Three Up, Three Down: Harvard Edition

Returns were mixed on last week's predictions. Conner Scott wasn't up at all, catching just one pass for seven yards. Jeff Jack didn't carry the load as much as I forecasted either, but Dave Twamley came up with an interception to save Penn's Ivy title hopes in the fourth quarter. So who's looking up and who's looking down against Harvard? 

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Dave Twamley: Cornerbacks coach Jon Dupont told me this week that Twamley is “the grandpa of the secondary,” and his experience in defensive coordinator Ray Priore’s complex schemes has been evident all season. Twamley currently ranks second on the team in tackles and came up with the interception that preserved Penn’s Ivy title hopes in the fourth quarter last week.  Twamley mentioned that Harvard’s offensive strategic continuity from last year is making for an easier time dissecting the Crimson ‘O’ in the film room this week, so maybe Twamley’s studying will pay some dividends when it matters most and keep him on the up and up.

Conner Scott: One catch, seven yards.  That was Scott’s stat line at Princeton, and so he really has nowhere to go but up this week against Harvard’s seventh-ranked pass defense, its Achilles heel.   Dartmouth wide receiver Michael Reilly, whose receiving stats are very similar to Scott’s this season, burnt the Crimson for 12 catches, 165 yards and a touchdown two weeks ago, so Scott is capable of that kind of performance against Harvard as well.

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Penn-St. Joe’s to be nationally broadcast

Per's Jonathan Tannenwald, Penn basketball's Big 5 tilt with St. Joe's will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2/ESPNU. The Quakers and Hawks are set to square off at the Palestra on Sat., Jan. 19 at 5 p.m.

Penn has a small winning streak going in its series with St. Joe's, having won the contest in each of the last two seasons. The Hawks are the only Big 5 team the Red and Blue have been able to beat since the 2006-07 season.

The Quakers' game against La Salle on Jan. 5 at the Tom Gola Arena will also be televised, but on CBS Sports Network. Penn's other Big 5 matchups — against Villanova on Dec. 8 and Temple on Jan. 23 — have yet to be picked up by a network.

Correction: This post previously stated that the Penn-St. Joe's game would be shown on NBC Sports Network.

Three Up, Three Down: The Dartmouth Edition

We're excited to have a new segment on The Buzz called Three Up, Three Down, in which we predict three players whose stock will rise and fall over the course of upcoming games.

Look for the following threesome to be thriving after Penn's Ivy opener at Dartmouth on Saturday:

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Billy Ragone: Quite simply, this is Ragone’s time. He found his groove in Dartmouth’s backyard last year after a slow start, and it would be no coincidence if he were to do it again Saturday. The Big Green ranked dead last in the Ivy League in rushing defense a year ago, and they can be expected to once again set Ragone up to tuck and run. That usually translates into a more confident aerial attack from him.

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