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February 14, 2013
The Altoona Mirror

Iowa at Penn State men

Tipoff: 9 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center

Records: Penn State (8-15, 0-11 Big Ten); Iowa (15-9, 4-7 Big Ten)

Coaches: Pat Chambers is 20-35 in his second season at Penn State and 62-63 in his fourth season overall. Fran McCaffery is 45-46 in his third season at Iowa and 295-223 in his 17th season overall.


Radio: ESPN Radio 1430 WVAM

Probable starters: Penn State - G D.J. Newbill, 6-4 So. (15.8), G Jermaine Marshall, 6-4 Jr. (14.7), G Nick Colella, 6-3 Sr. (3.6), F Brandon Taylor, 6-7 Fr. (6.0), C Sasa Borovnjak, 6-9 Jr. (5.7). Iowa - G Mike Gesell, 6-1 Fr. (8.8), G Anthony Clemmons, 6-1 Fr. (4.8), F Roy Devyn Marble, 6-6 Jr. (13.2), F Aaron White, 6-8 So. (13.5), C Adam Woodbury, 7-1 Fr. (5.2).

Notes: Chambers is donating $10 per Penn State student who attends this game to this weekend's Dance Marathon at the BJC. ... The two teams played Jan. 31 in Iowa City, with the Hawkeyes coming away with a 78-67 victory. ... Marshall missed his first start of the season in Saturday's loss at Nebraska with knee soreness. He still played 34 minutes and scored 16 points. Chambers said he is not sure whether Marshall will start tonight. ... The home team has won the last 12 games in this series. Iowa is 1-6 on the road this year. ... Penn State is trying to avoid matching its worst start to a Big Ten season. The Lions have 11 straight losses and their record for defeats to begin a Big Ten campaign is 12 (set in 2009-10). ... PSU has made four of its last 30 3-pointers.

Mirror Prediction: Iowa 69, Penn State 64

Comment: The Lions are struggling just to be competitive in the Big Ten these days. The Hawkeyes have played poorly on the road, but PSU has played poorly everywhere.

Mirror prediction record: 18-5

- Mark Brennan

SFU men at Sacred Heart

Tipoff: 7 p.m., Pitt Center, Fairfield, Conn.

Records: St. Francis (2-21, 2-10 Northeast Conference), Sacred Heart (9-13, 7-4)

Coaches: Rob Krimmel is 2-21 in his first season at St. Francis. Dave Bike is 529-493 in his 35th season at Sacred Heart.

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Probable starters: Sacred Heart - G Phil Gaetano, 5-10 So. (4.7), G Shane Gibson, 6-2 R-Sr. (20.4), G Steve Glowiak, 6-3 R-So. (11.0), F Louis Montes, 6-4 R-Jr. (14.0), C Nick Greenbacker, 6-9 R-Sr. (4.8). St. Francis - G Umar Shannon, 5-11 R-Jr. (12.3), F Earl Brown, 6-6 So. (10.6), G Ollie Jackson, 6-3 So. (7.4), G Anthony Ervin, 6-3 Sr. (2.7), F Tony Peters, 6-6 Sr. (1.8).

Notes: Sacred Heart leads the all-time series, 12-9, including winning the last three meetings. The Pioneers defeated the Red Flash once already this season, 75-72, on Jan. 19 at DeGol Arena. St. Francis is 4-6 when playing Sacred Heart on the road. ... The Pioneers are on a five-game home winning streak. ... Sacred Heart has not played since last Thursday thanks to the winter storm that hit the northeast. ... The Pioneers are alone in fourth place in the NEC, while the Red Flash are tied for last with Fairleigh Dickinson. ... St. Francis remains in Connecticut for a Saturday afternoon game at Quinnipiac.

Mirror prediction: Sacred Heart 80, St. Francis 68

Comment: With six games remaining in their can't-wait-to-end season, the Red Flash can potentially win two. This isn't one of them.

Mirror prediction record: 18-5

- Nate Foreman

PSU women at Iowa

Tipoff: 8 p.m., Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa

Records: Penn State (20-3 overall, 10-1 Big Ten), Iowa (16-9 overall, 5-6 Big Ten)

Coaches: Coquese Washington is 112-70 in her 6th season at Penn State. Lisa Bluder is 230-145 in her 13th season at Iowa and 586-287 in her 29th season overall.

Radio: ESPN Radio 1430 WVAM

Probable starters: Penn State - G Dara Taylor, 5-8 Jr. (7.1), G Alex Bentley, 5-7 Sr. (13.7), F Mia Nickson, 6-2 Sr. (8.3), G Maggie Lucas, 5-10 Jr. (19.7), C Nikki Greene, 6-4 Sr. (8.7). Iowa - F Jaime Printy, 5-11 Sr. (14.4), F Bethany Doolittle, 6-4 So. (7.3), C Morgan Johnson, 6-5 Sr. (15.1), G Samantha Logic, 5-9 So. (8.6), G Theairra Taylor, 5-11 Jr. (7.8).

Notes: Penn State remained at No. 8 in this week's Associated Press rankings and No. 9 in the coaches' poll. ... Bentley was named the co-Big Ten Player of the Week on Tuesday after averaging 22.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in wins over Indiana and Michigan State. She is the third Lady Lions player to win the honor this season, joining Lucas and Greene. ... Penn State is 24-17 all-time against Iowa, including a 68-52 win at the Bryce Jordan Center in their only meeting of the 2011-12 season. The Lady Lions and Hawkeyes are playing for the first time this year. ... Penn State leads the Big Ten in scoring offense (72.9 points per game) and scoring margin (+16.3). ... Iowa has lost four straight following a 5-2 start to conference play. ... The Hawkeyes have six victories this season against Top 25 opponents. ... Iowa's Logic tops the Big Ten with 6.7 assists per game.

Mirror prediction: Penn State 73, Iowa 69

Comment: Iowa has thrived against Top 25 opponents this season but also is struggling to close out games as of late. This one will be close, but the Lady Lions will pull it out late and take another step toward a second straight Big Ten title.

Mirror prediction record: 21-2

- Jim Rodenbush

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