Quaker fans can hardly wait for the weekend, because men’s basketball is back at it again.
Coming off an extremely tight win against the sixth-place Brown Bears, the red-hot Quakers are traveling up North, determined to keep their Ivy momentum alive as they face off against the seventh-place Dartmouth Big Green on Saturday. Having won six of their last seven games — all against conference foes — the Red and Blue currently sit at third in the Ivy League behind Yale and Princeton, just a half-game back of them both.
Against Dartmouth, Clark Slajchert, who hit the game-winning shot with 0.4 seconds left in last week’s game against Brown, will look to continue his winning ways. The sophomore guard has progressed all throughout the season to become a player who can not just hit clutch shots, but contribute in numerous different ways as a sixth-man. Despite coming off the bench, Slajchert is currently the second-leading scorer on the team with 10.6 per game average.
Another player who's peaking at the right time is sophomore guard Jordan Dingle, who has a chance to secure his sixth 30-point game of the season, a mark that would put him high in the Penn record books. Sophomore forward Max Martz, who has come into his own as a scorer as of late, and junior forward Michael Moshkovitz, who leads the team in assists and blocks, will also aim contribute to the Quaker effort, as they look to bring the Quakers closer to a two-game win streak.
Dartmouth will be coming off a loss against to the first-place Yale Bulldogs, but that didn't come as much of a surprise. The Big Green are currently 4-8 in the Ivy League and sit well out of contention for the Ivy Tournament. In Penn and Dartmouth's first meeting this season, Penn came away with a 78-68 victory. It was a comeback victory for the Quakers, as they trailed by four heading into the second half but managed to dominate the Big Green in the second half. Despite Dingle's recent dominance of the box score, in his last game against Dartmouth, he played only 21 minutes and scored 11 points. Luckily for the Red and Blue, four other scorers notched double-digit outputs, something that if it can be repeated would likely spell victory for the Quakers.
The Red and Blue will work hard to bring home a win this weekend as this will be their second-to-last game of the regular season, with their last coming against Princeton next Saturday at the Palestra.