Tipoff: 1 p.m. at Continental Airlines Arena (East Rutherford, N.J.)
Records: Penn State 6-2, Seton Hall 5-1
Coaches: Ed DeChellis is 37-59 in four seasons at Penn State and 142-152 in 11 seasons overall; Bobby Gonzalez is 5-1 in his first season at Seton Hall and 134-78 in eight seasons overall.
Series: Penn State leads, 4-0
TV: FSN Pittsburgh. Dave Sims (play-by-play) and Jim Spanarkel (color).
Radio: Penn State radio network. Steve Jones (play-by-play) and Dick Jerardi (color) will call the game for the Penn State Sports Network.
Last Time Out: Penn State edged Hartford 56-55 Wednesday. Seton Hall whipped Monmouth 83-49 at home Monday.
Next Up: Penn State plays host to Long Island Wednesday.
G Ben Luber, 6-0 Jr. (8.6)
G David Jackson, 6-1 Sr. (5.4)
F Geary Claxton, 6-5 Jr. (12.3)
F Jamelle Cornley, 6-5 So. (15.6)
F Brandon Hassell, 6-11 Jr. (7.0)
G Jamar Nutter, 6-2 Jr. (14.3)
G Brian Laing, 6-5 Jr. (16.3)
G Eugene Harvey, 6-0 Fr. (13.8)
F Stan Gaines, 6-7 Sr. (9.5)
C Grant Billmeier, 6-10 Sr. (5.8)
Quickie Quiz: When did these two Eastern programs last play?
Cornley's availability will be a game-time decision. He sustained a mid-foot sprain (left) in the Hartford game and did not practice Thursday or Friday. If Cornley can't go, struggling sophomore Milos Bogetic will start in his place.
Jackson sprained an ankle against Hartford but practiced Friday and will start today.
That 5-1 record for the Pirates is a bit deceiving. Their wins are over Caldwell College, Morgan State, St. Peter's, St. Mary's and Monmouth. They lost (76-71) at home to Fairleigh Dickinson.
Gonzalez in his first year at The Hall after a successful seven-year run at Manhattan.
The Pirates are averaging only 5,029 fans per home game. Continental Airlines Arena is capable of holding over 20,000 fans for a college hoops game.
Quiz Answer: Penn State and Seton Hall last played Jan. 6, 1973, with the Lions getting a 71-57 win in New Jersey.
FOS Prediction: Seton Hall 67, Penn State 65
Comment: Cornley is a gamer, to be sure. But even if he goes, it is tough to imagine him being at full strength. That gives the Pirates a slight edge.
FOS Record: 7-1