College basketball preview capsules 3-2
PSU men vs. Ohio State
Tipoff: 6:30 p.m. Madison Square Garden
Records: Penn State (20-12, 10-9 Big Ten); No. 13 Ohio State (24-7, 15-3 Big Ten)
Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 107-121 in his seventh season at Penn State and 149-149 in nine seasons overall. Chris Holtmann is 24-7 in his first season at Ohio State and 138-92 in seven seasons overall.
Radio: ESPN 1430
Probable Starters: Penn State — G Shep Garner, 6-1 Sr. (10.3), G Tony Carr, 6-3 So. (19.9), G Josh Reaves, 6-4 Jr. (10.3), F Lamar Stevens, 6-7 So. (15.1), F Julian Moore, 6-10 So. (1.7). Ohio State — F Andre Wesson, 6-6 So. (2.8), F Jae’Sean Tate, 6-4 Sr. (12.5), F Kaleb Wesson, 6-9 Fr. (11), G C.J. Jackson, 6-1 Jr. (12.4), F Keita Bates-Diop, 6-7 R-Jr. (19.2).
Notes: Penn State beat Northwestern to advance to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament. Tony Carr scored 25 points to lead the Lions and make late separation against the Wildcats… Keita Bates-Diop was named 2018 Big Ten player of the year (coaches/media) and coach Chris Holtmann (coaches/media) was named 2018 Big Ten coach of the year. Penn State accounts for two of the Buckeyes’ three losses in Big Ten play. This is Ohio State’s first game in the tournament.
Mirror Prediction: Ohio State 77, Penn State 66
Comment: This is a terrible matchup for a Watkins-less Penn State. Expect Ohio State to own the interior and cruise to a win.
Mirror prediction record: 24-9
— Paddy Cotter
SFU women at Mount St. Mary’s
Tipoff: 7 p.m. at Knott Arena, Emmitsburg, Md.
Records: Saint Francis (19-9 overall, 14-2 Northeast Conference); Mount St. Mary’s (9-18, 6-10)
Online video: NEC Front Row
Online stats: www.mountathletics.com
Probable starters: Saint Francis — G Jessica Kovatch, 5-9 Jr. (24.3), G Caitlyn Kroll, 5-10 R-Fr. (13.5), G Maya Wynn, 5-11 Sr. (5.3), F Ace Harrison, 6-2 Gr. (11.3), F Courtney Zezza, 6-4 Jr. (7.3). Mount St. Mary’s — G Daly Sullivan, 5-8 Fr. (10.0), G Jatarrikah Settle, 5-9 Fr. (3.3), G Juliette Lawless, 5-9 Jr. (10.9), F Katrice Dickson, 5-9 Sr. (10.8), C Caroline Hummell, 6-1 Sr. (7.9).
Notes: With two games to go, Saint Francis remains tied for the top spot with Robert Morris, while Mount St. Mary’s is still fighting to make the playoffs as they are in a three-way tie with LIU Brooklyn and Central Connecticut State in the seventh spot … SFU is leading the conference in scoring at 81.0 points per game, while MSM is second at 64.1 … Kovatch went over 2,000 career points, and now sits at 2,008, in Monday’s win at Bryant … The Mountaineers will honor their four seniors — Dickson, Hummell, Kaitlyn Eisenhard and Stacy Koutris — before the game. The group has played in a combined 314 games and has scored 1,573 points.
Mirror prediction: Saint Francis 86, Mount St. Mary’s 73
Comment: Sullivan banked in a right corner 3-pointer to send the previous meeting into overtime. With the Mountaineers needing to win to have a chance to earn a spot in the NEC playoffs, the Red Flash have to keep them on their heels throughout and not give them any hope.
Mirror prediction record: 21-7
— Nate Ritchey