Three Up Three Down: Princeton Edition

Three Up Three DownPenn heads to the unfriendly confines of Jadwin Gym to take on rival Princeton. Here are some predictions for the Quakers’ first Ivy League game of the season.

Three Up-

Miles Cartwright- Cartwright was held to just six shot attempts against Lafayette and while Penn’s bench helped lead a strong comeback with him on the bench, he will need to be front and center if the Quakers have the chance of pulling the upset at Jadwin. He went 4-11 in last year’s season-ending loss to the Tigers, so expect the junior captain to have extra motivation heading into Saturday’s game.

Tony Hicks- Hicks has taken off in Penn’s last three games, scoring in double figures in each game despite coming off the bench. His performance against Lafayette may have been his finest of the season, as he not only tied a career high with four assists, but coach Allen trusted Hicks with the ball in his hands in the final seconds. With his recent performance, Hicks has the opportunity to increase his minutes and continue his recent success.

Penn's defense- Heading into Tuesday’s matchup with Lafayette, the highest field goal percentage for any Quakers opponent this season had been 46 percent. The Leopards shattered that by shooting 61 percent from the field and posting 85 points. Yes, Penn is facing the Ivy League’s leading scorer in Ian Hummer playing within the famous Princeton offense. However, with three days off to prepare, it is very unlikely the Quakers struggle as much defensively against a Princeton team averaging 61.1 points per game.

Three Down-

Offensive output- You didn’t expect the Quakers to start averaging 80+ points a game after the Lafayette game, did you? The start of Ivy League play often signals the start of some lower scoring contests and this Princeton game should be no different. It also doesn’t help the Red and Blue that Princeton leads the Ancient Eight with lowest points allowed per game.

Henry Brooks' scoring- Henry Brooks has averaged nine points a game in his last four games and provided the Red and Blue with some of his best offensive performances of the year. But Brooks will likely have to focus his energy defensively on Saturday since he will be one of Penn’s forwards charged with the tough task of guarding Ian Hummer. A sound defensive effort will be a tall order for any of Penn’s big men, especially for the foul prone Brooks. If his foul trouble flares up again, Brooks figures to play fewer minutes against the Tigers.

Penn's turnover margin- While Penn allowed 85 points to Lafayette on Tuesday, it still had just 11 turnovers compared to 15 for the Leopards. While the Quakers have done a solid job of forcing opponents turnovers this season, it will be tough to do so against Princeton on Saturday. The Tigers are second in the Ivy League in both turnover margin and assist/turnover ratio, including point guard T.J Bray, who has a 1.8 assist to turnover ratio on the season.

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