GAME 28 - PENN (13-14, 7-6 Ivy) vs. PRINCETON (23-6, 11-2 Ivy)
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 * 7 p.m.
TV: ESPN3.com (Scott Graham, Tim O'Toole)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM / Sirius Satellite 130 (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)
What's At Stake
*IF PENN WINS: The Quakers will finish the season 8-6 in the Ivy League and tie Yale for third place in the standings; Princeton will finish 11-3 and place second in the standings behind Harvard.
*IF PRINCETON WINS: The Quakers will finish 7-7 in the League and place fourth in the standings; Princeton, meanwhile, will be 12-2 and tie for the Ivy title with the Crimson. Those two teams would play a one-game playoff to determine the league's NCAA Tournament representative; the playoff would take place Saturday at 4 p.m. in Yale's John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Tuesday's game will represent the final home game for five outgoing seniors - Jack Eggleston, Dan Monckton, Andreas Schreiber, Darren Smith and Conor Turley. They will be honored in a ceremony prior to the game beginning at approximately 6:55 p.m. (Two other players listed as seniors on Penn's roster, Tyler Bernardini and Zack Gordon, have another year of eligibility and plan to come back for the 2011-12 season.)
Penn vs. Princeton
*The Quakers and the Tigers have played 223 times, with Penn holding a 122-101 lead in the series; Penn has not played any other opponent more than Princeton.
*Princeton has held the upper hand of late, winning the last four in a row including a 62-59 overtime win on Feb. 8 and a sweep last year, 58-51 here at The Palestra and 68-56 at Jadwin Gym in Princeton.
*Last month's game marked the 14th time Penn and Princeton have gone to overtime in a game (five of them have come in the last 14 overall meetings). The record is an even 7-7.
*In that game last month, Tyler Bernardini led all scorer with 19 points while Miles Cartwright had 11 points. Zack Rosen filled the box score with eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. For Princeton, four players scored 11 points (Patrick Saunders, Douglas Davis, Dan Mavraides, Mack Darrow) while Ian Hummer had eight points and 11 boards. Kareem Maddox had eight points, nine rebounds, three assists and five blocked shots.
The Penn-Princeton Rivalry
Both Penn and Princeton have both won 25 Ivy League titles, far ahead of the rest of the Ancient Eight institutions. To give you a sense of the dominance...
*Before Cornell's three-year title run from 2008-10, either Penn or Princeton won every championship from 1989-2007 (Penn won nine, Princeton won eight, they tied in 1996, and they both shared with Yale in 2002).
*Prior to that, Penn and/or Princeton won at least a share of every Ivy League championship from 1963 to 1987 with one exception (Brown in 1986).
*Senior Jack Eggleston made his 100th start in a Penn uniform on February 4 vs. Dartmouth; the last player to start 100 games for Penn was Tim Begley, who made 113 starts from 2001-05.
*Eggleston enters this weekend six rebounds shy of reaching 700 for his career; the last Penn player to record 700 career boards was Mark Zoller, who ended his career in 2007 with 750 boards.
*Eggleston dished off his 200th career assist on Feb. 8 at Princeton and now has 218 for his career.
*Eggleston had four steals at Brown on Feb. 18 and now has 104 for his career.
And Then There's Rosen...
*Junior Zack Rosen had 11 assists last weekend, giving him 149 for the season which makes him 3-for-3 getting into triple digits in that category. Since the statistic became official at Penn in 1978-79, the only other players in history to have 100 or more assists in three straight seasons are Paul Chambers (1990-92), current head coach Jerome Allen (1993-95) and Michael Jordan (1998-2000). Unlike Rosen, who still has a year left, those players did it their sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
*Rosen enters Tuesday's game sixth on Penn's single-season list in assists, and needs three dishes to move into fourth ahead of Dave Wohl (151 in 1971-72) and Chambers (151 in 1991-92). Penn's single-season record is 162, originally set in 2000-01 by David Klatsky and matched in 2006-07 by Ibrahim Jaaber, while Allen is third on the single-season list with 160 in 1994-95.
*Among the players on the single-season Top 10 list, Rosen's 5.52 per-game average is fourth, behind Chambers (5.80 in 1991-92), Allen (5.71 in 1994-95) and Klatsky (5.59 in 2000-01).
*Rosen enters the Princeton game with 412 career assists, placing him fourth all-time at Penn. Of the current group that makes up the top five, Rosen's 4.96 per-game average is unmatched.
Quaker Notemeal From at Dartmouth
* Penn swept Dartmouth for the second straight season and has won 27 of the last 29 from the Big Green.
*Penn tied a season high by making 10 three-point baskets.
*Senior Jack Eggleston led Penn in scoring for the seventh time this season, dropping 21 points; it was his fifth 20-point game this season and his seventh at Penn.
*Eggleston also led the Quakers with eight rebounds; he has led Penn in boards in 23 of 27 games this season.
*Senior Tyler Bernardini scored 16 points, all of them in the second half; he has scored in double digits in six straight games and 18 overall this season.
*After shooting 0-of-6 from the field (0-4 three-pointers) in the first half, Bernardini was 6-of-9 (4-7) in the second half.
*Junior Zack Rosen scored 13 points, his team-leading 22nd double-figure scoring game in 2010-11.
*Rosen also had six assists against just one turnover; he has five or more assists in 15 of Penn's last 16 contests.
*Freshman Miles Cartwright had 10 points, his fifth straight game in double digits and 16th this season.
*On Penn's all-time scoring list, Eggleston now has 1,238 points; Rosen has 1,116; and Bernardini has 1,061.
Notemeal From at Harvard
*Penn's 22-point deficit at halftime (47-25) was its largest this season.
*Harvard's 47-point first half matched the best by a Penn opponent this season (Brown scored 47 first-half points on Jan. 29).
*After starting the season 11-0 in such games, Penn has lost the last two contests despite making more free throws than its opponent (on Friday it was Penn 19, Harvard 16).
*Penn shot 19 of 20 from the foul line, the Quakers' second-best performance at the charity stripe this season (bettered only by the team's 15-of-15 performance against Saint Joseph's on Jan. 22).
*Cartwright led Penn with 16 points; it marked the second straight game and the sixth time this season he has led the team in that category.
*Cartwright also tied a season/career high with three three-point baskets.
*Eggleston had 13 points -- his first double-figure scoring game since Feb. 12 at Cornell -- and also led all players with six rebounds.
*Junior Mike Howlett played his first game for Penn in his home state (his hometown is Amesbury, Mass.); making his fourth straight start, Howlett had six points in 12 minutes.