Penn State-Indiana Preview

Sixth-seeded Nittany Lions face 11th-seeded Hoosiers looking to stengthen case for NCAA bid. The action starts at 5 p.m. Thursday.

No. 6 Penn State men vs. No. 11 Indiana
Big Ten Tournament, Indianapolis

Tipoff
5 p.m., Conseco Fieldhouse

Records
Penn State (21-10, 10-8), Indiana (6-24, 1-17)

Coaches
Ed DeChellis is 78-102 in six seasons at Penn State; Tom Crean is 6-24 in his first season at Indiana.

TV
ESPN2 (Brent Musberger, Steve Lavin, Erin Andrews)

Probable Starters

Penn State
G Talor Battle, 5-11 So. (17.3)
G Stanley Pringle, 6-1 Sr. (12.9)
F David Jackson, 6-6 So. (3.7)
F Jamelle Cornley, 6-5 Sr. (13.9)
C Andrew Jones, 6-9 So. (5.8)

Indiana
G Brett Finkelmeier, 6-1 So. (0.3)
G Verdell Jones, 6-5 Fr. (10.6)
G Nick Williams, 6-4 Fr. (9.0)
F Tom Pritchard, 6-9 Fr. (9.9)
F Kyle Taber, 6-8 Sr. (4. 2).

Short Shots
• Penn State swept the season series from the Hoosiers, but had to rally for a three-point win in Happy Valley Feb. 28.

• IU leading scorer Devan Dumes, who averaged 15 points in the two losses to PSU, is questionable with a knee injury. Without Dumes, the Hoosiers were destroyed (85-61) at Wisconsin Sunday.

• Cornley said he was slowed by a left shoulder injury in Saturday's loss to Iowa but that he should be back close to 100 percent for this game.

• DeChellis is 1-5 in the Big Ten Tournament. Penn State is 1-8 in its last nine games in the tourney.

• The Lions are 3-8 in the first round of the tournament but have lost six of their last seven openers.

FOS Prediction
Penn State 70, Indiana 56

Comment
A convincing win will move the Lions one step closer to their first NCAA bid since 2001. We thing they get it against an IU outfit that has lost nine straight.


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