Says the Daily Pennsylvanian:

Grit is used to refer to almost any positive trait not measurable on a stat sheet. Grit is a team’s ability to overcome adversity, to win in tight games, to play defense competently, to hustle, to care, to be tough both mentally and physically, to play with emotion, to want it, and to have that it-factor. It is all of those things and none of those things. What do you call a team that dives after loose balls and works in the face of adversity but loses tight games and lacks the it-factor mentality? Or the team that plays tough physically and hyper-emotionally but breaks down when faced with adversity? You can’t really be halfway gritty. 

The irony of an Ivy League school having a team that prides itself on workman-like grit is not lost on me, but there’s no way around it. This is the grittiest team I’ve ever seen. Everything they do is gritty. The way in which the Quakers came up with two of the biggest wins in their careers in a span of a week made me sure of it — Penn men’s basketball is the grittiest team in Philadelphia. 

The Quakers showed the world last Wednesday — on national television — that they can overcome just about anything. There was evidence of their grit everywhere. They overcame foul trouble (the result of questionable officiating) that forced junior starters Devon Goodman and AJ Brodeur to the bench. Senior Jake Silpe slid across the floor for a loose ball that earned him a standing ovation from the Palestra crowd. One of the captains, senior forward Max Rothschild, who was playing hurt, earned two assists in a crucial moment, provided spirited energy, and promptly fouled out. They out-muscled the national champion Villanova Wildcats in as physical and defensive a game the Big 5 has seen in recent memory. And let’s not forget that they’re playing without last year’s leading scorer in the injured Ryan Betley.