Welcome To The Palestra…

That lovely picture above is where the Fighting DeChellises will be spending their Thanksgiving holiday weekend as they take on Rhode Island on Friday and depending on the result of that game, face either Towson or Villanova on Saturday.

But first things, first:  There’s another team PSU is playing at the Palestra tonight and it’s against the ancient gym’s original occupants, the Penn Quakers.  Tipoff is at 7:30 PM ET and unfortunately, there’s no TV for this game which means you’re going to have to pretend it’s the 1940’s and all you have for electronic entertainment is the radio.  No worries though, Steve Jones and Dick Jerardi are a very solid play-by-play tandem.

Come, cozy yourself by the fire and enjoy another pleasant evening with Jones & Jerardi narrating another thrilling episode of "Captain ED and the Pirates of the Lost Ship."

Come, cozy yourself by the fire and enjoy another pleasant evening with Jones & Jerardi narrating another thrilling episode of "Captain ED and the Pirates of the Aimlessly Wandering Ship"

Don’t let their 1-2 record fool you: The Quakers should pose PSU’s toughest challenge to date, as they’ve held their own against stiff competition, coming up 2 points short against Drexel and losing to this year’s favorite to cut down the nets in April, UNC by merely 15.

According to the stats: It seems Penn’s got a formidable backcourt, led by Tyler Bernardini’s 20 ppg and 3.7 apg and Kevin Egee’s 14.3 ppg.  The aforementioned guards are also shooting above 40% from 3-point land, which certainly bodes well for PSU’s historically shaky perimeter defense. Forward Brennan Votel not only averages double-digits in scoring (12.7 ppg) but is also the second-leading rebounder at 5.7 rpg.

The line on this game is (-2) for PSU.  This might be a tad low, even though the Fighting DeChellises have wolfed down on four straight cupcakes to open the season and will face their first road test tonight.  The fact that there’s a line on this game also means that “The Contest” is back in session.  Here’s a recap of the standings thus far:

HHV 1-0

John  0-1 (aka the blog formerly known as “Rants From the District”)

Crispin and Cream 0-1

John and C&C both like PSU to cover that spread.  I agree with their picks, though I do think it’ll be a tight game tonight.  Give me the good guys over the elitist Ivy League douches by 5 points.

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