Men's Basketball Hosts Princeton Tuesday
PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team concludes the 2010-11 season on Tuesday, and while the Quakers are out of the running for the Ivy League title they are still in a position lots of their fans like to see -- with the chance to knock their archrival, Princeton, out of the chase. The Tigers come to The Palestra on Tuesday tied with Harvard in the loss column, but with one fewer win than the Crimson. Harvard is finished.
GAME 28 - PENN (13-14, 7-6 Ivy) vs. PRINCETON (23-6, 11-2 Ivy)
What's At Stake
*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.
Penn vs. 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
*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).
*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...
*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 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
*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.