Princeton (7-6, 0-0) vs. Penn (2-12, 0-0)
6 p.m. Saturday, Jadwin Gymnasium, NBC Sports Network,
103.3 WPBR FM
Last time out:
Princeton beat Elon, 74-64. Penn lost to
Penn and Princeton took turns spoiling each
other’s seasons last year, with the Quakers putting the Tigers behind the Ivy
eight-ball with an early 82-67 win at the Palestra, and Princeton getting its
revenge by winning 62-52 in the season finale at Jadwin. That game cost Penn a
share of the Ivy title and a chance to play Harvard in a one-game playoff for
the league’s NCAA tournament bid.
This season, things are shaping up differently for the two
storied programs. The Quakers were hit hard by graduation, losing the 2012 Ivy
Player of the Year Zack Rosin as well as key pieces Rob Belcore and Tyler
Bernadini. They’ll also have to play without one of their key returning juniors
in forward Fran Dougherty, who had been averaging 15.6 points and 8.8 rebounds
per game. Dougherty has missed the last four games with mononucleosis.
With a roster comprised mainly of talented by raw
youngsters, Penn had a tough time during nonconference play, going 2-12. Five
players — Miles Cartwright, Steve
Rennard, Tony Hicks, Henry Brooks, and Darien Nelson-Henry — were suspended
from the team’s Dec. 21 loss to Delaware for, according the Daily Pennsylvanian,
failing a random drug test.
Projected starting lineups:
F – Ian Hummer, 6-7,
Sr., 16.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 4.5 apg. F – Will Barrett, 6-10, Jr., 9.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg,
1.6 apg. F – Hans Brase, 6-8, Fr., 4.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.8 apg. G – Denton Koon,
6-8, Soph., 8.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.7 apg. G – T.J. Bray, 6-5, Jr., 7.3 ppg, 4.2
rpg, 3.5 apg.
F – Henry Brooks, 6-8, Soph., 5.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.5
apg. F – Greg Louis, 6-7, Soph., 4.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.4 apg. G – Miles
Cartwright, 6-3, Jr., 14.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.5 apg. G – Steve Rennard, 6-2, Jr.,
3.9 rpg, 1.8 rpg, 1.8 apg. G – Jamal Lewis, 6-0, Fr., 4.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.6