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Nov. 11, 2013
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State hosts Bucknell at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at the Bryce Jordan Center in the 101st meeting between the two teams. The Nittany Lions have a 12-game winning streak in the all-time series after a 60-57 win last season.
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.
HOW TO FOLLOW
The game will be streamed live through the Big Ten Digital Network and is scheduled to air on tape delay at 9:30 p.m. Friday on BTN. Alex Gilliland will handle play-by-play duties with former NIttany Lion Tyler Smith offering expert analysis. Fans also can listen live to Steve Jones and Dick Jerardi on ESPN Radio 1450.
THE FUN STUFF
White LED shakers will be given out to fans Wednesday night while supplies last. The 7:05 p.m. tip at the Jordan Center also will be a Dollar Dog Night. The halftime act will be Penn State student and nationally-recognized tap dancer Joshua Johnson, who has been featured on the Ellen Show, ABC News, Dancing with the Stars and other outlets as he "Taps for Tuition." Check out his story HERE.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
The Nittany Lions are 1-0 when playing on Nov. 13. In 2009, Penn State defeated Penn, 70-55, to open the season in the Jordan Center. Talor Battle (Albany, N.Y.) stole the show by posting his then-fifth career double-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Fun fact: The crowd included included Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington who was courtside to watch his son, Malcolm, then a Quaker freshmen.
Picked to finish fourth in the Patriot League, Bucknell enters the season with two starters and 11 letterwinners from the 2012-13 team that won 28 games, both the league regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Cameron Ayers, a Preseason All-Patriot League selection, is one of the two returning starters and top remaining scorer from a year ago (12.4 ppg).
Bucknell its season with a 72-68 loss at Stanford last Friday. The Bison made it a two-point game with 54 seconds left, but missed two shots down the stretch. Ben Brackney led the team with 13 points and eight rebounds in 36 minutes.
- Penn State holds a 76-24 advantage in the all-time series with Bucknell, including wins in each of the last 12 meetings. The last Bison victory came Jan. 14, 1976 and the last on the Lions' home court was March 3, 1970 in Rec Hall.
- The Lions are 10-0 vs. the Bison in the Bryce Jordan Center after a 60-57 win Nov. 23, 2012.
- When the teams met last season, it was the first game without Tim Frazier in the lineup and resulted in Jermaine Marshall tallying 17 points and then-freshman Brandon Taylor earning his first career start. Taylor's 16 points remain a career high.
- Bucknell is one of four opponents Penn State has faced over 100 times (101), trailing just Pittsburgh (146), West Virginia (119) and Syracuse (105).
- Patrick Chambers is 2-1 all-time vs. Bucknell, going 1-0 at Penn State and 1-1 while at Boston University.
Nittany Lion basketball single-game tickets or group tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-NITTANY, visiting GoPSUsports.com or through Ticketmaster. Single-game tickets range from $5-$24 with special group ticket rates for groups of 15 fans or more. Six-game mini plans also are currently available and feature games against: Marshall (Dec. 7), Michigan State (Dec. 31), Indiana (Jan. 11), Iowa (Feb. 15), Ohio State (Feb. 27) and Wisconsin (March 2). More information is available on GoPSUsports.com/tickets.
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