Over/Under – Harvard Edition


17 points for Miles Cartwright-OVER

Cartwright is 34 points away from 1,000 points for his career. I am betting that he gets more than half of those points against Harvard. Cartwright has been white hot as of late. He has topped 20 points in three of the last five games, including a career high 28 points against Brown. With Dougherty and Rennard out, Cartwright will have the ball in his hands for key plays. Furthermore, Harvard is last in the Ivy League in scoring defense. The Crimson surrender 71.8 points per game to their opponents.

 20 minutes for Darien Nelson-Henry–UNDER

Nelson-Henry is averaging just over 20 min/game in Ivy play. Nelson-Henry injured his left knee in Friday’s game against Yale and sat out Saturday’s game against Brown. On Monday, former Senior Sports Editor Megan Soisson confirmed that Nelson-Henry is 100% for Harvard tonight. Still, I doubt Allen will test Nelson-Henry’s health on a game that is meaningless for the Quakers. I expect Nelson-Henry to start and play about 15 minutes for the Quakers.

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Game Seven: Binghamton — The Good, Bad & Ugly

Penn turned around its five-game losing streak by grabbing a 65-54 win over Binghamton. The Quakers are now 2-5 on the season and hope to take their momentum to State College when they face Penn State this Saturday.


THE GOOD: Dau Jok's career high eight points. Yes, Fran Dougherty had another big night, recording a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. But it was Dau who received the greater applause when the two came off the court in the second half. Jok had a career-high 8 points for the Quakers in 12 minutes. On a night where Penn shot 35% from the field, Jok shined shooting a perfect 3-for-3. I expect to see more of Dau's sweet stroke in upcoming games.

THE BAD: Outrebounded again? Penn was last in the Ivy League in rebounding margin coming into the game and they won't be moving up the rankings after last night. They
were outrebounded 49-39 and registered a pitiful eight offensive rebounds. Other than Fran Dougherty, who had 13 rebounds, no Quaker had more than five. Only one Quaker, freshman Darien Nelson-Henry, had multiple offensive rebounds. If Binghamton center Roland Brown didn't have early foul trouble, the Bearcats may have pulled this one out.
Brown, who fouled out in the second half, had 5 points and 7 rebounds in just 11 minutes of play.

THE UGLY: The Palestra scoreboard. With 1:03 left in the second half and Penn winning 62-50, the scoreboard malfunctioned at the Palestra. Binghamton's players and fans were quick to voice their complaint that their score was off. Binghamton's leading scorer Jordan Reed, a Philadelphia native, was particularly upset that his stat line only showed 15 points when he had earned 16. It took the scoreboard operators a few minutes to fix the problem. A rare complaint by visitors about playing in the Palestra!

Mano-A-Mano: the Quarterback Controversy

In light of recent events this weekend — seven interceptions between Billy Ragone and Andrew Holland — we knew it was time to bring back Mano-A-Mano.

Question: Who should start at QB moving forward: Ragone or Holland?

Mike Tony: As crazy as it sounds after watching Ragone throw five picks on Saturday, I still think he should be the starting quarterback.

Let’s face it: Lafayette has Billy’s number. Last year, he was just 8-for-23 against Lafayette with two interceptions and just 91 yards passing.

The rest of the year, he averaged almost 200 yards passing a game with almost a 60-percent completion percentage. And most importantly, he had two game-winning drives that kept the Quakers competitive late into the Ivy season.

I’ll concede that Holland is a better pocket passer. But not by much.

Ignoring the interceptions, Ragone’s stat line wasn’t terrible Saturday: 14-for-23 for 153 yards and a touchdown. What Ragone brings to the table is experience, leadership and intangibles, not to mention his ability to tuck and run. On the last drive of the Lafayette game with just over two minutes left, I would have wanted Ragone in.

David Greenbaum: It’s true that Ragone is the QB here with a first team All-Ivy selection under his belt. He earned that two years ago, but the magic of 2010 is gone.

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Game 1: Lafayette — The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is back after a six-month hiatus and an interesting exchange with an invisible President by our series’ name sake, Clint Eastwood.

After four first-quarter interceptions put the Quakers behind, 21-0, they fought back but were unable to close the gap in a 28-21 loss (see game recap).

THE GOOD: Conner Scott and Lyle Marsh's successful return from injury. After season-ending injuries last season, Scott and Marsh looked great in their first game back. They were the Quakers’ top two receivers of the night. Scott had 12 catches for 161 yards and Marsh pulled in eight receptions for 66 yards and two receiving touchdowns. Now that opposing coaches have film on these two, these secret weapons might not be so secret anymore.

