Hoop Preview: @ Iowa

Nittany Lions travel to Iowa City looking to end their four-game slide. But the Hawkeyes have not lost a home Big Ten game since 2005.

Penn State @ Iowa

Tipoff: 8 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Records: Penn State 10-8, 1-4; Iowa 10-9, 2-3

Coaches: Ed DeChellis is 41-65 in four seasons at Penn State and 146-158 in 11 seasons overall; Steve Alford is 145-101 in eight seasons at Iowa and 301-178 in 16 seasons overall.

Series: Iowa leads, 18-8, and has won six straight.

TV: ESPN-Plus. Larry Morgan (play-by-play) and Mac McCausland (color). Check Clearances.

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 drilled by Michigan State (91-64) at the Jordan Center Saturday. Iowa lost at Ohio State (82-63) the same day.


Penn State

G Danny Morrissey, 6-3 So. (11.7)

G Ben Luber, 6-0 Sr. (6.6)

F Geary Claxton, 6-5 Jr. (16.3)

F Jamelle Cornley, 6-5 So. (14.3)

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


G Adam Haluska, 6-5 Sr. (20.1)

G Tony Freeman, 6-1 So. (6.9)

G Mike Henderson, 6-3 Sr. (5.3)

F Tyler Smith, 6-7 Fr. (15.4)

C Seth Gorney, 7-0 Jr. (6.2)


• Quickie Quiz: When was Iowa's last home Big Ten loss? The answer later.

• The Nittany Lions have lost four straight games. Opponents have hit 109 of 212 shots (51.4 percent) and 40 of 91 3-pointers (43.9 percent) vs. PSU in those games.

• PSU and Iowa ranked 10th and 11th respectively in the league in field goal percentage defense. The Hawkeyes are worst in the conference in defending the 3-point line, allowing opponents to make 35.1 percent of their triples.

• If this game comes down to a free-throw shooting contest, the Lions are in trouble. The Hawkeyes rank first in the Big Ten and sixth nationally in free-throw percentage (76.6), and Haluska is making 89.1 percent of his freebies. State is making just 67.5 percent of its foul shots.

• On Monday DeChellis talked to Michigan State coach and friend Tom Izzo about PSU's recent slide. Since the Lions and Spartans don't meet again in the regular season, Izzo had no problem talking shop. The two concluded that the Nittany Lions' struggles are not a matter of strategy, but rather of execution. “I think we've had some slippage, and I need to go back and fix the slippage,” DeChellis said.

• Iowa is outscoring opponents 73.0-56.3 at home this year, but is being outscored 73.8-64.8 away from Carver-Hawkeye. The Hawks are 8-1 at home this year, their only loss a 77-59 thumping by in-state rival Northern Iowa.

• Quiz Answer: The Hawkeyes hold the Big Ten's longest active conference home winning streak, dating back to a Feb. 25, 2005 loss to Illinois. Iowa has since won 11 straight league home games, the longest such streak in school history.

FOS Prediction: Iowa 75, Penn State 69.

Comment: The road — at least this stop on it — is hardly the place for an ailing Nittany Lion group to get well. We guess it happens Saturday.

Prediction Record: 15-3

Next Up: The Lions travel to Minnesota Saturday for a 12:17 p.m. tip.


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