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Penn State vs. Boston College: Lions Look To Get Back On Track In Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The Nittany Lions travel to Chestnut Hill for their Challenge game.

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Coming off a crushing loss against St. Joseph's on Saturday, Penn State looks rebound Wednesday night in its Big Ten/ACC Challenge game against Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

The game should be a pretty even match for the Nittany Lions as the Eagles are replacing a lot of their scoring from last season, too. Penn State has also got to like its chances knowing 2-4 BC has already dropped games to  mid-majors Holy Cross, New Mexico, Saint Louis and Massachusetts.

Here are some things to watch for in the game.

When Penn State has the ball...

-The Lions cannot get off to the terrible shooting start that they did against the Hawks on Saturday. It seems simple, but they really have to get on the board before the 11:27 mark of the first half, or even against a struggling team like the Eagles, they'll be toast on the road.

-It seems unfair to expect 20 points from Tim Frazier every night, and it is, but certainly can't be limited to eight points like he was on Saturday, either. He has to step up and at least get into double figures for the team to have a chance on the road.

-Ross Travis has played his two best games of the season in Penn State's road/neutral site games against Kentucky and St. Joseph's. When the rest of the team looks shell shocked away from the Bryce Jordan Center, he shows a little confidence. His team will probably need that to continue against BC.

When Boston College has the ball...

-The one area Penn State ranks above average nationally is rebounding at No. 139 overall. If they keep that going against BC which ranks No. 303 overall, they'll earn a bit of an advantage.

-BC's leading scorer is Patrick Heckmann at 13.8 points per game. There are no prolific scorers in this lineup, so team defense will be important.

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