After a one-year hiatus, the Battle of 33rd Street is back Saturday afternoon, as Penn takes on Drexel. The last time the two teams played was in November 2010. The West Philly rivalry returns with the hopes to pack the Palestra. To get the hype up, "Dac Pack films" — the Dac Pack being Drexel's equivalent of the Red and Blue Crew — made a promotional video with the two student groups along with Drexel and Penn Athletics. The Quaker vs. Mario rivalry is seen below along with students from the respective schools.
A few observations from last night's Battle of 33rd Street:
The good: Freshman Fran Dougherty put in some quality minutes in the post — 17 to be exact — and grabbed 5 rebounds and 5 points, including a monstrous put back dunk in the second half.
The bad: 27.3 percent field goal shooting in the second half. When the Dragons took command of the game in the second half, they weren't forcing turnovers — they were just rebounding Penn misses.
The ugly: The Drexel student in the DAC-Pack section making an absurd bird noise during Penn free throws. Overall, the contest brought out a great rivalry between the schools, and attendance was 6,879 in the second home game of the season. The two student sections were pretty full. The chairbacks, however, were not.
It was my first game ever watching Penn basketball purely as a fan. Nevertheless, Penn athletic communications let me film the post-game press conferences, even wearing my Red and Blue Crew t-shirt. At top, just Jerome Allen. In the middle, Zack Rosen and Fran Dougherty. At the bottom, Drexel coach Bruiser Flint, guard Derrick Thomas (middle) and guard Chris Fouch (left).