Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
Despite losing much of the talent from last year’s NCAA tournament team, Yale has remained a solid unit standing 8-5 overall against a respectable nonconference slate. Yale is one of the favorites to push for the Ivy League regular season title on the Bulldogs have shown strength on both sides of the ball standing 116th in the nation in scoring average and 91st in total defense. In their last D1 matchup, Yale came through at home against Hartford picking up the win by a final of 88-72. Yale is road tested so far this season and their tough road matchups during the nonconference should have prepped this group for action in the Ivy League. Yale spreads the ball around to a number of threat as the Bulldogs have an impressive 6 players averaging at least 9 points per game.
The Penn Quakers are one of the slower paced squads in the conference as Penn ranks 301st in the nation in scoring average compared to 55th in total defense. Penn likes to play in the half court and build off of their defense as the Quakers are giving up just 65.6 points per game on average. Penn came up short in their conference opener on the road losing to Princeton by a final of 52-61 in what was another poor offensive performance for the Quakers. Penn has looked better recently picking up wins at home against Fairfield and Drexel. Penn has been led by AJ Brodeur who’s averaging 14.8 points per game.
Yale has been much better offensively than the Quakers this season and the Bulldogs have a lot more consistent options to go to on the offensive side of the ball. Yale is battle tested on the road and they should be ready for the atmosphere of the road crowd today. We like the Bulldogs to push the Quakers as they go on to cover the spread.
Yale +2 -115