Princeton at Penn, 7:00 PM Eastern, NBC Sportschannel+ Philadelphia/ivyleaguenetwork.com
**NOTE: This game has been postponed until Saturday January 6 at 4:00 PM Eastern
The Ivy League becomes one of the last conference’s to begin intra-conference play tonight, and it starts with one of the top rivalries in all of Division I basketball, played in one of the greatest venues in all of sports — Princeton will be at the Palestra in Philadelphia to take on the Penn Quakers. Not only is this a great rivalry, but with Harvard disappointing us and Yale having been struck by injuries, these are the two teams that are most likely to battle it out for the conference’s regular season title.
Penn enters play tonight at 9-5 overall. Although none of their wins have been over top competition, none of their losses have been ugly either. Plus, the Quakers do get credit for wining one of the most exciting games we have seen played all year — a 101-96 win in 4 overtimes at Monmouth! Then of course, there was their home game against Delaware State last week. In that 53 point blowout win, 16 players played for the Quakers, 15 players made at least one field goal, and 10 players made at least one three pointer. The 10 players with a 3 was an NCAA record!
The visiting Princeton Tigers enter tonight’s rivalry game at 7-7 overall, though they have won 5 of their last 6 games, including 2 wins in Hawai’i at the Diamond Head Invitational and a road win at USC. One players to definitely keep an eye on is Myles Stephens. Stephens scored a career high 30 points in leading the Tigers to their huge win at USC. Also watch out for Devin Cannady, who had 28 in the Fifth Place Game at the Diamond Head.