Penn State sets sights on regular-season sweep of Iowa

Penn State will look to complete a regular-season sweep of Iowa when the Big Ten teams meet Tuesday night in Iowa City, Iowa.The Nittany Lions (14-14, 8-9 Big Ten) are coming off back-to-back wins against then-No. 12 Illinois and Indiana last week. They have won five of their past eight games, including an 89-79 win at home against Iowa on Feb. 8.Penn State coach Mike Rhoades said his confidence never wavered in his team. He gave a firm response when asked if there was a lack of belief during lower points in the season.”By who? Not me,” Rhoades said. “No. Look, if you talk about a lack of belief, then people will think about it. … You’re talking to the wrong person when it comes to that.”I’ve been frustrated. I’ve been mad. I’ve been disappointed, especially in myself. But losing belief? No way.”Iowa (16-12, 8-9) will try to halt the Nittany Lions’ momentum. The Hawkeyes are coming off a 95-85 loss on the road against the Fighting Illini. Iowa came into that game after back-to-back wins against then-No. 20 Wisconsin at home and Michigan State on the road.Josh Dix scored a team-high 20 points on 9-for-15 shooting from the floor in Iowa’s loss to Illinois. Tony Perkins finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, and Ben Krikke tallied 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting.Iowa’s Payton Sandfort said he and his teammates remained confident.