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Penn State Basketball: Nittany Lions Set To Face Duquesne Wednesday Night

by on December 11, 2013 12:05 PM

For a team looking to move the program forward, each and every game of the 2013 edition of Penn State basketball is an important one. Road games, home games, and neutral site games will all play a part in head coach Patrick Chambers' third season in Happy Valley.

On Wednesday night, Chambers and his Nittany Lions will hit the floor at the Consol Energy Center looking to pick up their eighth win on the year and another crucial victory in a game Penn State is fully capable of winning. Any special season requires upsets and playing at a high level, but it also includes winning games that are there for the taking, games against equal or lesser opponents. So while Wednesday night's game may not have the sparkle of a Big Ten conference game, it's still just as every bit as important.

Duquesne enters the game 3-3 on the year having lost to Pittsburgh, West Virginia and New Hampshire in the second game of the season. The Dukes still average four players in double figures, led by senior forward and London, England native Ovie Soko who averages 16 points and 10 rebounds per game.

While at 3-3, Duquesne is not without talent though as guards Tra’Vaughn White and Derrick Colter combined for 42 points and 12 assists in a win over UMBC this past week. Those two will likely have their hands full as they take on Penn State's own dynamic backcourt in Tim Frazier and DJ Newbill who have become one of the most dynamic guard duos in the nation over the past several weeks.

Duquesne leads the series 13-7 in games played in Pittsburgh with the Lions’ last road win coming Nov. 30, 1994 with a 70-69 victory.

Tip is set for 7:00 PM and the game will be carried here for free.

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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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