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Jan. 22, 2014
|PENN STATE (9-10, 0-6 B1G) vs. NEBRASKA (9-8, 1-4 B1G)
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State men's basketball team plays its final home game in January when it hosts Nebraska at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Bryce Jordan Center. The Nittany Lions (9-10, 0-6 B1G) are coming off a one-point road loss to Purdue and remain in search of their first Big Ten win of the year, while the Cornhuskers (9-8, 1-4 B1G) knocked off No. 17 Ohio State at home Monday to snap a five-game losing streak and get their first conference victory.
THE FUN STUFF
There are several promotions for the game vs. Nebraska Thursday night.
- All fans will receive a Tim Frazier caricature t-shirt while supplies last.
- Kids Eat Free!: All children 12 and younger eat free by choosing three items from a preselected menu at concession stands.
- Dietz & Watson Dollar Dogs: For everyone over the age of 12, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs.
- AT&T Social Media Night: Stay tuned to the team's Facebook page later today for a coupon to buy one ticket, get one free. Seats available in limited sections.
LIMITED BAG POLICY
Penn State has implemented a limited bag policy at all home athletic events this season. One clear plastic one-gallon plastic bag per person will be permitted for medical needs, child care needs and general items as needed. Items that can fit in a pocket should remain in patrons' pockets (i.e. keys, cell phone, wallet, glasses, camera, sunscreen, lip balm, make-up). General items of this nature, including those that don't fit in patrons' pocket, can also be placed in a clear plastic one-gallon plastic bag. All clear bags will be inspected through the bag and article check stations as in prior years.
PENN STATE SCOOP (TEAM)
- The Nittany Lions have three players scoring in double figures after 19 games with the team averaging 76.1 points per game, the fifth-highest average among Big Ten teams and the highest clip since the 2000-01 Lions.
- The starting five accounts for 81 percent (1,176 of 1,446) of Penn State's total points on the season.
- After the one-point loss to Purdue Saturday, the Nittany Lions have dropped their last four Big Ten games by an average of just 5.0 points, including three games by three points or fewer.
- The Lions are out-scoring opponents 717-623 in the opening period. They average 37.7 points in the first half with a +4.9 scoring margin.
- With John Johnson's team-leading 20 points vs. Mount St. Mary's Dec. 22, seven different PSU players have led the team or tied for the lead in scoring through the first 17 games of the year: Tim Frazier (9 games), D.J. Newbill (5 games), Brandon Taylor (2 games), Johnson (2 games), Donovon Jack, Ross Travis and Allen Roberts (1 game).
- As a team, the Lions are shooting 74 percent from the free-throw line, the third-best showing among Big Ten teams ... Four PSU players are shooting 70 percent or better from the charity stripe, led by Brandon Taylor's 91 percent showing (31-34), among players with at least 20 attempts.
- Three Penn State players have combined for 10 double-doubles so far this season, tied for the second most among B1G schools. Penn State is 14-7 over the last four seasons when one of the current players secures a double-double and 9-1 when Tim Frazier completes the task.
NITTANY LION NUGGETS (Players)
- D.J. Newbill (17.3 ppg) and Tim Frazier (16.8 ppg) are ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, in the Big Ten and make up one of the highest scoring backcourt duos in the nation.
- With six assists at Michigan last Tuesday, Frazier took over the No. 2 place in career assists at Penn State and now has 581 ... He needs just 20 more for the all-time record held by Freddie Barnes (600; 1989-92).
- Frazier has the sixth-most assists of any NCAA Division I player (122) as of Tuesday and is 11th in the country in assists per game (6.4) ... Only B1G player in the Top 10 of scoring (16.8, 7th), assists (6.4, 1st) and steals (1.5, 7th).
- Tim Frazier accounts for nearly 46 percent of the team's total offense, either through assists or scored field goals. Of the team's 493 total field goals, the graduate guard has scored 104 of them and assisted on 122 more.
- Newbill played his 50th game for the Blue and White against Purdue Saturday ... He has started every game of his career (82), including 33 at Southern Mississippi before transferring.
- Newbill passed 1,000 career points at Duquesne (1,125), including 293 scored at Southern Mississippi ... He needs 168 more points to enter the PSU records books.
- Donovon Jack has tallied 32 of his team-leading 40 blocks in the last 10 games and went eight-consecutive games with multiple blocks to lead the team and stand in third in the B1G with 1.9 bpg. He had five at Purdue Saturday.
- Brandon Taylor is hitting 90 percent of his free throws (31-34) and has hit each of his last 19 attempts, dating back to the second half of the game at Pittsburgh (12/3/13) ... The consecutive makes make up the longest streak by a PSU player this season.
SCOUTING THE CORNHUSKERS
Nebraska (9-8, 1-4 B1G) is coming off a 68-62 upset victory over No. 17 Ohio State Monday night in Lincoln, Neb. The win snapped a five-game losing streak and was head coach Tim Miles' first victory over a ranked opponent.
Shavon Shields had 18 points and nine rebounds, while leading scorer Terran Petteway also had 18 points, including 13 in the second half. The team hit just two 3-pointers on the night, instead tallying 38 points in the paint and shooting 77 percent (20-26) from the free-throw line.
On the season, Petteway leads the squad with 17.4 ppg, while Shields is second with 11.4 ppg. Leslee Smith is the leading rebounder with 6.1 off the bench. Five players have 20 or more assists with the leader Tai Webster averaging 2.3 per game.
VS. THE HUSKERS
Tim Frazier is the leading scorer and rebounder in the Nebraska series after two meetings during the 2011-12 season.
Nebraska holds a 4-3 advantage in the short all-time series between the programs, including a victory in the last meeting Feb. 9, 2013 in Lincoln, Neb. The Lions are 1-3 vs. the Huskers since the latter joined the Big Ten with the lone conference win coming Feb. 11, 2012 at the Bryce Jordan Center.
THREE NOTABALE GAMES
Feb. 11, 2012: Tim Frazier posted 23 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and three steals to nearly post the first triple-double for a Nittany Lion since 1998 in helping Penn State cruise to a 67-51 victory over Nebraska.
Jan. 11, 2012: Tim Frazier tallied a career-high 30 points, but Nebraska used 10-0 and 8-0 runs in the first half to build an early lead and take a 70-58 win for the Cornhuskers' first Big Ten victory.
March 21, 1995: The Nittany Lions used Rahsaan Carlton's 19 points to top Nebraska 65-59 in the NIT Second Round in Lincoln, Neb. The teams were tied at 36 at halftime, but three Lion players put up double-digits for the win. Penn State went on to finish third in the NIT that year, its second of four trips to Madison Square Garden.
LIONS' LAST TIME OUT: Tim Frazier had 19 points and 10 rebounds, but Penn State lost a tight contest to Purdue 65-64 on Saturday night. Terone Johnson had 14 points and five rebounds, and Kendall Stephens and Basil Smotherman each scored 12 points for the Boilermakers (13-5, 3-2 Big Ten). D.J. Newbill added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Nittany Lions (9-10, 0-6), who have lost six straight, all in league play.