Penn enters the game after losing a contest to Lafayette 79-76. Penn has been largely underwhelming, while #14 Villanova enters 7-0 with back to back wins against then-#2 Kansas and then-#23 Iowa.
Since 1922, the two teams have played 60 times, with the Wildcats taking home a 43-17 record. Currently Villanova is on a 10 game winning streak vs. the Penn Quakers. Last year, Villanova won 68-55, which was surprisingly a close game.
The Quakers are 2-4 on the season, sitting just above Cornell in the Ivy League. After being picked to finish the season in second place, right behind Harvard, they have taken a nose dive. Senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright has taken a step back from last season, down two points a game averaging just 11.8 ppg. He was expected to lead the line with fellow senior, Fran Doughtery.
Four players are averaging over 11 ppg, but no one else on the roster averages over 4.5 ppg. The Quakers are lead in scoring by Tony Hicks, a sophomore who averages 19 ppg. Ryan Arcidiacono, Tony Chennault and Dylan Ennis will have to keep an eye on him, especially because he averages about 38% from beyond the arc.
This game is most likely going to Penn's most daunting challenge of the year. The players will be up and motivated for this game, so the Quakers should not be taken lightly. With their disappointing loss to Lafayette by 3 points, they are hoping that Villanova is looking past them after their triumph at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Penn should really not cause much trouble. With Villanova hitting on all cylinders with their smaller lineup, the Wildcats should cruise to a win over a team that just lost to Lafayette, who Villanova beat by 16 in their opening game of the season.
Jerome Allen is in his fifth year as head coach of the Penn Quakers. He is a graduate of Penn, where he played for the basketball team from 1991-1995. After graduating, he was selected 49th overall in the NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves [Editor's note:Allen did not actually graduate until 2009, he left school before completing his degree]. After enjoying a 14 year professional basketball career, where he started in the NBA and then playing all over Europe, he found himself as an assistant coach for his alma mater in 2009.
After Glen Miller was fired in the middle of the season, he became the interim head coach in 2009. He has held the official head coaching job since March 31st, 2010. He has collaborated a 50-69 record over the following years.
Perhaps the most famous Penn alumnus would be Warren Buffet, the second richest person in the world, with his assets valued at over $58.5 billion dollars. He is not the only billionaire, however. Donald Trump, the real estate mogul is also an alumnus. The 9th President of the United States, William Harrison, graduated in 1791. The famous producer Dick Wolf as well as actress Elizabeth Banks both graduated. Talented singer, John Legend, graduated in 1999.
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