Brown (8-21) at Penn (17-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, March 2, 7:00 p.m. (ET).
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Palestra (8,722) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: Brown 6-9, Penn 9-6. Away Record: Brown 1-10, Penn 8-5. Neutral Record: Brown 1-2, Penn 0-0. Conference Record: Brown 2-10, Penn 9-2. Series Record: Penn leads, 100-21.
GAME NOTES: With aspirations of making it to the NCAA Tournament, the Penn Quakers are still in the mix for the automatic bid from the Ivy League as they clash with the Brown Bears at The Palestra in Philadelphia.
The Quakers enter play tonight in second place in the Ivy League standings with a record of 9-2, placing them just ahead of Yale (9-3) and behind Harvard (10-2), but the difference between the three programs is that Penn will not only play this weekend, but also close out the league schedule versus Princeton next week as is always the case. Last weekend, Penn kept Harvard from running away from the rest of the pack by delivering a 55-54 win over the Crimson. The victory was the fifth straight, and the sixth in the last seven games for the Quakers.
As for the Bears, wins have been few and far between for the program in 2011-12, the squad posting just eight victories overall. However, the team did manage to snap an eight-game slide on Saturday with a stunning 94-78 triumph over Columbia at home. The outcome itself wasn't the surprise, rather the scoring output by Brown which marked just the second time this season the team was able to reach at least 90 points against another Division I foe.
The all-time series between these teams is rather one-sided, with the Quakers owning a lopsided 100-21 edge over Brown heading into tonight's meeting. Early last month Penn posted a 65-48 win over the Bears on the road.
Sean McGonagill led the way for six Brown players in double digits against Columbia as he tallied 28 points in the 16-point victory in Providence. Jean Harris added 17 points, Stephen Albrecht 13, Dockery Walker and Matt Sullivan 12 points apiece and Andrew McCarthy with 11 points, adding a team-best 12 rebounds and three blocked shots for the hosts as they shot not only 57.7 percent from the floor but also 14-of-22 behind the three-point line. Even though he is just a 37.3 percent shooter from the field this season, McGonagill continues to pace the Bears in scoring overall with his 14.0 ppg. One of the better all-around players in the league, McGonagill is also responsible for team highs with 151 assists and 34 steals, not to mention close to four and a half rebounds per game as well. McCarthy and Albrecht check in with 10.3 and 10.2 ppg, respectively, for a group producing only 62.7 ppg on the season but giving up 69.6 ppg.
It wasn't easy by any stretch, but the Quakers managed to snap Harvard's 28- game home win streak, the second-longest in the nation, as Zack Rosen scored the final nine points for Penn in the one-point decision. Rosen, who scored the last 16 points for the Quakers in their meeting with Dartmouth a day earlier, finished with 20 points as the lone double-digit scorer for the visitors. The only player to have started all 28 games this season for Penn, Rosen leads the team with his 18.5 ppg as he shoots not only 40.5 percent behind the three-point line but also 88.3 percent at the free-throw line. In addition to being the scoring leader, Rosen is also the top passer for the Quakers with his 156 assists, which some of those dishes surely going to Tyler Bernardini (12.9 ppg) and Miles Cartwright (10.3 ppg) who, along with Rosen, have combined to make a total of 153 three-pointers which is just 20 fewer than the competition combined.
As long as Rosen doesn't take a step backwards and his supporting cast continues to do the job, expect to see Penn in the win column again tonight and still fighting for postseason possibilities.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn 67, Brown 56
03/02 10:34:29 ET