Hoop Preview: PSU vs. Iowa

Nittany Lions look to break out of their funk when the Hawkeyes visit the Jordan Center Wednesday night.

Iowa @ Penn State

Tipoff: 7:02 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center

Records: Penn State 10-17, 1-13; Iowa 16-12, 8-6.

Coaches: Ed DeChellis is 41-74 in four seasons at Penn State and 146-167 in 11 seasons overall; Steve Alford is 151-104 in eight seasons at Iowa and 307-181 in 16 seasons overall.

Series: Iowa leads 19-8.

TV: ESPNU. Clay Matvick (play-by-play) and Greg Kelser (color).

Radio: Penn State Sports 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 lost to Illinois (68-50) at the Jordan Center Saturday. Iowa beat Purdue (78-59) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena the same day.

Next Up: Penn State closes the regular season Saturday at Indiana. The game tips at 8 p.m.

Lineups

Penn State
G Mike Walker, 6-2 So. (5.4)
G David Jackson, 6-1 Sr. (6.6)
F Geary Claxton, 6-5 Jr. (16.2)
F Jamelle Cornley, 6-5 So. (13.5)
F Milos Bogetic, 6-10 So. (4.4)

Iowa
G Adam Haluska, 6-5 Sr. (20.4)
G Tony Freeman, 6-1 So. (7.1)
F Cyrus Tate, 6-8 So. (4.5)
F Tyler Smith, 6-7 Fr. (15.1)
C Kurt Looby, 6-10 Jr. (4.0)

Notes:

• Quick Quiz: How many different starting lineups has Penn State used this season? The answer later.

• Starting point guard Ben Luber is likely out for the rest of the season with a left wrist injury sustained at Ohio State a week ago.

• Cornley sustained a hip pointer in the Illinois game. It limited his practice time the last two days but he said he intends to play tonight.

• DeChellis has never beaten Alford. The Nittany Lions have lost seven straight games to the Hawkeyes by an average margin of 76.6 to 59.6.

• Penn State has lost 13 straight games, its most since joining the Big Ten in 1992-93. The Lions lost 11 in a row that season and again in 2004-05.

• Quiz Answer: The Lions have used six different lineups to date, and if Walker makes his first start of the season tonight as expected it will be seven. That's a pretty high number considering the regular rotation contained only eight men for most of the year.

Prediction: Iowa 76.6, Penn State 59.6

Comment: If not for the injuries, we may have gone with an upset pick here. Instead, we'll play the percentages.

Prediction Record: 22-5

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