Hoops du Jour
Penn State men vs. Alabama
Tipoff: 2 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center
Records: Penn State (8-2, 1-1 Big Ten); Alabama (4-4)
Coaches: Pat Chambers is 135-142 in his ninth season at Penn State and 177-170 in 11 seasons overall. Nate Oats is 4-4 in his first season at Alabama and 100-47 in five seasons overall.
Radio: Penn State Sports Network (1430-AM in Altoona)
Notes: Tuesday’s win against No. 4 Maryland was Penn State’s first top-5 win since 2016. It also was the 10th straight win at the Bryce Jordan Center for the Nittany Lions, the longest home win streak under Chambers… Senior forward Mike Watkins needs 10 points to reach 1,000 for his career. He would become just the third player in program history to reach 1,000 points and 800 rebounds in his career… ESPN’s matchup predictor gives Penn State a 90.4 percent chance to win.
Mirror prediction: Penn State 85, Alabama 71
Comment: Alabama’s defense has left much to be desired so far this year. The Crimson Tide were able to put away Stephen F. Austin — the team that knocked off Duke earlier this season — their last time out, but that was eight days ago. Look for Alabama to show some rust while Penn State’s offense returns to the high scoring output it had to begin non conference play.
Mirror prediction record: 6-4
— Jack Hirsh
PSU women at Princeton
Tipoff: 3 p.m., Jadwin Gymnasium
Records: Penn State (5-4, 0-0 Big Ten); Princeton (8-1, 0-0 Ivy League)
Coaches: Coach Carolyn Kieger is 102-66 overall in her first season at Penn State, having spent the previous five seasons at Marquette. Carla Berube has led the Lady Tigers to an 8-1 start in her first season at Princeton. She spent the previous 17 seasons as the head coach at Division III Tufts University, posting an 80% win percentage on a 384-96 record with the Lady Jumbos. Her teams made two Division III finals, four Final Fours and nine Sweet 16s, including each of the last eight. She was named the 2015 Pat Summit Trophy winner as the Division III National Coach of the Year.
Radio: 93.3 FM, 1390 AM
Video: ESPN Plus
Online: live audio and stats at gopsusports.com
Game notes: The Lady Lions hit the road coming off a nine-day stretch off following a win over Pittsburgh, the team’s second in a row … Kamaria McDaniel leads the Big Ten in scoring (19.9 ppg) and ranks 17th nationally following her 40-point performance against Pitt. … Siyeh Frazier (11.1 ppg) and Makenna Marisa (10.0) are also still holding onto double-digit scoring averages so far. … PSU is going for its fourth win over a 2019 NCAA Tournament team this season, and would snap the Lady Tigers’ 10-game home winning streak the dates back to last season. … The Lady Tigers, the defending Ivy League champions, are out-scoring their opponents by an average of 17.7 ppg, and the only loss on the season win came to Iowa, 77-75 in OT on Nov. 20. … Bella Alarie, the team’s leading scorer (15.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg) has missed the last three games for Princeton. Carlie Littlefield has scored an average 13.9 ppg in her stead, while four other players are averaging at least 7 ppg.
Mirror prediction: Princeton 80, Penn State 68
Comment: Berube appears to have the Lady Tigers not missing a beat even through a coaching transition, and that doesn’t bode well for the Little Lady Lions, even though McDaniel turning her game up a notch in recently games seems to be providing the foundation for success.
Mirror prediction record: 4-5
— Dan Isenberg