Hoops du Jour
Wisconsin at PSU men
Tipoff: 7 p.m. Bryce Jordan Center
Records: Penn State (7-2, 1-0 Big Ten); Wisconsin (3-5, 0-1 Big Ten)
Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 94-111 in his seventh season at Penn State and 136-139 in nine seasons overall. Greg Gard is 45-23 in his third season at Wisconsin and overall.
Radio: ESPN 1430
Probable Starters: Penn State — G Shep Garner, 6-1 Sr. (11), G Tony Carr, 6-3 So. (20.6), F Josh Reaves, 6-4 Jr. (11.1), F Lamar Stevens, 6-7 So. (15.2), F Mike Watkins, 6-9 R-So. (10.3). Wisconsin — G D’Mitrik Trice, 6-0 So. (10.3), F Aleem Ford, 6-8 R-Fr. (4.4), F Khalil Iverson, 6-5 Jr. (6.3), F Ethan Happ, 6-10 R-Jr. (16.3), G Brad Davison, 6-3 Fr. (11.5).
Notes: Penn State is coming off a big win at Iowa. The game served as a decent rebound from the loss to N.C. State and a great way to start Big Ten play. Lamar Steven led the effort with 22 points. The Lions are fifth in the nation in steals (93). … Wisconsin has 10 consecutive wins over the Lions. … The Badgers aren’t as bad as their record indicates, as their schedule has been difficult. However, they are much younger and not nearly as good as previous Wisconsin teams. Redshirt-junior Ethan Happ is the team’s leader, averaging 16.3 points per game.
Mirror prediction: Penn State 72, Wisconsin 61
Comment: Penn State may have some shooting struggles against Wisconsin’s defense, but the Badgers’ offense is too weak.
Mirror prediction record: 8-1
— Paddy Cotter