Penn 2007 NCAA Tournament Capsule
Penn Quakers - Ivy League (22-8, 13-1)
Seed: #14 - South Region
Big Wins: 11/21 Drexel (68-49), 12/21 Illinois-Chicago (90-78), 3/2 Yale (86-58)
Bad Losses: 11/10 vs UTEP (66-69), 12/23 at Seton Hall (85-94), 2/3 at Yale (68-77)
Last NCAA Appearance: 2006, First Round loss to Texas
Coach: Glenn Miller (First NCAA appearance)
Probable Penn Starters:
Ibrahim Jaaber, Senior, Guard, 15.9 ppg, 5.3 apg, 3.0 spg
Darren Smith, Freshman, Guard, 4.3 ppg, 1.0 apg
Brian Grandieri, Junior, Guard, 12.0 ppg, 2.7 apg, 5.3 rpg
Steve Danley, Senior, Forward, 9.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg
Mark Zoller, Senior, Forward, 18.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.9 apg
Key Roleplayers for Penn:
Michael Kach, Junior, Guard, 4.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg
Kevin Egee, Sophomore, Guard, 4.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg
Tommy McMahon, Sophomore, Forward, 5.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg
Brennan Votel, Sophomore, Forward, 2.1 ppg, 1.4 rpg
Why They Can Surprise:
Few teams share the ball as well as Penn. And because of that, few teams get quality shots like the Quakers. The team shoots over 50% from the floorand dishes out 17.7 assists per game, ranking eighth in the nation.
Ibrahim Jaaber, who moved to point guard this season, is the leader of the backcourt, averaging 15.9 points, 5.3 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 steals per contest. The senior will lead Coach Glenn Miller’s slightly faster pace offensive and will provide plenty of leadership for the Quakers. Brian Grandieri may look like a guard, but he is a gritty rebounder and scorer.
Why Penn Can Disappoint:
The frontcourt has a couple solid players in Mark Zoller and Steve Danely. Zoller does it all, scoring 18.2 points and grabbing 7.5 boards per game. The 6-7 senior will step out and hit the three-ball, and actually leads the team in three-pointers made. Both forwards will be active and find their teammates, but the overall rebounding is an area of concern. The team ranks 177th in the nation in rebounding margin and a stronger, bigger team can dominate Penn on the glass. The overall shooting numbers are good, but the Quakers have some problems on the charity stripe. Zoller shoots a respectable 78.2%, but nobody else should be comfortable at the line in a tough situation.
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Who To Watch:
Jaaber, Grandieri, Zoller and Danely are a good nucleus, but Penn has had trouble finding that fifth man. Tommy McMahon, Michael Kach, Darren Smith and Kevin Egee have all earned starts this season. McMahon, a 6-7 forward, needs to develop some more toughness and Smith and Egee are decent scorers in spurts. Although the Quakers can survive if the roleplayers stick to the unheralded dirty work, Penn has not lost a game this season when somebody outside of the big four has scored over ten points.
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 74.8 (68th in nation, 1st in conference)
Scoring Defense: 67.7 (147, 7)
Field-Goal Percentage: 49.3 (9, 1)
Field-Goal Defense: 43.6 (151, 2)
Free-Throw Percentage: 66.3 (249, 8)
Rebound Margin: 0.1 (177, 4)
Assists Per Game: 17.7 (8, 1)
Turnovers Per Game: 14.1 (131, 3)
Joel’s Bracket Says: First Round loss to Texas A&M
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