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Game Preview: Penn Quakers

At noon on Saturday, the 'Cats head up to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the Malone's Classic at the Wells Fargo Center. Coming off an unexpected and painful home loss to UNC-Wilmington, this team looks to bounce back into the win column.

As many know, the storyline of this game is that it's a "homecoming" for DJ Wagner, Aaron Bradshaw, and Justin Edwards. The first two are from New Jersey and Justin is from Philly. They all three will look to have a huge supporting cast in their local friends and family coming to watch them play close to home. I believe it is expected to have DJ back from injury and continuing ramping up the rotation of Aaron for this team. Both need to happen successfully for this team not to throw another clunker this afternoon.

But getting into the X's and O's of the game, the Quakers of Penn are sitting at 6-4 on the year with a quality win over Villanova, but also multiple bad losses that include La Salle and Maryland-Eastern Shore. Even with the inconsistencies, Penn has still averaged 80.1 points per game against its competition. So far the Quakers have relied on Clark Slajchert as their main scorer, in which he averages 19 points and is shooting 45% from three this year. Penn is not the tallest or most athletic team but just like UNC-Wilmington, they will not back down.

The young Wildcats cannot overlook anybody after what happened last Saturday. For Kentucky, this game has kind of presented itself on the schedule as a game you cannot drop. With the 'Cats traveling to Atlanta next week to play UNC, Kentucky needs some momentum to keep the fanbase positive.

The main keys to winning need to be to shoot more threes, get out in transition, and not get beat on straight-line drives. If we can accomplish that then it should be smooth sailing and things should start falling into place to take on a top-25 matchup with North Carolina in Atlanta next week.

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