Saturday , Feb , 17 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Nittany Lions seek upset of No. 3 Wisconsin

Madison, WI (Sports Network) – After falling narrowly to the nation’s second-
ranked team earlier this week, the Penn State Nittany Lions will now
battle the third-ranked Wisconsin Badgers on the road in Big Ten
Conference action.

After falling behind Ohio State by a wide margin on Wednesday night, Penn
State outscored the mighty Buckeyes 43-24 in the second half. That stellar
effort was not enough to avoid defeat, however, as the Nittany Lions fell by
a 64-62 final to stretch their losing skid to 10 games. They are now 1-10 in
conference and have yet to win a true road game this season (0-7).

Wisconsin has fared much better this year, as the club has won all 17 of its
home games en route to a sparkling 25-2 overall record. With a victory
tonight, the program would set a new single-season wins record. The Badgers
are 11-1 in Big Ten action after besting Minnesota by a 75-62 final on

Wisconsin beat Penn State, 71-58, just 10 days ago, and the Badgers own an 18-8
advantage in the all-time series.

Penn State shot 8-of-29 from the field in the first half against Ohio State,
including a 3-of-13 showing from three-point range. The Nittany Lions picked up
the pace in the second half, however, as they were 14-of-30 from the floor,
including 7-of-12 from behind the arc, and they even made all eight of their
foul shots in the stanza. Sure, the end result was another loss, but Penn State
proved that it is capable of hanging tight with the best the Big Ten has to
offer. Geary Claxton led the way in defeat with 19 points and 10 rebounds,
while Jamelle Cornley tallied 14 points. Claxton is averaging 16.5 ppg and 8.5
rpg this season, while Cornley checks in with 14.2 ppg and 6.9 rpg. Despite the
team’s struggles, those two players form a potent duo.

There are many fans and analysts who believe that Wisconsin’s Alando Tucker is
worthy of National Player of the Year honors. Tucker is scoring 20.3 ppg and
can score in a number of different ways. He gets some help at the offensive end
from Kammron Taylor, who is netting 13.0 ppg on 40.8 percent efficiency from
three-point range. Still, Wisconsin remains a defensive-oriented team that is
limiting opponents to 58.1 ppg on 40.1 percent shooting from the field. Tucker
was sensational in the win over Minnesota on Wednesday, as he poured in 29
points to go along with nine rebounds. Taylor added 12 points for the Badgers,
who turned the ball over only seven times while forcing 16 giveaways. That
differential led to a 21-4 advantage in points off turnovers.