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CONFERENCES COACHING CHANGES TRANSACTIONS GAMING MATCHUP CURRENT ODDS
Penn (2-7) at Rider (5-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 29, 12 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alumni Gym (1,650) -- Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Television: Local. Home Record: Penn 1-3, Rider 2-1. Away Record: Penn 1-4, Rider 2-3. Neutral Record: Penn 0-0, Rider 1-1. Conference Record: Penn 0-0, Rider 2-0. Series Record: Penn leads, 2-1.
GAME NOTES: The Penn Quakers head to the Garden State today to challenge the Rider Broncs in non-conference play at Alumni Gym.
Outside of Cornell, which was winless through the first 11 games of the 2013-14 campaign, the Quakers are the weakest team in the Ivy League, displaying a grand total of only two victories. One of those wins did come against a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Niagara), which is where Rider competes, but more recently Penn was taken down by yet another MAAC opponent in Marist one week ago, 76-62. The defeat was the fourth in a row for the Quakers.
As for the Broncs, they saw their three-game win streak snapped in their most recent outing against Villanova by a score of 88-67 near Philadelphia last weekend. Already off to a 2-0 start in MAAC play, Rider is an even 5-5 on the season overall.
In terms of the all-time series between these two programs, all three previous meetings have gone to overtime, with the most recent resulting in a 78-72 victory for the Quakers two years ago. Penn leads overall by a 2-1 margin.
Back in action for the first time in more than two weeks, the Quakers failed to produce a single double-digit scorer when they lost to Marist on the road. Fran Dougherty and Tony Hicks came close with nine points apiece, the former also pulling down nine rebounds, but the spark simply wasn't there as Penn shot just 39.0 percent from the field, 36.8 percent behind the 3-point line and an equally depressing 52.9 percent (9-of-17) at the free-throw line in the setback.
Putting up 69.3 ppg on the season, the Quakers aren't exactly a push-over when it comes to their offense. However, the defense is much more of a question as they permit 77.0 ppg. Hicks and Dougherty are the only ones who have started every game for the program, resulting in 15.3 and 10.6 ppg, respectively. In between the two are Miles Cartwright (11.7 ppg) and Darien Nelson-Henry (12.8 ppg), the former giving the group some punch beyond the arc (18-of-43), and the latter hitting the glass to the tune of 7.4 rpg.
Anthony Myles scored a game-high 22 points and collected six rebounds for the Broncs last Saturday, but he and the team were up against one of the last remaining undefeated programs in Division I at the time and that was not a good sign. Jimmie Taylor produced 15 points and Daniel Stewart 13 and six boards, but at the same time he turned the ball over six times without benefit of a single assist.
The leading scorer in half of the team's games, Myles is responsible for 19.0 ppg and is also one of the better rebounders for the Broncs with close to five per contest. Stewart (16.5 ppg) is not only tops on the glass with 6.0 rpg, he is also one of the better 3-pointer shooters at the moment with 45.8 percent accuracy. Because of Stewart and similarly accurate teammates, Rider is hitting its perimeter attempts at a 43.4 percent clip.
Giving up a hefty 80.3 ppg, the Broncs are making it hard on themselves more often than not. The fact that the Rider defense is so weak should give the Quakers at least a glimmer of hope, but not much more.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Rider 76, Penn 68
12/29 10:56:10 ET