Hoops du Jour

No. 10 Louisville at Pitt men

Tipoff: 4 p.m., Petersen Events Center

Records: Louisville (15-3, 3-2 in ACC); Pittsburgh (13-6, 3-3 in ACC)

Coaches: Rick Pitino is 356-120 in his 14th year at Louisville and 710-248 in his 30th year as a head coach overall. Jamie Dixon is 301-102 in his 12th year as Pitt’s head coach.


Radio: WFBG-AM 1290

Probable starters: Louisville – G Tony Rozier, 6-1 So. (17.4), G Chris Jones, 5-10 Sr. (12.4), F Montrezl Harrell, 6-8 Jr. (14.9), Wayne Blackshear, 6-5 Sr. (12.2), C Mangok Mathiang, 6-10 So. (2.9). Pittsburgh – G James Robinson, 6-3 Jr. (9.7), G Cameron Wright, 6-5 Sr. (9.4), G Chris Jones, 6-6 So. (8.9), F Jamel Artis, 6-7 So. (10.5), F Michael Young, 6-9 So. (13.5).

Notes: Louisville enters the game ranked No. 10 in both the USA Today and Associated Press polls. The Panthers are 13-2 all-time against teams ranked in the top 10 at the Petersen Events Center. … Pitt will be staging a “Gold Out” promotion in which all fans are encouraged to wear gold and will recieve a “This is Our House” T-shirt. … Louisville leads the all-time series 8-5 and has won the last four matchups between the teams. … This will be the first time the former Big East rivals meet in an ACC game. … Though Pitt has had unmatched success at home since the Petersen Events Center opened, the Cardinals are 3-1 in the building.

Mirror prediction: Louisville 61, Pittsburgh 53

Comment: Pitt just doesn’t have the offensive firepower to beat a team the caliber of Louisville.

Mirror prediction record: 15-4

– Michael Boytim

Northwestern at PSU women

Tipoff: 2 p.m. at Bryce Jordan Center

Records: Penn State (4-15, 1-7 Big Ten) Northwerstern (14-4, 4-3 Big Ten)

Coaches: Coquese Washington is 146-95 in her eighth season at Penn State. Joe McKeown is 102-105 in his seventh season at Northwestern, and is 611-279 in 29 seasons overall.


Radio: WRSC 1390

Probable starters: Penn State – C Candace Agee, 6-6 Jr. (10.5), G Sierra Moore, 5-11 RS-So. (11.7), G Keke Sevillian, 5-7 So. (2.9), G Kaliyah Mitchell, 6-2 So. (8.8), F Tori Waldner, 6-5 Sr. (4.5). Northwestern – G Ashley Deary, 5-4 So. (8.7), C Alex Cohen, 6-5 Sr. (9.5), F Nia Coffey, 6-1 So. (14.7), G Christen Inman, 5-10 So. (10.8), G Maggie Lyon, 6-1 Jr. (13.5).

Notes: The Lady Lions finally broke their eight-game losing streak and garnered their first conference victory on Thursday with a 79-85 win over Indiana. Most recently plagued by turnovers, Penn State had a season low of 12 against the Hoosiers, as well as five different players in double figuresNorthwestern came back against Illinois in the final minute of the Wildcats’ 68-67 win Thursday. Maggie Lyon boasts 48 3-pointers for Northwestern this season. Northwestern leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense at 35.7 percent.

Mirror prediction: Northwestern 65, Penn State 60

Mirror prediction record: 16-3

– Kristen Nelson

Hoops du Jour

PSU men at Michigan State

Tipoff: 7 p.m., Breslin Center, East Lansing, Mich.

Records: Penn State (12-6, 0-5 Big Ten); Michigan State (12-6, 3-2)

Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 50-65 in his fourth season at Penn State and 92-93 in six seasons overall. Tom Izzo is 480-192 in his 20th season at Michigan State and overall


Radio: ESPN Radio 1430 WVAM

Probable starters: Penn State – G D.J. Newbill, 6-4 Sr. (21.7), G Shep Garner, 6-1 Fr. (9.4), F Brandon Taylor, 6-6 Jr. (9.6), F Ross Travis, 6-6 Sr. (5.1), F Donovon Jack, 6-9 Jr. (5.1). Michigan State – G Denzel Valentine, 6-5 Jr. (13.9), G Travis Trice, 6-0 Sr. (13.8), F Javon Bess, 6-5 Fr. (2.9), F Branden Dawson, 6-6 Sr. (11.5), F Gavin Schilling, 6-9 So. (7.1).

