For the first time this season, Over/Under is debating not how many points the Quakers will lose by, but rather whether Penn can actually win this game. The beginning of the Ivy League schedule and matchups against common opponents for Penn and Princeton signal fresh hope for the Quakers. Against common opponents, Penn is 0-4. But Princeton hasn’t fared much better, going just 1-3. That lone victory came over Lafayette by a score of 72-53 on Nov. 24. Penn lost to Lafayette by two points its last time on the court.
Although Penn scores 63 points per game compared to Princeton’s 61, the biggest difference in their head-to-head matchup will be in its field goal percentage. This season, Princeton ranks 114th in the nation, shooting 44.9 percent from the field. Meanwhile, Penn has shot just 41.5 percent, good for 247th nationally. The Tigers' shooters will simply make more of their opportunities and eventually deny the Quakers their first win since Nov. 28.
Seventh place Ivy League finish for Penn – OVER
The current DPOSTM Power Rankings have Penn seventh in the Ivy League. The Quakers had a nonconference record of 9-10 last season before going 11-3 in Ivy League play. This year’s 2-12 record should get better in 2013. Look for coach Jerome Allen to use the experience of losses to teams like Villanova, Delaware and Butler to teach the Red and Blue what winning basketball looks like in time for Ivy play.
5 Points, 5 Rebounds, 5 Assists for Ian Hummer – OVER
The man who last season ended Penn’s chance at an Ivy League title is back for more. After tying a career-high 28 points against Elon and earning Ivy Player of the Week for the fourth time this season, Hummer may be able to do better than the 18 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals he put up against Penn on Mar. 6 of last year. Points and rebounds should be no problem since Hummer averages 16.2 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game. However, reaching five assists may prove more difficult. Although he has averaged 4.5 per game over the season, look for Hummer to step up the production playing against an Ivy League foe and Princeton’s rival opponent.
Second-place Ivy League finish for Princeton – PUSH
Harvard has looked like the class of the Ivy League yet again this season with wins over Boston College, Boston University, California and Holy Cross. Perhaps more impressive was the one-point loss at St. Mary’s on New Year’s Eve. Princeton will have a tough time dethroning the reigning champions, but Hummer alone may be talented enough to see Princeton through the rest of the season in the No. 2 spot in the standings. We'll learn about both Princeton and Penn when they finally meet on the court.