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Iowa Penn St Basketball

Penn State's D.J. Newbill drives through Iowa players Mike Gesell, left, and Jarrod Uthoff, right during their NCAA college basketball game at Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa., on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark)

Nabil K. Mark


WHEN: About 1:30 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: United Center, Chicago

TV: Big Ten Network

RADIO: WOC (1420 AM), WMT (600 AM)


  • Iowa has won six straight games and eight of its last 10 games heading into this first-round game in the Big Ten Tournament. Included in that run is an 81-77 overtime victory on the road at Penn State. The Hawkeyes defeated Northwestern 69-52 in their regular-season finale Saturday with neither of their starting guards scoring a single point although Mike Gesell matched a career high with nine assists.
  • Iowa is the No. 5 seed, its highest since 2007. It has won only two Big Ten Tournament games in eight years since winning the tournament as the No. 2 seed in 2006. It is attempting to become the first No. 5 seed ever to win the tournament.
  • Penn State, seeded 13th, advanced Wednesday with a 68-65 victory over Nebraska. D.J. Newbill, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, led the way with 26 points with freshman Shep Garner adding 19. Newbill also registered a career-best four blocked shots. Garner, who had five 3-point field goals in an earlier loss to Iowa, had five more Wednesday.


Iowa (21-10, 12-6)

Aaron White;6-9;sr.;15.9

Jarrod Uthoff;6-9;jr.;12.2

Adam Woodbury;7-1;jr.;6.8

Mike Gesell;6-2;jr.;7.1

Peter Jok;6-6;so.;7.1

Penn State (17-15, 4-14)

Ross Travis;6-7;sr.;5.1

D.J. Newbill;6-4;sr.;20.7

Jordan Dickerson;7-1;jr.;2.6

Shep Garner;6-1;fr.;9.1

Geno Thorpe;6-3;so.;8.8