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Friday, January 10, 2014


Who: Princeton Tigers (11-2, 0-0) at Penn Quakers (2-10, 0-0)
When/Where: 6 p.m. Saturday, The Palestra, Philadelphia
Coverage: 103.3 WPRB, NBC Sports Network
Coaches: Princeton - Mitch Henderson (third season, 48-25). Penn – Jerome Allen (fifth season, 50-72)
Probable Starters:
Penn:  F Fran Dougherty (6-8, senior, 12 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.4 APG). F Greg Louis (6-7, junior, 4.6 PPG, 2.9 RPG). G Tony Hicks (6-2, sophomore, 14.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 2.9 APG). G Miles Jackson-Cartwright (6-3, senior, 11.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.6 APG). G Tony Bagtas (5-11, freshman, 2.5 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 2.7 APG).
Princeton: F Hans Brase (6-8, sophomore, 11.8 PPG, 6 RPG, 2.7 APG). F Will Barrett (6-10, senior, 11.3 PPG, 4 RPG) . G Ben Hazel (6-5, junior, 10.5 PPG, 4 RPG). G Jimmy Sherburne (6-3, senior, 7.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.1 APG). G T.J. Bray (6-5, senior, 17.2 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 6.4 APG).
On Penn: At just 2-10, Princeton’s longtime rival is clearly struggling. Though the Quakers have played the likes of Iowa and Villanova, their losses also aren’t just the product of a tough schedule, as they have dropped four games to teams outside of’s top-200 (those games were against Lafayette, Marist, Wagner, and Rider. Still, the cupboard isn’t completely bare for coach Jerome Allen’s crew, as seniors Fran Dougherty and Miles Cartwright-Jackson plus sophomore Tony Hicks looks, on paper at least, like a solid nucleus
“They are a very talented team that hasn’t quite been able to put it together yet, but we aren’t taking them lightly at all,” aid Princeton captain T.J. Bray. “They are a great team with a lot of talented guys, and they’ve had a multiple guys who have had big games against us. We are definitely not taking them lightly and it should be a good game.”
The Big Question Mark: Penn’s chances against the Tigers seem to rest largely on the health of sophomore center Darien Nelson-Henry, who has missed the Quakers last four games with a concussion. When healthy, the 6-foot-11 Nelson Henry is one of the most effective big men in the Ivy League, posting averages of 12.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game before his injury. Without Nelson-Henry, Penn is forced to rely on 6-7 Greg Louis down low.
“We’ve seen enough of him the last two years to get an idea of what he’s going to bring to the table,” said Mitch Henderson, when asked about Nelson Henry. “I think you prepare for all the different stuff, but not get too crazy with it. You still have to beat them, with him or without him. They are a different team but — this may be a little cliché — we are trying to concentrate on us. If they have a good player that shows up, we want to do a good job against him.”


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