Big night in Philly college hoops
Four Philly teams take the court tonight, with Villanova at UConn highlighting the slate of three games. Saint Joseph’s hosts Duquesne at the Palestra while Penn travels up Broad Street to play La Salle.
Here’s a capsule look at the three games:
No. 20 Villanova (14-3, 2-2 Big East) at No. 3 UConn (16-1, 5-1), 7 p.m.
Radio: ESPN-950 AM
Preview: The Wildcats will have their hands full with UConn, which places five players in double figures. The balanced Huskies are led by Jeff Adrien’s 14.5 ppg. Sharpshooter A.J. Price (10.8 ppg) hits 43 percent of his shots from the arc. Dante Cunningham averages 17.4 ppg and 7.4 rpg for the ’Cats, who also get 15.2 ppg from Scottie Reynolds.
Interesting stat: UConn has outrebounded all of its opponents this season.
Prediction: UConn 72, Nova 59
Duquesne (12-5, 3-1 Atlantic 10) at St. Joe’s (9-7, 3-0), 7 p.m.
Radio: WNTP-990 AM
Preview: The Hawks had a bumpy nonconference record, but have put together four straight wins – including all three in A-10 play. Ahmad Nivins averages a double-double for SJU, with 19.6 ppg and 11.0 rpg. The Hawks have won eight in a row in Philly over the Dukes. DU is improved this year, although the Dukes’ record is a little misleading because they are not in the top 100 in RPI. DU’s leading scorer Aaron Jackson (17.8 ppg) is questionable with a bruised tailbone.
Interesting stat: DU put up 102 points in a 102-88 win over SJU last February.
Prediction: St. Joe’s 65, DU 60
Penn at La Salle (9-7), 7 p.m.
Radio: WXPN-88.5 FM
Preview: A young Penn squad that has struggled this season travels to Tom Gola Arena. The 4-8 Quakers start two sophs and two frosh, along with senior Brennan Votel. Soph Tyler Bernardini paces the Quakers with 13.8 ppg, while soph Jack Eggleston (10.3 ppg) and Votel (10.7) also top double figures. Rodney Green scores a team-best 15.4 ppg for the athletic Explorers, who trail the all-time series 38-23.
Interesting stat: Penn has had just one game this season where the final margin hasn’t been in double-digits.
Prediction: La Salle 79, Penn 52
That’s all for now