College basketball previews 12-3

Indiana at PSU men

Tipoff: 7 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center

Records: Penn State (4-3); Indiana (6-2)

Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 117-125 in his eighth season at Penn State and 159-153 overall. Archie Miller is 22-17 in his second season at Indiana and 161-80 in eight seasons overall.


Radio: ESPN 1430

Notes: Penn State lost its Big Ten opener against Maryland, 66-59. Lamar Stevens, Josh Reaves and Rasir Bolton got little help from their teammates on the offensive end against the Terrapins. Mike Watkins, who returned to the court during the upset victory against then No. 13 Virginia Tech last week, was scoreless and racked up four fouls in his 11 minutes of play. … Indiana won their Big Ten opener against Northwestern, 68-66. Freshman standout Romeo Langford leads the team with 18 points per game. The Hoosiers haven’t won an away game this season.

Mirror prediction: Penn State 77, Indiana 73

Comment: If the Lions can limit Langford, they will have a good chance at getting their first Big Ten win. Freshman Myreon Jones and/or Myles Dread will also need to be more productive.

Mirror prediction record: 4-3

— Paddy Cotter

SFU men at American

Tipoff: 7 p.m., Bender Arena, Washington

Records: Saint Francis (3-4); American (4-2)

Coaches: Rob Krimmel is 82-112 in his seventh season at Saint Francis and overall. Mike Brennan is 67-96 in his sixth season at American and overall.

Radio: Online at sfuathletics.com

Notes: The Red Flash are coming off a 79-75 home win against Niagara on Friday, a win that looks a little better after Niagara went to Pitt on Monday and pulled off an upset. … Keith Braxton was named NEC player of the week Monday after two big games, including 25 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and three steals against Niagara. He’s the first player in the country this season to have a line of 25-12-7-3 in those categories. … American was picked to finish seventh in the Patriot League but is off to a strong start. The Eagles are led by Patriot League preseason player of the year Sa’eed Nelson, who’s averaging 19.0 points. … American has a 56.6 percent chance of winning, according to ESPN’s matchup projector.

Mirror prediction: Saint Francis 77, American 72

Comment: The Flash have won three in a row in this series and are the better team here.

Mirror prediction record: 7-0

— Cory Giger


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