College basketball preview capsules 2-8
Pitt men at Clemson
Tipoff: 7 p.m., Littlejohn Coliseum
Records: Pittsburgh (8-16, 0-11 in ACC); Clemson (19-4, 8-3 in ACC)
Coaches: Kevin Stallings is 24-33 in his second year at Pittsburgh and is 479-316 in his 25th season overall. Brad Brownell is 143-107 in his eighth season at Clemson and is 310-192 in 16 years overall as a head coach.
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Probable starters: Pittsburgh — G Parker Stewart, 6-5 fr. (8.2), G Marcus Carr, 6-1 fr. (11.0), G-F Jared Wilson-Frame, 6-5 jr. (13.0), G Khameron Davis, 6-4 fr. (3.0), C Kene Chukwuka, 6-9 so. (2.5). Clemson — G Marcquise Reed, 6-3 jr. (15.9), G Shelton Mitchell, 6-3 jr. (12.0), G Gabe DeVoe, 6-4 sr. (12.5), F Aamir Simms, 6-7 fr. (3.0), C Elijah Thomas, 6-9 jr. (10.5).
Notes: Clemson is ranked No. 16 and has won three in a row, including a win over North Carolina. … Pitt has lost 11 in a row to start ACC play and is in the third game of a three-game road trip. The Panthers return home Saturday to take on Louisville at 1 p.m. … ESPN’s matchup predictor gives Clemson a 98 percent chance to win this game. … The Panthers are averaging just 63.8 points per game.
Mirror prediction: Clemson 81, Pittsburgh 62
Comment: Running out of things to write here …
Mirror prediction record: 21-3
— Michael Boytim
SFU men at LIU Brooklyn
Tipoff: 7 p.m., Steinberg Wellness Center, Brooklyn
Records: Saint Francis (13-10, 7-5 NEC); LIU Brooklyn (12-13, 7-5)
Coaches: Rob Krimmel is 74-105 in his sixth season at Saint Francis and overall. Derek Kellogg is 12-13 in his first season at LIU Brooklyn and 167-150 in 10 seasons overall.
Probable starters: Saint Francis — G Jamaal King, 5-10 Jr. (17.6), G Keith Braxton, 6-4 So. (16.4), G Andre Wolford, 6-2 Jr. (14.3), G Malik Harmon, 6-0 Sr. (3.0), C Mark Flagg, 6-9 Fr. (6.1). LIU Brooklyn — G Jashaun Agosto, 5-11 So. (11.5), G Julian Batts, 5-11 So. (9.6), G Joel Hernandez, 6-3 Sr. (20.2), F Raiquan Clark, 6-6 Jr. (16.9), F Zach Coleman, 6-7 Sr. (7.5).
Notes: This is the second game of a crucial three-game road trip for the Flash, who dropped the first one at Mount St. Mary’s. After this, SFU goes to St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday. … The Flash are locked in a tough battle for third place in the league at 7-5, tied with Robert Morris, LIU and St. Francis. A win tonight would be huge for SFU because it already has beaten LIU and would own any tiebreakers if it goes 2-0 in the season series. … In the first meeting, the Flash won, 85-68, on Jan. 4 at home, with King scoring 23 points and Wolford 20. Batts led LIU with 14. … ESPN’s matchup predictor gives SFU a 46.5 percent chance to win.
Mirror prediction: LIU Brooklyn 78, Saint Francis 74
Comment: Like any road contest in the league, this will be a tough game to win, and the Flash must play well for 40 minutes to do so. But look for the Blackbirds to squeak one out at home.
Mirror prediction record: 17-6
— Cory Giger
PSU women at Iowa
Tipoff: 8 p.m. Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa
Records: Penn State (14-10), Iowa (18-6)
Coaches: Coquese Washington is 195-145 in her 11th season at Penn State and overall. Lisa Bluder is 361-208 in her 18th season at Iowa and 717-350 overall.
Radio: Live audio at gopsusports.com
Probable Starters: Penn State — G Teniya Page, 5-7 Jr. (17.8), G Amari Carter, 5-8 So. (14.7), G Jaida Travascio-Green, 6-2 So. (12.3), G Siyeh Frazier, 5-9 So. (7.5), F Jaylen Williams, 6-3 Jr. (5.0). Iowa — G Alexis Sevillian, 5-5 Fr. (9.5), G Kathleen Doyle, 5-9 So. (11.6), G Mackenzie Meyer, 5-9 So. (11.1) F Chase Coley, 6-3 Sr. (8.4), F Megan Gustafson, 6-3 Jr. (24.5).
Notes: Penn State beat Michigan State 74-59 Sunday. Amari Carter recorded five steals to maintain her lead in the Big Ten with 60. Teniya Page moved into 16th place all-time in Penn State scoring history….Iowa topped Minnesota 92-84 Sunday. Megan Gustafson is one of two players in the country averaging over 20.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per game. Her 48 career double-doubles are an Iowa basketball record.
Mirror prediction: Iowa 80, Penn State 73
Comment: Penn State has won 10 of the last 13 meetings with the Hawkeyes
Mirror prediction record: 16-8
— Thomas Schlarp