Men's basketball hosts Ohio State on Senior Night

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State looks for the regular-season sweep of No. 22 Ohio State when it hosts the Buckeyes at 7 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 27) in the Bryce Jordan Center on ESPN2. The Nittany Lions captured the first meeting of the season between the teams, upsetting then-No. 24 Ohio State, 71-70, in overtime in Columbus.

THE FUN STUFF

  • In honor of Senior Night, a Tim Frazier bobblehead will be given out to all fans, while supplies last
  • Student fans will receive a Penn State basketball "Snap Back" hat
  • AT&T Social Media Night: Check out the team's Facebook page Wednesday afternoon for a buy one, get one coupon for tickets in select areas of the arena
  • Dietz and Watson Dollar Dog Night: All hot dogs for $1
  • Kids Eat Free: Kids 12 and under can select three menu items from a pre-determined list for their free weeknight game dinner

AT A GLANCE

  • Thursday vs. Ohio State will be senior night for all-time assists leader Tim Frazier, walk-on Zach Cooper and managers Austin Buntz, a three-year head manager, and Derek Gerberich.
  • Tim Fazier is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, given annually to one student-athlete with notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. VOTE: bit.ly/Vote4Frazier
  • The Lions are in the midst of playing three out of four games vs. Top 25-ranked foes. They are 1-4 vs. ranked teams this season. The lone victory was against Ohio State in Columbus.
  • At 13-14, the Nittany Lions have the most wins under a Patrick Chambers-led team at Penn State (12-20 in 2011-12).
  • Penn State has had five one-possession games in Big Ten play, the most of any conference team. The Lions are 2-3 in those games after a one-point win at Indiana Feb. 12. The Lions have had eight games decided by five or fewer points.
  • Penn State has held seven Big Ten opponents to shooting percentages at or below 40 percent.
  • Tim Frazier needs just three rebounds to become just the second Big Ten player in league history to reach 1,000 points (1,466), 600 assists (617) and 500 rebounds (497) ... He will join Iowa's Jeff Horner (2003-06).
  • Penn State's all-time leader in career assists, Frazier now owns three of the Top 10 spots in PSU's season assists charts. He also is No. 9 all-time in the Big Ten and has the fifth-most assists of any active NCAA player.
  • D.J. Newbill has the most field goals (163) of any Big Ten player and the second-most total points (352) this season. His 10 FGs vs. Iowa are the second-most in a conference game. 
  • In the four Big Ten wins this season, Brandon Taylor is second on the team in scoring with 13.8 ppg, while shooting 45 percent from 3-range. 

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 BUCKEYES
Ohio State has won each of its last three games and six of its last seven after falling to the Nittany Lions Jan. 29. In the Buckeyes' last four wins, they are defeating opponents by an average of 15.2 points per game, triple their average scoring margin in Big Ten play.

LaQuinton Ross is averaging 15.4 ppg in conference play, compared to his 14.3 ppg for the season, and has reached double-figures in all but four Big Ten games. He also is the team's leading rebounder in league play with 5.5 per game. Lenzelle Smith Jr. is second in scoring with 10.5 B1G ppg. Aaron Craft leads the Big Ten is assists per game with 4.5 in league games and is third overall with 4.8 behind Tim Frazier's 5.9.

In Big Ten games, the Buckeyes are allowing a conference-low 61.7 ppg and just 29 percent three-point shooting. They come up with 7.7 steals per game and force an average of 13.2 turnovers, but come up with just 13.6 ppg off B1G opponent miscues.

VS. OHIO STATE
D.J. Newbill is the leading scorer and rebounder in the series with Ohio State after a 25-point outing in the overtime win earlier this season. Newbill had the game-tying and game-winning shots.  Three players hit double-digits vs. the Buckeyes Jan. 29.

