Penn State men vs. Syracuse
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NIT SEASON TIP-OFF
Tipoff: 7 p.m., Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Records: Penn State (5-1); Syracuse (4-2)
Coaches: Pat Chambers is 132-141 in his eighth season at Penn State and 174-169 in 10 seasons overall. Jim Boeheim is 951-386 in his 44th season at Syracuse and overall.
Radio: Penn State Sports Network (1430-AM in Altoona)
Notes: Penn State blew a 21 point lead in the second half against Ole Miss on Wednesday despite getting a combined 40 points and 19 rebounds from Lamar Stevens and Mike Watkins… Watkins also added 8 blocks, two off the program single game record… Syracuse comes into this game after giving up 86 points to Oklahoma State on Wednesday. The Orange hadn’t given up more than 67 all season.
Mirror prediction: Syracuse 76, Penn State 68
Comment: After its first loss of the season, Penn State could wither come out hot and angry, or flat, I’m going with the latter. This team showed it doesn’t know how to win yet, but still has plenty of potential.
Mirror prediction record: 4-2