The Owls dropped to 1-3 on the year and have 3 straight losses after beating Penn to open the season. Last night they lost to Clemson in the Charleston Classic in a game where Temple had a large lead in the first half. Clemson had a couple of great runs and eventually put away the Owls. It's been a disappointing start for the Owls but Fran Dunphy needs to get them back on track and quick because their non-conference schedule is quite a challenge. They host Big 12 power Texas on 12/7.
Saint Joe's only game this week was a loss at home to Creighton. The Jays are in the national spotlight this year and have a chance of winning the Big East. Creighton star Doug McDermott finished off the Hawks with a 3 point play with 4.9 seconds remaining, which turned out to be the game winner. McDermott's first ever game winner.
Penn travels to Iowa tonight to face a very good and underrated Big 10 squad. Iowa is certainly overshadowed by the top tier talent in the conference, but are still a very good team. In the early season, the Hawkeyes have dropped 100+ twice. They average 94.3 ppg and have torn through their easy early schedule. Penn will be the Hawkeyes first test of an opponent who has any sort of chance to see the tournament.
Big 5 Big Man on Campus - Week 2
Could not too many weeks go by without making note of this player.
The Penn Quakers lost a big part of their season last year when now-senior PF Fran Doughtery went down with an awful dislocated shoulder injury. The Quakers finished 9-22 last year and had a poor showing in the Ivy's. Now Dougherty is back and paired with C Darien Nelson-Henry in the front court and hopes to be healthy for the entire season.
Dougherty (12.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg in 2012) and the Quakers, when healthy, can do some damage in the Ivy League. Front-runner Harvard is looking to repeat their success of 2012-2013 when they went to the NCAA tournament and upset New Mexico. But Doughtery and the Quakers will not be ignored this season. Penn is predicted by most to finish 2nd this year behind the Crimson, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Quakers are the ones who end up dancing.
Dougherty could be one of the quietest performers for the Big 5 BMOC, but certainly one who is crucial to the success of his team.
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