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Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Looking To Pull The Upset Over Indiana

by on March 07, 2012 2:45 PM

Penn State and No. 15 Indiana will face off Thursday afternoon in Indianapolis in the Big Ten men's basketball tournament.

Thursday's game will be the third first-round Big Ten Tournament meeting between the teams in the last four years and fourth overall. Penn State has won the past two meetings in the Big Ten Tournament, including last year's 61-56 victory.

The game can been seen on the Big Ten Network at 2 p.m. Gus Johnson and Shon Morris will have the call.

Indiana swept the season series – winning 88-82 in State College and 73-54 in Bloomington. Penn State (12-19, 4-14 Big Ten) has won six of the last nine meetings, but Indiana leads the all-time series, 30-9.

The Hoosiers (24-7, 11-7 Big Ten) have won four straight and seven of their last eight, including double-digit victories against Michigan State and Purdue to finish fifth in the Big Ten.

“Indiana is a hot team right now,” Penn State coach Pat Chambers said. “It’s a home game for them almost; I would like to see the effort in the final 20 minutes against Michigan to carry over. Nobody expects us to win, so go out, compete and play and we’ll see what happens.”

The Hoosiers are led by Big Ten Freshman of the Year Cody Zeller, whose 15.4 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game and 1.3 blocks per game lead the team. The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten in scoring (77.5 ppg), shooting (49 percent) and 3-point percentage (43 percent).

Indiana has big wins against Kentucky and Ohio State on the year but hasn’t won a Big Ten Tournament game since 2006.

For Penn State, Tim Frazier became just the sixth Nittany Lion to earn First-Team All-Big Ten honors. Frazier will look to repeat last year’s performance in which he helped lead the Nittany Lions to three wins to advance to their first-ever Big Ten Tournament championship game.

"We're just going to take it as another game," Frazier said. "We played Indiana tough two times already, and I've said it before, if we play 40 minutes of Penn State Basketball we can beat anybody."

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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