The Nebraska Cornhuskers face off against the Penn State Nittany Lions for the third time this season the teams split their games during the regular season. The road team won each time in this season’s series with Nebraska notching a narrow 62-61 win Sunday, Feb. 14 at Penn State before falling in Lincoln to the Nittany Lions 86-83 on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The two teams faced off last in the Big Ten Tournament in 2017 in Washington, D.C. That 76-67 overtime loss by the Huskers was the first Nebrasketball attended by yours truly. The teams also faced off in the 2015 Big Ten Tournament in Chicago and the Huskers lost a narrow one 68-65. Both games were played on the first rounds falling on Wednesday.
25 minutes after the conclusion of game one, Wednesday, March 10
Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis, Indiana
TV: Big Ten Network
Play-by-play: Kevin Kugler
Analyst: Stephen Bardo
Sideline: Andy Katz
Online Broadcast: Fox Sports app & foxsports.com/live
IMG College Sports Network
1400 AM in Lincoln, 590 AM in Omaha, 880 AM in Lexington
Play-by-play: Kent Pavelka
Analyst: Jake Muhleisen
Online Radio: Available on Huskers.com, Huskers App, TuneIn.com/Huskers and TuneIn App.
SiriusXM (Internet): 372 (Big Ten Radio - national feed)
The Nittany Lions finished the 2020-21 season 10-3 overall and 7-12 in Big Ten action. PSU enters the game now 7-12 overall and 4-11 in Big Ten play. They enter the game coming off back-to-back wins over Minnesota (84-65) and at Maryland (66-61) to close out the regular season.
Penn State also notched a dominating 75-55 win over currently ranked No. 22 Virginia Tech in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge while managing a home win over Rutgers and splitting the series against Wisconsin to go along with numerous “moral victories” against the league’s top teams.
Interim coach Jim Ferry remains at the helm in Happy Valley for now and oversees a squad that returned four starters from a would have been NCAA tournament team last year prior to its cancellation. The team would need to win out in Indianapolis this weekend to manage an NCAA tournament bid this season, however. With Rutgers and Illinois essentially locks for the NCAA tournament this season, that will leave Penn State’s 2011 appearance as the longest drought with Nebraska in second to last dating back to 2014.
The current roster focuses on an eight man rotation that is led in scoring by Myreon Jones and is 15.5 ppg. Izaiah Brocking’s 1.7 ppg and Seth Lundy’s 10.3 ppg round out the double figure scorers for the Nittany Lions. John Harrar leads the team in rebounding with 8.5 boards per game, while adding 9.0 ppg and averaging 56 percent from the field.
Tomorrow night’s meeting will mark the 23rd all-time between the two programs, and offer the Huskers the chance to narrow the series against Penn State. PSU has the edge 12-10 all-time, though the Huskers are 9-10 against Penn State since joining the Big Ten. Across the entire series, however, Penn State’s win in Lincoln this season was the Nittany Lion’s first since a 1995 NIT matchup against the Huskers. The teams have never squared off against each other in Indianapolis.
Catch Coach Hoiberg and forward Derrick Walker speaking ahead of the game tomorrow night below.