Hoop Preview: @ Michigan

Nittany Lions look to break their two-game losing streak as they face the Wolverines in Ann Arbor.

Penn State @ Michigan

Tipoff: 8:05 p.m. at Crisler Arena

Records: Penn State 10-6, 1-2; Michigan 14-4, 2-1.

Coaches: Ed DeChellis is 41-63 in four seasons at Penn State and 146-156 in 11 seasons overall; Tommy Amaker is 101-74 in six seasons at Michigan and 169-129 in 10 seasons overall.

Series: Michigan leads 19-8.

TV: ESPN-Plus. Tom Hamilton (play-by-play) and Tim McCormick (color). View clearances here.

Radio: Steve Jones (play-by-play) and Dick Jerardi (color) will call the game for the Penn State Sports Network.

Last Time Out: Penn State lost to Indiana at home Saturday (84-74). Michigan lost at Purdue (67-53) the same day.

Forty Minutes: Check out the PDF from the student group nittwits.


Penn State

G Danny Morrissey, 6-3 So. (12.3)

G David Jackson, 6-1 Sr. (7.4)

F Geary Claxton, 6-5 Jr. (17.0)

F Jamelle Cornley, 6-5 So. (13.8)

F Brandon Hassell, 6-11 Jr. (7.3)


G Dion Harris, 6-3 Sr. (13.0)

G Ron Coleman, 6-6 Jr. (6.7)

G Lester Abram, 6-6 Sr. (9.3)

F Brent Petway, 6-8 Sr. (7.2)

C Courtney Sims, 6-10 Sr. (12.6)


• Quickie Quiz: When was the last time Penn State beat Michigan in a revenue-producing sport? The answer later.

• Michigan is 12-1 at home this season, Penn State is 0-3 in the road.

• DeChellis is concerned about his big men being able to operate effectively inside against a Wolverine outfit leading the Big Ten in blocks per game (6.67). Look for the Nittany Lion posts to frequently kick the ball out to the wings for open 3-pointers.

Milos Bogetic, State's first post player off the bench, is 0-6 from the floor in Big Ten play, and four of those shots were 3-point tries. In that span, he has two rebounds in 46 total minutes. Meanwhile, sophomore Joonas Suotamo has proven too mechanical to be effective against Big Ten opponents and rookie D.J. Jackson is out with a stress fracture in his left leg and will not play again this year. DeChellis is sticking to his guns in redshirting talented freshman center Andrew Jones, but it can't be easy. …

• Amaker has never lost a game to Penn State (he is 9-0).

• Quiz Answer: Between them, the PSU football and men's basketball teams have lost 17 straight games to Michigan. The last win was by the hoop team, which topped the Wolverines 82-80 at the 2001 Big Ten tournament in Chicago.

FOS Prediction: Michigan 66, Penn State 63.

Comment: The Lions don't have enough depth to slug it out with the towering Wolverines.

FOS Record: 14-2

Next Up: Penn State is home to face Michigan State on “Nascar Day” at the Jordan Center Saturday. This is also a big weekend for football visits, so expect a few prospects to make it to the game. The action tips at 4:37 p.m.


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