VIDEO: Men's Hoops Preview of Northwestern
Jan. 9, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lion basketball team returns to action on Thursday night in the Bryce Jordan Center for a collision with Northwestern (8 p.m. on ESPNU).
Two days removed from Monday's setback to No. 5 Indiana, the Nittany Lions are solely focused on the next task at hand. That's because they can't let one game dictate the outcome of two games. Coach Chambers said that the team held a walkthrough on Tuesday before getting back to a normal practice on Wednesday afternoon.
Northwestern presents its fair share of unique challenges with a 1-3-1 zone on the defensive end of the floor and a Princeton offense predicated on back-cuts and perimeter shooting. The Wildcats enter the game with a 9-6 overall record and a 0-2 mark in Big Ten play.
Without the services of its leading returning scorer from one season ago Drew Crawford (season-ending shoulder injury), senior Reggie Hearn leads the team in scoring, posting a 14.2 points per game clip. Transfer Jared Swopshire leads the team in rebounding at 5.9 rebounds per game. Sophomore point guard Dave Sobolewski ranks among the top five in the Big Ten in assists at 4.4 per contest.
Since Crawford suffered his season-ending injury, the Wildcats are 2-3, which includes setbacks to Michigan and Minnesota to start Big Ten play. Northwestern knocked off Penn State in both meetings last season, something Coach Chambers said the Lions have in mind heading into Thursday's game.
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