6 p.m. at Penn State • BTN, 1500-AM
About the Gophers (6-8, 0-2): The Gophers had only four turnovers and got double-digit scores from three players Saturday against then-No. 1 Michigan State at Williams Arena, and the Gophers were within two with just over two minutes to go. But they couldn’t get the necessary stops down the stretch, losing 69-61. It was their third loss in a row and sixth in seven games. Opponents are averaging 37.5 percent from three-point range, a mark that lands the Gophers 218th nationally. The Gophers do rank 16th in fewest turnovers per game at 10.3. Their four turnovers vs. Michigan State were their fewest since posting the same number against Indiana on Jan. 24, 2004.
About Penn State (9-6, 0-2): The Nittany Lions haven’t had the easiest start to Big Ten play, but they haven’t done much to seize on their opportunities, either. After taking an eight-point halftime lead at Maryland in the opener, Penn State lost by six. Three days later, they were rolled at Michigan 79-56, despite the absence of injured Wolverines star Caris LeVert. Michigan knocked down 14 three-pointers and scored 1.23 points per possession. Brandon Taylor, a huge part of Penn State’s offense and the only player to score in double digits against Michigan, leads the Nittany Lions with 16.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Penn State struggles from long ange, ranking 310th in the nation at 30 percent.