Hoops du Jour
Illinois at PSU men
Tipoff: Noon, Bryce Jordan Center
Records: Penn State (13-17); Illinois (10-19)
Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 126-138 in his eighth season at Penn State and 167-167 overall. Brad Underwood is 25-37 in his second season at Illinois and 134-64 overall.
TV: Fox Sports One
Radio: ESPN 1430, PSU Sports Network (Steve Jones, Dick Jerardi)
Notes: Neither team has been afraid to rely on their freshmen this year. Lamar Stevens, Rasir Bolton and Myles Dread have combined to score 59 percent of Penn State’s points this season. For Illinois, Ayo Dosunmu, Trent Frazier and Giorgi Bezhanishvili have scored 53 percent of the team’s points this season. … Dosunmu has connected on 35.9 percent of the 131 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 7 for 15 over his last three games. He’s also converted 67.8 percent of his free throws this season. … Penn State has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 82.7 points while giving up 67. … Penn State held off Rutgers, 66-65, to improve to 6-13 in Big Ten play. The win marked their sixth in their last 9 games… Illinois has fallen off since losing to the Lions a couple weeks ago. The Illini lost to Indiana, 92-74, in their last game… The matchup is the regular-season finale for both teams. … The Big Ten tourney starts on Wednesday.
Mirror prediction: Penn State 76, Illinois 65
Comment: The Lions are dangerous right now and the Illini look very weak. Expect the Lions to finish the regular season on top.
Mirror prediction record: 19-11
— Compiled by Paddy Cotter