Hoops du Jour
PSU at No. 13 Ohio State men
Tipoff: 8 p.m. Value City Arena
Records: Penn State (13-8, 3-5 Big Ten); No. 13 Ohio State (18-4, 9-0 Big Ten)
Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 100-117 in his seventh season at Penn State and 142-145 in nine seasons overall. Chris Holtmann is 18-4 in his first season at Ohio State and 132-89 in seven seasons overall.
Radio: ESPN 1430
Probable starters: Penn State — G Shep Garner, 6-1 Sr. (10.4), G Tony Carr, 6-3 So. (18.9), G Jamari Wheeler, 6-1 Fr. (3.1), F Lamar Stevens, 6-7 So. (15.6), F Mike Watkins, 6-9 R-So. (13.3). Ohio State — C Micah Potter, 6-9 So. (4.2), F Jae’Sean Tate, 6-4 Sr. (12.6), G Musa Jallow, 6-5 Fr. (2.7), G C.J. Jackson, 6-1 Jr. (13.1), F Keita Bates-Diop, 6-7 R-Jr. (19.7).
Notes: Penn State crumbled down the stretch against Northwestern to mark their second-consecutive loss. … The Lions have lost three of their last four games with Josh Reaves benched due to academic reasons. Freshman Jamari Wheeler, who is starting in place of Reaves, leads the Big Ten in steals (40). … Mike Watkins 70.8 field goal shooting percentage is first in the Big Ten and second in the nation. … Led by first-year coach Chris Holtmann, Ohio State is undefeated in Big Ten play. Holtmann is one of three coaches to have a 9-0 start to their Big Ten careers — the other two had their magical seasons 1912 and 1923. … Keita Bates-Diop is the Buckeyes’ leader with 19.7 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game.
Mirror prediction: Ohio State 83, Penn State 74
Comment: Penn State is more than capable of pulling off an upset. But without Reaves, the odds are slim.
Mirror prediction record: 15-6
— Paddy Cotter