Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7:00 PM, at Draddy Gymnasium, Bronx, NY
Manhattan (1-0) returns home after pulling out a 75-70 victory at NJIT. Despite missing multiple players due to injuries or other reasons, Manhattan was still able to win on the road. Now Manhattan looks to do the same in front of Jasper fans back in the Bronx.
The Jaspers will play their home opener against the Pennsylvania Quakers (1-0) out of the Ivy League. Penn, which was picked to finish in fourth place in the Ivy League, defeated Davidson 69-64 last Saturday.
Both the Jaspers and the Quakers are coming off of poor seasons, and it would mean a lot to both teams to start the season 2-0.
Keys For Penn
Zack Rosen, stay out of foul trouble. Despite putting up solid numbers against Davidson, Zack Rosen could not help his team as much as he would have wanted. Due to foul trouble, Rosen only played 23 minutes. If he was able to score 16 points and grab five rebounds in 23 minutes, he could extreme damage to Manhattan is he is able to get more playing time.
Keep a balanced attack. In the season opener, Penn had five players score seven points or more. Keeping a balanced attack, just like the Quakers did against Davidson, will make the defense work more.
Battle for boards. Against Davidson, Jack Eggleston was the only player that was consistently getting rebounds. Manhattan has solid size, and some of the smaller Penn players will have to compete on the backboards with some of the bigger Manhattan players.
Keys For Manhattan
Stay out of foul trouble. Manhattan did not have any major troubles with fouling at NJIT, except for Rhamel Brown fouling out late in the game. Manhattan is already very short-handed due to injuries and ineligibility.
Manhattan only has nine players that will definitely be ready for Wednesday's game, and the Jaspers will have 10 if senior guard Nick Walsh recovers from his injury in time. The Jaspers cannot afford to have players in foul trouble with such a thin bench.
Get everybody involved. Manhattan really started to jell against NJIT when everybody was able to get involved. The Jaspers have multiple players that can make good contributions to the team.
Keep Michael Alvarado as the point guard. Despite being a freshman, Alvarado looked solid at the point against NJIT. Even though Alvarado was not racking up assists the way one might want a point guard to do, but he was still able to keep the offense moving.
Take advantage of free throws. In past years, Manhattan has struggled from the foul line. On Saturday, the Jaspers made 34 free throws in 46 attempts for a solid 74 percent. If Manhattan cannot hit its free throws, it could be a long night at Draddy Gymnasium.
Matchup To Look Forward To—Miles Cartwright vs. Michael Alvarado
After stellar collegiate debuts, Michael Alvarado and Miles Cartwright won the Rookie of the Week awards in their respective conferences. Against NJIT, Alvarado scored 23 points and had 8 rebounds. He shot 12-for-15 from the foul line. Against Davidson, Cartwright scored 18 points and also swiped five steals. Cartwright made all four of his free throws and shot 2-for-4 from three-point range.
These two young, talented guards will have a battle to see who is the better rookie on Wednesday night.
This will be the first time Manhattan and Penn have met since December 29, 2003. Penn won the last meeting 49-47, and the Quakers are 6-2 in the all-time series.