Penn (7-19) at Cornell (2-25)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 8, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Newman Arena (4,473) -- Ithaca, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Penn 6-8, Cornell 2-10. Away Record: Penn 1-11, Cornell 0-15. Neutral Record: Penn 0-0, Cornell 0-0. Conference Record: Penn 4-8, Cornell 1-12. Series Record: Penn leads, 147-74.
GAME NOTES: With one game remaining on the regular season schedule for the Cornell Big Red, the Ivy League's last-place team will at least try to put a stop to their six-game losing streak as they host the Penn Quakers in an Ivy League bout at Newman Arena.
Penn is experiencing a three-game skid with two games left on the schedule. The Quakers are coming off a 74-55 loss to Columbia Friday night. Although neither team is near the top of the Ivy League standings and in contention for a tournament berth, Harvard wrapped up the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament Friday night.
Cornell has dropped six straight and 12 of its last 13 games - all in league play. The Big Red were destroyed by Princeton Friday night, 91-51, in Ithaca. Cornell sits at the very bottom of the Ivy League standings with a 1-12 conference mark.
Penn holds a very comfortable lead in the lengthy all-time series between the historic schools, 147-74. The two programs met in Philadelphia back on Feb. 7, which resulted in a Quakers win, 90-83.
Columbia left very little chance for Penn to snatch a win from the Lions on Friday night. Columbia held a 40-30 halftime lead over the Quakers, and increased that lead by another nine points by the time the final buzzer sounded. Penn shot a dismal 37 percent from the floor in the contest. Fran Dougherty netted 16 points to pace the Quakers, adding seven rebounds to his stat line. Miles Cartwright chipped in 10 points in the loss with two steals. Penn miss all but two of the team's 13 3-point field goal attempts in the contest.
Tony Hicks leads the Quakers this season in scoring, netting 15.5 ppg on 41.7 percent shooting from the floor in 26 games played. Hicks' 77 assists is just three behind team-leader Cartwright's 83 total. Dougherty checks in at second in scoring with 12.4 ppg, adding a team-leading 7.3 rpg mark and 19 blocked shots to his resume. Cartwright (11.4 ppg) and Darien Nelson-Henry (10.5 ppg) round out the double-digit scorers for Penn this season. The Quakers average 68.3 ppg, and give up 75.4 ppg to their opponents.
Princeton absolutely crushed Cornell in Ithaca on Friday night, leading by a halftime score of 44-26, then proceeded to dump another 47 points on the Big Red in the second half. The Tigers shot 78.3 percent from the floor in the second half alone, and hit 64.2 percent of their shots in the contest. Nolan Cressler led the Big Red with 16 points in the loss, while Devin Cherry chipped in 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and Dwight Tarwater contributed 12 points with five boards.
Cressler has been one of the very few bright spots for Cornell on the season, netting 16.3 ppg with a healthy 4.2 rpg mark and 14 steals on the year. Cherry, who chips in 12.3 ppg as the only other Cornell player to average a double-digit point total, tops the squad with a 3.4 apg average and 20 steals. Tarwater, whop scores 7.1 ppg for the Big Red, tops the roster in rebounding with 5.6 rpg. Cornell averages just 64.1 ppg this season, and gives up a whopping 78.7 ppg to its opposition.
This appears to be the battle of two low-scoring teams at the bottom of the Ivy League standings. Home advantage doesn't mean much for Cornell (see Friday night's loss to Princeton). The Quakers have a slightly better scoring offense, and are going up against a team allowing nearly 79 points per contest.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn 71, Cornell 61
03/08 11:42:17 ET