Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ithaca Journal Scouts Penn

(Not including Friday's games)

* Matchup: Cornell at Penn, 7 p.m., Saturday

* Radio: WVBR (93.5)

* Coach: Jerome Allen (First season, 11-12)

* Last time out: Zack Rosen's floater with 2.3 seconds left gave Penn a 60-58 win over Yale last Saturday in New Haven. The Quakers hosted Columbia on Friday night.

* Previous meeting: Cornell beat Penn in overtime, 82-71, on Feb. 11. Conor Turley missed a free throw with a second left that likely would have won the game for Penn. Cornell's Max Groebe hit two key 3-pointers in overtime to spur the Big Red.

* Probable starters: Zack Rosen (6-1, 175, Jr., G), Miles Cartwright (6-3, 170, Fr., G), Tyler Bernardini (6-6, 205, Sr., F), Jack Eggleston (6-8, 215, Sr., F), Conor Turley (6-7, 220, Sr., F/C).

* Key reserves: Mike Howlett (6-9, 215, Jr., C), Rob Belcore (6-6, 215, Jr., F), Fran Dougherty (6-8, 230, Fr., F), Zack Gordon (6-6, 215, Sr., F).

* Of note: Penn has swept the Columbia-Cornell weekend at home a total of 39 of 51 times. The last time Penn swept the series was the 2006-07 season. ... Penn leads the all-time series with Cornell, 143-72. ... Cornell has won six of the last seven, including two of three at the Palestra. Last season, Penn beat Cornell at the Palestra 79-64. ... Bernardini was named co-Ivy player of the week and Big 5 player of the week for last week's outings against Brown and Yale. Bernardini had 26 against Brown, 16 against Yale. ... Leading scorers for Penn are Rosen (14.4), Eggleston (13.7), Bernardini (12.7), Cartwright (11.0). Eggleston averages 8.2 rebounds per game, and is Penn's top three-point shooter (28-for-61, .459). ... Penn is 6-3 at home, 5-9 on the road.

* Outlook: The Quakers have been difficult to beat at the Palestra this season, taking Harvard to double overtime before losing and sweeping the Brown-Yale weekend a few weeks ago. Cornell had success playing a deep bench and wearing down the Quakers on Feb. 11, but the real key was the scoring production from Max Groebe. Whenever Groebe is hitting shots, Cornell is a much more dangerous team.

Both teams should be able to score; neither is very good defensively. If Cornell can out-rebound the Quakers and shoot a good percentage from the arc, it certainly has enough to beat the Quakers a second time. It won't be easy, though. Penn's a different team at the Palestra.

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