Men's basketball faces Iowa Thursday at Jordan Center

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State (8-15; 0-11 Big Ten) will face Iowa (15-9; 4-7 Big Ten) on the Thursday night in the Bryce Jordan Center on the eve of Penn State Dance Marathon. Nittany Lion coach Patrick Chambers has pledged to donate $10 to THON 2013 for every Penn State student that attends the 9 p.m. tip on ESPNU. It will also be Dollar Dog Night at the Jordan Center.

Students attending the game will also be registered for the chance to win a 32-inch television or one of two iPads. Penn State freshmen students can take part in a contest to win free pizzas for every room on their dorm room floor simply by attending the game.

Penn State will look to avenge a loss two weeks ago, 76-67, at Iowa. Sophomore guard D.J. Newbill (Philadelphia, Pa.) led Penn State in that game posting his seventh 20-point game of the season and adding six rebounds and four assists as Penn State posted its second highest point total in Big Ten play on the year. Newbill and Indiana's Victor Oladipo, a strong Player of the Year candidate, are the only two Big Ten players to appear in the statistical rankings for scoring, rebounding and assists in Big Ten play. Newbill currently stands fourth in scoring (15.8), third in assists (4.2) and 20th in rebounding (5.2) in conference games.

Iowa is coming off a 71-57 victory over Northwestern on Saturday behind 21 points from guard Roy Devyn Marble. Iowa, 1-6 on the road this season, is led by forward Aaron White who is posting 13.5 ppg and 5.9 rpg and had 27 points in the Hawkeyes' victory over Penn State in Iowa City.

The Lions will close the Big Ten campaign with four of six games on the road. Penn State's game at Minnesota has been confirmed by the conference office for Saturday, March 2 with a 3:00 p.m. tip on the Big Ten Network.

Penn State will begin the run of road games this weekend with a Sunday contest at No. 4 Michigan. That game is scheduled for a noon tip on the Big Ten Network.

Single game tickets for men's basketball are available by calling 1-800-NITTANY or by visiting GoPSUsports.com/tickets or Ticketmaster. Single-game tickets for Nittany Lion games are $24 for lower bowl seats between the baselines, $18 for the lower bowl behind the baskets and upper level between the baselines and $15 for upper level behind the basket seats for adults and seniors. Youth tickets (18 and under) are $10, while Penn State student tickets (all commonwealth campuses) are $5.

For all the latest information, notes, pictures and related links on Penn State basketball follow Associate Athletic Communications Director Brian Siegrist (@PSUSTRETCH) and the official Penn State men's basketball handle (@PennStateMBB) on Twitter and check GoPSUsports.com. The Nittany Lions are also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pennstatebasketball.

PENN STATE (8-15; 0-11 Big Ten) vs. IOWA (15-9; 4-7 Big Ten)

THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2013 @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)

BRYCE JORDAN CENTER (15,261)

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.

GAME INFO

TELEVISION: ESPNU: Dan Gutkowsky (p-by-p) & Malcolm Huckaby (analyst)

RADIO: Penn State Sports Network: Local (1450 AM); Steve Jones (pxp) & Dick Jerardi (analyst)

Sirius/XM: 93/199

LIVE STATS:

GAMETRACKER | ALL-ACCESS AUDIO

COACHES:

PENN STATE: Patrick Chambers - 20-35 (2nd at PSU); 62-63 (4th Overall)

IOWA: Fran McCaffery - 44-46 (3rd at Iowa); 295-223 (17th Overall)

RPI: PSU: 202 ; IOWA: 92

NEXT UP:

PSU will play four of its final six regular season games on the road beginning Sunday at Michigan. The Lions are 2-16 at Michigan and last won in Ann Arbor in 2010, 55-51. UM has won the last four meetings, including 71-53 in Crisler Arena last year. UM leads the series 27-11.This will be the first of two meetings this season within a span of three games.

THE GAME:

Penn State will return to the Jordan Center on Valentine's Day for its second straight 9:00 p.m. tip, this time vs. Iowa. The Hawkeyes posted a 76-67 victory in Iowa three games prior to this meeting. Iowa holds a 24-13 lead in the series. The Lions hold a 10-6 advantage in State College, including a 69-64 victory last February. The teams have split the last 10 meetings, both winning five games at home. Penn State is seeking its first conference victory of the season. The Lions will be making their 32nd appearance on Valentine's Day and are 17-14 all-time, 3-3 in the Big Ten. They won their last outing on the day with a 68-63 victory over Minnesota in 2009.

SUPPORTING THON:

Penn State coach Patrick Chambers pledged on Monday to donate $10 to Penn State Dance Marathon 2013 for every Penn State student that attends Thursday night's game. THON 2013 will kickoff the next day in the BJC and runs February 15-17 with over 700 dancers and thousands of student volunteers taking part in the 46-hour event. The world's largest student run philanthropy, THON raised a record of more than $10.6 million last year and has raised more than $89 million since its inception in 1977 to support the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

Patrick Chambers, Kevin Montminy, Patrick Ackerman and on-campus recruiting coordinator David Caporalletti shaved their heads as part of the No Hair, Don't Care campaign.

Contacts: 

Brian Siegrist

Work Phone: 
814-865-1757
Twitter Handle: 

Associate Athletics Communications Director

Last Updated February 13, 2013