Sunday, Jan. 3
No. 23 WISCONSIN at PENN STATE | 2 p. m. ET | Big Ten Network
WIS Game Notes | PSU Game Notes
The Nittany Lion basketball team (8-5, 0-1) will look to open 2010 when it takes on No. 23 Wisconsin (11-2, 1-0) in its Big Ten home opener Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center. The game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
The Nittany Lions have won 12 of their last 14 Big Ten home games and three of their last five games overall against ranked opponents. Penn State, 36-8 at home over the last three seasons, will look to end a 10-game losing skid to the Badgers and earn its first victory over Wisconsin since 2003. The Nittany Lions will be led by junior point-guard Talor Battle who stands second in the Big Ten averaging 19.1 points per game.
Wisconsin is coming off a 65-43 victory over No. 15 Ohio State in Madison in its Big Ten opener. Junior forward Jon Leuer leads the Badgers with 16.5 points per contest and 6.2 rebounds per outing while senior guard Trevon Hughes is avergaing 16.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. The Badgers have won five straight games and have victories over Duke, Marquette, Arizona and Maryland on the season.
Series History: Wisconsin leads, 23-8
No. 15 OHIO STATE at MICHIGAN | 4:30 p.m. ET | Big Ten Network
U-M Game Notes | OSU Game Notes
The No. 15 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (10-3, 0-1) will travel to Ann Arbor to square off against rival Michigan (6-6, 0-1) in their first game of 2010 on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. inside Crisler Arena. Both teams enter Sunday's contest after falling short on the road in their Big Ten openers.
The Wolverines are led by Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims, who are averaging 19.5 and 15.8 points per game, respectively. Harris also leads the team in rebounding (7.0) with Sims second at 6.8 per contest. The duo owns a combined seven double-doubles this season and together they make up 50.1 percent of U-M's offensive production.
Ohio State continues its opening stretch in conference play with its second straight road game and second of our over their first five Big Ten contests of the season.
Series History: Ohio State leads, 85-70