PHILADELPHIA – The 2013-14 season is here! And what a way to start it -- a Philadelphia Big 5 clash with Temple. Former Penn head coach Fran Dunphy brings his Owls to The Palestra as he matches wits with one of his former Quaker players, current Penn head coach Jerome Allen. Today’s game marks the earliest Big 5 game in history, by date, and it matches Penn’s earliest start by date.
GAME 1 - PENN (0-0) vs. TEMPLE (0-0)
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 * 5 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
TV: IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com (there is a charge for this service)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Matt Leon, Vince Curran)
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Added Value to This Ticket - The Coz!
Following the Penn-Temple game on Saturday night, comedian Bill Cosby will be performing his stand-up routine in The Palestra. Tickets to the game will also allow you to stay for the show!
The Temple Series
*The Owls lead the series, 43-19, including six in a row and nine of the last 10 matchups.
*The last time they met here at The Palestra, almost exactly two years ago to the day, the Owls escaped with a 73-67 overtime victory.
*This marks the earliest Philadelphia Big 5 game, by date, in the Big 5’s history.
*Penn holds a 41-53 all-time record against the programs that are in the first incarnation of the brand-new American Athletic Conference (Cincinnati 0-1; Louisville 0-1; Memphis 0-1; Rutgers 19-4; SMU 3-2; Temple 19-43; UCF 0-1).
Temple’s appearance, of course, means a return to the Palestra for Owls head coach Fran Dunphy. He was Penn’s head coach for 17 years -- including the four years that current Penn mentor Jerome Allen played here -- and is still the program’s winningest coach, with 310 victories. One of Dunphy’s assistant coaches is Shawn Trice, who played at Penn with Allen and Penn assistant coach Ira Bowman. Another Temple assistant, Dave Duke, was an assistant at Penn under Dunphy for many years.
In addition to being the earliest Big 5 game in history, by date, Penn’s game with Temple matches the earliest start in Penn men’s basketball history. The other two times the Quakers played on Nov. 9 was in 2007, when they lost to Drexel in overtime here at The Palestra, 67-59; and last year, when they overcame a 22-point deficit to defeat UMBC again here at The Palestra, 80-75.
Home is Where the Wins Are
Penn enters the 2012-13 season with 803 wins at The Palestra, which opened in 1927. In an informal survey of the other NCAA Division I programs, only Washington (932 wins at Hec Edmundson Pavilion) and Butler (826 wins at Hinkle Fieldhouse) boast more wins in their current home than the Quakers. The Edmundson Pavilion was opened in 1927, while the Bulldogs opened Hinkle in 1928.
Across The Pond
Penn spent nine days in Italy during the month of August. The Quakers were in Venice for two nights, Florence for two night, and then spent the rest of the trip in Rome. Penn played three games while in Italy, winning all of them easily. The trip represented a homecoming of sorts for Head Coach Jerome Allen, who spent a majority of his professional playing career in Italy.
The Notes of Note
*Penn boasts two players who received all-conference recognition last year, senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright (second-team All-Ivy) and sophomore Tony Hicks (All-Ivy honorable mention). Jackson-Cartwright led Penn in scoring with 13.5 points per game last season, while Hicks was second with 10.4 ppg. Jackson-Cartwright also led Penn with 113 assists and was second with 31 steals and 35 three-point baskets.
*Hicks boasts a unique status in the long, illustrious history of University of Pennsylvania basketball. As a high school senior in Chicago, he earned a spot on the prestigious Parade All-America Team, one of 40 players nationwide to be so recognized. When he came to Penn, he became the first Parade All-America to suit up for the Quakers.
*Another player who likely would have earned All-Ivy honors last year was senior Fran Dougherty, if he hadn’t gotten hurt at midseason. Dougherty led Penn in scoring and rebounding through the first 10 games, missed several games due to mononucleosis, then came back for two games but suffered a season-ending injury during the second one. In 12 games overall, he averaged 13.8 points and 8.1 rebounds.
