Penn (15-11) at Dartmouth (5-21)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday February 24th, 7:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Leede Arena (2,100) -- Hanover, New Hampshire. Television: . Home Record: Penn 9-6, Dartmouth 4-7. Away Record: Penn 6-5, Dartmouth 1-12. Neutral Record: Penn 0-0, Dartmouth 0-2. Conference Record: Penn 7-2, Dartmouth 1-9. Series Record: Penn leads, 145-57.
GAME NOTES: The Penn Quakers will attempt to keep their Ivy League title dreams alive as they head to Leede Arena to battle the Dartmouth Big Green.
This will be the second encounter this season and 203rd contest in history between Penn and the Big Green. The Quakers hold a 145-57 lead in the all-time series after their 58-55 victory over Dartmouth on Feb. 11th earlier this month. The Big Green lost despite making a season-high 19 free throws in the first bout with Penn.
The Quakers enter tonight's contest just 1.5 games behind Harvard for first place in the Ivy League after their 61-59 overtime victory over Columbia on Saturday. With a looming bout with Harvard tomorrow, everything is on the line for Penn tonight. Head coach Jerome Allen has his team playing at a very high level as of late, as the win over the Lions was the third in a row. Penn is second in the Ivy League with an average 66.7 ppg, but is allowing 66.2 ppg on the defensive end.
Penn will look to its star point guard Zack Rosen as it battles for the top spot in the Ivy League. Rosen is second in the conference in scoring (18.1) and averages a league-best 5.8 assists per game. Rosen played 43 minutes and scored a team-high 14 points in the overtime victory over Columbia. Miles Cartwright added eight points in the contest, and came up big as he dished out the game-winning assist to Fran Dougherty with seconds remaining in the contest.
The Big Green finally won for the first time in conference play on Saturday as they defeated Brown, 58-53, to create a tie for last place in the standings with the Bears. Dartmouth's 5-21 overall record does not truly indicate its ability, as 16 of its losses have been by 10 points or less. Head coach Paul Cormier has not faired to well against Penn in the past, as he owns a 4-13 mark against the Quakers.
Dartmouth was able to pick up the win over the Bears on Saturday in large part to Tyler Melville's season-high 15 points. R.J. Griffin came off the bench to provide 13 points, including a game-tying three-pointer and go-ahead free throws down the stretch. The Big Green have been led by freshman Gabas Maldunas and Jvonte Brooks this season, which inspires hope for the future of the program. The duo have combined with win the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week award seven times.
Although Dartmouth is coming off of a huge win, it is going to be overmatched by the Quakers in this one. Penn allowed the Big Green to hang around by committing unnecessary fouls which gave Dartmouth too many opportunities at the charity stripe. Expect Rosen to have a huge weekend to keep Penn alive in the Ivy race.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn 68, Dartmouth 58
02/24 10:36:06 ET