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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 9, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Palestra (8,722) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: Brown 5-2, Penn 3-5. Away Record: Brown 3-9, Penn 1-9. Neutral Record: Brown 0-0, Penn 0-3. Conference Record: Brown 2-3, Penn 1-3. Series Record: Penn leads, 101-21.
GAME NOTES: A pair of Ivy League foes try to end their respective two-game slides on Saturday night, as the Penn Quakers entertain the Brown Bears at The Palestra in Philadelphia.
On Friday night the Quakers, historically one of the top programs in the Ancient Eight, went up against visiting Yale and bowed in a 68-59 final. The defeat was the fourth in the last five outings for a squad that has a total of just four victories in 21 opportunities in 2012-13.
As for the Bears, they were over the river in New Jersey last night doing battle with the Princeton Tigers and came up short in a 63-46 final, marking the team's third loss in four tries.
In terms of the all-time series between these two programs, Penn has dominated the relationship since it began back in 1902 by winning 101 of the 122 matchups. The Quakers swept the series last season and have now won four straight and seven of the last eight meetings.
Rafael Maia was the leading scorer in the meeting against Princeton on Friday, posting 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the floor, although he did convert just 5-of-11 attempts at the free-throw line, the team 7-of-15 at the stripe in the setback. Maia also accounted for nine rebounds which matched teammate Cedric Kuakumensah for the game high in that department. Brown did limit the hosts to just two offensive rebounds in the contest, but at the same time allowed the Tigers to shoot 54.8 percent from the floor and 8-of-13 behind the 3-point line. One of four players to have started every game this season for Brown, Maia is third on the squad in scoring with 11.2 ppg, trailing Sean McGonagill (14.4 ppg) and Matt Sullivan (13.9 ppg). The program is posting just 62.2 ppg heading into action on Saturday.
Penn led by as many as six points in the first half against the Bulldogs on Friday night, holding a three-point edge at the break as well, but the team ended up shooting just 1-of-7 beyond the arc in the second half and being outscored 15-4 at the free-throw line in the final 20 minutes of action as it bowed to visiting Yale. Henry Brooks dropped in a team-high 12 points before fouling out, Tony Hicks tallied 11 before he too picked up his fifth personal foul, while reserve Dau Jok accounted for 10 points as he sank 3-of-5 beyond the arc for a group that made only 5-of-17 on the perimeter and turning the ball over 17 times. Fran Dougherty had been the leading scorer for the program with 13.8 ppg, but he is now out of action due to a dislocated right elbow, which means Miles Cartwright is now heading that list with his 13.7 ppg, but that was prior to his six-point performance on Friday night when he shot only 1-of-7 from the field.
Injuries have taken their toll on the Quakers this season and even though they didn't have to travel after last night's contest, they still can't be considered the favorite in this particular meeting.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Brown 61, Penn 54
02/09 10:59:51 ET
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