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

Next up: Penn State plays on the first day of the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis March 9 against an opponent and at a time to be announced.

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. (15.7)

F Travis Parker, 6-5 Sr. (11.9)

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


G Adam Haluska, 6-5 Jr. (14.1)

G Jeff Horner, 6-3 Sr. (13.0)

G Mike Henderson, 6-2 Jr. (7.6)

F Greg Brunner, 6-7 Sr. (14.7)

C Erek Hansen, 6-11 Sr. (6.6).


• Iowa is unbeaten at home this year but the suddenly road-tested Nittany Lions are not intimidated. Only one team — Ohio State (4-3) — has a better Big Ten road record than PSU (3-5). “I don't know why we play well on the road,” DeChellis said. “I think we play with an us-against-the-world mentality.”

• Jackson turned an ankle in the second half of Saturday's win over Northwestern but should be fine for the Hawkeyes.

• The Big Ten has games this weekend but the Lions have a bye. As of Tuesday afternoon, there were scenarios where Penn State could finish as high as seventh in the standings or as low as 10th. But an eighth- or ninth-place showing seems more likely. … Cornley, by far the leader among Big Ten freshmen in scoring and rebounding (5.4 per), appears to be a lock to win conference Rookie of the Year honors.

• State's 14.2 fouls committed per game ranks as the fewest in the league and, as of last week, fourth fewest in the nation. PSU has had six foul-outs all year.

FOS Prediction: Iowa 69, Penn State 63

Comment: Penn State has been surprisingly strong on the road in the conference. But with a Big Ten title and high NCAA seed in its sights, don't expect Iowa to hiccup at home.

FOS Record: 23-3


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