Penn Quakers (4-1)
- Head Coach: Steve Donahue (4th Season)
- Top Performer: Devon Goodman (17.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG)
- Points For: 76.2 PPG (184th)
- Points Against: 68.6 PPG (139th)
- Last Game/Streak: 64-48 Loss vs. Kansas State (1L)
A trendy pick to the win the Ivy League this season, Penn entered the 2018 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam (much like Oregon State) as a darkhorse contender to make the tournament final. However, (as expected) they ran into the favorites in Kansas State on Sunday and simply couldn’t hold on against the Big 12 powerhouse squad.
The Quakers will now play the Beavers on Monday for a chance to head back to the mainland on a high-note. Kansas State and Missouri, the squad that knocked off Oregon State, will meet later on Monday night with the tournament title on the line.
Penn (4-1) could potentially be the toughest opponent thus far for Oregon State (3-1), with their ability to challenge opponents’ depth and exploit defensive mismatches, two intermittent weaknesses of head coach Wayne Tinkle’s squad this season. The Quakers will rotate a boatload of players into the contest, led by star guard Devon Goodman (17.0 PPG), Penn’s most dangerous individual piece.
Other names to know heading into this one would be fellow guard Antonio Woods (9.4 PPG) and a duo of unique forwards in A.J. Brodeur (13.8 PPG) and Michael Wang (9.4 PPG).
Brodeur, a versatile 6’ 8” talent, will probably draw a match-up against Beavers star Tres Tinkle, while towering 6’ 10” freshman Wang could draw the bruising Gligorije Rakocevic on the interior. In another guard-dominated contest, the battle in the paint could truly be where this one is decided though.
Overall, what it’ll take for both teams is a strong sense of urgency and level of refocusing, in order to try and salvage one last victory in this early season clash.
Player To Watch
Devon Goodman (Junior): Despite his less than imposing frame at barely six-feet tall and weighing just short of 170 pounds, junior guard Devon Goodman is the catalyst for Penn, who almost always finds a way to make life easy for head coach Steve Donahue. Sure, Goodman needs to make some improvements, specifically in the turnover area, but having the ball in your hands that often will undoubtedly bring up that type of play in most guards. Look for Goodman to be the center-point of the Beavers scouting report on Monday, as Oregon State tries to quell the Quakers excitable offense.
- Date: Monday, November 19th
- Time: 2:30 PM PT
- Location: University of the Virgin Islands Sports & Fitness Center (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands)
- Coverage: FloHoops