Reporting Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After Tuesday’s loss to Wagner at the Palestra, which dropped their record to 3-2, the Penn Quakers are getting ready to spend the weekend at home.
On Friday night, Penn will host #17 Pittsburgh (the same Pittsburgh team that nearly got upset by La Salle on Tuesday night) and then on Saturday James Madison will come to the Palestra.
Penn head coach Jerome Allen tells KYW Newsradio that the loss to the Seahawks will not linger.
“We’re going to be fine. We played roughly five games in a matter of eight days, nine days. It’s just getting the guys together and staying consistent in our effort and paying attention to detail.”
As for the match-up with the 3-1 Panthers on Friday night, Allen says his team will have its work cut out for it.
“They’re big. They rebound the ball very well, they’re experienced in the backcourt. They play hard, they play together and it’s a huge challenge for us.”
These two games against Pittsburgh and JMU are part of the Philly Hoop Group Classic. And while they are two tough customers to have to try and handle on back-to-back nights, Allen says it’s a great primer for Ivy League play, where back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday nights are the norm.
“We kind of get an opportunity early to see what the season will be like once we get into (Ivy) league play. And it allows us to put our younger student athletes in that setting, so that once league play does start, they are familiar with it.”
Tip off for both Friday and Saturday night’s games is set for 7:00 p.m.
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