Hoops du Jour

Wagner at Penn State men

Tipoff: 4 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center, University Park

Records: Penn State (1-0); Wagner (0-1)

Coaches: Pat Chambers is 128-140 in his eighth season at Penn State and 170-168 in 10 seasons overall. Bashir Mason is 123-97 in his eighth season at Wagner and overall.

TV: BTN plus

Radio: Penn State Sports Network (1430-AM in Altoona)

Notes: Penn State had six double-figure scorers for the first time since 2017 against Pitt. In addition to notching a double-double, Mike Watkins recorded 7 blocks to add to his career total of 206, good for second on Penn State’s all time list… Oklahoma State transfer Curtis Jones Jr. began his Penn State career with 10 points off the bench… Wagner comes into this game after a season-opening loss to No. 12 Seton Hall… The Seahawks lost both of their top scorers from a season ago and come into this game at No. 336 in the KenPom.com rankings.

Mirror prediction: Penn State 89, Wagner 51

Comment: Penn State found its offensive groove in the second half against UMES and should be able to keep that up on Saturday.

Mirror prediction record: 1-0

— Jack Hirsh

Nicholls State at Pitt men

Tipoff: Noon, Petersen Events Center

Records: Pittsburgh (1-0, 1-0 in ACC); Nicholls State (0-1)

Coaches: Jeff Capel is 15-19 in his second season at Pitt and is 177-129 in his 11th season overall. Austin Claunch is 14-18 in his second season as Nicholls State coach.

TV: ACC Network Extra

Notes: Nicholls State took Illinois to overtime before losing its opener 78-70. … Dexter McClanahan, a transfer from Savannah State who sat out last season, scored 25 points in the loss. … Nicholls State plays in the Southland Conference. … Ryan Murphy, a junior college transfer who originally began his college career at Charlotte, scored 13 points in the opener off the bench for the Panthers.

Mirror prediction: Pittsburgh 68, Nicholls State 55

Comment: Perhaps I underestimated how talented the Pitt freshmen, now sophomores, who showed flashes last season truly are.

Mirror prediction record: 0-1

— Michael Boytim


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