*Like Hicks, sophomore center Darien Nelson-Henry was another player who enjoyed a strong rookie campaign last year, averaging 7.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. However, he scored in double figures 10 times in his last 17 appearances, and had double-doubles against NJIT (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Ivy League champion Harvard (18 points, 11 rebounds). Nelson-Henry also led Penn with 25 blocked shots and a .540 field-goal percentage.
*Junior Henry Brooks started 28 games last year and played in 30 of the Quakers’ 31 contests. (Only Jackson-Cartwright started more, at 30.) Brooks averaged 6.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, scoring in double figures six times and ending the season with a nine-point, 11-rebound performance against Penn’s archrival, Princeton.
*Only one player saw time in every game for Penn last season, junior Greg Louis (after he did not play as a freshman due to injury). Louis averaged 3.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game last year, highlighted by a double-double at Delaware (19 points, 11 rebounds).
*Penn’s top three-point threat last year was junior Patrick Lucas-Perry; 38 of his 49 field goals came from beyond the arc, and he led the Quakers in that category. “PLP” had a trio of 15-point games -- against UMBC, at Temple and at Brown -- as well as 14 against Ivy League foe Cornell.
*Senior Steve Rennard has struggled to stay healthy the last few years; last season, he started 18 of the first 19 games before suffering a season-ending injury. He averaged 4.2 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.
*Another guard, sophomore Jamal Lewis, started 19 games and made 28 appearances overall. He averaged 3.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game -- highlighted by a 16-point game at Wagner and a 14-point effort at Dartmouth -- and led Penn with 38 steals while finishing second with 67 assists.
*One of the most inspirational players on Penn’s team is senior Dau Jok. A native of the Sudan, his family escaped to the United States after the death of his father. After an extremely limited role in Penn’s lineup his first two seasons, Jok played in 29 of the Quakers’ 31 games last year and averaged 3.7 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
*Junior guard Camryn Crocker started eight games last year and played in 27, averaging 2.2 points and 1.6 rebounds. He also had one of the best assist/turnover ratios in the Ivy League (62 assists/45 turnovers).
*Senior Cameron Gunter had a limited role for the first half of last season, scoring just 10 points total in Penn’s first 22 games; he then dropped 10 and added nine rebounds in the Quakers’ 23rd game, at Ivy League champion Harvard, and scored a combined 18 in the last eight contests. Expect him to get some good minutes during this trip, in the hopes that he will blossom in his final season at Penn.
*A player who did not see any time last year due to injury but is on the trip is sophomore Julian Harrell; he hopes to be a factor at the guard/forward spot.
Meet The Newcomers
*Tony Bagtas (Union City, Ga.) was a two-time first-team all-state and a two-time Player of the Year in South Atlanta, South Fulton and in his region. He also was Class 5A South Player of the Year as a junior at Westlake HS.
*Matt Howard (Columbia, S.C.) twas a two-time all-state selection and regional Player of the Year as a senior, when he led A.C. Flora to a 22-7 record and a regional title.
*Dylan Jones (Houston, Texas) was captain of his Village School team as a senior, and a three-time recipient of the team’s Best Defensive Award.
*Preston Troutt (Dallas, Texas) was a four-year letterwinner in basketball at Trinity Christian.
*David Winfield, Jr. (North Hollywood, Calif.) was a McDonald’s All-America nominee at Harvard-Westlake. If you are wondering, he is indeed the son of the baseball Hall of Famer who goes by the same name. Winfield’s twin sister, Arielle, is also a freshman at Penn and plays for the Quakers’ volleyball team.
Notes About The Schedule...
When Penn plays at Iowa on November 22 it will pit senior Dau Jok against his younger brother, Peter, a freshman for the Hawkeyes ... Penn will play George Mason for the first time in program history ... Seven Penn games will be nationally televised including three Ivy games on NBC Sports Network (1/11 Princeton, 2/1 at Harvard, 2/28 Brown).