Notes: The Lions have started 0-5 in Big Ten play for the third straight year, and the first victory isn’t likely to come tonight against the Spartans. Newbill scored 37 points the last time out for PSU in loss to?Purdue. Penn State is currently ranked last in the Big Ten Network’s power rankings of league clubs. Michigan State is coming off a poor showing in a 75-59 loss at Maryland on Saturday. Michigan State is favored by 12.

Mirror prediction: Michigan State 73, Penn State 62

Comment: Spartans are always tough at home, and if they score at least 70 points, PSU won’t have much chance to win.

Mirror prediction record: 12-6

– Cory Giger

Hoops du jour

Florida State vs. Pittsburgh men

Tipoff: 9 p.m., Petersen Events Center

Records: Florida State (9-7, 1-2 in ACC); Pittsburgh (11-5, 1-2 in ACC)

Coaches: Leonard Hamilton is 228-164 in his 13th year at Florida State and is 428-374 in his 28th year as a head coach overall. Jamie Dixon is 299-101 in his 12th year as Pitt’s head coach.


Probable starters: Florida State – G Devon Bookert, 6-3 Jr. (9.9), G Xavier Rathan-Mayes, 6-4 Fr. (12.5), G Montay Brandon, 6-8 Jr. (13.2), F Phil Cofer, 6-8 Fr. (6.9), C Michael Ojo, 7-1 So. (3.1). Pittsburgh – G James Robinson, 6-3 Jr. (10.9), G Cameron Wright, 6-5 Sr. (8.8), G Chris Jones, 6-6 So. (8.5), F Jamel Artis, 6-7 So. (9.1), F Michael Young, 6-9 So. (13.4).

Notes: Pitt leads the all-time series 9-2 but lost to the Seminoles, 71-66, at the Petersen Events Center last season. This is the first of two matchups between the teams this year. The second will be in Tallahassee on March 7. Dixon is still looking for win No. 300. Though Joseph Uchebo had been starting at the beginning of the season, his 19 minutes against Boston College were the most the 6-foot-10 center has ever played in a game. Florida State has outrebounded eight of its last 10 opponents.

Mirror prediction: Pittsburgh 59, Florida State 55

Comment: Game could go either way, but after missing out against Clemson, Panthers will be eager to get Dixon his milestone.

Mirror prediction record: 13-3

– Michael Boytim

Hoops du Jour

Robert Morris at SFU men

Tipoff: 7 p.m., DeGol Arena

Records: Saint Francis (7-5, 1-0 NEC); Robert Morris (5-8, 1-0)

Coaches: Rob Krimmel is 22-49 in his third season at Saint Francis. Andy Toole is 95-59 in his fifth season at Robert Morris.

Radio: The Edge, AM 1400

Probable starters: Saint Francis – G Malik Harmon, 5-11 So. (10.4); G Greg Brown, 6-2 Jr. (7.1), G Ollie Jackson, 6-3 Sr. (7.8), F Earl Brown, 6-6 Sr. (16.0), F Ronnie Drinnon, 6-7 Jr. (6.8). Robert Morris – G Kavon Stewart, 6-0 So. (5.7), G Rodney Pryor, 6-4 Jr. (13.7), G Marcquise Reed, 6-3 Fr. (13.2), F Lucky Jones, 6-6 Sr. (12.9), F Aaron Tate, 6-5 Jr. (3.3).

