Indiana Hoosiers Prep for Showdown Against Penn State Following Loss to Nebraska

Staff report

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – February 22, 2024

The Indiana University men’s basketball team is gearing up for a challenging road game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at the Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday, February 24. The clash comes on the heels of a 85-70 loss to Nebraska at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on February 21.

Penn State enters the matchup with a 13-14 overall record and a 7-9 mark in conference play. Their recent comeback victory against Illinois showcased resilience, erasing an 11-point deficit with just 3:30 to play.

Key players for the Nittany Lions include senior guard Ace Baldwin, averaging 13.9 points, 5.6 assists, and a Big Ten-leading 2.8 steals per game. Graduate transfer forward Qudus Wahab leads in rebounds with 7.4 per game and contributes 9.1 points.

The Hoosiers, led by Head Coach Mike Woodson, currently hold a 42-16 advantage in the historical series against Penn State. However, the Nittany Lions have claimed victory in the last three encounters, including an 85-71 result in Bloomington on February 3, 2024.

Indiana’s last win at the Bryce Jordan Center dates back to December 4, 2018, when they secured a 64-62 victory with future NBA Lottery pick Romeo Langford leading the charge.

The Hoosiers face a critical point in the season with only five games remaining, hoping to secure wins and regain momentum. Sophomore center Kel’el Ware, who has been a standout performer, recorded his 11th double-double of the season against Nebraska with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Freshman forward Mackenzie Mgbako, consistently contributing to the team’s offensive efforts, scored a career-high 22 points in the last game.

As Indiana looks to bounce back and improve their 13-13 overall record, they aim to address issues such as inconsistent performances and struggles to defend home court.

The game against Penn State is scheduled for noon ET and will be broadcast on BTN. Fans can also tune in to the IU Radio Network for live radio coverage with Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, and John Herrick. The Hoosiers are eager to overcome recent setbacks and demonstrate their potential as they navigate the final stretch of the 2024 season.

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