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PSU men vs. Northwestern
Big Ten Tournament Second Round
Tipoff: 6:30 p.m. Madison Square Garden
Records: Penn State (19-12, 9-9 Big Ten); Northwestern (15-16, 6-12 Big Ten)
Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 106-121 in his seventh season at Penn State and 148-149 in nine seasons overall. Jim Collins is 88-76 in his fifth season at Northwestern and overall.
Radio: ESPN 1430
Probable starters: Penn State — G Shep Garner, 6-1 Sr. (10.6), G Tony Carr, 6-3 So. (19.6), G Josh Reaves, 6-4 Jr. (10.6), F Lamar Stevens, 6-7 So. (15.3), F Julian Moore, 6-10 So. (1.7). Northwestern — G Bryant McIntosh, 6-5 Sr. (12.0), G Scottie Lindsey, 6-5 Sr. (15.3), G Anthony Gaines, 6-4 Fr. (4.0), F Gavin Skelly, 6-8 Sr. (6.1), C Dererk Pardon, 6-8 Jr. (11.2).
Notes: The loss of Mike Watkins to injury has proven to be a more impactful than anticipated. The Lions were helpless in their season finale, closing a fatal three-game losing streak against Nebraska… Ty Law, who is one of Northwestern’s best players and averaged 12 points per game, will be out due to an injury. The Wildcats lost their last six games of the season… The winner will play Ohio State in the next round of the Big Ten tournament.
Mirror prediction: Penn State 78, Northwestern 71
Comment: The loss of Watkins is cancelled out by the absence of Law. Penn State’s guard play is better and should be enough to advance.
Mirror prediction record: 22-9
— Paddy Cotter
PSU women vs. Michigan
Big Ten Tournament Second Round
Tipoff: 9 p.m. Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.
Records: Penn State (16-14), Michigan (21-8)
Coaches: Coquese Washington is 197-149 in her 11th season at Penn State and overall. Kim Barnes Arico is 132-71 in her sixth season at Michigan and 402-277 overall.
Radio: Live audio at gopsusports.com
Probable starters: Penn State — G Teniya Page, 5-7 Jr. (18.1), G Amari Carter, 5-8 So. (14.4), G Jaida Travascio-Green, 6-2 So. (11.8), G Siyeh Frazier, 5-9 So. (7.6), F De’Janae Boykin, 6-2 So. (6.0). Michigan — G Katelynn Flaherty, 5-7 Sr. (23.5), G Nicole Munger, 5-11 Jr. (9.8), F Hailey Brown, 6-1 Fr. (9.0), F Jillian Dunston, 5-11 Sr. (3.4), C Hallie Thome, 6-5 Jr. (16.7).
Notes: Penn State is the 11-seed and Illinois 83-57 in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Teniya Page scored a Penn State Big Ten Tournament record 38 points. The Nittany Lions lost 69-89 at Michigan in December…. Michigan is the 6-seed and beat Maryland 71-65 last Thursday. Katelynn Flaherty’s 2,700 career points ranks second among active Division I players. Flaherty and Hallie Thome are both All-Big Ten first teamers.
Mirror prediction: Michigan 80, Penn State 64
Comment: The winner plays No. 3 seed Nebraska on Friday.
Mirror prediction record: 22-8
Carr named to AP’s all-Big Ten
NEW YORK — Penn State sophomore guard Tony Carr was named to The Associated Press Men’s Basketball all-Big Ten first team on Wednesday.
The Philadelphia native leads the conference in scoring at 19.9 points per game and in the Big Ten regular season finale, became the first Penn State men’s basketball sophomore to reach the 1,000 career point milestone.
Now in its third year, the AP all-Big Ten teams are voted upon by a panel of 12 journalists who cover the teams. This is the first AP all-Big Ten accolade for Carr, who was named to the All-Big Ten first team by both the leagues’ coaches and media earlier this week.
Carr scored in double figures in all but two games this season and led the Nittany Lions in the points column 16 times in 2017-18. He has also accounted for additional Penn State offensive production with 138 assists.
Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and the Buckeyes’ Chris Holtmann is its coach of the year.
Bates-Diop and Purdue’s Carsen Edwards were unanimous picks to the AP All-Big Ten team also announced Wednesday, the first day of the conference tournament in New York. Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. was picked as newcomer of the year and defensive player of the year.
Nance voted AMCC player of year
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Penn State Altoona men’s basketball’s senior guard/forward Ishimeal Nance was voted the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s player of the year, headlining the league’s postseason awards that were released on Tuesday.
In addition to taking the player of the year honor, Nance was also selected to the first team of the all-AMCC squad. Meanwhile, senior forward Dequan Jackson was a second team all-conference pick.
Nance becomes the first player in Penn State Altoona men’s basketball history to earn the AMCC’s player of the year recognition. The senior had a huge season for the Lions, leading the team to a 17-9 overall record that included a 13-5 mark in the AMCC.
Christine second team all-AMCC
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Penn State Altoona women’s basketball’s sophomore guard Finnley Christine was voted to the second team of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s all-conference team, which was released on Tuesday.
A Tyrone product, Christine ranked fifth in the AMCC this season in points per game (17.6) and eighth in total points scored (405). The sophomore guard was scoring 29 points against Penn State Behrend on Jan. 13 to tie for the third-most points scored in a single game by a Penn State Altoona women’s basketball player. Christine’s total of 405 points scored this year ranks as the fourth-most scored in a season by a single player in Lady Lions history, and her 17.6 points per game average and 150 field goals made both rank second in the team’s individual season records.
Eagles earn conference accolades
TOWSON, Md. — The Landmark Conference released its end of the year awards and the Juniata men’s basketball team received several honors: Seth Brewer was named Defensive Player of the Year and made the all-conference first team, Marcus Lee joined Brewer on the first team, and Coach Greg Curley and his staff earned Landmark Coaching Staff of the Year.
This is Brewer’s first appearance on the all-conference team. He was second on the team in scoring at 13.2 points per game, third in the conference in field goal percentage (56.7 percent), third in the Landmark in 3-point percentage (47.4 percent) and a conference-best 86.9 percent from the foul line.
Lee, a Bishop Carroll product, makes his third straight appearance on the all-conference first team. He was second in the conference scoring at 19.3 points per game. His 65.5 percent field goal percentage is ninth-best in the country and second-best in the Landmark. His 28 blocks were good for fifth.
Instone named defensive player of the year
TOWSON, Md. — Juniata women’s basketball team standouts Dani Atkinson and Morgan Instone were named to the Landmark all-Conference team — Atkinson was named first team all-conference, while Instone was named to the second team and was the defensive player of the year.
Atkinson is third in the Landmark Conference in scoring at 14.9 points per game and she is fourth in steals with 57. AInstone also has a total of 205 rebounds and she is third in the Landmark Conference with 7.6 rebounds per game.
From Mirror, wire reports