I said this last year, and I still think I'm right. Penn's most undervalued player is clearly Mark Zoller. He has yet to get enough credit for his offense, and tonight's win over La Salle was not an anomaly when it comes to Zoller's production.
He had 25 against the Explorers on 10-of-17 shooting. Four of six from three-point range. This was one of the few times Penn's offense was able to effectively work in Zoller's jump shot -- something that ought to happen more often, especially when Jaaber and Osmundson may be doubled.
Let's not forget Zoller came into tonight shooting 53 percent. He and Osmundson have now taken roughly the same number of shots (141 vs. 134), but Zoller has hit 76 compared to Osmundson's 52. And Zoller has logged 342 minutes compared to Osmundson's 460.
Don't write off Zoller's numbers because he's a big man, either. Plenty of his points come off jumpers, and I think that needs to be a bigger part of Penn's overall game. If you don't believe me that it will be effective, just ask La Salle coach John Gianinni.
Lastly, an obligatory congratulations to Fran Dunphy on 300 wins -- a topic that will certainly come up again on this board. Now it's just 214 more to catch the legendary (I can't believe I'm saying that about a Princeton man) Pete Carril for first all time in the Ivy League.