The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, February 11th, 7:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Newman Arena (4,473) -- Ithaca, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Penn 6-3, Cornell 2-4. Away Record: Penn 3-7, Cornell 2-10. Neutral Record: Penn 0-0, Cornell 1-1. Conference Record: Penn 3-2, Cornell 1-5. Series Record: Penn leads, 143-71.
GAME NOTES: Fresh off back-to-back heart-breaking defeats, the Penn Quakers will attempt to pick up the pieces tonight in an Ivy League clash with the Cornell Big Red.
Last Saturday, Penn fell to Harvard by one point in double overtime and hoped to bounce back strong on Tuesday against Princeton. Unfortunately, the Quakers came up short in that overtime affair as well, falling to the Tigers in a 62-59 final. Those two setbacks have dropped Penn to 9-10 overall and 3-2 in conference, and the club carries a 3-7 record in true road games into this evening's tilt.
What a difference a year makes. Last season, the Big Red of Cornell dominated the Ivy league and even made a run in the NCAA Tournament. Things have gone down hill in a hurry, however, as the loss of some key contributors from that squad has resulted in a 5-15 showing through the first 20 games of this campaign. The Big Red started 0-5 in Ivy action, but they are coming off a 91-79 victory over Brown last Saturday.
Penn owns a commanding 143-71 series advantage over Cornell, but the Big Red won the most recent meeting last season by 20 points.
Through 19 outings, Penn possesses four double-digit scorers and is generating 67.2 ppg while allowing 68.1 ppg to opponents. Zack Rosen is averaging 14.6 ppg for the Quakers, who are getting 14.0 ppg and 8.3 rpg from Jack Eggleston. Tyler Bernardini checks in with 12.6 ppg, and Miles Cartwright provides 11.7 ppg. Both Penn and Princeton shot 22-of-54 from the field in Tuesday's showdown, and both clubs hit nine three-pointers in the affair. The difference proved to be free-throw shooting, as the Tigers were 9-of-14 from the stripe compared to a 6-of-13 effort from the Quakers. In overtime, Penn was 1-of-8 from the floor and 1-of-3 from the foul line. Bernardini netted 19 points in the setback, and Cartwright managed 11 points. A 39-31 rebounding deficit clearly hurt the cause.
Cornell is shooting just 40.1 percent from the floor this season, a far cry from last season's efficiency. The Big Red are generating 66.5 ppg while allowing 70.4 ppg to opponents. Chris Wroblewski leads Cornell with 14.6 ppg and 98 assists, but his 37.5 percent shooting from the field leaves much to be desired. On a positive note, he is knocking down 42.6 percent of his three- point attempts. Drew Ferry (12.3 ppg) and Errick Peck (11.6 ppg) are solid contributors for the Big Red, but neither figure to scare Penn tonight. Six players reached double figures in scoring in the victory over Brown last time out, and Ferry led the charge with 20 points off the bench. Wroblewski and Johnathan Gray tallied 13 points apiece for Cornell, which earned a 42-30 rebounding advantage and a 19-6 edge in points from the foul line.
Penn is due for a victory after the back-to-back setbacks, so give the edge to the Quakers tonight. Still, expect Cornell to put up a fight at home.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn 74, Cornell 69