No. 16 Penn Vs. Midwest No. 1 Kansas, NCAA Tourney Round 1 (March 15, 2018): Game Time Start, TV Channel Info
Penn vs. Kansas NCAA Tournament Round 1 preview
Quakers coach Steve Donahue recently found himself reflecting on his time as head coach he Cornell, where faced Bill Self and the Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse in Kansas in 2010.
“It was a great basketball game and memorable for our guys for sure,” said Donahue during a phone interview with the Journal-World, referring to a 71-66 KU victory that wasn’t decided until the game’s final minute.
That Cornell squad ended up reaching the 2010 Sweet 16, powered by one of the top offenses in the nation. Donahue revealed his offensive approach hasn’t changed since then.
“My teams have always spread (opponents) out and shot 3s, tried to be efficient in terms of taking shots at the rim, foul shots and stand-still 3s,” the third-year Penn coach explained
Nevertheless, Penn’s offense does not rank nearly as well.
A 6-foot-5 guard, sophomore Ryan Betley leads Penn in scoring (14.4 points per game) and has connected on 80 of 206 3-pointers this season (38.8 percent). Another sophomore, 6-foot-8 forward A.J. Brodeur, averages 13.0 points and 7.0 rebounds and was a unanimous selection for the All-Ivy League first team.
Thursday’s game against the Jayhawks in Wichita will begin at 1pm EST and will air on TBS.
Penn also boasts the second-best 3-point percentage defense in the country — opponents have made just 28.9 percent from behind the arc versus Penn.
On the season, the Quakers shot 34.7 percent from 3-point range, with 8.8 makes a game.
Virginia, Villanova and Xavier are the three other regional top seeds in this year’s men’s basketball tourney, whose first round begins Thursday, although First Four games will be held Tuesday and Friday.
WACO, TX – FEBRUARY 18: Josh Jackson #11 of the Kansas Jayhawks and teammate Landen Lucas #33 celebrate after Kansas defeated the Baylor Bears at the Ferrell Center on February 18, 2017 in Waco, Texas. Kansas won 67-65. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)