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February 6, 2018
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - A year to the day, exactly, from their meeting at the Bryce Jordan Center last year, the Penn State and Maryland men's basketball teams meet in the 13th game in their Big Ten schedules. Tipoff for the Wednesday, February 7 game is 6:30 p.m.
Penn State students will be admitted free for tonight's game vs. the Terps with their Penn State ID.
Maryland (16-9, 5-7 Big Ten) at Penn State (16-9, 6-6 Big Ten)
Wednesday, February 7
6:30 p.m. ET
Bryce Jordan Center (15,261)
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RECORD: 16-9, 5-7 Big Ten
Coach: Mark Turgeon (Seventh year at Maryland)
2017-18 Leading Scorer
#1 Anthony Cowan, Jr., G - 16.2 ppg
2017-18 Leading Active Rebounder:
#23 Bruno Fernando, Fr., F - 6.1 rpg
2017-18 Assists Leader:
#1 Anthony Cowan, Jr., G - 5.0 ppg
PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS
RECORD: 16-9, 6-6 Big Ten
Coach: Patrick Chambers (Seventh year at Penn State)
2017-18 Leading Scorer:
#10 Tony Carr, So., G - 19.5 ppg
2017-18 Leading Rebounder:
#24 Mike Watkins, RSo. F - 9.9 rpg
2017-18 Assists Leader:
#10 Tony Carr, So., G - 4.8 apg
NITTANY LION LAST GAME STARTERS
# / Name / Pos. / ELG. / Pts / REB / STAT / NOTES
11 / Lamar Stevens / F / So. / 15.3 / 6.3 / 2nd ppg/rpg | Set car best w/4 blks vs. Iowa, 2nd on team w/26
24 / Mike Watkins / F / R-So. / 13.1 / 9.9 / B1G FG% leader | 19th car dbl-dbl vs. Iowa, 2nd PSU soph w 500 car reb
23 / Josh Reaves / G / Jr. / 10.7 / 4.5 / B1G stls leader | One-handed jam was top-5 on BTN, ESPN SC
10 / Tony Carr / G / So. / 19.5 / 4.6 / #2 B1G ppg | 47th car game 10+pts w/16 vs. Iowa; 250 car assists
33 / Shep Garner / G / Sr. / 10.2 / 2.0 / 287 career 3s | Current season 41.8 3FG is highest of career
The 2017-18 Nittany Lions made another impact on Penn State's Big Ten basketball history by achieving a third consecutive season with six or more Big Ten wins.
This was accomplished by Penn State only once before, in seasons 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96.
The Nittany Lions' 16th win on February 3 ties the second-earliest in terms of date Penn State has reached 16 wins in a season in its Big Ten era.
The earliest 16th win in the last 25 years came in the 2008-09 season, when Penn State recorded its 16th win of the season against Iowa on January 24, 2009. In the 1995-96 season reached its 16th win vs. Iowa in 1996, also on Feb. 3.
Penn State made 35 field goals vs. Iowa, a season-high for 2017-18, topping 34 made vs. Pittsburgh (11/20/17). The regulation total is the most since the 2008-09 Nittany Lions had 36 vs. Lafayette and, in Big Ten action, 36 at Northwestern on February 22, 1995.
Add Mike Watkins' name to the Penn State record book, again, as the redshirt sophomore went 9-10 from the field against Iowa, for a Penn State individual game record for field goal percentage (min. 10 attempts).
SERIES VS. MARYLAND
Penn State and Maryland have met on 22 previous occasions with the Terrapins holding a 13-9* overall lead in the series. Penn State trails in the Big Ten competition 1-4 with the victory coming exactly one year ago on February 7, 2017, when the Nittany Lions topped the Terps 70-64 at the Bryce Jordan Center.
*The 1938 contest is listed as a Penn State win, but accounts differ in whether or not the meeting was a game or exhibition.
Series streak: Maryland, W1
Overall series: Maryland leads 13-9
at University Park: Penn State leads 7-2
Big Ten games: Maryland leads 4-1
NUMBER NINE, NUMBER NINE
Nine teams now, in 2017-18, have been held to fewer than 60 points by the defensive-minded Nittany Lions. Iowa scored 58 points, its lowest point total in the Big Ten this year.
Penn State allowed the Scarlet Knights only 43 points, tying the low scoring total by an opponent this season. Coppin State had 43 points (12/30/17) in the final nonconference game. Oral Roberts (48) was also kept below 50 points.
Penn State is 12-1 in 2017-18 and was 11-0 in 2016-17 when keeping its opponents below 70 points.