February 25, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions guard Tim Frazier (23) reacts after making a 3 point shot in the second half against Northwestern Wildcats at Bryce Jordan Center. Northwestern defeated Penn State 67-66. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE
Penn State will look to bounce back while the Boilermakers try to get revenge and move closer to March Madness.
Penn State will try to get its first conference road win tonight when it travels to Purdue. The Nittany Lions should have confidence after already pounding on the Boilermakers once 65-45 back on Jan. 5th.
In the last regular season game of the year, Penn State (12-17, 4-12) is winding down what has been a very disappointing campaign. Tim Frazier has been sensational, averaging over 18 points per game, but outside of that its been tough times on the hardwood. In fact, Frazier leads the team in not only scoring but rebounding and assists as well.
For Purdue (19-10, 9-7), Robbie Hummel is its knight in shining armor. Hummel has been tremendous down the stretch. Playing all but 18 minutes over the last five games, Hummel has poured in over 23 points per game in that time. The Boilermakers senior star led them in a crucial victory over No. 13 Michigan on Saturday, dealing the Wolverines their first home loss all year.
After such a heartbreaking 67-66 loss against a desperate Northwestern team, it will be interesting to see how the Nittany Lions play.
In the only other meeting between these two teams, they got a career performance out of Billy Oliver, who scored 21 points. Penn State will need a similar showing from some role players to defeat Purdue, who is trying to capture a NCAA tournament bid once again.
Game Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
TV: Big Ten Channel