Jan 9, 2014; Lincoln, NE, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach John Beilein during their NCAA mens basketball game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dave Weaver-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Basketball: Penn State at Michigan -- Game Notes

GBMWolverine Basketball TidbitsPosted at 5:00pm — 1/14/2014

Michigan Basketball: Penn State at Michigan — Game Notes

Michigan Coach: John Beilein | 133-89 (seventh season) | 684-407 (36th season)

Penn State Coach: Patrick Chambers | 31-49 (third season) | 73-77 (fifth season)

Series History:

Tonight’s game will be the only meeting of the season between Michigan and Penn State. Overall, U-M has a 29-12 record against PSU. The Wolverines have a 17-2 record in Ann Arbor and have won last three against the Nittany Lions. Michigan and Penn State met three times a year ago, including an 84-78 Penn State loss in State College, the only win for the Nittany Lions in the last seven meetings

About the Opponent:

Penn State comes to Ann Arbor with a 9-8 record and a 0-4 Big Ten mark.

Penn State has lost five of the last six games including its last four. In fact, three of PSU’s losses have been by three-or-fewer points — Princeton (81-79, OT, Dec. 14), Minnesota (68-65, Jan. 8) and Indiana (79-76, Jan. 11).

Five players are scoring in double figures for the Nittany Lions, led by 17.3 points per contest from D.J. Newbill, sixth-best in the Big Ten, and 16.6 points per game from Tim Frazier, seventh best in the conference. Penn State is averaging 77.4 points per game, fourth-most in the league.

Jan 8, 2014; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions guard D.J. Newbill (2) dribbles the ball during the first half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Bryce Jordan Center. Minnesota defeated Penn State 68-65. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Penn State is led by their backcourt duo of D.J. Newbill (17.3 ppg) and Tim Frazier (16.6 ppg). Combined they account for 44 percent of the PSU’s offense. Travis Ross leads with 8.3 rebounds per game, while scoring 11.2 points per game.

Penn State is allowing 73.7 points per game, the most of any team in the Big Ten, and its opponents are shooting 35.2 percent from three-point range, highest in the conference.

After missing last season with an Achilles injury, Tim Frazier returns and is averaging 16.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

Penn State is shooting 34.4 percent from long range and takes on average 20.3 three-pointers per game

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