Notes: An excellent early matchup between two of the best teams in the NEC. Robert Morris has been able to fight off the Red Flash numerous times in tight games over the years. One thing this SFU team has improved on is finding a way to win some close games, which could be a big intangible tonight. The Colonials have a very good backcourt led by Pryor and Reed, and the Flash will have to neutralize them while also making sure the veteran Jones doesn’t hurt them down low. Brown will need a big game inside for Saint Francis, as will the Flash 3-point shooters. G Dom Major may or may not start in place of Harmon for SFU, but either way his 3-point shooting could play a big role for the Flash. Same goes for Ben Millaud-Meunier off the bench.

Mirror prediction: Saint Francis 65, Robert Morris 63

Comment: This should be a fantastic game, and the people at Saint Francis need to do whatever they can to pack DeGol Arena to try and give the home team as much of an advantage as possible.

Mirror prediction record: 10-2

– Cory Giger

Robert Morris at SFU women

Tipoff: 5 p.m. at DeGol Arena, Loretto

Records: Robert Morris (3-9 overall, 1-0 Northeast Conference); Saint Francis (1-11, 0-1).

All-time series: Robert Morris leads 39-37. The Colonials defeated the Red Flash, 78-64, on March 16 in the NEC championship game at home.

Last time out: Saint Francis suffered a 76-60 home loss to Wagner; Robert Morris defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 66-44, at home.

Coaches: Joe Haigh is 33-44 in his third season at Saint Francis; Sal Buscaglia is 189-156 in his 12th year at Robert Morris, and is 679-349 in 36 years overall which includes stops at Manhattan College, the University of Buffalo and Hilbert Junior College.

Radio: WWGE-1400A AM

Internet radio: www.WWGE-1400.com

Probable starters: Saint Francis – G Alexa Hayward, 5-8 Sr. (23.8), G Aisha Brock, 5-6 Jr. (10.1), G Maya Wynn, 5-11 Fr. (6.8), F Corissa Archer, 6-0 Sr. (4.1), F Shaqeia Stokes, 6-1 Sr. (6.2); Robert Morris – G Anna Niki Stamolamprou, 5-9 So. (16.1), G Ashley Ravelli, 5-10 Jr. (8.2), G Randi Jackson, 5-6 Jr. (1.8), F Megan Smith, 6-1 Fr. (8.3), F Judith Sole, 6-3 So. (4.6).

Notes: The game is the first of a rare Monday doubleheader with the men’s teams scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. Both teams played tough non-conference schedules in order to prepare them for NEC play. Robert Morris began its year with back-to-back games at Big Ten members Iowa and Illinois, and also lost in overtime at Xavier The two teams are 1 and 2 in NEC tournament titles as SFU has 11 and Robert Morris has five The Red Flash won a close 78-73 contest in last year’s meeting at DeGol Arena Four out of the 12 players on the Colonials roster is from the United States and they only have one senior, Jolie Olingende.

Mirror prediction: Robert Morris 86, Saint Francis 67

Comment: The Red Flash, looking to avoid going 0-2 to begin conference play for the first time since the 2006-07 season, will have their hands full as the Colonials return enough experience and talent to have been voted the favorite to win the NEC in the preseason poll.

Mirror prediction record: 8-4

– Nate Ritchey

Mounties fall in tournament

SCRANTON – Despite a late 16-4 run that cut the deficit to six points, the Mount Aloysius women’s basketball team lost 60-53 to host Marywood on Sunday afternoon in the the Marywood University Tournment.

After the Mounties found themselves down 53-35 with 8:35 remaining in the ballgame, the visitors didn’t allow a Pacer field goal for the rest of the game. Mount Aloysius cut the Marywood advantage to eights points on two free throws from Abby Kulick with 3:57 to play, and Alexia Servello scored on a jumper with 3:10 to go to make it a 54-47 game. The Mounties got as close as six points on two different occasions in the final minute, but couldn’t compete the comeback attempt.

Marywood dominated the game early on as the Pacers scored the first 12 points of the game and led 27-7 halfway through the opening period. The Mounties dug in defensively and cut the lead to 31-19 heading into halftime.

Kulick was a rebound shy of a double-double for the Mounties with 16 points and nine rebounds. Servello scored 12 points, including eight of the team’s first 10. Abbie Zinobile finished with eight points, five rebounds and two blocks.

