Hoops du jour
Temple at PSU men
NIT first round
Tipoff: 8 p.m. Bryce Jordan Center
Records: Penn State (21-13, 11-10 Big Ten); Temple (17-15, 8-10 AAC)
Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 108-122 in his seventh season at Penn State and 150-150 in nine seasons overall. Fran Dunphy is 247-151 in his 12th season at Temple and 557-314 in 29 seasons overall.
Radio: ESPN 1430
Probable starters: Penn State — G Shep Garner, 6-1 Sr. (11.1), G Tony Carr, 6-3 So. (19.9), G Josh Reaves, 6-4 Jr. (10.1), F Lamar Stevens, 6-7 So. (14.9), F Julian Moore, 6-10 So. (1.8). Temple — G Josh Brown, 6-3 R-Sr. (9.0), G Shizz Alston, 6-4 Jr. (13.2), G Quinton Rose, 6-8 So. (15.1), F Obi Enechionyia, 6-10 Sr. (10.9), C Ernest Aflakpui, 6-10 Jr. (4.5).
Notes: A bad end to the regular season and a number of slip-ups throughout the year kept Penn State out of the NCAA tournament despite a strong outing in the Big Ten tournament. Only four teams from the Big Ten will be in the NCAA tournament. The Lions are the No. 4 seed in their region. Mike Watkins will be out for the remainder of the NIT. The Lions have seven players on their roster from the Philadelphia area. … Temple’s biggest win of the season came against then-No. 16 Wichita State. A 1-4 finish to the Owls’ regular season erased their chance for making it to the NCAA tournament. The last time these teams met was in the NCAA tournament in 2011. The Owls won the contest on a last-second shot to knock out Penn State.
Mirror prediction: Penn State 80, Temple 70
Comment: Penn State’s athletic guards will be a problem for Temple’s streaky shooters. Expect a big game on the defensive end from Josh Reaves and Jamari Wheeler that sends the Lions to the next round.
Mirror prediction record: 25-10
— Paddy Cotter
SFU men at Illinois-Chicago
CollegeInsider.com Tournament first round
Tipoff: 8 p.m., UIC Pavilion, Chicago
Records: Saint Francis (18-12); UIC (17-15)
Coaches: Rob Krimmel is 79-107 in his sixth season at Saint Francis and overall. Steve McClain is 39-59 in his third season at UIC and 196-174 in 12 seasons overall.
Probable starters: Saint Francis — G Jamaal King, 5-10 Jr. (18.3), G Keith Braxton, 6-4 So. (17.4), G Andre Wolford, 6-2 Jr. (14.0), G Randall Gaskins Jr., 6-3 So. (5.4), C Mark Flagg, 6-9 Fr. (6.1). UIC — G Tarkus Ferguson, 6-4 So. (9.7), G Marcus Ottey, 6-2 So. (13.5), F Jordan Blount, 6-8 So. (6.7), F Dikembe Dixson, 6-7 So. (14.2), C Tai Odiase, 6-9 Sr. (9.3).
Notes: This is SFU’s third appearance in the CIT in four seasons. They lost at home to Bowling Green in 2015 and won at Jacksonville last season before falling at UMBC. … UIC is in the Horizon League and finished third, going 12-6. Wright State (14-4) won that league’s tournament for an NCAA bid, while regular-season champ Northern Kentucky (15-3) went to the NIT. … This is UIC’s second trip to the CIT, the other coming in 2013. … The Flames won 12 games in their league for the first time since 2003-04. … The Flash led the NEC in scoring at 79.6 points per game. … SFU’s 18 wins and 12 NEC victories were the most since 1990-91. … UIC is favored by 4 points. … ESPN’s matchup projector gives the Flash a 34.4 percent chance to win.
Mirror prediction: Saint Francis 84, UIC 80
Comment: It’s weird how in these smaller tournaments the road team usually plays well and is able to win a good number of times. Both these teams can really score, but I’ll go out on a limb and pick the Flash, who have proven to be a good road team the past few years.
Mirror prediction record: 21-9
— Cory Giger
Notre Dame cruises in opener
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Martinas Geben and T.J. Gibbs combined for 35 points, Bonzie Colson had a double-double and Notre Dame cruised to an 84-63 win over Hampton on Tuesday night in the opening round of the NIT.
Geben had 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting, Gibbs added 17 with three 3-pointers and Colson scored 14 and grabbed 12 rebounds. The Irish (21-14), a top seed, scored six points after Hampton (19-16), an eight-seed, scored the first basket and pulled away.
Colson and Geben had back-to-back 3-point plays late in the first quarter for a 23-12 lead. The Bears scored eight straight late in the second quarter and trailed by 12 at the half but a 13-3 Irish run in the third quarter decided the game.
Notre Dame will host the winner of Wednesday’s game between Temple and Penn State in the second round.
Tuesday’s other games:
Oklahoma State 80, FGCU 68: Jeffrey Carroll scored 12 of his 18 points at the free-throw line and Oklahoma State made 32 at the stripe to beat Florida Gulf Coast.
Western Kentucky 79, Boston College 62: Justin Johnson had his fifth-straight double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead Western Kentucky to a 79-62 win over Boston College.
Louisville 66, Northern Kentucky 58: Deng Adel had 20 points, including 16 during Louisville’s hot-shooting second half that rallied the Cardinals past Northern Kentucky.
Turner helps Pacers beat 76ers
PHILADELPHIA — Myles Turner scored 25 points, including two clutch free throws with 21.5 seconds remaining, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 101-98 on Tuesday night in a possible Eastern Conference playoff preview.
Thaddeus Young added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the surprising Pacers (40-28).
Tuesday’s other games:
TIMBERWOLVES 116, WIZARDS 111: Minnesota star Karl-Anthony Towns recovered from a shot to the mouth that left him down on the court and finished with 37 points and 10 rebounds.
THUNDER 119, HAWKS 107: Russell Westbrook picked up the 100th triple-double of his career, and the Thunder used a 16-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Hawks.
RAPTORS 116, NETS 102: Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points and 14 rebounds, and Toronto earned its ninth straight win.
PELICANS 119, HORNETS 115: Anthony Davis had 31 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots, leading New Orleans to the victory.