Brown (14-10) at Penn (7-16)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, February 28, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Palestra (8,722) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: NBCSN. Home Record: Brown 8-3, Penn 6-6. Away Record: Brown 6-7, Penn 1-10. Neutral Record: Brown 0-0, Penn 0-0. Conference Record: Brown 6-4, Penn 4-5. Series Record: Penn leads, 101-22.
GAME NOTES: A couple of Ivy League teams seeking back-to-back victories are headed to The Palestra tonight, as the Penn Quakers host the Brown Bears.
Penn, which is dealing with a laundry list of missing players due to injury and undisclosed issues, is sitting in the bottom half of the league standings at the moment, sporting a record of just 4-5 with five games remaining on the regular-season schedule. The team had been suffering through a three-game slide up until last weekend's 74-65 win versus Dartmouth.
Meanwhile, the Bears enter play on Friday in a tie with Columbia for third place in the standings, showing a 6-4 mark. Over the last seven outings, Brown has alternated wins and loses, with the trend resulting in an 81-75 overtime victory against Cornell on the road last Saturday.
In terms of the all-time series between the programs, Penn is ahead by a count of 101-22, although the Bears won the first meeting of the season by a score of 62-55. Prior to the setback, the Quakers had won six straight over Brown.
Brown needed some late-game heroics versus the Big Red last Saturday in Ithaca, as Cedric Kuakumensah tallied a career-high 30 points, including a crucial layup with 23 seconds remaining in regulation in order to send the meeting into overtime knotted at 67-67. Kuakumensah also accounted for a game- high 14 rebounds and blocked s school-record seven shots for a squad that got just three points off the bench. Leland King, who was named the Rookie of the Week, recorded a double-double of his own with 23 points and 12 rebounds, adding four assists for good measure.
Sean McGonagill, who was held to just 2-of-12 shooting from the floor for nine points against Cornell, remains the top scorer on the season overall for the Bears with his 17.5 ppg, thanks in large part to 41.1 percent accuracy behind the 3-point line. McGonagill is also more than willing to get his teammates involved in the action with a team-high 81 assists as well. Kuakumensah is averaging just 8.3 ppg and 6.5 rpg, even after his huge effort over the weekend, and is more known for his interior presence and 70 blocked shots than anything else.
The Quakers placed five players in double figures last Saturday against Dartmouth, led by Tony Hicks and his 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field. Miles Cartwright came up an assist shy of a double-double as he tallied 15 points, followed by Fran Dougherty with 13 and eight rebounds. Steve Rennard and Henry Brooks accounted for 11 points apiece, the latter clearing nine rebounds to pace the program in that department. As a unit, Penn shot a solid 49.1 percent from the floor and was 6-of-14 behind the 3-point line in the decision.
With just seven total wins on the season, it should not come as much of a surprise to find that Penn is being outscored by 6.5 ppg. It is more an issue with the defense really, one that has sent opponents to the free-throw line an average of 28.7 times per contest, resulting in 20.1 ppg at the charity stripe. Foes have outscored Penn by a total of 126 points at the line, but at least Hicks is doing all he can with his opportunities at the stripe, connecting on 77.7 percent as he generates a team-best 15.5 ppg. Dougherty checks in with 12.4 ppg and is making his presence felt in the paint with 7.2 rpg.
As long as the Quakers can carry over their effort from last weekend into a quality home performance tonight, there's no reason why the hosts can't come away with the win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn 69, Brown 64
02/28 10:32:01 ET