PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team ends the campaign with three straight road games, starting this weekend with the daunting New York swing of Columbia and Cornell. The Quakers will get on the bus Friday afternoon for the trip up to New York City, get off the bus long enough to play Columbia that night, then it’s back on the bus for Cornell on Saturday night.
GAME 26 - PENN (7-18, 4-7 Ivy League) at COLUMBIA (18-11, 7-5)
Friday, March 7, 2014 * 7 p.m.
Levien Gym (New York City)
TV: Ivy League Digital Network (there is a fee for this service)
Radio: WNTP 990 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
GAME 27 – PENN at CORNELL (2-24, 1-11)
Saturday, March 8, 2014 * 7 p.m.
Newman Arena (Ithaca, N.Y.)
TV: Ivy League Digital Network (there is a fee for this service)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
The Columbia-Cornell Road Weekend
*This is the 55th time Penn has made the New York road swing through the Ivy League; the Quakers have swept this trip 22 times, split it 22 times, and been swept 10 times.
*Penn split last year’s trip, beating Cornell on Friday before losing at Columbia on Saturday. The year before, in 2011-12, the Quakers swept the Lions and the Big Red. The two years before that, however, Penn was swept on this trip.
The Series with Columbia
*The Quakers have met the Lions 224 times, more than any other team except Princeton (229 meetings).
*Penn has won five of the last six meetings, including a 68-60 decision on February 8 at The Palestra in Philadelphia. In that game, Penn took an early lead and never looked back. Fran Dougherty had 23 points and 12 rebounds -- going 10-of-14 from the field -- while Tony Hicks scored 13 points.
*The last time Penn played here at Levien Gym, the Quakers lost 58-41 in one of the weirdest games you’ll ever see. In the contest, Columbia led by 10 at the half, hit just two field goals in the second half -- none in the final 15:18 of play -- yet still won by 17.
The Series with Cornell
*The Quakers have met the Big Red 221 times, more than any other team except Princeton (229 meetings) and Columbia (225).
*Penn has won four of the last five meetings, including a 90-83 victory almost exactly a month ago, on February 7. Tony Hicks scored 27 points in the victory, while Fran Dougherty had a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Miles Jackson-Cartwright scored 19 points.
*The last time Penn played in Ithaca, the Quakers won 79-71. Hicks had 29 points, the most by a Penn freshman since Jerome Allen dropped 31 on Cornell on March 7, 1992. Jackson-Cartwright, meanwhile, hit his 1,000th career point.
Up The Scoring Chart
Senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright enters this weekend with 1,364 points for his career which is 14th in Penn history; he passed Herb Lyon (1,356 from 1946-50) last weekend. Bob Morse (1,381 points from 1970-72) is next on the list, in 13th place.
Lists and Lists
Some other all-time lists that bear Jackson-Cartwright’s name entering the weekend...
*2nd all-time in minutes played
*5th all-time in games started
*t-6th all-time in games played
*7th all-time in assists
*9th all-time in free-throw percentage
*9th all-time in free throws made
*10th all-time in 3-point FG made
*10th all-time in steals
Dau Jok, Ambassador
Another senior, Dau Jok, is racking up the off-court awards this winter…
*In January, Jok was named one of five finalists as the college honoree for the Wooden Citizenship Cup, which will be given by the Athletes For A Better World in April.
*On February 11, Jok was named one of five honorees for the Allstate National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Good Works Team. along with Danny Berger (Utah State), Aaron Craft (Ohio State), Joe Harris (Virginia) and Jordan Morgan (Michigan). The Good Works Team will spend Final Four weekend in Dallas in early April, doing community service programs and being honored for their off-court achievements.
*On February 20, Jok was honored by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) as one of three recipients for its Most Courageous Award, along with Akron men’s basketball operations coordinator Dan Peters and Westmont College women’s basketball coach Kirsten Moore. Dau will receive his award at the USBWA’s honors breakfast during the Final Four in Dallas on Monday, April 7.
With the spate of injuries that have bedeviled the Quakers this season, Coach Allen has reached into the JV program and added freshman guard Matt Poplawski to the roster. He has dressed for the last four games, playing in three of them and scoring the game’s final two points against Harvard. He will wear #14. This fall, Poplawski was a member of Penn’s Ivy League champion men’s soccer team -- he started all seven of the Quakers’ Ivy matches -- and earned honorable mention All-Ivy in the midfield with six points (2g, 2a).
The Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Speaking of injuries, Penn entered the weekend having lost 94 games to injury this season including five players who have missed more than 10 games apiece due to injury. Six of the nine players who have missed games due to injury -- Camryn Crocker, Julian Harrell, Matt Howard, Greg Louis, Patrick Lucas-Perry, Preston Troutt -- are done for the year.
*Penn entered the weekend 7-5 this season when leading at the half; aside from the January 31 game at Dartmouth, when the Quakers surrendered a seven-point halftime advantage and lost to the Big Green, the halftime leads they have lost were 1 point (Lafayette), 1 point (Wagner), 2 points (George Mason), and 2 points (at Brown).
*Ten different players have made at least two starts for Penn this season, and only senior Fran Dougherty has started all 25 games.
*Penn has used 10 different starting lineups this season; that said, the Quakers had started the same five guys for six games before going with an all-senior starting lineup last Saturday in the final home game.
*Penn has four players averaging double figures in scoring -- Tony Hicks (15.9), Dougherty (12.2), Miles Jackson-Cartwright (11.5), Darien Nelson-Henry (10.6) -- but the Quakers have had more than three double-figure scorers in a game just twice this season (January 25 against NJIT, February 22 vs. Dartmouth).
*Five different players have led Penn in scoring (Dougherty, Jackson-Cartwright, Hicks, Nelson-Henry, 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 169 in the last 21 contests (8.1 rpg); he has snared nine or more boards in 11 of Penn’s last 19 games.
*Dougherty also has scored in double figures in six of the last eight games (14.1 ppg in that stretch); in the two games he didn’t reach double digits, he scored nine at Brown (2/15) and eight against Yale (last Saturday).
*Hicks has led Penn or shared the lead in scoring in 10 of the last 15 games (17.3 ppg in that stretch); the only game in which he didn’t reach double figures in scoring during this stretch was January 31 at Dartmouth (4 points).
*Nelson-Henry shot 25-of-32 from the field (78.1 percent) over a seven-game stretch, struggled a bit against Dartmouth and Brown (3-of-9, 33.3 percent), but then went 6-of-8 (75.0 percent) against Yale last Saturday.
*Jackson-Cartwright has scored in double figures in four straight games (14.0 ppg in that stretch) and also dished out 25 assists (6.3 apg).
*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).
*Fellow senior Steve Rennard, meanwhile, has hit three treys in three different games this season (Saint Joseph’s, at Dartmouth, home vs. Dartmouth).