Posted Friday, January 18th 2013 @ 11am
The Nebraska basketball team looks for its first Big Ten win of the season Saturday afternoon, as the Huskers travel to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions.
Tip-off from the Bryce Jordan Center is set for 12:05 (central) with pre-game at 11a.m here on 1110 KFAB.
The Huskers look to snap a five-game losing streak following a 65-56 loss to Purdue Wednesday evening.
Scouting Penn State
Penn State comes into Saturday's game looking to snap their own five-game losing streak, as the Nittany Lions are 8-9 on the season. PSU, under second-year coach Pat Chambers, was dealt with one of the biggest injuries during non-conference play, as senior guard Tim Frazier suffered a season-ending achillies injury in November. Frazier was a first-team All-Big Ten pick by the media, leading Penn State in scoring, rebounding and assists in 2011-12. PSU split its first eight games of the season before closing non-conference play with four straight wins, scoring 70 or more points in all four contests. In Big Ten play, Penn State has struggled offensively like Nebraska, being held to 55 points in its first four games until Wednesday's loss to Michigan State.
Despite the loss of Frazier, Penn State still features two of the Big Ten's top scoring guards in junior Jermaine Marshall and sophomore D.J. Newbill. Marshall is seventh in the conference in scoring and eighth in steals (1.6 spg), while Newbill, who transferred from Southern Miss, is sixth in scoring and eighth in assists (3.9 apg).
Nebraska-Penn State Series History
Saturday's game is only the sixth meeting between the Huskers and Nittany Lions - the two most recent members of the Big Ten. Prior to the Huskers' joining the Big Ten, the teams played a home-and-home series in the early 1980s with Nebraska winning 75-50 at the Devaney Center on Dec. 9, 1980, before the Nittany Lions won 60-58 in State College in Dec. 21, 1981. The other meeting before last season came in the second round of the 1995 NIT at the Devaney Center in a 65-59 PSU win.