Penn hosts Cornell on Friday night at The Palestra in Philadelphia. The Quakers were the Ivy League’s best team heading into conference play and they opened up action by taking down Princeton on Saturday. The Big Red will open up action after gliding past a lower-division opponent.
Big Red becoming hot on offense in time for conference action
Cornell comes into Ivy League play with a sub-.500 record, but they at least have some momentum going into Penn. They were able to stop a three-game losing skid by defeating lower-division Central Pennsylvania, 93-69. It was relatively close over the first eight minutes, but the Big Red eventually extended the lead to a 45-28 advantage by halftime and coasted to the finish line. They certainly surpassed their scoring average of 77.2 points per game this season.
More offense has been the trend for the Big Red recently. In three of the last four games for Cornell, they’ve been able to reel in 86 points or more. The one time they didn’t, they still hit their average, 77 points, against Auburn on the road (currently ranked 22nd nationally and are 15-1 this season). A lot of that has to be credited to Stone Gettings. He had a combined 69 points against Delaware and Niagara, and he had 15 points in limited minutes against Central Penn.
Betley keeps rolling offensively, helps Quakers edge past Tigers
Penn took a tough loss against Toledo right before conference play, but they were able to slide past a tough opening contest against Princeton, 76-70. The Quakers hit 51.9 percent of their shots, went 6-for-16 from downtown, and they could have won it a little easier if they were better at their free throws (converted 14-of-22). Penn fell slightly short of their scoring average (79.2 ppg), but the defense was on the mark as usual.
All five starters hit double figures for Penn. Sophomore guard Ryan Betley (15.2 ppg) was the high man with 21 points. While the other starters made four field goals each, he finished making 8-of-11 and all three 3-point attempts. Betley has now scored 41 total points in his last two games (20 against Toledo). AJ Brodeur (10.5 ppg) missed all four 3-pointers, but he had the most balanced effort with 12 points and 8 rebounds.
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- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games against teams with a losing road record
- 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games on Friday
This is going to be a much tougher task than Penn is expecting. The Big Red haven’t won a lot on the road and hasn’t even beaten the Quakers since 2013, but they could pull off the upset here with how good their offense has been rolling in the past four games.