Men's basketball hosts Marshall on Military Appreciation Day

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- After three games on the road, the Penn State men’s basketball team returns to the Bryce Jordan Center for a 4 p.m. Saturday game against Marshall. The Nittany Lions (6-3) have dropped each of their last two and look to right the ship before playing three of their next four games at home. Marshall dropped a 69-67 decision to Vanderbilt Friday night to move its record to 4-4. 

THE FUN STUFF

  • Fans who bring a new, unwrapped toy will receive $5 admission Saturday with all donated toys going to Toys for Tots.
  • Saturday is Military Appreciation Day with fans receiving a patriotic Penn State Basketball hat as long as supplies last. Additionally, the coaches will be wearing polo shirts representing each of the branches of ROTC programs at Penn State University.
  • Military members with a valid military ID can receive four free tickets to the game with any additional tickets priced at $5 per ticket.

AT A GLANCE

  • Penn State is 6-3 on the season after dropping its Big Ten/ACC Challenge game at Pittsburgh, 78-69, Tuesday night at the Petersen Events Center.
  • The Nittany Lions have four players averaging in double figures after nine games with Tim Frazier (19.4) and D.J. Newbill (19.3) duking it out, not only for the team lead, but tops in the Big Ten. The duo is first and second in the conference, making up the highest-scoring backcourt among the nation’s best.
  • The team is averaging 80.8 ppg, the fifth-highest scoring clip among conference teams and over 15 points more than the average in non-conference games last season (65.5).
  • Penn State was held to 69 points at Pittsburgh Tuesday, failing to hit the 70-point plateau for the first time this season. The Panthers entered the game with a scoring margin of +23.7 and was limiting to opponents to 58 ppg.
  • Penn State has the third-fewest turnovers in NCAA Division I, to start the week. The Lions are giving up the ball fewer than nine times per game (8.7) with opponents garnering an average of 9 points. Conversely, PSU is forcing 10.3 turnovers per game and coming up with an average of 14.7 points per game off opponent miscues.
  • Tim Frazier passed the 500-assist mark vs. Monmouth Nov. 26, the fourth Nittany Lion to do so ... He passed Talor Battle for third place all-time at Penn State and needs to average 3.6 per game for the remaining 22 regular-season games to break the record  ... Frazier currently is the only Big Ten player in the Top 10 of scoring (19.4, 1st), assists (7.5, 1st) and steals (1.8,7th).
  • As a team, the Lions are shooting 75 percent from the free-throw line, the second-best showing among Big Ten teams. Five PSU players are shooting 75 percent or better from the FT line. 
  • The 6-1 start was its best under head coach Patrick Chambers and overall since 2008-09 when the Nittany Lions opened 7-1.
  • The loss to Ole Miss snapped a five-game winning streak, the longest for the program since the start of the 2008-09 campaign when the Lions won their first five games.

LIMITED BAG POLICY
Penn State has implemented a limited bag policy at all home athletic events this season. One clear plastic one-gallon plastic bag per person will be permitted for medical needs, child care needs and general items as needed. Items that can fit in a pocket should remain in patrons' pockets (i.e. keys, cell phone, wallet, glasses, camera, sunscreen, lip balm, make-up). General items of this nature, including those that don't fit in patrons' pocket, can also be placed in a clear plastic one-gallon plastic bag. All clear bags will be inspected through the bag and article check stations as in prior years.

SCOUTING THE HERD
Marshall enters the matchup Saturday at 4-4 on the season after narrowly falling to Vanderbilt 69-67 Thursday night in Nashville. The Herd trailed by as many as 13 in the second half, but used a team-high 18 points from freshman Kareem Canty to stay in the game. Eligah Pittman entered the game ranked eighth in the NCAA in scoring with 23.7 ppg, but was held to 17. Averaging 85.8 ppg as a team, the Herds’ offense started the week ranked 13th in the nation, bolstered by point guard Kareem Canty’s 7.3 assists per game, sixth in the nation behing Tim Frazier’s fifth-place 7.5. The Herd has wins over South Carolina State, Rio Grande, UNC Wilmington and Western Kentucky, with losses to Morehead State, Stephen F. Austin, Eastern Tennessee and Vanderbilt, with three of the four losses coming on the road.

SERIES HISTORY
This Lions are 5-0 all-time vs. the Herd with the last meeting taking place in 1992. The teams met twice in the 1991-92 campaign, at the Palm Beach Classic Dec. 29 before a regular-season matchup in Hunitngton, W. Va., Jan. 16.

12/14/1944 - W, 34-32 (H)
12/28/1962 - W, 75-65 (N)
12/8/1990 - W, 79-72 (H)
12/29/1991 - W, 78-64 (N)
1/16/1992 - W, 67-60 (A)

LIONS VS. CUSA
Penn State is 8-7 against the current 16 teams in Conference USA with the last meeting against a conference team coming Nov. 20, 2009 vs. Tulane at the Charleston Classic, a 63-60 loss for the Nittany Lions.

LAST TIME OUT: PITT USES LATE SURGE TO DEFEAT LIONS
Tim Frazier led Penn State with 27 points but the Nittany Lions fell to Pitt 78-69 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge Tuesday night at the Petersen Events Center. Talib Zanna scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and Pittsburgh pulled away late for a 78-69 victory in the  Panther’s first Challenge in the ACC. Pitt had been winning by an average of  23.7 points in their first seven games, but needed a late surge and six free throws in the final minute to come away with the nine-point win. [MORE: Page 30]

UP NEXT
The Nittany Lions have three of their next four games at home, beginning Saturday vs. Marshall. After a midweek trip to the CONSOL Energy Center to face Duquesne Wednesday, Penn State returns to its former home for the much anticipated Return to Rec game, presented by AAA. A limited number of tickets remain by calling the Penn State box office at 1-800-NITTANY.

Date Saturday, Dec. 7
Time 4 p.m. ET
Location Bryce Jordan Center (15,261)
Web ESPN3/WatchESPN: Tim Neverett (pxp), Brian Allen (analysis)
Radio Listen: Penn State Sports Network: Steve Jones (pxp), Dick Jerardi (analysis)
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Last Updated December 06, 2013