Coming off an extremely difficult five-games-in-eight-days week, a stretch that ended with four straight losses -- three of them in overtime -- the Penn men's basketball team needs to put those events behind them. The Quakers head into the second half of the Ivy League schedule needing to right the ship, but it won't be an easy task as they hit the road to face a pair of teams that have come on lately in Brown and Yale.
GAME 22 - PENN (9-12, 3-4 Ivy) at BROWN (9-13, 2-6)
Pizzitola Sports Center (Providence, R.I.)
Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 * 7 p.m.
Radio: ESPN 950 AM / Sirius Satellite 130 (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
GAME 23 - PENN (9-10, 3-2) at YALE (12-10, 5-3)
John J. Lee Amphitheater (New Haven, Conn.)
Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 * 7 p.m.
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
Penn Game Notes (PDF)
Around the League
While Penn is at Brown and Yale, Princeton (7-0) will reverse the trip by playing the Bulldogs on Friday and the Bears on Saturday. Yale probably needs to beat Princeton to stay in contention. On the other half of the slate, Harvard (7-1) will look to keep pace with the front-running Tigers with its own road trip -- the Crimson are at Cornell (2-6) on Friday and Columbia (4-4) on Saturday. Dartmouth (1-7) will be in New York City on Friday and Ithaca on Saturday.
The Brown-Yale Road Weekend
Penn has made this road trip 54 times. The Quakers have swept it 25 times, split it 23 times, and been swept six times. Last year, Penn fell at Yale but won at Brown. The year before that, the Quakers swept Brown and Yale in that order. The last time Penn was swept was 2004.
Penn vs. Brown
*The Quakers added to their lead in this rivalry, improving to 98-21 over the Bears with an 80-78, overtime win at The Palestra on January 29. Jack Eggleston had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead Penn, while Tyler Bernardini had 17 points, Zack Rosen added 13 and Conor Turley score 12. For Brown, which played without Peter Sullivan, Sean McGonagill had 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Adrian Williams scored 22 points.
*Penn has now won four of the last five games with Brown, and 10 of the last 13. Here in Providence, the Quakers have again won four of the last five, the only loss coming in 2008.
Penn vs. Yale
*The Quakers now lead the series with the Bulldogs 144-69 after a 66-58 win at The Palestra on January 28. In that game, Penn jumped out to a 24-6 lead and held off a strong Yale charge down the stretch. Four Penn players scored in double figures, led by Miles Cartwright (18) and Rosen (16). Eggleston had 13 points and eight rebounds. For Yale, Greg Mangano had 20 points and eight boards while Porter Braswell scored 19 points.
*New Haven has been a difficult spot for Penn in recent years, as the Quakers are just 5-5 in the last decade at the Lee Amphitheater. That includes last year's 61-48 defeat.
Over(time) and Over(time) and Over(time) Again...
*Penn has played five overtime games this season, and they came in a nine-game stretch from January 12 (at La Salle) to last Friday (at Cornell). The program record for OT games in a season is six, set in 1983-84. (As an aside, all of those 83-84 OT games came in Ivy play.)
*Four of Penn's seven Ivy League games have gone to extra time, with the Quakers going 1-3 in those contests. That includes a double-overtime affair with Harvard on February 5. Add it all up, and Penn has played an extra 25 minutes of Ivy League action this season -- more than half a game.
*Penn had a three-game stretch of overtime games from Feb. 5 to Feb. 11, one shy of the NCAA record of four held by three separate teams (most recently Dayton in 1988). The Quakers also played three straight OT games in 1983-84. That year, Penn went 2-1. This year, the Quakers lost all three. In an informal survey of the SIDs at the NCAA Division I level, it appears Penn holds the dubious distinction of being the only team to play three straight OT games and lose all three.
Welcome to the Club!
In Penn's 78-68 win at Delaware on Dec. 22, senior forward Jack Eggleston scored his 1,000th point at Penn on a bucket that opened the second half. He became the 35th player in program history to reach the mark, and the first since Mark Zoller reached it on Dec. 2, 2006. Eggleston enters the weekend with 1,145 points in his Penn career.
A second player joined Eggleston in the 1,000-point club last weekend -- junior Zack Rosen hit a three-pointer early in the Cornell game last Friday to push him over the 1,000-point mark. He became the club's 36th member and enters this weekend with 1,026 career points.
Three's a Crowd?
We don't want to jinx it, of course, but there is a third Penn player who has 1,000 points in his sights, Tyler Bernardini (968 entering the weekend). Bernardini is currently listed as a senior, but he has applied for a fifth year after missing almost the entire 2009-10 season due to a foot injury.
*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 collected his 600th career rebound during the Yale-Brown weekend on Jan. 28-29; the last Penn player to record 600 rebounds was Mark Zoller, who ended his career in 2007 with 750 boards.
*Eggleston dished off his 200th career assist on last Tuesday at Princeton.
*Eggleston needs two more steals to reach 100 for his career.
And Then There's Rosen...
*Rosen had five assists last Tuesday at Princeton, pushing him over 100 for the third straight season (he is currently at 114). Since the statistic became official at Penn in 1978-79, the only players in history to have 100 or more assists in three straight seasons are Paul Chambers (1990-92), 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 this weekend with 377 career assists, and needs 10 to move into the Top 5 all-time at Penn. Of the current group that makes up the top five, only one has a better per-game average than Rosen's 4.90 (Chambers, 4.95).