Penn State responded to losing four of five games with back-to-back wins last week. Mike Rhoades has his team playing competitive Big Ten basketball in Year 1 with a record of 11-11 and 5-6 in conference play heading into Thursday night’s matchup with Iowa.
What’s even more impressive for Rhoades is that both wins, over Rutgers and Indiana, came without Kanye Clary. Clary suffered an injury against Minnesota and hasn’t played since, but Penn State has looked better in his absence. Rhoades is leaning heavily on Ace Baldwin Jr. and the VCU transfer is averaging 17.6 points and eight assists while playing all 40 minutes in each of the last three games.
Clary’s status for this week’s matchups with Iowa and Northwestern is still unknown. Penn State has nine games left on the schedule before the Big Ten tournament. Despite the success without him, the Nittany Lions will need to bring their leading scorer back when he's healthy.
Last time out, the Iowa Hawkeyes beat Ohio State 79-77 at home. Fran McCaffery's team is one spot ahead of Penn State in the Big Ten standings also at 5-6 in conference play. Northwestern beat Nebraska 80-68 on Wednesday night and is fourth in the conference with a 7-5 Big Ten record.
How to watch Iowa vs. Penn State
- Date: Thursday, February 8
- Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
- Venue: Bryce Jordan Center
- How to watch: Big Ten Network
- Streaming: Fubo TV
- Penn State record: 11-11
- Iowa record: 13-9
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