Hoops du Jour
Michigan State at PSU men
Tipoff: 7 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center
Records: Penn State 21-8 (11-7 Big Ten), Michigan State (20-9, 12-6)
Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 148-148 in his ninth season at Penn State and 190-176 in 11 seasons overall. Tom Izzo is 626-241 in his 25th season at Michigan State and overall.
Radio: Penn State Sports Network
Notes: This is Penn State’s final home game, and a win would be huge for the Lions, who have dropped three of four. … PSU won at Michigan State last month, 75-70, in one of the biggest regular-season wins in program history. That victory strengthened the Lions’ stock and confidence and went a long way in helping to lock up an NCAA Tournament bid already. … PSU is ranked No. 20 this week in the AP poll, while the Spartans are 16th and have won three in a row, including a big victory at Maryland on Saturday. … The Lions continue to be listed as a 4 seed for the NCAA Tournament by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. That’s surprising given they’ve dropped three of four and have seen their NET ranking drop to 26th. … Michigan State is favored by 1 point.
Mirror prediction: Michigan State 73, Penn State 69
Comment: I’m still concerned about PSU’s offense, even with Myreon Jones now back from his illness. The Spartans are playing with great confidence and will be looking for revenge after falling at home to PSU.
Mirror prediction record: 19-10
— Cory Giger
McDaniel earns All-Big Ten honors
UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State women’s basketball junior Kamaria McDaniel was voted First Team All-Big Ten by the conference media and second team All-Big Ten by the conference coaches on Monday.
Senior Kayleigh Semion was named Penn State’s recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
McDaniel earned the first All-Big Ten honor of her career after her standout junior season in which she averaged 19.7 points per game. The Michigan native became Penn State’s 34th First Team All-Big Ten selection.
Her 19.7 ppg ranks second best in the conference and 15th in all of Division I, while her 20.8 points per Big Ten game leads the conference. Her outstanding junior season put her in the top 15 of a number of Penn State single-season records including: free throws attempted (fourth – 194), field goals attempted (seventh – 482), scoring average (ninth – 19.7 ppg), free throws made (10th – 145), and total points (13th – 572).
The guard scored her 1,000th career point on Sunday at Michigan State to become the 39th member of Penn State’s 1,000-point club.
PSU Altoona men to host game
For the first time in program history, the Penn State Altoona men’s basketball team will host an Eastern College Athletic Conference postseason game.
Penn State Altoona received its fourth-ever berth into the ECAC Division III Championship Tournament and will host a game in the tournament.
The Lions received the second seed in Pod 2 of the tournament and will host three seed Hood College on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Adler Arena. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals on Friday at Gwynedd Mercy College, facing the number one seed in Pod 2, Drew University, at 8 p.m. The loser of Wednesday’s game will be eliminated from the tournament.
Penn State Altoona posted a 16-11 overall record this season, including going 11-9 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference to place fourth in the league’s regular season standings.
This is the Lions’ third ECAC postseason berth in the past four seasons. Penn State Altoona lost to Bethany College on the road in each of its previous two ECAC appearances.
Hood went 16-10 overall this season. The Blazers most recent ECAC postseason appearance was last season, when they lost 96-92.