PSU men at Purdue
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Tipoff: 6:30 p.m., Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, Ind.
Records: Penn State 18-5 (8-4 Big Ten), Purdue (14-10, 7-6)
Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 145-145 in his ninth season at Penn State and 187-173 in 11 seasons overall. Matt Painter is 335-169 in his 15th season at Purdue and 360-174 in 16 seasons overall.
Radio: Penn State Sports Network
Notes: The Lions have won six in a row and are up to No. 13 in the AP poll. They’ve also won three road games in a row in the Big Ten, incredibly impressive given how difficult it’s been for everybody to win away from home in the league. … Lamar Stevens was named the Lute Olson national player of the week on Monday, coming off a career-high 33 points against Minnesota. … Purdue presents a huge challenge playing at home. The Boilermakers have crushed Iowa (104-68), Wisconsin (70-51), Michigan State (71-42) and Virginia (69-40) at Mackey Arena this season and always play tough defense there. … Purdue is favored by 5 points.
Mirror prediction: Purdue 77, Penn State 64
Comment: Jump all over the -5 line for the Boilermakers. They’ve been outstanding at home, and PSU is ripe for a letdown here after having everything go its way for a few weeks.
Mirror prediction record: 15-8