By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Penn Quakers are on the road for their second Ivy League weekend of the season. It starts on Friday night with a visit to New Haven, Connecticut to battle Yale. Saturday night, the Quakers will visit Brown.
Penn is 11-9 on the season, but more importantly 3-0 in the Ivy League, after taking care of Princeton at the Palestra on Monday, 82-67. It was an impressive victory, but Quakers head coach Jerome Allen said his team can raise the bar even higher.
“I’ll take the win, but just trying to keep these guys hungry and keep them locked in and focused and desiring to play a perfect game. I think that’s our responsibility as coaches is to push these guys to play a perfect game and where we fall after that, who knows.”
Yale is 13-5 on the season and right behind the Quakers in the Ancient 8 with a 3-1 Ivy mark. They are led by senior center Greg Mangano who is scoring 18.7 points a game and pulling down just under ten rebounds a contest. Allen said the 6-10, Orange, Connecticut native definitely has their attention.
“I think the biggest key is we have to fight the block and make Mangano work for everything that he gets.”
Allen broke down the match-up even more.
“We’ve got to rebound the ball. We’ve got to finish possessions. I think they’re second in the league in their rebounding margin, I think they are plus six. So it’s going to be a key for us.”
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Penn and Yale will tip-off at 7:00pm on Friday. The Quakers and Brown tip-off at 6:00pm on Saturday in Providence, Rhode Island.