Penn State men at Nebraska
Tipoff: 9 p.m., Devaney Center
Records: Penn State (8-14, 0-10 Big Ten); Nebraska (11-12, 2-8 Big Ten)
Coaches: Pat Chambers is 20-34 in his second season at Penn State and 62-62 in his fourth season overall. Tim Miles is 11-12 in his first season overall and 294-232 in his 18th season overall.
Radio: ESPN Radio 1430 WVAM
Probable starters: Penn State - G D.J. Newbill, 6-4 So. (15.7), G Jermaine Marshall, 6-4 Jr. (14.7), G Nick Colella, 6-3 Sr. (3.7), F Brandon Taylor, 6-7 Fr. (6.3), C Sasa Borovnjak, 6-9 Jr. (5.8). Nebraska - G Ray Gallegoa, 6-2 Jr. (13.3), G Dylan Talley, 6-5 Sr. (13.0), F David Rivers, 6-7 So. (5.9), F Shavon Shields, 6-6 Fr. (7.4), F Brandon Ubel, 6-10 Sr. (11.8)
Notes: In an effort to change things up for a team that has lost 10 straight games, Chambers had the Lions workout at the PSU football complex Wednesday. They also watched game film in Lasch Building. ... With a loss Saturday night, Chambers' career record will fall below .500. ... Supposed 3-point threats Taylor and Colella are making 24 and 29 percent (respectively) of their triples in Big Ten play. ... As a team, PSU is shooting 23.8 percent from the arc vs. conference foes. ... In the Big Ten, the Lions have fewer field goals, 3-pointers, 3-point attempts, made free throws, free throw attempts, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals and points than their opponents. ... Nebraska beat Penn State at the Jordan Center Jan. 19, 68-64.
Mirror Prediction: Nebraska 70, Penn State 62
Comment: At this point, it is difficult to envision the struggling Lions winning a game in the Big Ten this season.
Mirror prediction record: 17-5
- Mark Brennan
Pittsburgh men at Cincinnati
Tipoff: 6 p.m., Fifth Third Arena
Records: Pittsburgh (19-5, 7-4 in Big East); Cincinnati (18-5, 6-4 in Big East)
Coaches: Jamie Dixon is 257-82 in his 10th year as head coach at Pittsburgh. Mick Cronin is 131-93 in seven years at Cincinnati and 200-117 in 10 years as a head coach overall.
Radio: WFBG-AM (1290)
Probable starters: Pittsburgh - G Tray Woodall, 6-0 Sr. (10.8), G James Robinson, 6-3 Fr. (6.2), F Lamar Patterson, 6-5 Jr. (10.2), F Talib Zanna, 6-9 Jr. (10.5), C Steven Adams, 7-0 Fr. (6.9). Cincinnati G Cashmere Wright, 6-0 Sr. (13.9), G Sean Kilpatrick, 6-4 Jr. (18.3), G JaQuon Parker, 6-3 Sr. (10.7), F Justin Jackson, 6-8 Jr. (4.4), C Cheikh Mbodj, 6-10 Sr. (5.5).
Notes: Mike Patrick and Len Elmore will call the game for ESPN. Pitt is ranked No. 23 in the AP poll and No. 25 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll. The Bearcats are No. 17 in both polls. Cincinnati owns a 9-8 advantage in the series history which it gained with a 70-61 win over Pitt at the Petersen Events Center on Dec. 31. Despite that win, the Panthers have won seven of their last 10 games against the Bearcats. A win today would give Pitt its 20th win for the 12th consecutive year. The Panthers would reach the 20-win plateau for the 20th time in program history.
Mirror prediction: Pittsburgh 66, Cincinnati 61
Comment: If the Panthers shoot like they did against Seton Hall (and against Cincy the first time) they don't have a shot. Guessing they are due to make a few big shots.
Mirror prediction record: 19-5
- Michael Boytim
Mt. St. Mary's at SFU men
Tipoff: 7 p.m., DeGol Arena
Records: Mount St. Mary's (9-13, 4-7 Northeast Conference), St. Francis (2-20, 2-9)
Coaches: Jamion Christian is 9-13 in his first season at Mount St. Mary's. Rob Krimmel is 2-20 in his first season at St. Francis.
Web stream: NECFrontRow.com
Probable starters: Mount St. Mary's - F Xavier Owens, 6-5 So. (4.4), G Shivaugn Wiggins, 5-10 Fr. (7.6), G Rashad Whack, 6-2 Jr. (13.3), G Julian Norfleet, 6-2 Jr. (9.8), F Raven Barber, 6-8 Jr. (4.2). St. Francis - G Umar Shannon, 5-11 R-Jr. (12.5), F Earl Brown, 6-6 So. (10.6), G Ollie Jackson, 6-3 So. (7.5), G Anthony Ervin, 6-3 Sr. (2.2), F Tony Peters, 6-6 Sr. (2.0).
Notes: Mount St. Mary's leads the all-time series, 38-28, including winning the last five and 13 of the last 14 meetings. St. Francis is 16-9 against the Mountaineers in Loretto. ... Whack averaged 37 points in the Mount's last two games - a win over Sacred Heart and a loss at Wagner. ... Mount St. Mary's is 2-3 in its last five contests. ... St. Francis is tied for 11th in the NEC, while Mount St. Mary's is alone in ninth. ... The Red Flash hit the road next week for a two-game trip to Connecticut to face Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac.
Mirror prediction: St. Francis 71, Mount St. Mary's 69
Comment: This is a win St. Francis should be able to secure at home. A loss wouldn't be surprising, though.
Mirror prediction record: 18-4
- Nate Foreman
Mt. St. Mary's at SFU women
Tipoff: 4 p.m., DeGol Arena
Records: Mount St. Mary's (9-12, 5-5 Northeast Conference), St. Francis (12-9, 7-3)
Coaches: Bryan Whitten is 63-105 in his sixth season at Mount St. Mary's and is 283-208 in his 18th season overall. Joe Haigh is 12-9 in his first season at St. Francis.
Web streak: NECFrontRow.com
Probable starters: Mount St. Mary's - G Selina Mann, 5-4 Sr. (6.7), G Sydney Henderson, 5-6 R-Jr. (13.2), G Jacqueline Brewer, 5-10 So. (9.0), F Tara Lonergan, 6-0 Sr. (7.1), F Rachel Mathews, 6-0 Jr. (4.7). St. Francis - G Brittany Lilley, 5-8 R-Sr. (3.9), G Alexa Hayward, 5-8 So. (8.7), F Alli Williams, 6-0 Jr. (18.8), F Shene Fleming, 5-11 R-Jr. (7.6), C Rebecca Keegan, 6-2 Jr. (4.3).
Notes: St. Francis leads the series, 27-26, and has won each of the last six meetings. Today marks the sixth annual "Think Pink" game. Game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off immediately after the contest, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. ... St. Francis is tied for second in the NEC with Sacred Heart, three games behind undefeated Quinnipiac. Mount St. Mary's is tied for fifth with Central Connecticut and St. Francis Brooklyn. ... The Red Flash begin a three-game road trip on Monday at Robert Morris before travelling to Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart next weekend.
Mirror prediction: St. Francis 70, Mount St. Mary's 60
Comment: At this point, it's unlikely anyone will catch Quinnipiac, so things shift to the battle for second place. But if the Red Flash can't win at least three of their next four, even hosting a playoff game becomes less likely.
Mirror prediction record: 16-5
- Nate Foreman