PENN STATE VS. IOWA
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.
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS
Iowa (21-10, 12-6)
Penn State (17-15, 4-14)