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Nebraska (9-8) at Penn State (9-10)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Thursday January 23, 8 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Bryce Jordan Center (15,261) -- University Park, Pennsylvania. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: NU 8-1, PSU 6-5. Away Record: NU 0-5, PSU 2-4. Neutral Record: NU 1-2, PSU 1-1. Conference Record: NU 1-4, PSU 0-6. Series Record: Penn State leads, 4-3.

GAME NOTES: Fresh off their first win over a ranked opponent in two years, the Nebraska Cornhuskers will try to build on that strong performance as they visit the Bryce Jordan Center for Big Ten Conference action with the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Nebraska snapped a five-game losing streak on Monday with a 68-62 victory over No. 17 Ohio State. The victory improved the Cornhuskers to a 9-8 overall record and also gave them their first win in league play of the 2013-14 campaign. Coach Tim Miles has yet to lead his squad to a win in a true road test this season in five tries. However, four of those five bouts were against nationally ranked foes. Nebraska has the second worst scoring offense in the Big Ten at 69.3 ppg and ranks just ninth in the league in scoring defense with an allowance of 67.8 ppg.

Penn State enters this matchup in search of its inaugural Big Ten decision of the season after being defeated, 65-64, at Purdue on Saturday. The loss lowered coach Patrick Chambers's team to a 9-10 standing and was its sixth setback in a row. The Nittany Lions have performed much better at home, winning six of their 11 tilts at the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State has been impressive on the offensive end en route to 76.1 ppg, but it is ranked last in the Big Ten in points allowed per game (73.6).

This will be the eighth meeting in history between these schools on the hardwood. Although Penn State holds a narrow 4-3 all-time series lead, the Cornhuskers came out of both bouts in the 2012-13 season on top.

Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway contributed 18 points apiece for Nebraska against OSU. The Cornhuskers converted 20-of-26 attempts at the free-throw line to power past the Buckeyes, who were ranked third in the national rankings just a few weeks ago. Deverell Biggs provided a spark off the bench with 11 points on 4-of-5 efficiency from the floor while Shields pulled down a team-high nine boards. Biggs has been showing his value since the team has entered into Big Ten play, raising his scoring and rebounding averages to 11.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, respectively. Petteway is pacing Nebraska in the scoring column on the season with 17.4 ppg, while Shields chips in 11.4 ppg.

The Nittany Lions are led by the dynamic duo of D.J. Newbill and Tim Frazier. Newbill is the sixth-leading scorer in the conference at 17.3 ppg, while Frazier is just one slot behind with 16.8 ppg. Penn State does not have a great deal of depth as the starting five has accounted for 81 percent of its 1,446 total points on the season. The Nittany Lions have lost their last four Big Ten games by a mere average of five points, including three games by three points or fewer. Frazier is also an excellent distributor and finished with five assists versus Purdue his last time out. He now has 586 assists in his career, leaving him just 14 shy of Freddie Barnes's school record.

Although it is playing the winless Nittany Lions, Nebraska will have a tough time stringing wins together. PSU's dynamic backcourt duo is bound to lead it to a win at some point. The Cornhuskers will have trouble keeping pace with the hosts offensively.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn State 71, Nebraska 66

01/23 10:18:21 ET

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NBA
Final
ORL 100
MIL 115
Final
IND 103
NYK 82
Final
MEM 99
DEN 69
3rd
LAL 65
CHI 51
 
Final
PROV 83
DEP 72
Final
RUTG 51
MSU 71
Final
ARMY 71
BU 67
 
Final
RFLSH 75
BRY 68
 
Final
MERC 75
CHAT 72
 
Final
LIU 67
CCST 55
 
Final
TOWS 74
COC 70
 
Final
UMASS 66
DAY 64
Final
FUR 59
ETST 55
 
Final
ODU 71
FIU 56
Final
RMU 87
FD 65
 
Final
CHAR 86
FATL 61
Final
LIB 53
HIGH 72
 
Final
UNF 86
KNST 67
 
Final
FLGC 78
LIP 62
 
Final
OSU 80
MD 56
Final
Terriers 73
MNTER 67
 
Final
STET 85
NKENTUCKY 75
 
Final
WAGN 75
SHU 64
 
Final
GMAS 68
STLU 60
 
Final
JVU 65
USCU 78
 
Final
VMI 70
WCU 85
 
Final
LATU 69
WKENT 56
Final
UNCG 42
WOFF 58
 
Final
DET 93
YOUNG 87
 
Final
GSOUT 83
APP 46
 
Final
TENNM 81
EILL 51
 
Final
GHND 64
HC 54
 
Final
CIN 70
UCONN 58
Final
NDST 61
DEN 54
 
Final
SD 55
MAST 66
 
Final
UWMIL 71
ILLCH 65
 
Final
BEL 103
JVST 82
 
Final
SMISS 54
MARS 69
Final
TXSA 69
MTST 58
Final
PETE 49
RIDE 58
 
Final
SEMIZ 61
SIUE 75
 
Final
TENST 64
TENT 56
 
Final
NDAK 60
WEBER 67
 
Final
SALA 89
LALAF 85
 
Final
ARKST 65
ARKLR 75
 
Final
TROY 55
LAMON 58
 
Final
TXARL 74
UGST 88
 
Final
MURST 85
EKENT 78
 
Final
NCOL 79
IDST 76
 
Final
MIZZ 53
KENT 69
Final
GONZ 64
PORT 46
Final
UTEP 71
UAB 69
Final
GRCN 78
UMKC 57
 
Final
WLVRN 78
CHIST 62
 
1st OT
USC 72
COL 70
 
2nd
UCI 63
CPSL 53
 
2nd
CSNO 65
HAW 76
 
Final
PAC 43
PEPP 50
 
2nd
SDU 54
SCU 44
 
2nd
UCD 67
UCSB 62
 
2nd
UCLA 60
UTAH 50
 
Final
PORST 54
MONT 73
 
Final
SACST 75
MNTST 59
 
2nd
CSFU 52
LBSU 46
 
2nd
GAELS 44
LMU 37
 
1st
WASU 30
CAL 30
 
1st
BYU 34
USF 28
 
Final
NYI 2
BOS 5
Final
NYR 0
MON 1
Final
PHI 5
WIN 2
Final
TOR 1
ARI 3
Final
FLA 3
CLB 2
Final
TAM 5
DET 1
Final
STL 5
NAS 4
Final
CAL 0
MIN 1
2nd Intermission
EDM 3
BUF 2
 
2nd Intermission
SJS 6
ANA 1