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Penn State (4-0) at Penn (1-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 25th, 7:30 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Palestra (8,722) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: PSU 4-0, Penn 1-0. Away Record: PSU 0-0, Penn 0-2. Neutral Record: PSU 0-0, Penn 0-0. Conference Record: PSU 0-0, Penn 0-0. Series Record: Penn leads, 31-13.
GAME NOTES: Turning their attention to the hardwood for the time being, the Penn State Nittany Lions focus their energy on the Penn Quakers as the two programs collide at The Palestra tonight. The Nittany Lions posted their ninth straight home win on Sunday as they defeated New Hampshire (70-50), giving the program their longest home win streak in a dozen years. PSU is now on the road for the next four games, with three of those in Philadelphia before taking the trip to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech on December 3rd. As for the Quakers, they began 2008-09 with back-to-back losses to North Carolina and Drexel on the road, opener at The Palestra on Saturday night. As far as the all-time series between
Despite shooting only 4-of-13 from three-point range and 16-of-25 at the free- throw line over the weekend, the Nittany Lions still had New Hampshire right where it wanted to on a 20-point victory. Talor Battle converted 9-of-11 from the floor to finish with 24 points, adding eight rebounds and three assists, while Jamelle Cornley and Stanley Pringle chipped in 17 and 10 points, respectively. Although the early competition has not been all that tough for the Nittany Lions, it doesn't hurt to boost their confidence a bit with a scoring margin of more than 21 ppg at the moment. Battle, who has converted an incredible 13-of-23 (.565) beyond the arc, leads the attack with his 20.5 ppg, followed by Pringle (13.8 ppg) and Cornley (13.3 ppg), the latter also pacing the group on the glass with eight and a half rebounds per game as well. From a rebounding standpoint, PSU is topping foes by nine per game.
Penn shot a dismal 7-of-26 from the field, including 2-of-12 behind the three- point line in the first half on Saturday, and still the team led by eight points at the break over Monmouth. After that it was pretty easy for the Quakers as they picked up the 21-point home win. Tyler Bernardini stepped up with a team-best 22 points, leading four players in double figures, while fellow starters Brennan Votel and Kevin Egee both tallied 14 points. Remy Cofield had a huge effort off the bench with his perfect 5-of-5 shooting for 12 points in a mere 14 minutes of action. Bernardini leads the program in scoring after three games with his 20.7 ppg, thanks in large part to a 9-of-21 effort beyond the arc in the early going. Egee (14.3 ppg) has also focused his energy out on the perimeter where he has converted 7-of-16 (.438) tries. Yet, as well as these two have shot the ball, the team as a whole is making a mere 31.9 percent from three-point range through three games.
PSU certainly has played well at home in the early going, but one has to admit that the opposition hasn't exactly been top-shelf. However, this Penn team is nowhere near the squad in past seasons, so even this won't really be a test for the Nittany Lions.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn State 77, Penn 64
11/25 10:42:51 ET