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December 29, 2012
The Altoona Mirror

Penn State vs. Duquesne

Tipoff: 4 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center

Records: Penn State (7-4); Duquesne (7-6)

Coaches: Pat Chambers is 19-24 in his second season at Penn State and 61-52 in his fourth season overall. Jim Ferry is 7-6 in his first season at Duquesne and 261-174 in his 15th season overall.


Radio: ESPN Radio 1430 WVAM

Probable starters: Penn State - G D.J. Newbill, 6-4 So. (15.1), G Jermaine Marshall, 6-4 Jr. (15.1), F Ross Travis, 6-6 So. (7.8), F Brandon Taylor, 6-7 Fr. (7.3), C Sasa Borovnjak, 6-9 Jr. (4.5). Duquesne - G Derrick Colter, 5-11 Fr. (13.2), G Sean Johnson, 6-1 Sr. (12.9), G Jeremiah Jones, 6-3 Fr. (7.9), F Kadeem Pantophlet, 6-7 So. (4.7), C Andre Marhold, 6-6 Sr. (6.2).

Notes: Penn State has not played since last Sunday's blowout of New Hampshire at the Jordan Center. ... In their final outing before Big Ten play starts, the Nittany Lions are shooting for their first four-game winning streak since late in the 2010-11 season. ... Chambers said Travis will be back in the starting lineup and full go after seeing limited minutes vs. New Hampshire due to an ankle sprain. Travis had 15 rebounds in practice Friday. ... The Dukes are 1-4 on the road, with losses to Robert Morris and Louisiana-Lafayette. They are coming off a 91-79 defeat at the hands of the Ragin' Cajuns Dec. 22. But they also have a home win over West Virginia and played well in a road loss to Georgetown. The super quick Colter and Johnson make things go for Duquesne. "This is exactly what I want heading into the Big Ten," Chambers said of facing the speedy backcourt.

Mirror prediction: Penn State 77, Duquesne 72

Comment: Duquesne has been formidable at home but has struggled stopping anyone on the road. State is 6-1 at the BJC.

Mirror prediction record: 9-2

- Mark Brennan

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