Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Ivy League Race Begins Friday Night

Penn and Harvard square off in a key Ivy League match Friday.

The Ivy League Race Begins Friday Night

Penn's quest to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007 begins Friday night, when Harvard (6-0 Ivy League) comes to the Palestra to face the Quakers (4-1). Those two, along with Yale (5-1), have separated themselves from the rest of the Ivy pack already.

Here are how Penn and Harvard match up statistically:

             Penn       Harvard
Record 12-10 20-2
Points/Game 67.8 65.7
   Opp. 67.5 53.6
Field Goal Pct. 44.6% 46.2%
   Opp. 43.8% 40.0%
3-Pt. FG Pct. 37.3% 36.4%
   Opp. 35.1% 32.2%
3FG/Game 7.27 6.05
   Opp. 6.45 4.23
Free Throw Pct. 73.3% 74.8%
   Opp. 70.0% 63.1%
Rebounds/Game       31.55 32.77
   Opp. 33.41 28.64
Assists/Game 14.09 12.77
   Opp. 12.82 9.50
Assists/FG 0.593 0.573
   Opp. 0.560 0.475
Steals/Game 7.41 6.64
   Opp. 6.09 5.68
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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