The Penn men's basketball program has announced its 2010-11 schedule. The Quakers will play another challenging schedule this year, with six teams that played in the NCAA Tournament last year and five that were ranked or receiving votes in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll. The schedule also include three programs ahead of No. 10 Penn on the list of all-time wins among NCAA Division I programs -- Duke (4), Temple (6), and UCLA (8).
For the second time in five years, Penn will participate in the Philly Hoop Group Classic. Put on by the Hoop Group, the exempt event will allow the Quakers to play four games that only count as one toward the NCAA limit. Thus, Penn will play 31 regular-season games this year instead of the usual 28.
"I am excited about our schedule," said Penn's John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men's Basketball, Jerome Allen. "Penn is one of the most historic college basketball programs in the country, and our goal is to give our players the greatest experience that they can have. With that in mind, we have put together what I believe is one of the top non-conference schedules in the country. This will prepare us well for the Ivy League, which is probably as strong, top to bottom, as it has been in a long time."
The regular season begins at UMBC on Friday, Nov. 11. The following Monday, the Quakers play their home opener, and what an opener it is -- Temple comes to The Palestra for the earliest Philadelphia Big 5 game in program history. Following that, Penn enters into Hoop Group play with a game at Rider on Thursday, Nov. 17. Two days later, the Red and Blue welcome back alum Andrew Toole as he brings his Robert Morris club to The Palestra for another Hoop Group contest.
Penn jumps out of Hoop Group play on Tuesday, Nov. 22 to host Wagner, before concluding Hoop Group play Thanksgiving weekend with a pair of games at The Palestra. The Quakers will host the University of Pittsburgh -- which finished fourth in last year's final AP poll -- to conclude a Friday tripleheader, and on Saturday they host James Madison as part of a doubleheader.
Following another home game, this one with Manhattan (Tuesday, Nov. 29), Penn has its second Big 5 game with a Dec. 3 trip to Villanova. Delaware comes to The Palestra on Wednesday, Dec. 7, before the Quakers travel cross-country for a one-off game against UCLA. That game will take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., as the Bruins' famed Pauley Pavilion is undergoing renovations and will not be ready at that time.
Penn comes out of exams with a pre-Christmas game at home against Marist (Friday, Dec. 23), and then between the Christmas and New Year's the Quakers reprise their trip from two years ago -- they will play at Davidson on Dec. 29, then face Duke on New Year's Day in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Duke finished third in last year's AP national poll.
Penn returns from Tobacco Road and immediately makes a trip to Lafayette (Wednesday, Jan. 4), then plays its third Big 5 game when La Salle visits The Palestra on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
Ivy League play opens the weekend of Jan. 13-14 when the Quakers make their New York swing to face Columbia and Cornell. That is followed by Penn's final Big 5 game the next weekend, the annual Palestra tussle with Saint Joseph's.
Penn and Princeton renew their historic rivalry at The Palestra on Monday, Jan. 30. It will mark the first time since Jan. 6, 1996 (a Saturday) that the Quakers and the Tigers have not played a regular-season game on a Tuesday. Going further back, it was Jan. 31, 1972 -- almost exactly 30 years -- when these nemeses last played on a Monday.
The Ivy League weekends start in earnest Feb. 3-4, with the Quakers traveling to Yale and Brown. Penn's first home weekend is Feb. 10-11, when Harvard and Dartmouth come to town. Cornell and Columbia visit The Palestra the following weekend, and then the Red and Blue make the long trip to Dartmouth and Harvard. The final full weekend will take place at The Palestra, Penn hosting Brown and Yale, before the Quakers and the Tigers close out the regular season with their finale on Tuesday, March 6.
PENN MEN'S BASKETBALL
Friday, Nov. 11 ... at UMBC
Monday, Nov. 14 ... TEMPLE #
Thursday, Nov. 17 ... at Rider (HG)
Saturday, Nov. 19 ... ROBERT MORRIS (HG)
Tuesday, Nov. 22 ... WAGNER
Friday, Nov. 25 ... PITT (HG)
Saturday, Nov. 26 ... JAMES MADISON (HG)
Tuesday, Nov. 29 ... MANHATTAN
Saturday, Dec. 3 ... at Villanova #
Wednesday, Dec. 7 ... DELAWARE
Saturday, Dec. 10 ... vs. UCLA (at the Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif.)
Friday, Dec. 23 ... MARIST
Thursday, Dec. 29 ... at Davidson
Sunday, Jan. 1 ... at Duke
Wednesday, Jan. 4 ... at Lafayette
Tuesday, Jan. 10 ... LA SALLE #
Friday, Jan. 13 ... at Columbia*
Saturday, Jan. 14 ... at Cornell*
Saturday, Jan. 21 ... SAINT JOSEPH'S #
Monday, Jan. 30 ... PRINCETON*
Friday, Feb. 3 ... at Yale*
Saturday, Feb. 4 ... at Brown*
Friday, Feb. 10 ... HARVARD*
Saturday, Feb. 11 ... DARTMOUTH*
Friday, Feb. 17 ... CORNELL*
Saturday, Feb. 18 ... COLUMBIA*
Friday, Feb. 24 ... at Dartmouth*
Saturday, Feb. 25 ... at Harvard*
Friday, March 2 ... BROWN*
Saturday, March 3 ... YALE*
Tuesday, March 6 ... at Princeton*
*Ivy League game
# Philadelphia Big 5 game
(HG) Philly Hoop Group Classic game
Home games in ALL CAPS played at The Palestra