Penn (19-11) at Princeton (18-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Jadwin Gymnasium (7,500) -- Princeton, New Jersey. Television: None. Home Record: Penn 11-6, Princeton 9-2. Away Record: Penn 8-4, Princeton 8-8. Neutral Record: Penn 0-1, Princeton 1-1. Conference Record: Penn 11-2, Princeton 9-4. Series Record: Penn leads 123-102.
GAMES NOTES: With its NCAA Tournament hopes still alive, the Penn Quakers will travel to Jadwin Gymnasium Tuesday for an Ivy League scrap with the Princeton Tigers on Tuesday.
Penn cannot hope to make the NCAA Tournament based on its overall resume which stands at 19-11 but with an 11-2 mark in conference play the Quakers have a chance to end the regular season tied with Harvard at the top of the league standings. A win in this matchup would force a one-game playoff with the Crimson for the Ivy League's automatic bid to the Big Dance as the Ivy League is the only conference in the country without a postseason tournament. The Quakers have turned it on to make a run at the title with seven straight wins entering play.
The Quakers have already gotten a win under their belt against Princeton this season as they routed the Tigers at the end of January, 82-67, in a matchup at The Palestra. The win puts Penn at a 123-102 advantage in the all-time series although the Tigers won five straight before this season.
Princeton does not have lofty expectations for the postseason as the Tigers' 18-11 overall mark and 9-4 record in league play will not warrant an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament nor are the Tigers in contention for the regular season crown. The Tigers gave it everything they had down the stretch though with wins in seven of their last eight games, including three straight.
On Saturday Penn faced off with Yale who also had an outside shot at the regular season title. The Quakers dashed the Bulldogs' hopes by locking down Yale to just 27.5 percent shooting, including 1-of-12 from three-point range.
Zack Rosen (18.5 ppg, 5.3 apg) is one of the conference's top scorers. Rosen is also near the top of the conference in assists (2nd) this season and has scored at least 20 points in three of the last four games, although he has seen his assist production drop in the process. Tyler Bernardini (12.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg) and Myles Cartwright (10.3 ppg) have scored well on the season also but went for a combined 14 points in the win over Yale. With Rosen's efforts the Quakers have been the third best scoring (65.6 ppg) and shooting (.448) team in the conference this season. Its production on the boards leaves room for improvement, as Penn is the worst rebounding squad in the Ivy League at a mere 30.3 per game.
Princeton had no trouble dispatching a weak Brown squad on Saturday rolling up an 81-47 decision. The Tigers converted on 54.2 percent of their shots from the floor including 9-of-18 from three-point range and also cracked down on the Bears, holding them to 29.0 percent shooting.
Despite trailing the Quakers in the standings, Princeton is higher in the conference rankings in a number of statistical categories. The Tigers are the second best scoring (66.3 ppg) and shooting team (.455) in the league, while also leading in assists (14.3 pg) and placing third in rebounds (33.2 rpg). Princeton is also one of the better defensive squads, holding opponents to just 61.3 points per game. The scoring of Ian Hummer and Douglas Davis has paced the Tigers this season. Hummer (16.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg) is the primary option and leading rebounder. Davis (13.0 ppg) has been just a pure scorer adding little in terms of rebounding (1.9 pg) and assists (1.4 pg. T.J. Bray (7.3 ppg, 3.6 apg) leads the squad in assists.
Penn won't have an easy go of it trying to extend its season. Princeton can match the Quakers at just about every aspect of the game and with its strong efforts at Jadwin Gym this season (9-2) the Tigers won't roll over for Penn. Rosen will need to come up huge on the road for the Quakers to get the crucial win and force the one-game playoff for the Ivy crown.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Princeton 67, Penn 65
03/06 10:34:24 ET