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Penn State (13-13) at Nebraska (14-10)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 20, 7 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,147) -- Lincoln, Nebraska. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: PSU 8-7, UN 11-1. Away Record: PSU 4-5, UN 2-7. Neutral Record: PSU 1-1, UN 1-2. Conference Record: PSU 4-9, UN 6-6. Series Record: Penn State leads, 5-3.

GAME NOTES: Coming off a historic win, the Nebraska Cornhuskers turn their attention to the Penn State Nittany Lions for a Big Ten Conference clash at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Penn State has dropped three of its last four contests, with the lone win in that span being a last-second triumph at Indiana last Wednesday. However, the Nittany Lions followed that up with an 82-70 home loss to 15th-ranked Iowa this past Saturday. Following this tilt, they'll return to campus to host Ohio State and Wisconsin next week.

Nebraska went on the road and upset ninth-ranked Michigan State on Sunday, 60-51, marking its first road win over a top-10 team in a 17-year span. The Cornhuskers have won three straight and five of their last six games overall as they remain hopeful of qualifying for their first NCAA Tournament in 16 years. Four of their final six regular-season games are at Pinnacle Bank Arena, where the Huskers are 11-1 on the season, and the majority of those remaining games are against teams in the bottom half of the Big Ten standings.

Penn State owns a slim, 5-3 lead in the all-time series, as it notched a 58-54 home win over the Cornhuskers on Jan. 23.

PSU hung around with nationally-ranked Iowa for much of Saturday's contest before the Hawkeyes put the game out of reach with a late 14-4 run. Both teams shot 40 percent from the floor and committed fewer than 10 turnovers for the game. However, Iowa shot 7-of-19 from beyond the arc (.368) while PSU shot just 3-of-16 (.188), and the Hawkeyes also enjoyed a key 31-15 scoring edge at the foul line. D.J. Newbill checked in with a game-high 22 points for Penn State, followed by Tim Frazier (seven rebounds) and John Johnson with 11 apiece, and Ross Travis with 10 off the bench. The guard tandem of Newbill (17.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and Frazier (15.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg) has been in the starting lineup for every game this season. But when one or both of those players has a quiet game -- as Frazier did against Iowa -- wins are hard to come by for the Nittany Lions as there are no other double-digit scorers on the roster.

Nebraska turned to top scorer Terran Petteway (17.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg) to upend national title hopeful Michigan State. The Cornhuskers shot just 35.8 percent as a team, but Petteway had a game-high 23 points and came up with several clutch buckets down the stretch. For his efforts, the sophomore was named the Big Ten's co-player of the week. Teammate Walter Pitchford (9.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg) was also instrumental in the outcome as he racked up 18 points, five rebounds, a pair of steals and a blocked shot -- all while committing zero turnovers. Shavon Shields (11.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg) finished with seven points and eight boards. Nebraska, which led by as many as 11 early in the second half and never trailed by more than two points, committed only five turnovers for the game.

Nebraska has climbed to .500 in conference play for the first time since joining the Big Ten, and the time is ripe for the team to serve up some payback for that Jan. 23 loss to PSU. Still, the Huskers must be careful to avoid the proverbial letdown game after such a big win.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Nebraska 72, Penn State 62

02/20 10:50:38 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
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MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
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PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
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WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
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HOU
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Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
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STL
CHI
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COL
MIN
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SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
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NOR