Hoop Preview: Indiana

The Nittany Lions take on the Hoosiers at the Jordan Center Saturday afternoon. PSU is coming off a midweek bye while IU is fresh of a big home win over Purdue.

Indiana @ Penn State

Tipoff: 12:17 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center

Records: Penn State 10-5, 1-1; Indiana 11-4, 2-1.

Coaches: Ed DeChellis is 41-62 in four seasons at Penn State and 146-155 in 11 seasons overall; Kelvin Sampson is 11-4 in his first season at IU and 466-261 in 24 seasons overall.

Series: Indiana leads 24-3.

TV: ESPN-Plus, check local listing. Tom Hamilton (play-by-play) and Tim McCormick (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 stumbled at Purdue (64-60) one week ago while Indiana hammered the Boilermakers (85-58) at home Wednesday.

Next Up: Penn State is at Michigan Wednesday. You can catch the game on FSN Pittsburgh.


Penn State
G Danny Morrissey, 6-3 So. (12.3)
G David Jackson, 6-1 Sr. (7.5)
F Geary Claxton, 6-5 Jr. (17.0)
F Jamelle Cornley, 6-5 So. (13.6)
F Brandon Hassell, 6-11 Jr. (6.9)

G Earl Calloway, 6-3 Jr. (10.3)
G Roderick Wilmont, 6-4 Sr. (9.8)
G Armon Bassett, 6-1 Fr. (8.3)
F Lance Stemler, 6-8 Jr. (9.8)
F D.J. White, 6-9 So. (13.3).


• Quickie Quiz: How many times has DeChellis squared off with Sampson, the former coach at Oklahoma and Washington State? The answer later.

• Penn State has lost five games this season by an average margin of less than six points. IU has lost four games by an average margin of five points. Expect today's game to be tight.

• Speaking of the Hoosier losses, they have come to Butler at a neutral site, and at Duke, Kentucky and Ohio State.

• IU is forcing 16.33 turnovers per game, so protecting the ball against the quick Hoosier guards is a key for the Nittany Lions.

• Don't expect to see PSU football player Jordan Norwood get any game action today. After joining the basketball team earlier in the week, he is nowhere close to being ready for live competition.

• PSU's spring semester does not start until Tuesday, so it will be interesting to see what kind of student turnout this game gets.

• Quiz Answer: DeChellis and Sampson have never gone head to head.

Prediction: Indiana 73, Penn State 70

Comment: Don't be deceived by IU's 0-3 road record. Remember, those losses came at No. 11 Duke, Kentucky and No. 5 Ohio State, so it is difficult to imagine the Hoosiers being intimidated in a half-full BJC.

FOS Record: 13-2


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