THE BAD: Billy Ragone’s first quarter interceptions. Ragone had five picks total on the night, but he looked especially off in the first quarter, throwing an interception in each of the first three drives. Take away the turnovers and the numbers look OK: 14-for-23 for 153 yards and a touchdown, plus 58 rushing yards and another touchdown. But five interceptions?! Sometimes, it seemed like Ragone was throwing to nobody.

THE UGLY: Taylor Brown's ejection. Senior nose guard Taylor Brown was ejected from the game after a blatant late hit on Lafayette quarterback Zach Zweizig in the second quarter. It will be interesting to see if he receives additional punishment from the coaching staff.

Will Jeremy Lin affect Harvard basketball recruiting?

Penn may have beaten Harvard on the court on Saturday, but off the court Harvard has emerged as the top recruiting team in the Ivy League. And some think that Harvard's recruiting will only improve thanks to the rise of Jeremy Lin.

Senior recruiting analyst at ESPN.com, Dave Telep, says that Harvard "can sell that Lin came to Harvard as a nobody and left as a guy who can play professional basketball." The same article reports that Harvard has signed more four star recruits since 2010 than the rest of the Ivy League combined.

Paul Wachter of Business Week also analyzed Harvard's recruiting in an article written last Thursday. Wachter claims that Harvard Coach Tommy Amaker's successful (albeit controversial) recruiting helped foster strong student support on campus and turned the Crimson into an Ivy powerhouse even before the recent outbreak of Linsanity. Even former Penn Coach Fran Dunphy chimed in to say that Amaker has done a great job. Check out the two articles after the jump.

Penn men’s lacrosse hires Doug Knight as new assistant coach

The Penn men’s lacrosse team has added a new assistant coach to its staff. Head coach Mike Murphy has hired Doug Knight to help coach the offense.

Knight currently works at The Haverford School, a private, all-boys college prep day school in Haverford, Pa. At the school, Knight is the Associate Director of Admission and Tuition Assistance, but he also served as an assistant coach for the lacrosse team, which was voted last year’s high school national champion.

Knight was a star lacrosse player at the University of Virginia from 1993-1997. During his illustrious career, Knight was a three time All-American from 1995-97 and National Player of the Year in 1996.

Following his collegiate career, Knight played professionally in Major League Lacrosse for the Boston Cannons and Philadelphia Barrage. Knight returned to UVA after his professional career, where he worked as an assistant coach for the 1999 national championship team.

Outside of lacrosse, Knight is already connected to the Penn community. He is currently enrolled in Penn's Masters of Education School Leadership Program and expects to graduate this May.

Rudy Fuller on the MLS and the future of American soccer

During my interview with Penn men's soccer Head Coach Rudy Fuller for my article which appeared in yesterday's paper, Fuller shared with me his views on the future of American soccer. As a rabid American soccer fan, I was very disappointed when America was unsuccessful in its bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

Why the selection committee chose to have the world's greatest sporting event in a country most of the world hasn't heard of is beyond me. (I guess Bill Clinton's famous charm did not work as well on the selection committee as it did in other arenas...) Still Coach Fuller doesn't believe losing out on the world cup will affect the future of American soccer.

"It would have been great to get the World Cup but that's not the end all be all," Fuller explained. "I don't think that [not getting the bid] impacts American soccer in the grand scheme. It's going to continue growing."

Fuller explained that the future of American soccer is directly related to the success of the MLS. The coach is very bullish about the future prospects of the league. He cited the growth of soccer-specific stadiums being built by MLS teams as the best way "to gauge the health of the league overall and the health of the game in this country." Currently, nine of the MLS's 18 teams have soccer-specific stadiums and five more teams are in the process of building them. Until 2005, only two teams had their own stadiums. Whereas I have always found soccer-specific stadiums to be an excuse to hide the tiny crowds that attend MLS games, these stadiums have actually proven to be quite profitable for MLS teams.

Unlike many soccer commentators, Fuller is opposed to the influx of big name European players. Although many female fans may pay to see David Beckham take off his shirt after an MLS game, Fuller does not believe that bringing in over-the-hill superstars will help the league's reputation. "We don't want to become a league of guys who finished playing overseas and are washed up that come to America to collect a paycheck," Fuller said.

For those of you that don't think that soccer can make it in America, consider this: 13 million viewers tuned into the U.S.-England World Cup game this summer or about 1.5 million viewers more than Game 3 of the World Series. With that said, there is no reason why soccer can't be the next "American pastime."