College hoops action on Friday evening and a pair of teams from the Ivy League will square off as the Brown Bears grapple with the Penn Quackers at The Palestra in Philadelphia, PA. Penn won both meetings between these teams last year. The Bears have gone 11-8 on the year while the Quakers have gone 12-7 so far. Both teams have gone 4-2 in league play.
The Bears Are On A RollThe Brown Bears started out Ivy League play at 0-2 with both losses coming against the Yale Bulldogs. Since then, the Bears have turned things around as they have won their last four games in a row. All four of those wins were at home and they have gone just 1-6 in true road games this year, so it will be a test for them to keep their winning streak going. This is an important game for both teams as both are just one game out of first in the Ivy League. Brown has been below average on defense all year but it has been a bit better of late as they have allowed just 65.9 ppg over their last seven games. In their last game, the Bears beat Harvard by a score of 72-71 and the defense played pretty well as they allowed the Crimson to hit 46% of their shots overall, including 30% (7/23) of their shots from deep. The offense didn't have a great showing as they shot just 43% overall, including 31% (4-13) from long range. The big difference was that the Bears outscored the Crimson 28-12 at the charity stripe. Leading their attack was Brandon Anderson, who had 22 points while Tamenang Cho had 17.
Brown enters this game ranked 245th in the nation in scoring at 69.1 ppg, 312th in field goal percentage at 41.0%, 254th in three-point shooting at 32.1% and 146th in free-throw shooting at 71.4%. On the defensive end of the floor, they are ranked 202nd in points allowed at 70.1 ppg, 191st in defensive FG% at 42.9% and 191st in three-point defense at 33.2%.
Quakers Are Seeking Their 6th Win In A RowThe Penn Quakers have been hot of late as they enter this game having won their last five games in a row. In league play, they have kinda followed the same script as the Bears as Pdenn started Ivy League play at 0-2 but they have since reeled off four league wins in a row. Their other win in the last five games was at home against Temple. Their last two wins were on the road and they averaged 77.5 ppg on those games, after averaging just 59.3 ppg (Regulation) over their previous three games. The offense will have a tough task in this one against a Brown defense that has been solid of late. In their last game, Penn topped Cornell by a score of 79-73 and leading their attack was Devon Goodman, who had 18 points while Max Martz and Jordan Dingle each had 17. The Quakers shot 54% from the field overall but just 26% (6/23). Cornell shot 46% from the field overall, including 39% (9/23) from long range. Penn will be hoping for a better defensive effort. they will also be looking for a big win which could move them into a first-place tie in the Ivy League.
Penn enters this game ranked 85th in the nation in scoring at 75.1 ppg, 60th in field goal percentage at 46.1%, 248th in three-point shooting at 32.1% and 275th in free-throw shooting at 67.7%. On the defensive end of the floor, they are ranked 249th in points allowed at 71.7 ppg, 159th in defensive FG% at 42.2% and 244th in three-point defense at 34.2%.
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- The favorite is 4-1 ATS the last five games in this series