The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team can be forgiven if they feel like they just keep hopping from one plane to the next.
After spending five days in Hawaiia trip that concluded late in the afternoon of January 1the Quakers turn right back around to the airport. This time the journey is quite a bit shorter, though, as they fly south to Charleston, S.C. for a January 4 meeting with The Citadel. The question, however, is whether or not Penn can fend off the jetlag and overcome the Bulldogs (in the process gaining its first three-game win streak of the season, all on the road).
Penn is coming off a pair of stellar wins on the islands, beating Hawaii 58-55 and then coming back from a deficit to down BYU-Hawaii 72-62 in a game that ended just as the East Coast was counting down to the new year.
In Thursday night’s win over a Hawaii team that began the season with a 20-point win over Michigan State, the Quakers showed poise and resilience. In a quirky game, Penn trailed only once, at 2-0, and the only tie came at 2-2. However, the Quakers’ lead was never more than seven during the second half and five during the final six minutes.
By contrast, the Quakers jumped out to an 11-point lead two separate times against Division II BYU-Hawaii, but allowed the Seasiders to come all the way back and even grab a six-point lead of its own in the second half. Penn righted the ship, however, and used a balanced attack to gain the 10-point win.
The Series With The Citadel
Penn and Citadel are meeting for the fourth time in men’s basketball; the Quakers have won the previous three meetings.
Penn has never played Citadel under head coach Fran Dunphy.
The most recent meeting took place Jan. 10, 1978, a 103-73 Penn win in Charleston.
This is the third-straight road game for the Quakers and the fourth in the last five outings; last week, they were in Hawaii to play the Rainbow Warriors and BYU-Hawaii. Following this, Penn is at Fordham Monday.
Prior to the trip to Hawaii, Penn was off for 16 days, the longest break between regular-season games under head coach Fran Dunphy.
Penn is 8-5 all-time against teams from the Southern Conference, including a 0-2 mark under Dunphy.
Davidson4-4 (Dunphy 0-2)
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