Instead of trying to save the day with big plays, Penn needs to slow it down and buy into the system. Nine games into the season, there’s no other choice.
Penn was never able to come back from an eight-point gap set by the Wildcats in the final seconds of the first frame, falling to Villanova, 68-55, in the Quakers’ first Big 5 matchup of the season.
Saturday, the Quakers welcome Villanova and its patented 4-out motion offense to the Palestra for their first Big 5 matchup of the season.
Thus far, the season has not gone the way the Red and Blue would have preferred, with many close losses, and for the most part, their grades reflect that.
Penn basketball’s freshmen have faced a taxing defensive transition as they adjust to the ins and outs of college basketball.
The Quakers have given up at least 17 turnovers in all but two games this season, not including a 15-turnover performance at Penn State on Saturday. The Red and Blue are averaging 16.9 per game so far.
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Few positives came out of Penn’s double-digit loss to a shorthanded Penn State team, but freshman Tony Hicks’ showing gave a glimpse of the Quakers’ future.
The Quakers’ performance against Penn State was an irksome sight to behold, primarily due to a torrent of fouls. Penn ranks third out of 347 Division I teams in the nation in personal fouls per game.
Despite an impressive second half run that cut Penn State’s lead to just four late in the game, the Quakers just couldn’t get over the hump.
Obviously the team wants to win games, but the Quakers also understand they are all working on something much bigger right now.
The Red and Blue underwhelmed in their first victory in six contests, defeating Binghamton by nine points on Wednesday, and for coach Jerome Allen, the team needs to be excited about another chance to get better, regardless of their opponent.
It was as good a time as ever for Penn coach Jerome Allen to spread the minutes and receive a solid bench performance from 11 guys on the roster.
Penn ended a five-game losing streak in a scrappy, hard-fought affair and a 65-54 win over Binghamton at the Palestra.
When the Quakers face off against the Bearcats at 7 p.m. at the Palestra, crashing the boards and clogging the paint will be key to snapping their five-game skid.
Over the last year, the junior forward has transformed from cautious sixth-man to assertive superstar.
It may seem like the Quakers are destined for doom this year, but this team is just finding its identity.
Penn has four freshmen, but two in particular — Jamal Lewis and Tony Hicks — need to step up if Penn plans to compete in the Ivy League this season.