Penn State men at Iowa
Tipoff: 8 p.m, Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Records: Penn State (8-12, 0-8 Big Ten); Iowa (13-7, 2-5 Big Ten)
Coaches: Pat Chambers is 20-32 in his second season at Penn State and 62-61 in his fourth season overall. Fran McCaffery is 42-44 in his third season at Iowa and 293-221 in his 17th season overall.
Radio: ESPN Radio 1430 WVAM
Probable starters: Penn State - G D.J. Newbill, 6-4 So. (15.5), G Jermaine Marshall, 6-4 Jr. (15.1), G Nick Colella, 6-3 Sr. (3.7), F Ross Travis, 6-6 So. (6.8), C Sasa Borovnjak, 6-9 Jr. (5.7). Iowa - G Mike Gesell, 6-1 Fr. (9.3), G Anthony Clemmons, 6-1 Fr. (4.9), D Roy Devyn Marble, 6-6 Jr. (14.4), F Aaron White, 6-8 So. (13.4), C Adam Woodbury, 7-1 Fr. (5.4).
Notes: The home team has won the last 11 games in this series, dating back to 2006. The Lions have not won a game at Carver-Hawkeye since 2001, a streak of nine straight losses. Only two of those losses were by less than 13 points and the average margin of defeat was 14.5 points. ... Iowa is 22-0 when holding opponents below 60 points the last three seasons. Penn State is averaging 54.2 points in Big Ten play and has scored more than 60 only twice. ... Both teams are averaging 12.9 turnovers per game. But the Hawkeyes are averaging 16.0 assists, the Nittany Lions just 9.2. ... Penn State is 0-12 in Big Ten road games under Chambers. ... The Hawkeyes are 10-2 at home this season, with the only losses coming to ranked Michigan State and Indiana teams.
Mirror prediction: Iowa 70, Penn State 56
Comment: The Nittany Lions will win at Carver-Hawkeye this week. But we're talking about Cael Sanderson's No. 1 wrestling team, which visits No. 3 Iowa Friday. Meanwhile, the PSU basketball team's struggles will continue.
Mirror prediction record: 16-4
- Mark Brennan
SFU men at LIU Brooklyn
Tipoff: 7 p.m., Wellness Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Records: St. Francis (1-18, 1-7 Northeast Conference), LIU Brooklyn (10-10, 5-3)
Coaches: Rob Krimmel is 1-18 in his first season at St. Francis. Jack Perri is 10-10 in his first season at LIU Brooklyn.
Web stream: NECFrontRow.com
Probable starters: St. Francis - G Ben Millaud-Meunier, 6-1 Fr. (8.4), F Earl Brown, 6-6 So. (9.7), G Dom Major, 5-9 So. (6.6), F Ronnie Drinnon, 6-6 Fr. (5.2), G Stephon Wyatt, 6-1 So. (7.4). LIU Brooklyn - F Kenny Onyechi, 6-7 Sr. (4.5), F Jamal Olasewere, 6-7 Sr. (18.8), G Brandon Thompson, 6-2 Sr. (9.5), G C.J. Garner, 5-0 Sr. (13.2), G Jason Brickman, 6-0 Jr. (9.6).
Notes: The all-time series is tied, 32-32, but St. Francis has dropped the last two meetings to LIU Brooklyn. ... St. Francis is on a seven-game losing streak. After opening conference play with three straight losses, LIU Brooklyn has won five consecutive, including edging NEC-leading Bryant on Saturday. ... Junior guard Umar Shannon has sat out the last three games with an ankle injury, while freshman forward Stephon Mosley has been sidelined the last two games with a concussion. ... The Blackbirds are tied for fourth place in the NEC with Wagner, while St. Francis is alone in 12th. ... The Red Flash continue their three-game road swing with a game at St. Francis Brooklyn before heading to Robert Morris on Feb. 6.
Mirror prediction: LIU Brooklyn 85, St. Francis 65
Comment: If Shannon and Mosley don't play, the Flash don't stand a chance. If they do play, the odds go up, but not by much.
Mirror prediction record: 16-3
- Nate Foreman
PSU women at Wisconsin
Tipoff: 8 p.m., Kohl Center, Madison, Wisc.
Records: Penn State (17-2 overall, 7-0 Big Ten), Wisconsin (9-11 overall, 1-6 Big Ten)
Coaches: Coquese Washington is 109-69 in her 6th season at Penn State. Bobbie Kelsey is 18-31 in her 2nd season at Wisconsin.
Radio: ESPN Radio 1430 WVAM
Probable starters: Penn State - G Dara Taylor, 5-8 Jr. (7.2), G Alex Bentley, 5-7 Sr. (13.1), F Mia Nickson, 6-2 Sr. (7.7), G Maggie Lucas, 5-10 Jr. (20.0), C Nikki Greene, 6-4 Sr. (9.3). Wisconsin - G Jacki Gulczynski, 6-1 So. (11.3), F Cassie Rochel, 6-4 Jr. (6.9), G Nicole Bauman, 5-10 Fr. (6.8), G Morgan Paige, 5-9 Jr. (16.4), G Tiera Stephen, 5-7 Sr. (6.2).
Notes: The Lady Lions moved up one spot to No. 7 in this week's Associated Press rankings and remained at No. 8 in the coaches' poll. ... Penn State has won 11 straight games overall and a school-record 14 in a row in Big Ten regular-season games. ... A win would give the Lady Lions their longest winning streak since the 1999-2000 season. ... A win would give Penn State an 8-0 mark in Big Ten play for the first time in nine years. ... The Lady Lions have lost four of their past six games at the Kohl Center. ... Penn State leads the Big Ten in scoring offense (73.6 points per game). Wisconsin ranks 11th (59.1). ... Greene has recorded double-digit rebounds in six consecutive games, including 13 in Sunday's win at Ohio State. ... Bentley had two steals against the Buckeyes and moved into a tie for fifth place on the school's career list with Kelly Mazzante at 289 steals.
Mirror prediction: Penn State 80, Wisconsin 51
Comment: Penn State beat Wisconsin by 44 points in their first meeting of the season two weeks ago at the Bryce Jordan Center. Look for more of the same in tonight's rematch.
Mirror prediction record: 18-1
- Jim Rodenbush