Over/Under: Cornell Edition

OverUnder69 points for Cornell -- OVER

In the first matchup between the Quakers and Big Red this season, Cornell squeaked out a 71-69 victory at the Palestra. Overall this season, both teams are giving up less than 69 points per game on the defensive side of the ball. While Penn's defense played well on Feb. 1, it is tough to imagine the Red and Blue holding Cornell under 69 points. Fran Dougherty was key in the defensive effort against the Big Red earlier this month, and his absence in the paint will make it easier for Cornell forwards Errick Peck and Eitan Chemerinski to score. Peck dropped 20 on the Quakers earlier this month, and it will be difficult for Penn to keep the same from happening tonight. The Big Red also feature two outstanding guards in their backcourt, as both Shonn Miller and Johnathan Gray combine for over 20 points per contest.

13 points for Miles Cartwright -- OVER

Against the Big Red on February 1, the Quakers leading scorer was Patrick Lucas-Perry, who came off the bench to score 14 points on 5-10 shooting from the field. In that game, Cartwright was limited to 8 points, and shot an abysmal 3-12 from the field, including 2-7 from beyond-the-arc. Nevertheless, Penn was able to rely on Fran Dougherty in that first matchup with Cornell. Although only played 8 minutes, Dougherty still provided the Quakers with an inside threat. Because of Dougherty's most recent injury, Cartwright has been forced to carry the offensive load for the Red and Blue. Cartwright's season average currently sits at 13.7 points per game, and the junior guard has dropped 13 points or more in four of the Quakers' last eight games. If Cartwright can score 13 tonight in Ithaca, he will surpass the 1,000 point mark for his career, and become the first Quaker since Tyler Bernardini in 2011 to do so.

10 points for Jamal Lewis -- UNDER

Lewis finally busted out of a season-long slump against Dartmouth on Saturday, scoring 14 points in 26 minutes. After two consecutive games without recording a single point, Lewis needed a solid offensive outing to help solidify his place in Jerome Allen's starting lineup. While Lewis did play well against the Big Green, it's tough to imagine him matching that performance against Cornell. Miles Cartwright has played well of late, and Patrick Lucas-Perry and Darien Nelson-Henry both scored in double figures against Cornell on February 1. In a backcourt that features three guards with a history of success against the Big Red, shots may come at a premium for Lewis tonight in New York. The Quakers backcourt, combined with Lewis' inconsistency this season, does not indicate a strong performance from Lewis against Cornell.

 

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