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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, March 12, 7:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Palestra (8,722) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: Princeton 9-4, Penn 5-6. Away Record: Princeton 7-6, Penn 4-12. Neutral Record: Princeton 0-0, Penn 0-3. Conference Record: Princeton 9-4, Penn 6-7. Series Record: Penn leads, 123-104.
GAMES NOTES: The Princeton Tigers and Penn Quakers will wrap up the regular season on Tuesday night when they collide in an Ivy League battle at the Palestra.
This game could have had much more significance for the Tigers. However losses in each of their last two games eliminated them from contention from the Ivy League regular-season title as they are a game and a half behind Harvard entering this regular-season finale. The Tigers were one of just two teams to have a record above .500 overall this season (16-11).
Penn has been enduring a rather dismal season with the Quakers entering Tuesday's contest at just 9-21 overall with a chance to move to .500 in league play. The Quakers had won back-to-back games before a 79-65 loss to Yale on Saturday. If they manage a win the Quakers would leave Dartmouth as the only team in the league to fail to reach double figure wins.
These two teams have met up a total of 227 times with Penn taking in wins in 123 of those contests. However the Tigers won the first matchup this season and have now laid claim to victory in seven of the last eight meetings.
Princeton was run off the floor against Brown on Saturday. The Tigers were handed an 80-67 loss in the contest by allowing the Bears to shoot an even 50 percent from the floor. That didn't tell the whole story though as the Tigers also had nearly half as many free-throw attempts as the Bears, while being outrebounded 43-29.
Among Ivy League teams, Princeton is one of the more efficient offensive squads. The Tigers are first in the league in assists and second in field-goal percentage (.462). Ian Hummer (16.2 ppg, 4.1 apg) is a big reason for both of those numbers as he is second in the league in both points and assists, while shooting a stellar 52.2 percent from the field. Denton Koon (10.6 ppg) is the only other double figure scorer on the roster though T.J. Bray (9.8 ppg) and Will Barrett (9.2 ppg) serve as solid complimentary offensive options. On defense the Tigers are holding teams to the 21st fewest points per game in the country (59.4).
Penn also had a tough outing on Saturday in a 79-65 loss to Yale. The Quakers actually led, 32-31, at halftime but collected only eight field goals in the final 20 minutes while the Bulldogs shot 51.9 percent. Tony Hicks had a team- high 16 points to pace the Quakers.
There are not as many offensive options on the floor most nights for Penn with only Miles Cartwright (!3.8 ppg, 3.8 apg) scoring in double figures. However Cartwright is not a very consistent scorer as he shoots below 40 percent from the field as does second-option Hicks (9.5 ppg).Despite their losing record the Quakers actually own a positive scoring margin, albeit a razor thin one (+0.1). Penn is scoring 68.4 points per game on the season, while shooting at just a 42.5 percent clip. Other than the Tigers, the Quakers are the best teams in the conference in terms of assists (13.5 pg).
Although the Tigers don't have a regular-season title on the line as they might have hoped in this contest, Hummer and company should be able to at least end the campaign on a high note.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Princeton 68, Penn 62
03/12 10:32:53 ET
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