Feb. 11, 2014
|PENN STATE (12-12, 3-8 B1G) at INDIANA (14-9, 4-6 B1G)
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State men's basketball team returns to the road to face Indiana at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Assembly Hall and on BTN. The Lions and Hoosiers last met Jan. 11 in University Park, Pa., resulting in a 79-76 win for Indiana, the second of three one-possession losses.
AT A GLANCE
- Penn State has won three of its last five games.
- At 12-12, the Nittany Lions have matched the most wins under a Patrick Chambers-led team at Penn State (12-20 in 2011-12).
- Penn State has had four one-possession games in Big Ten play, the most of any conference team. The Lions are 1-3 in those games. The Lions have had seven games decided by five or fewer points.
- Penn State has held its five of its last six opponents to a combined 37 percent shooting (102-of-273) while forcing an average of 11.6 turnovers in those games. The Spartans, however, shot 47 percent last Thursday, the second-highest B1G opponent shooting percentage this season.
- With two assists vs. Illinois, Tim Frazier broke the all-time career record at Penn State previously owned by Freddie Barnes (600; 1989-92). With 602 career helpers, he also owns the No. 10 spot all-time in the Big Ten and has the fifth-most assists of any active Division I player.
- In the last five games, D.J. Newbill is averaging 19.2 ppg with 5.6 rpg, taking over the Big Ten lead in scoring with 17. 7 ppg. He was named Penn State's first B1G player of the week since 2011 Feb. 3.
- In the recent three-game win streak, Brandon Taylor was second on the team in scoring with 15.0 ppg, while shooting 47 percent from 3-range. [MORE: Page 20]
- Donovon Jack and Jordan Dickerson have combined for 21 blocks in the last eight games. Jack is fifth in the Big Ten with 1.9 per game, while Dickerson had a career-high five in the OSU game.
Wildcard games for the final two weekends of the season have been selected. The Nittany Lions will take on Wisconsin at noon Sunday, March 2 in the Bryce Jordan Center and on BTN. The following weekend, Penn State will travel to Minnesota for a 5:15 p.m. game Sunday, March 9 on BTN.
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
Indiana is coming off a 66-60 loss to Minnesota in Minneapolis and playing at home for the first time since knocking off No. 10 Michigan, 63-52, Feb. 2. Yogi Ferrell is leading all scorers in Big Ten play with 18.7 ppg and is second overall with 17.6, trailing D.J. Newbill by just one-tenth.
At 14-9 on the season and 4-6 in the Big Ten, Indiana is fifth in the league in scoring (74.1 ppg) and second in rebounding (41.3 rpg) after outrebounding opponents in 22 of 23 games. Three players average in double figures, led by Ferrell and Noah Vonleh with 11.7 rpg, 9.5 rpg and a conference-high 10 double-doubles to his credit.
D.J. Newbill is the leading scorer and rebounder in the series with Indiana, tallying 16.7 ppg and 6.0 rpg in three career meetings. Tim Frazier tallied a series-best 26 points in a Big Ten tournament loss March 8, 2012 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
| D.J. Newbill
||24, vs IU 1/11/14
| Tim Frazier
||26, vs IU 3/8/12
| John Johnson
||9, vs IU 1/11/14
| Ross Travis
||14, vs IU 1/7/13
| Geno Thorpe
||4, vs IU 1/11/14
| Donovon Jack
||5, vs IU 1/7/13
| Brandon Taylor
||4, vs IU 1/7/13
| Graham Woodward
||2, vs IU 1/11/14
| Alan Wisniewski
||2, vs IU 1/11/14
| Jordan Dickerson
| Kevin Montminy
Penn State trails in the all-time series vs. Indiana 9-34 with the Hoosiers taking each of the last six meetings. Led by 24 points from D.J. Newbill, the Lions fell to Indiana, 79-76, in the Bryce Jordan Center Jan. 11, 2014. Penn State's last win in the series came in the 2011 Big Ten Tournament by a score of 61-55. Its last win in Bloomington was Jan. 17, 2009 - a 65-55 decision (2-17 all-time at Indiana).
INDIANA VS. PENN STATE - Round One
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (Jan.11, 2014) - D.J. Newbill had a game-high 24 points, including 14 in the second half, but the Lions dropped a 79-76 matchup with Indiana at the Bryce Jordan Center. Ross Travis registered 13 points and eight boards for the Nittany Lions.
Penn State led the Indiana by as many as 15 points in the first half but a late surge in the first half put IU within striking distance and gave the Hoosiers momentum heading into the intermission. Indiana hit five threes in the second half. The game featured seven ties and five lead changes, all in the second half. [MORE/BOX SCORE: Page 36]
INDIANA VS. PENN STATE -Last Time at Assembly Hall
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Jan. 23, 2013) - Penn State fell to No. 7-ranked Indiana as the Hoosiers came out red hot in the second half to blow open a 14-point halftime lead and post a 72-49 victory.
Penn State was led by D.J. Newbill, who recorded 18 points, seven rebounds and a career high four steals in 39 minutes, but also had eight turnovers on a tough night against the Hoosier press.
Indiana shot 45 percent for the game butfinished at 55 percent shooting and 6-of-8 from three in the final 20 minutes. The Hoosiers hit 11-of-20 from three on the night, but were just 21-of-37 (56%) from the foul line. Victor Oladipo led four Hoosiers in double-figures with 19 points.
LAST TIME OUT
Penn State (12-12, 3-8) came up just short in a 60-55 loss to Big Ten foe Illinois (14-10, 3-8) Sunday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center. Despite the outcome, Tim Frazier broke a PSU program record, as he tallied two and became the Nittany Lions' all-time assists leader with 602 career assists.
Frazier and D.J. Newbill both produced double-digit scoring performances for the Nittany Lions, led by Newbill, who totaled 19 points to go along with three helpers. Frazier followed closely behind with 11 points, while also collecting one steal. Donovon Jack and Brandon Taylor added eight points each, while Ross Travis led Penn State on the boards, grabbing a team-high eight rebounds.
The Nittany Lions continue to alternate home and away games by returning to the Bryce Jordan Center for a matchup with No. 16 Iowa at 1 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU. Mike Couzens and Darrin Horn are on the call as the Lions begin a stretch of having four of their next five games on the ESPN family of networks.
The game with Iowa will be Uplifting Athletes Day as members of the football team put on a pregame skills clinic for kids in sixth grade and younger with proceeds benefiting Uplifting Athletes. UA is a national nonprofit organization aligning college football with rare diseases and raising them as a national priority through outreach, research, education and advocacy.
A host of activities will surround the game vs. the nationally-ranked Hawkeyes. For more information, visit GoPSUsports.com.