Marywood shot 38.6 percent from the field, holding Mount Aloysius Aloysius to 29 percent. The Mounties outrebounded the Pacers 48-38.

Tara Steakin led Marywood with 11 points. Maggie Presnal added 10.

Servello was named to the all-tournament team at the conclusion of the tournament for Mount Aloysius. The Mounties dipped to 5-4.

MOUNT ALOYSIUS (5-4): Kulick 5-12 4-4 16, Restori 1-4 1-1 3, Brosnihan 0-2 0-0 0, Roop 1-5 0-0 2, Zinobile 4-11 0-0 8, Bender 2-12 1-1 7, Horel 0-0 0-0 0, Servello 5-15 1-2 12, Cordell 1-1 1-2 3, Gross 0-0 0-0 0, Bracken 0-1 0-0 0, Rupp 1-6 0-0 2. Totals – 20-69 8-10 53.

MARYWOOD (6-4): Gerchman 2-5 1-3 5, Schroth 2-6 4-4 8, Terranella 4-10 1-2 9, T. Steakin 3-7 4-5 11, Presnal 4-6 2-2 10, A. Murray 1-3 0-0 3, L. Steakin 0-1 0-1 0, Joyce 2-4 0-0 4, Green 0-1 0-0 0, Nealon 2-9 0-1 6, Weeks 0-0 0-0 0, Lavery 2-5 0-0 4, C. Murray 0-0 0-0 0. Totals – 22-57 12-17 60.

Halftime-Marywood, 31-19. 3-point goals-Mount Aloysius 5-25 (Kulick 2-5, Restori 0-3, Brosnihan 0-1, Bender 2-11, Servello 1-4, Rupp 0-1); Marywood 4-17 (T. Steakin 1-4, A. Murray 1-3, L. Steakin 0-1, Joyce 0-1, Nealon 2-7). Assists-Mount Aloysius 7 (Brosnihan, Bender 2); Marywood 12 (Gerchman, Terranella 3). Rebounds-Mount Aloysius 48 (Kulick 9); Marywood 38 (Terranella, Joyce 6). Total fouls-Mount Aloysius 16, Marywood 16. Fouled out-none. A-250.

BATON ROUGE, La. – A’ja Wilson had 21 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to help No. 1 South Carolina win its school-record 14th straight game, 75-51 over LSU on Sunday.

Tiffany Mitchell hit three of six 3-point attempts and finished with 17 points for the Gamecocks (14-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference). Wilson, a freshman who doesn’t start but plays significant minutes off the bench, has scored in double figures in all but one game this season and has four double-doubles.

DaShawn Harden led the Lady Tigers (7-7, 1-1) with nine points, and Sheila Boykin had 11 rebounds.


NO. 2 UCONN 70, ST. JOHN’S 54: Breanna Stewart had 18 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks to lead Connecticut past St. John’s in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden.

NO. 4 NOTRE DAME 85, NO. 21 SYRACUSE 74: Jewell Loyd had 25 points and four steals, Brianna Turner added 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Notre Dame beat Syracuse for the 15th straight time.

NO. 5 TEXAS A&M 52, ARKANSAS 50: Achiri Ade scored on a putback as time expired to lift Texas A&M past Arkansas.

NO. 7 LOUISVILLE 63, PITTSBURGH 57: Jude Schimmel scored 11 points to help Louisville beat Pittsburgh.

NO. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 72, N.C. STATE 56: Stephanie Mavunga had 23 points and 12 rebounds to help North Carolina beat North Carolina State in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

NO. 10 DUKE 70, WAKE FOREST 63: Elizabeth Williams scored 18 points and No. 10 Duke shook off a slow start to beat Wake Forest in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

NO. 11 KENTUCKY 64, MISSISSIPPI 58: Linnae Harper had 12 points, 14 rebounds and forced a key turnover in No. 11 Kentucky’s comeback victory over Mississippi.

NO. 20 IOWA 79, NO. 16 RUTGERS 72: Melissa Dixon made six 3-pointers to break Iowa’s career record with 263 and finished with 21 points in the Hawkeyes’ victory over Rutgers on Sunday.

Mirror, wire reports