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Fleet Frazier next challenge for Hawkeyes

[ 1 ] February 14, 2012 |

Penn State's Tim Frazier

IOWACITY, Ia. – Tim Frazier is a marked man.

Despite that. Penn State’s senior guard is having his way with Big Ten defenses that know he’s going to have his hands on the ball most of the time.

Frazier is leading the Nittany Lions in scoring (18.5 points), rebounding (5.0), assists (6.4), free throws (.771) and steals (2.2).

“And he does more than that because he’s our leader, our captain,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said.

Iowa’s defense, shaky at times, is the next challenge for Frazier and the host Nittany Lions Thursday. In Saturday’s home win against Nebraska, Frazier had 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. He is ninth nationally in assists this season, so he has a feel for getting the ball to his teammates despite squeezing off a lot of shots himself.

“One assist from a triple-double, it’s pretty amazing what this kid has done all year,” Chambers said.

The fact that Frazier logs the numbers he does, despite getting constant defensive attention, might be his best attribute.

“That’s not easy to do because he’s getting a lot of attention on ball screens,” McCaffery said. “People are getting back and trying to corral him in transition, things of that nature, give him less space than he would like. But he’s got an in-between game and he can make a 3 and get to the rim and finish. He’s better at going right but he can go left. He makes his free throws. So he’s one of those guys that’s going to have the ball a lot. At the end of the game, he’s going to have some numbers. You just hope that his percentage is less than he would like it to be.”

MAY REINJURED. Iowa junior Eric May reinjured his back at practice Monday, but McCaffery expects him to play against Penn State. May missed the victory against Minnesota Feb. 1 because of a back issue.

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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