What you need to know ahead of Penn State vs. Northwestern

Written By Francis Mizner

No. 10 seed Penn State squares off against No. 2 seed Northwestern for a spot in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament at 5:30 PM CT on the Big Ten Network.

Series History

Penn State holds the 37-20 series lead over Northwestern, with their most recent victory just nine days ago. Penn State’s Camren Wynter hit a corner three-pointer as time expired, which gave the Nittany Lions a 68-65 OT winner, making it a four-game win streak against the Wildcats.

Quick Stats

  • Penn State (20-12, 10-10 Big Ten) has been scoring 72.6 ppg and are hitting 46.8% from the field. The Nittany Lions have relied strongly on their three-point shot, shooting 10.7 threes a game.
  • Northwestern (21-10, 12-8 Big Ten) score slightly less with 67.7 ppg while making 40.9% of their shots. The Wildcats hit 7.7 from behind the arc at a conversion rate of 32.3.
  • Defensively Penn State gives up 68.4 ppg and has a rebounding margin of -2.7.
  • Northwestern only allows 62.3 ppg and owns a rebounding margin of -0.4


Penn State

G Jalen Pickett (Sr.+, 6’ 4”) 17.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 7.0 apg

G Andrew Funk (Sr.+, 6’ 5”) 12.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.1 apg

G Camren Wynter (Sr.+, 6’ 2”) 9.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.9 apg

F Seth Lundy (Sr., 6’ 6”) 14.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.0 apg

F Kebba Njie (Fr., 6’ 10”) 3.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.5 apg


G Chase Audige (Sr., 6 ’4”) 14.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.8 apg

G Boo Buie (Sr., 6’ 2”) 17.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.5 apg

G Ty Berry (Jr., 6’ 3”) 8.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.1 apg

F Robbie Beran (Sr., 6’ 9”) 7.7ppg 4.6 rpg, 0.7 apg

C Matthew Nicholson (Jr., 7’ 0”) 6.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.3 apg 

What’s Next

The winner of Friday’s game will move onto the semifinal round, where they will face the winner of No. 3 seeded Indiana and No. 6 seeded Maryland at approx. 2:30 PM CT on CBS.

Francis Mizner covers Penn State Basketball for Insider Institute, Follow him @MiznerFrancis1

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