Tonight at 7 p.m., the Nittany Lions will face No. 5 Indiana in its first Big Ten home game this season. To celebrate such a momentous occasion, there will be DOLLAR HOT DOGS and free pinnies. And if that isn’t enough, Coach Chambers’ squad comes into this game winning four out of five and with a fighting shot at upsetting the 5th-ranked Hoosiers.
The Nittany Lions (8-5, 0-1 Big Ten) have been hot of late despite the loss of senior guard Tim Frazier. The team is 7-1 at home this season, and has received solid offensive contributions from guards D.J. Newbill (15.5 PPG) and Jermaine Marshall (14.9 PPG). If forwards Ross Travis (7.2 PPG, 7.7 RPG) and Brandon Taylor (7.4 PPG) have solid performances, expect Penn State to put up a fight against the Hoosiers.
The Hoosiers (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten) are considered a contender for the National Championship this year, and with good reason. Tom Crean’s Hoosiers have the highest scoring offense in the NCAA (87.9 PPG) and one of the deepest benches in the Big Ten, if not the whole NCAA. Indiana has five players who average over 10 points per game, with the standout player being sophomore Cody Zeller (16.6 PPG, 8.1 RPG). Guard Victor Oladipo (13.6 PPG) and forward Christian Watford (12.5 PPG) are also players to watch out for.
For Penn State to win this game, they will need to:
- Keep Zeller and Oladipo in check
- Get solid contributions from more than just Marshall and Newbill
- Avoid a second half collapse
Even if the Nittany Lions are unable to pull off the upset, the Dollar Dogs and free pinnies will surely be worth it. And hey, what else could you possibly have going on during Syllabus Week?