Hoop Preview: Michigan State

Nittany Lions look to end three-game skid as the Spartans come calling to the Jordan Center.

Michigan State @ Penn State

Tipoff: 4:37 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center

Records: Penn State 10-7, 1-3; Michigan State 15-4, 2-2

Coaches: Ed DeChellis is 41-64 in four seasons at Penn State and 146-157 in 11 seasons overall; Tom Izzo is 270-113 in 12 seasons, all of them at Michigan State.

Series: Michigan State leads 23-3.

TV: Eric Collins (play-by-play) and Bob Ford (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 was hammered at Michigan Wednesday (77-57). Michigan State beat Illinois (63-57) in East Lansing Sunday.

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Penn State

G Danny Morrissey, 6-3 So. (11.9)

G David Jackson, 6-1 Sr. (7.3)

F Geary Claxton, 6-5 Jr. (16.7)

F Jamelle Cornley, 6-5 So. (13.9)

F Brandon Hassell, 6-11 Jr. (7.1)

Michigan State

G Drew Neitzel, 6-0 Jr. (18.0)

G Isaiah Dahlman, 6-6 Fr. (5.0)

G Travis Walton, 6-2 So. (6.8)

F Goran Suton, 6-10 So. (9.4)

C Idong Ibok, 6-11 So. (2.4)


• Quickie Quiz: When was Penn State's last home win against Michigan State? The answer later. …

• Disappointed with his team's three-game losing streak, DeChellis was contemplating lineup changes. “Who knows how we'll come out?” he said. Given the overall lack of quality depth available, the only viable shift appears to be benching Jackson in favor of former starter Ben Luber at the point. …

• Speaking of which, Penn State is really in a pickle in the paint. Brandon Hassell and backup Milos Bogetic are both being shoved around by opposing big men. Hassell has a TOTAL of eight defensive rebounds in four Big Ten games, Bogetic one in that same stretch. Put another way: opponents have missed a total of 115 shots in the last four games and the Lion centers have rebounded exactly nine of them (7.8 percent). …

• Freshman forward Raymar Morgan is giving the Spartans 10.4 points per game off the bench. …

• MSU leads the Big Ten in scoring defense (55.8 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (37.5). …

• Quiz Answer: PSU's last home win over MSU was in February of 1996. The Lions grabbed a 54-50 victory to improve to 18-2, remain atop the Big Ten standings and climb to No. 8 in the USA Today/CNN Coaches Top 25. The Spartans have captured 15 of 16 in the series since, with Penn State's only victory coming in the 2001 Big Ten Tournament.

FOS Prediction: Penn State 54, Michigan State 50

Comment: A decade after their last home win over the Spartans, we figure the Lions are due. MSU's 0-3 road record this year has something to do with this pick, too.

Prediction Record: 15-2

Next Up: The Lions travel to Iowa Wednesday for an 8 p.m. tip.


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