Men's basketball hosts Indiana Saturday

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State men’s basketball team hosts Indiana at noon Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center. The Nittany Lions, who started Big Ten play with three-consecutive games against teams ranked in the Top 25 of ESPN’s basketball percentage index, are 9-7 on the season an 0-3 in conference play. The Hoosiers have dropped their first two league games and are coming off a 17-point loss to Michigan State, 83-56, last Saturday.

Penn State (9-7, 0-3 B1G) vs. Indiana (10-5, 0-2 B1G)

THE FUN STUFF

  • Check out the team’s Facebook page – facebook.com/PennStateBasketball – Friday evening for a buy one, get one coupon for the game vs. the Hoosiers Saturday.
  • Matt Adams, Philipsburg native and member of the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, will be signing autographs 10 a.m. – noon Saturday at the Bryce Jordan Center. Fans may get one item signed on the BJC concourse.
  • Fans will receive a free 2014 calendar as a giveaway Saturday.

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.

Penn State (9-7, 0-3 B1G) vs. Indiana (10-5, 0-2 B1G)

DATE Saturday, Jan. 11
TIME Noon
LOCATION Bryce Jordan Center (University Park, Pa.)
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PENN STATE SCOOP (TEAM)

  • The Nittany Lions have five players scoring in double figures after 16 games with the team averaging 77.4 points per game, the sixth-highest average among Big Ten teams and on pace to be among the highest scoring averages in program history.
  • The starting five accounts for 81 percent (1,008 of 1,239) of Penn State’s total point on the season.
  • With John Johnson’s team-leading 20 points vs. Mount St. Mary’s Dec. 22, seven different PSU players have led the team or tied for the lead in scoring through the first 16 games of the year: Tim Frazier (7 games), D.J. Newbill (3 games), Brandon Taylor (2 games), Johnson (2 games), Donovon Jack, Ross Travis and Allen Roberts (1 game).
  • As a team, the Lions are shooting 73.7 percent from the free-throw line, the third-best showing among Big Ten teams ... Four PSU players are shooting 70 percent or better from the charity stripe, led by Brandon Taylor’s 90 percent showing (27-30), among players with at least 20 attempts.
  • Three Penn State players have combined for eight double-doubles so far this season, the fourth-most among B1G schools.

NITTANY LION NUGGETS (Players)

  • Tim Frazier (17.1 ppg) and D.J. Newbill (16.9 ppg) are ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, in the Big Ten and make up the third-highest scoring backcourt duo in the nation.
  • Frazier needs five assists to take over the No. 2 place in career assists at Penn State ... He currently has 570, trailing Dan Earl (1993-99) in second with 574 ... Frazier needs just 31 more for the all-time record.
  • Frazier has the second-most assists of any NCAA Division I player (111) as of Thursday and is fourth in the country in assists per game  (6.9) ... Only B1G player in the Top 10 of scoring (17.1, 6th), assists (6.9, 1st) and steals (1.8, 5th). 
  • Newbill passed 1,000 career points at Duquesne (1,067), including 293 scored at Southern Mississippi ... He needs 226 more points to enter the PSU records books ... Newbill has emerged as one of the Lions’ top 3-point scoring threat, tallying 23 on 55 attempts (.418).
  • Donovon Jack has tallied 24 of his 35 blocks in the last seven games and went eight-consecutive games with multiple blocks to lead the team and stand in fifth in the B1G with 2.0 bpg
  • Brandon Taylor is hitting 90 percent of his free throws (27-30) and has hit each of his last 15 attempts, dating back to the second half of the game at Pittsburgh (12/3/13)
  • The NCAA granted the waiver request for Jordan Dickerson to be eligible to play beginning with the Mount St. Mary’s contest Dec. 22. The game vs. the Mountaineers also marked the first of John Johnson’s eligibility after transferring from Pitt in Dec. 2012.

UP NEXT
Penn State travels west for a two-game road swing next week. The Nittany Lions take on Michigan in an 8 p.m. (ET) matchup Tuesday before heading to West Lafayette, Ind. to face Purdue at 7 p.m. Saturday. Penn State has just one more home game in the month of January -- hosting Nebraska Jan. 23. Tickets for all PSU home games can be purchased by calling 1-800-NITTANY, on Ticketmaster or by visiting the Jordan Center box office.

SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS

  • Led by sixth-year coach Tom Crean, the Hoosiers are 10-5 on the season and 0-2 in the Big Ten after falling to Michigan State, 73-56, last Saturday. Yogi Ferrell had a team-high 17 points and three steals in the loss.
  • Indiana is producing a Big Ten third-best 80.3 points per game with an average of 22 points coming from the free-throw line in each contest. The Hoosiers average the second-most free throw attempts in the conference, earning nearly 31 chances at the line each game.
  • Ferrell is the leading scorer for IU and sits at No. 3 in the league with an average of 17.7ppg. Noah Vonleh and Will Sheehey also average double figures at 11.8 and 10.9 ppg, respectively. Vonleh is also the Big Ten’s leading rebounder, averaging 9.5 boards per game.

VS. THE HOOSIERS
Tim Frazier is the leading scorer in the series with Indiana, among current players with multiple games vs. the opponent. In six career meetings, Frazier averages 13.8 ppg and 3.6 apg. Ross Travis has seen the Hoosiers five times and averages 7.8 ppg and 4.6 rpg while D.J. Newbill (13 ppg, 6.5rpg) has met IU twice.

SERIES HISTORY
Penn State trails in the all-time series vs.  Indiana  9-33 with the Hoosiers taking each of the last five meetings. Led by 18 points from D.J. Newbill, the Lions fell to Indiana, 72-49, in the Bryce Jordan Center Jan. 23, 2013. Penn State’s last win in the series came in the 2011 Big Ten Tournament by a score of 61-55.

LAST TIME OUT: PENN STATE FALLS TO MINNESOTA
Penn State graduate guard Tim Frazier and junior forward Ross Travis turned in veteran performances to lead the men’s basketball team on Wednesday evening but their efforts fell short as the Nittany Lions dropped a 68-65 decision to Minnesota at the Bryce Jordan Center. Frazier notched a game-high 20 points and eight assists while Travis registered his eighth career double-double with 18 points and a career-high tying 13 rebounds.

Last Updated January 13, 2014