PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team puts the non-conference portion of its 2013-14 season behind it, and probably does so happily. The Quakers have 13 Ivy League games to close out the campaign, and after winning their opener against Princeton on January 11 they pick up the next chapter of the “14-game tournament” this weekend at Dartmouth and Harvard. Saturday's game will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network.
GAME 16 - PENN (4-11, 1-0) at DARTMOUTH (7-9, 0-2)
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 * 7 p.m.
Leede Arena (Hanover, N.H.)
TV: Ivy League Digital Network (there is a fee for this service)
Radio: WNTP 990 AM (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)
GAME 17 - PENN (4-11, 1-0) at HARVARD (15-3, 2-0)
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 * 9 p.m.
Lavietes Pavilion (Cambridge, Mass.)
TV: NBC Sports Network (Dave Popkin, Dalen Cuff)
Radio: WNTP 990 AM (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)
The Dartmouth-Harvard Road Weekend
*The Quakers have made this trip to the Northernmost Ivies 57 times; they have swept the trip 34 times, split it 18 times -- including five of the last six years -- and been swept five times.
*Among the 18 splits Penn has had on this trip, eight times the loss came at Dartmouth and 10 times it came at Harvard.
*Last year, Penn lost at Harvard but then won at Dartmouth. The last time the Quakers made the trip in this order -- Dartmouth Friday, Harvard Saturday -- they swept it. That was two years ago.
The Penn-Dartmouth Series
* The Quakers and the Big Green have met 205 times, with Penn leading the series 148-57.
*Penn and Dartmouth split their season series last year, the Quakers winning in Hanover (67-57) behind 14 points each from Jamal Lewis and Henry Brooks, and the Big Green winning in Philadelphia (69-64) despite Tony Hicks’ 23 points; that win was just Dartmouth’s fourth at The Palestra since the 1958-59 season.
*Penn had won seven in a row before Dartmouth’s win last season; the Quakers had also won 23 straight before the Big Green swept the season series in 2009.
The Penn-Harvard Series
*The Quakers and the Crimson have met 164 times, with Penn holding a sizable 129-35 lead in the series.
*That said, Harvard has won eight of the last 11 meetings including six in a row from 2009-12.
*These teams have split each of the last two seasons. Last year, Harvard won the first meeting at home (73-54) despite 14 points by Darien Nelson-Henry; two weeks later, at The Palestra, Penn won 75-72 behind 24 points from Tony Hicks and a double-double from Nelson-Henry (18 points, 11 rebounds).
Up The Scoring Chart
Senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright has 1,254 points for his career which is 19th in Penn history; he passed Phil Hankinson (1,236 points from 1971-73), Barry Pierce (1,245 from 1991-94), Jack Eggleston (1,248 from 2008-11) and Matt Maloney (1,248 from 1993-95) during last weekend’s win over NJIT. Perry Bromwell (1,265 points from 1985-87) is 18th on Penn’s all-time scoring list, while Joe Sturgis (1,292 from 1954-56) is 17th.
The Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Penn is playing its first road games since January 2 this weekend; the Quakers were home each of the last four Saturdays in their only other January action.
*Penn played a game on every Saturday in January this season. Seems reasonable, right? It is, until you realize that the Quakers haven’t done that since the 2002-03 season. (That is due mostly to the Quakers’ Ivy League travel partner, Princeton, being in exams and Penn struggling to find non-conference games.)
*Penn has held 12 of its 15 opponents this season below 45 percent shooting from the field; George Mason was one of those three teams, barely -- the Patriots shot 45.3 percent (24-53) on January 2.
*Penn has outrebounded two of its last three opponents by 17, Princeton on January 11 and NJIT last Saturday.
*Penn is 4-3 this season when leading at the half; in the three losses, their halftime leads were 1 (Lafayette), 1 (Wagner), and 2 (George Mason).
*Penn entered the week sixth nationally in assist/field goal ratio, at .650; that is behind only Denver (.684), Utah State (.682), Creighton (.655), UC Santa Barbara (.651) and American (.651).
*In Penn’s 15 games so far, head coach Jerome Allen has played 15 players in a game twice this season, 14 players four times, and 13 players four times; last Saturday, all 11 players who dressed saw time.
*Nine different players have made at least two starts for Penn this season, and only senior Fran Dougherty has started all 15 games.
*Penn has used eight different starting lineups in its 15 games this season -- five of them in the last nine games -- and has put out the same lineup in consecutive games just five times.
*Penn has four players averaging double figures in scoring -- Tony Hicks (15.5), Darien Nelson-Henry (12.5), Dougherty (11.9), Miles Jackson-Cartwright (11.8) -- but last Saturday was the first time this season the Quakers had more than three double-figure scorers in a game.
*Through the first 15 games, five different players have led Penn in scoring (Dougherty, Jackson-Cartwright, Hicks, Nelson-Henry, Julian Harrell) and all five have had at least one 20-point game.
*After recording 14 rebounds combined in Penn’s first four games (3.5 rpg), Dougherty has 94 in the last 11 contests (8.6 rpg); he has snared nine or more boards in eight of Penn’s last 10 games.
*Hicks has led Penn in scoring each of the last five games (19.0 ppg in that stretch); he tied for team-high honors in last weekend’s win over NJIT with Jackson-Cartwright.
*Over the last eight games, 25 of Jackson-Cartwright‘s 32 field goals have been three-pointers; he is 25-of-45 (55.6 percent) from beyond the arc during that span, after going 9-of-27 (33.3 percent) in Penn’s first seven games.
*Jackson-Cartwright has hit six three-pointers in one game this season (Rider), five treys in another game (Monmouth), and four in three other games (Villanova, George Mason, NJIT).
*After going 9-of-9 last weekend against NJIT, Jackson-Cartwright enters the weekend having hit 11 consecutive free throws; eight times this season, he has been perfect at the line (at least two attempts).
*Jackson-Cartwright has started 94 of the last 97 games he has played at Penn; earlier this season, he came off the bench at Marist due to a thumb injury. The other times he played in a game but did not start during this stretch? Dec. 10, 2011 at UCLA, and March 8, 2011 against Princeton (Penn’s Senior Day of his freshman year).
*Nelson-Henry missed four games before starting on January 11 against Princeton (17 points, 8 rebounds), while Harrell missed two games before starting against the Tigers (7 points, 6 assists).