PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team has put itself in a position that was almost unthinkable a few short weeks ago. The winners of seven in a row, the Quakers head to Princeton's Jadwin Gym for Tuesday night's game with the Tigers with an opportunity to gain a share of the Ivy League title with Harvard. That is a reversal from last year, when Princeton came to The Palestra looking to gain a share of the crown (also with Harvard) and did so, beating Penn 70-58.
Tuesday's game can be heard in the Philadelphia area on WXPN (88.5 FM); please note this is a change from the original schedule, which had the game airing on ESPN 950 AM. In addition, fans outside the Philadelphia area can hear Brian Seltzer and Vince Curran's call of the game online at PennAthletics.com via the Penn Sports Network. Those interested in watching the game can do so on ESPN3.com, which announced it was picking up the game Saturday night following the Quakers' win over Yale.
GAME 31 - PENN (19-11, 11-2) at PRINCETON (18-12, 9-4)
Jadwin Gym (Princeton, N.J.)
Tuesday, March 6 * 7:30 p.m.
TV: ESPN3.com (Scott Graham, John Celestand)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
What's At Stake
*If Penn wins Tuesday night, the Quakers will tie Harvard for the Ivy League title at 12-2. The Quakers and Crimson will be declared co-champions, and will meet later this week in a one-game playoff to determine the conference's NCAA Tournament bid. Princeton, meanwhile, would finish the season 9-5 in Ivy play and tie Yale for third place.
*If Penn loses Tuesday night, Harvard wins the Ivy League title outright and gains the Ancient Eight's NCAA bid. The Quakers would finish alone in second, at 11-3, while Princeton would be third (10-4) and Yale would be fourth (9-5).
The Penn-Princeton Rivalry
*The most historic rivalry in the Ancient Eight -- these programs hold 51 Ivy League titles between them -- the Quakers and Tigers are meeting for the 226th time in history with Penn holding a 123-102 advantage.
*Penn snapped a five-game losing streak to Princeton earlier this season, defeating the Tigers 82-67 at The Palestra in Philadelphia on January 30. Zack Rosen had 28 points and five assists to lead the Quakers, while Miles Cartwright and Steve Rennard scored 10 points each. For Princeton, Ian Hummer led the way with 21 points while Brendan Connolly had 15 (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Douglas Davis added 14.
*Penn has lost two in a row at Princeton, but prior to that the Quakers won seven of eight and nine of 11 at Jadwin Gym.
*Penn and Princeton have gone to overtime in five of the last 16 matchups (the Tigers winning three).
It Should Be Noted...
*Penn has won seven games in a row -- its longest win streak since the 2006-07 Quakers ended the regular season with 10 straight wins -- eight of its last nine, and 12 of its last 14.
*Penn has won 19 games, after winning just six two years ago and 13 last season. The last time the Quakers won 20 was 2006-07, when they went 22-9.
*In the last 10 games, Penn has held eight opponents to 60 points or less, six to 55 points or less, and three below 50
*Penn is 6-1 in games decided by three or fewer points, 9-1 when holding opponents below 60 points, 12-1 when leading at the half, and 10-2 when putting three or more players in double digits.
*Penn has held 21 of its 30 opponents below 45-percent shooting from the field (including 12 at 40 percent or lower); last year, the Quakers held just 14 of their 28 opponents below the 45-percent mark, and only eight below 40 percent.
*Penn has shot better than 45 percent from the field in five of the last six games, including three contests at 50 percent or better.
*Penn has been held to single digits in free-throw attempts in five of the last 10 games.
*Rosen has scored 20 or more points in four of Penn's last six games (averaging 20.9 ppg during that stretch) and has been in double figures in 14 straight (18.4 ppg).
*Rosen has led Penn in scoring 19 times in 30 games this season, including each of the last six and seven of the last eight.
*Senior Rob Belcore has scored in double figures 11 times in Penn's last 23 games; prior to this run, his last double-figure outing came March 5, 2010 at Harvard.
*Sophomore Fran Dougherty has averaged 5.2 rebounds per game over the last eight contests.
Quaker Notemeal From Brown/Yale
*Penn swept this home weekend for the 38th time in 53 tries.
*Penn held Brown to 43 points on Friday -- an opponent low in the Jerome Allen era -- and Yale to 47 on Saturday. The last time Penn held an opponent to 43 or fewer points was Jan. 17, 2009 (a 59-40 win at NJIT); the last time it happened in an Ivy League game was Feb. 13, 2007 (a 48-35 win over Princeton).
*Brown set an opponent low in the Jerome Allen coaching era in second-half points (19); one night later, Yale set opponent lows in the Allen era for field goals (14), field-goal percentage (27.5), and assists (4).
*Penn scored 54 points in its win over Brown, its lowest total in a win since defeating Dartmouth 53-51 on Feb. 5, 2010.
*Senior guard Tyler Bernardini scored 10 points vs. Brown, his 19th double-figure scoring game but first since Feb. 11 vs. Dartmouth and just his second since Jan. 30 vs. Princeton.
*Eleven different players scored in the Yale game, including freshman forward Keelan Cairns who hit a three-pointer for his first collegiate points.