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Penn (2-12) at Princeton (6-7)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 12, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Jadwin Gymnasium (6,854) -- Princeton, New Jersey. Television: NBCSN. Home Record: Penn 2-3, Princeton 2-3. Away Record: Penn 0-6, Princeton 4-3. Neutral Record: Penn 0-3, Princeton 0-1. Conference Record: Penn 0-0, Princeton 0-0. Series Record: Penn leads, 123-103.
GAME NOTES: The Princeton Tigers hope to string back-to-back wins together on Saturday evening when they welcome the hapless Penn Quakers to Jadwin Gymnasium in the Ivy League opener for both teams.
Princeton won for the third time in four tries last Saturday, as Ian Hummer led all scorers with 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the floor to help the Tigers earn a 74-64 win over the Elon Phoenix.
Will Barrett chipped in with 17 points and T.J. Bray scored 12 for the Tigers (6-7).
Five of Princeton's six wins, including the last five, have come by double- digits.
Penn, meanwhile, was edged its last time out by Lafayette, 85-83. Dau Jok had 18 points and seven rebounds, while Darien Nelson-Henry chipped in with 17 points for the Quakers, who have lost seven in a row and are just 2-12 on the season.
Princeton leads this historic rivalry by a 123-103 margin, and has won six of the last seven matchups. With another win on Saturday, the Tigers' seniors will become the first class since the Class of 1992 to sweep four years from Penn at Jadwin Gym.
In the recent loss to Lafayette, Penn's offense seemed to click on almost all cylinders -- the Quakers shot 59.6 percent from the field and had four players score in double figures, with two more scoring eight points. However, they allowed Lafayette to shoot 61.2 percent. In addition to setting a season-high in points scored and field goal percentage, the Quakers amassed season-highs in 3-point field-goal percentage (.429), field goals (31) and assists (22), while tying a team low for turnovers (11). Penn also had nine steals, giving the Quakers 32 in the last four games (8.0 per game).
Should Penn pull out a victory it will become the 11th NCAA Division I program to reach 1,700 wins. (Indiana recently became the 10th, scoring its 1,700th win on December 19 against Mount St. Mary's.)
Princeton committed only nine turnovers in the win over Elon and also held a key 36-25 rebounding advantage, including a 15-7 edge on the offensive glass. It has outrebounded four straight opponents, the first time the team has done that since outrebounding five straight during last year's Ivy League season.
The Tigers have connected on better than 40 percent from the field in each of their last seven games and are shooting .485 in that span. It's no secret as to what drives the Princeton Tigers and that is the senior forward Hummer, already a four-time Ivy League Player of the Week this season. He is the lone double-digit scorer for the Tigers with 16.2 ppg and is also first on the team with 6.6 rpg, 59 assists and 13 blocks. Basically, there's little Hummer can't or won't do for the Tigers.
You would like to see the Tigers get more on the offensive end from anyone not named Hummer, but they probably won't need it on Saturday. Princeton should roll in this one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Princeton 72, Penn 63
01/12 10:40:41 ET