The Penn men's basketball team looks to continue its run in the CBI Presented by Zebra Pen against a team that has certainly become a program familiar to college basketball fans in recent years. Butler comes to The Palestra for Monday's game after playing for the NCAA Tournament championship the last two years. The Quakers and Bulldogs will tip off at 8 p.m., and the game will be televised to a national audience on HDNet.
GAME 33 - PENN (20-12) vs. BUTLER (21-14)
Quarterfinal Round, CBI Presented by Zebra Pen
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Monday, March 19 * 8 p.m.
TV: HDNet (Kenny Rice, Keno Davis) - CLICK HERE to learn more about how to find HDNet!
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Matt Leon, Vince Curran)
Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Butler Game Notes (PDF)
The CBI Presented by Zebra Pen
A quirk in the CBI bracket is that the winning teams from Monday's quarterfinals will be re-shuffled for the semifinal round, which takes place on Wednesday. The other quarterfinal matchups (and potential opponents) for the Penn-Butler winner: TCU vs. Oregon State, Washington State vs. Wyoming, and Pitt vs. Princeton.
The Penn-Butler Series
*The Quakers and the Bulldogs are meeting for the first time in history.
Penn vs. the Horizon League
*Penn is 1-6 all-time against schools that currently play in the Horizon League (0-1 vs. Detroit, 1-3 vs. Illinois-Chicago, 0-2 vs. Loyola of Chicago).
*Penn's last game against a Horizon League team was its only win, a 90-78 decision over UIC on Dec. 21, 2006 here at The Palestra.
The Bulldogs advanced to the quarterfinals with a 75-58 win over Delaware last Wednesday in Indianapolis. The NCAA Tournament runner-up each of the last two years, Butler is led this season by Andrew Smith (10.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg). Khyle Marshall averages 9.3 points per game, while Chrishawn Hopkins averages 8.9. Ronald Nored averages 7.8 points per game and has 183 assists, while Roosevelt Jones also averages 7.8 points and leads the Bulldogs with 205 rebounds.
Keep an eye on the point guard matchup between Penn's Zack Rosen and Butler's Ronald Nored tonight. They are two of just 10 finalists nationally for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which will be presented in a few weeks at the Final Four.
Penn in the Postseason
This marks Penn's 25th appearance in the postseason. The Quakers have participated in 23 NCAA Tournaments -- the most recent coming in 2007 -- as well as the 1981 National Invitational Tournament (NIT). This is Penn's first appearance in the five-year-old CBI.
Penn Hosting in the Postseason
Penn has hosted three postseason games at The Palestra, two NCAA Tournament games and last Wednesday's CBI opening-round contest. The first NCAA game came on March 15, 1975, when the Quakers lost in the first round to Kansas State, 69-62. The second came on March 12, 1978, when the Red and Blue knocked off St. Bonaventure in an East Regional preliminary game, 92-83. Last Wednesday, Penn downed Quinnipiac 74-63 in the CBI opening round.
Rosen Earns NABC Honor
Senior guard Zack Rosen added another postseason honor to his already lengthy list last week, when he was named a first-team All-District 13 selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). District 13 takes into consideration players from the Ivy League, the Patriot League, and the NCAA Division I independent programs. This marks the third time Rosen has been an NABC All-District selection, but his first time earning first-team honors. He is Penn's first first-team honoree since Ibrahim Jaaber in 2007. On a more historical note, Rosen is just the third player in program history to earn NABC All-District honors three times since the award started being given in 1950. The others are Corky Calhoun and Bobby Morse, both of whom earned All-District from 1970-72.
It Should Be Noted...
*Penn has won eight of its last nine games, nine of 11, and 13 of 16. The Quakers had a seven-game win streak -- their longest since the 2006-07 team ended the regular season with 10 straight wins -- before losing to Princeton in the regular-season finale.
*Penn has won 20 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 12 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, 13-1 when leading at the half, and 11-2 when putting three or more players in double digits.
*Penn has held 22 of its 32 opponents below 45-percent shooting from the field (including 12 at 40 percent or lower); last year, the Quakers held just 14 of 28 opponents below the 45-percent mark, eight below 40 percent.
*Penn has shot better than 45 percent from the field in five of the last eight games, including three at 50 percent or better.
*Penn has been held to single digits in free-throw attempts in six of the last 12 games.
*Zack Rosen has had streaks of 25 and 20 consecutive free throws made during the season, while sophomore Miles Cartwright had a streak of 19 straight.
*Rosen has scored 20 or more points in four of Penn's last eight games (averaging 20.0 ppg during that stretch) and has been in double figures in 16 straight (18.4 ppg).
*Rosen has led Penn in scoring 20 times in 32 games this season, including seven of the last eight contests and eight of the last 10.
*Rosen has had five or more assists in 17 games this season; in Penn's opening-round win against Quinnipiac, he had nine dishes without a turnover.
*Senior Rob Belcore has scored in double figures 12 times in Penn's last 25 games, including 14 points in the Quakers' opening-round win over Quinnipiac; prior to this run, his last double-figure outing came March 5, 2010 at Harvard.
*Sophomore Fran Dougherty has averaged 5.4 rebounds per game over the last 10 contests.