Penn (1-0) vs. Delaware (0-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, November 12, 9:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: John Paul Jones Arena (14,593 ) - Charlottesville, Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: Penn 1-0, Delaware 0-0. Away Record: Penn 0-0, Delaware 0-1. Neutral Record: Penn 0-0, Delaware 0-0. Conference Record: Penn 0-0, Delaware 0-0. Series Record: Penn leads, 18-4.
GAME NOTES: Regional action of the 2012 NIT Season Tip-Off gets underway on Monday night, as the Penn Quakers match up against a familiar foe in the Delaware Blue Hens at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Quakers kicked off the 2012-13 campaign at home on Friday night with an 80-75 triumph over UMBC, the second straight year Penn has opened with a win over the Retrievers. Overall, Penn has now taken three in a row in season openers and in doing so three nights ago, the team set a program record by overcoming a 22-point deficit in order to triumph.
As for the Blue Hens, their first game of the season was not nearly as promising as they bowed to another Philadelphia-based program in La Salle, 73-66. This marks the third all-time appearance for Delaware in this event, the team losing to Seton Hall back in 1992 and bowing to Temple eight years later.
The Quakers own an 18-4 advantage in the all-time series with the Blue Hens, thanks in part to a 69-60 win at The Palestra last year. The winner of this meeting will take on the survivor of the Fairfield/Virginia contest in the next round on Tuesday.
Despite shooting an impressive 50.9 percent from the floor, including 8-of-16 behind the three-point line, the Quakers still had to fight for their lives in order to take down visiting UMBC by five points. Miles Cartwright stepped up with a team-best 21 points, followed by Patrick Lucas-Perry who tallied 15 points, made five steals and cleared four rebounds in just 17 minutes of action. Tony Hicks added 13 points and Fran Dougherty came up a point shy of a double-double as he collected 11 rebounds, however he also turned the ball over four times, the most for any player on the roster as the Quakers suffered an unsightly 21 miscues overall.
The Blue Hens lost their seventh straight season opener on Friday night as they made the trip to Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia, only to be turned back in a seven-point decision by La Salle. Jamelle Hagins, tied for the second- most double-doubles in the Colonial Athletic Association last year with 15, posted his first such effort of 2012 with 14 rebounds and 12 points in the losing cause. Devon Saddler was held scoreless through the first half, but he bounced back following the break with 14 points in order to keep things interesting. Part of the problem for Delaware was that the team suffered eight turnovers in the first 10 minutes, but the squad took better care of the ball the rest of the way with just two more miscues. The team also had issues shooting the ball behind the three-point line, making good on only one of eight chances in the outing.
The Blue Hens need to have a chip on their shoulder heading into this meeting, particularly since they've had such little success in the past against Penn. Delaware is hoping the Quakers may be a bit tired after fighting so hard for their first win of the season and they could benefit the Hens this time around.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Delaware 68, Penn 65
11/12 10:36:15 ET