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The Penn Quakers started the season 10-2 but they will be hoping to halt a three-game losing streak when they host the Princeton Tigers at The Palestra on Saturday afternoon. Now 10-5, Penn is coming off consecutive setbacks against Toledo, Monmouth, and none other than Princeton. The Tigers have won three in a row at the expense of Lafayette, Arizona State, and the Quakers.
Player of the Week
Penn fought back from a 59-51 deficit late in regulation to force overtime on Saturday against Princeton, but the Tigers were able to make the late plays in the extra frame. Junior A.J. Brodeur had his fourth double-double this season and the 13th of his career, going for 18 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Junior Devon Goodman scored 15 points for his best output since scoring 16 against Miami a month ago. Senior Antonio Woods and freshman Bryce Washington scored 11 points apiece; both players reached double-digits in scoring for the second straight game.
The loss was Penn’s third in a row,and the second this week that required overtime. It marked the 18th overtime game in this big rivalry (which has been played 240 times). Eight of those OT games have come since the 2003-04 campaign. For the first time this season, Penn lost a game in which it shot a better field-goal percentage than its opponent (41.9 percent to Princeton’s 37.8 percent clip); the Quakers were previously 10-0 in such games.
The Penn Quakers are:
- 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games
- 7-3 Under in their last 10 overall
- 5-2 Under in their last seven home games against teams with road winning percentages over .600
The Princeton Tigers are:
- 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games against teams with winning records
- 2-6 ATS in their last eight games against teams with winning percentages over .600
- 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games against the Ivy League
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Five Penn players have recorded at least 25 assists this season: seniors Woods (40), Max Rothschild (31), and Jake Silpe (25), plus juniors Brodeur (team-high 55) and Goodman (33). In its first 20 regular-season Ivy League games under head coach Steve Donahue, Penn compiled a .250 winning percentage (5-for-15); in its last 23 under Donahue it boasts a .783 winning percentage (18-5). Princeton is 2-8 in its last 10 on the road against opponents with winning home records and 1-4 in its last five on the road against opponents with home winning percentages over .600.
Prediction: Penn Quakers
Full-Game Total Pick
Penn put the absolute clamps down on Princeton last weekend but simply could not score enough points to prevail. The Tigers have been held to 68 or less in three of their last four outings. The under is 5-1 in the Tigers’ last six against opponents with winning percentages over .600, 5-2 in their last seven on the road against opponents with winning home records, and 4-1 in their last five following a win. It is also 7-3 in the Quakers’ last 10 overall and 5-0 in their last five on Saturdays. Look for this one to stay under the total.