Men’s basketball takes on Nebraska Saturday

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State (8-14; 0-10 Big Ten) will seek its first conference win and road win of the season Saturday (Feb. 9) when the Nittany Lions take on Nebraska (11-12; 2-8 Big Ten) in a 9 p.m. (ET) tip in Lincoln. The game will be televised live on ESPNU and can be heard on the Penn State Sports Network.

The Nittany Lions will face a rested Nebraska squad that will be playing its first game since a 63-56 loss to No. 11 Ohio State last Saturday in Lincoln.

Sophomore D.J. Newbill brings a string of six straight double-figure scoring games into the weekend after leading Penn State with 17 points and a career high tying seven assists in a loss to Purdue on Tuesday. Newbill ranks sixth in the Big Ten in scoring posting 15.7 ppg and is posting 18.0 points and 5.0 assists per game over his last six contests.

Nebraska has lost its last two games after a 64-49 victory over Northwestern in Lincoln. The Huskers posted a 68-64 win over Penn State in the first meeting this season in the Bryce Jordan Center on Jan. 19. The Huskers are led by guard Ray Gallegos who is posting 13.3 ppg. He had 15 in the first meeting this season while freshman Shavon Fields logged a career high 29 points to lead the Huskers.

Penn State will return to the Jordan Center on Thursday to take on Iowa in a 9 p.m. tip televised live on ESPNU.

Single game tickets for men’s basketball are available by calling 1-800-NITTANY or by visiting GoPSUsports.com/tickets or Ticketmaster. Single-game tickets for Nittany Lion games are $24 for lower bowl seats between the baselines, $18 for the lower bowl behind the baskets and upper level between the baselines and $15 for upper level behind the basket seats for adults and seniors. Youth tickets (18 and under) are $10, while Penn State student tickets are $5.

For all the latest information, notes, pictures and related links on Penn State basketball follow Associate Athletic Communications Director Brian Siegrist (@PSUSTRETCH) and the official Penn State men’s basketball handle (@PennStateMBB) on Twitter and check GoPSUsports.com. The Nittany Lions are also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pennstatebasketball.

PENN STATE (8-14; 0-10 Big Ten) at NEBRASKA (11-12; 2-8 Big Ten)

SATURDAY, FEB. 9, 2013 @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)

DEVANEY CENTER (13,595)

LINCOLN, NEB.

GAME INFO

TELEVISION: ESPNU: Dan Gutkowsky & Sean Harrington

RADIO: Penn State Sports Network: Local (1450 AM); Steve Jones (pxp) & Dick Jerardi (analyst)

Sirius/XM: 113/193

LIVE STATS:

GAMETRACKER | ALL-ACCESS AUDIO

COACHES:

PENN STATE: Patrick Chambers – 20-34 (2nd at PSU); 62-62 (4th Overall)

NEBRASKA: Tim Miles – 11-12 (1st at NU); 294-232 (18th Overall)

RPI: PSU:181; NEB: 85

NEXT UP:

PSU will return to the BJC on Valentine’s Day for a 9:00 p.m. tip vs. Iowa. The Hawkeyes posted a 76-67 victory in Iowa three games prior to this meeting. Iowa holds a 24-13 lead in the series. The Lions hold a 10-6 advantage in State College, including a 69-64 victory last February. The teams have split the last 10 meetings, both winning five games at home.

THE GAME:

Penn State will return to the road on Saturday for a late 9 p.m. (ET) tip at Nebraska. The Huskers, who will be playing their first game in seven days, downed the Lions 68-64 on Jan. 19 for their first ever win in State College. Penn State is 1-2 all-time in Lincoln, with a 65-59 victory in the second round of the 1995 NIT as the lone win. The series is now tied at 3-3. Nebraska logged a 70-58 victory last year in Lincoln and has won two of three in the series since beginning play in the Big Ten. Penn State is seeking its first conference victory of the season and will look to end a 15-game road losing skid, dating to a victory at Boston College in November of 2011, and a 13-game road losing skid to Big Ten opponents, dating to a victory at Minnesota on March 6, 2011.

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