SERIES HISTORY
Ohio State leads the all-time series 32-14 after Penn State topped the then-No. 24 Buckeyes, 71-70, in overtime Jan. 29 in Columbus. The win snapped an 18-game losing streak in the series and was the Lions' first away win vs. a Top 25 team since Feb. 18, 2009 vs. Illinois. Penn State's last win in the BJC came in 2004, a 64-47 decision Jan. 10. Three meetings in the series have gone to overtime, the second most for Penn State vs. any Big Ten opponent behind Northwestern.

VS. RANKED TEAMS
Penn State is ... 1-4 against teams ranked in the Top 25 this season ... 1-4 all-time vs. teams ranked No. 22 in the AP Top 25 (lone win Jan. 19, 2012 vs. Illinois, 54-52) ... Patrick Chambers has three wins vs. Top 25 teams in his PSU tenure ... The  Lions have seven games vs. five opponents ranked in the current edition of the Top 25, including two of their final four regular-season games.

OHIO STATE VS. PENN STATE - LAST MEETING
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jan. 29, 2014) - Newbill hit a pull-up jumper over Aaron Craft with 2 seconds left in overtime, lifting Penn State to a 71-70 victory over No. 24 Ohio State and ending years of futility against the Buckeyes. Newbill, who led the Nittany Lions (11-10, 2-6 Big Ten) with 25 points, also hit a 3 that forced the extra session.

Brandon Taylor added 19 points and Graham Woodward had 11 as Penn State ended Ohio State's string of victories in the series at 18. Buckeyes coach Thad Matta was 17-0 against Penn State since taking over as head coach in 2004-05.

OHIO STATE VS. PENN STATE - LAST TIME IN THE BJC
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (Jan. 26, 2013) - Penn State (8-12; 0-8 Big Ten) held Big Ten leading scorer Deshaun Thomas to 11 points, nearly 10 below his average, but could not make enough shots to overcome No. 14 Ohio State, falling to the Buckeyes, 65-51. Jermaine Marshall posted 16 points and D.J. Newbill added 15 points and six assists while committing just one turnover in 39 minutes against one of the nation's top defenders in OSU's Aaron Craft.

OTHER NOTABALE GAMES
March 13, 2011:  Making its first appearance in the Big Ten tournament championship, Penn State fell to No. 1 Ohio State, 71-60. Penn State's Talor Battle earned all-tourney honors after scoring 71 points over four games and playing all 160 minutes for the Nittany Lions. Battle went 9-for-20 vs. the Buckeyes, tallying a game-high 24 points and adding five rebounds. The Lions went on to earn a No. 10 seed in the NCAA tourney.

Feb. 27, 1999: Joe Crispin turned in arguably the most explosive :50 seconds of basketball in PSU history by scoring eight unanswered points to start overtime as Penn State downed No. 10 and evenutal Final Four team Ohio State 98-85 in overtime at the BJC . Crispin ended the game with 29 points.

Feb. 28, 1998: The Lions completed the season sweep of Ohio State with an 89-85 overtime win at St. John Arena. Michael Redd had 32 for Ohio State, but Pete Lisicky had 24 points to pace the Lions in a comeback win.

UP NEXT
The Nittany Lions remain University Park to host Wisconsin at noon Sunday in the final regular-season home game of the 2013-14 campaign. It is the lone meeting between the two teams this season, who have had the last four meetings in the Bryce Jordan Center decided by an average of 4.3 points.

The game will serve as the highlight of Alumni Weekend, as well as a special spotlight and fundraiser for Team Ream, established in memory of former PSU football player Brandon Ream, who passed away in November at the age of 29 after a two-year battle with cancer.

The mission of the Team Ream Foundation is to assist financially disadvantaged individuals in State College and surrounding areas who have been affected by serious medical and various conditions.

Tickets for the Wisconsin can be purchased through Team Ream - http://www.teamream.org - or by calling 1-800-NITTANY, visiting the Bryce Jordan Center box office or through Ticketmaster.

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Last Updated February 28, 2014