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Will Northwestern make it three straight?

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Northwestern (15-3, 3-2) goes for its third straight consecutive win when it hosts Penn State (10-8, 1-4) at Welsh Ryan Arena.

The Wildcats could see the return of Alex Olah, who remains a game time decision with a foot injury that's sidelined the 7-footer for the last six games. Olah's presence would definitely help against a Penn State squad that has one of the biggest starting fives in the conference at an average of over 6-foot-6 per starter, and a 7-foot-1 starting center in Jordan Dickerson.

With or without Olah, however, the Wildcats are still double digit favorites to beat Penn State. Northwestern comes in well rested not having played since its 70-65 victory over Wisconsin on Tuesday. The Nittany Lions, on the other hand, are playing on just two days rest after a loss on the road to a physical Purdue team, which marked their second straight defeat to a Top 25 team.

Penn State is led by 6-foot-6 senior forward Brandon Taylor who leads the Nittany Lions in scoring (16.2 points per game) and rebounding (6 per game) and is one of just three Big Ten players to rank in the Top 15 in both scoring and rebounding in the conference. Taylor is complemented by sophomore point guard Shep Garner (14.6 ppg). Bryant McIntosh and Tre Demps, who average about 35 minutes per game each, will have their hands full on the top of the zone with Garner.

While Penn State might not seem like Northwestern's most formidable conference opponent, a victory over the Nittany Lions would still be Northwestern's second best win in terms of RPI on the season.

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Update: Alex Olah has just been deemed "available" for tonight's game.