Tipoff: 8 p.m. at Carver Hawkeye Arena
Records: Penn State (14-12, 6-9); Iowa (20-8, 9-5)
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.
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