Columbia (14-11) at Penn (14-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday February 18th, 7:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Palestra (8,772) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: Columbia 7-5, Penn 8-6. Away Record: Columbia 5-6, Penn 6-5. Neutral Record: Columbia 2-0, Penn 0-0. Conference Record: Columbia 3-6, Penn 6-2. Series Record: Penn leads, 135-85.
GAME NOTES: The Penn Quakers will try to keep it rolling tonight as they host the Columbia Lions at The Palestra in Ivy League action.
This will be the second meeting and 221st encounter in history between Columbia and Penn. The Quakers picked up a narrow 66-64 victory in the first meeting this season, as the Lions missed a potential game-winning three- pointer as the final buzzer sounded.
Columbia lost its second game in a row on Friday night as it fell 77-66 to the Princeton Tigers. The Lions had no answers for the Tigers' offense, as Princeton hit 51.1 percent of its field goals in the battle. The Lions poor defensive performance was uncharacteristic, as they are second in the Ivy League with an allowed average of only 60.0 ppg. Columbia's loss made it 14-11 overall and 3-6 in Ivy League action.
Columbia's leading scorer Brian Barbour led the Lions on Friday night with 22 points after he shot 5-of-12 from the field and converted 11-of-13 from the charity stripe. Blaise Staab contributed 12 points and six boards versus Princeton, while Chris Crockett chimed in with 11 points off the bench. Mark Cisco, who averages 10 points and 7.3 boards per game, was held to four points by Princeton.
Penn improved its record to 14-11 on Friday with a 73-66 victory over Cornell. The win gives the Quakers a 6-2 mark in Ivy League play, which positions them 1.5 games behind Harvard. Penn will be in good position if it can duplicate its shooting performance from Friday, as it hit 50 percent of its field goals including 12-of-22 from three-point range. The offensive outburst was encouraging, as the Quakers had not eclipsed the 70-point mark in four games. Penn moves the ball better than anyone in the Ivy League, as it averages a conference best 14.1 assists per game.
The Quakers' talented trio of Zach Rosen, Miles Cartwright, and Tyler Bernardini has been pushing the team all season. Rosen was excellent on Friday versus Cornell, as he scored 26 points and handed out six assists. Cartwright was lights out from downtown versus the Big Red, as he hit 5-of-6 from beyond the arc on his way to 22 points. Bernardini chipped in a modest nine points, which he is capable of improving on tonight.
If Penn is hitting from the outside, it is just as good as anyone in the Ivy League. However, teams that live and die by the three are susceptible to upsets on off nights. Columbia, which is usually solid defensively, will need to bounce back after being lit up on Friday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn 68, Columbia 62
02/18 10:37:40 ET