PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team got off to a slow start this season, much slower than expected. The Quakers have had 15 days to reflect on that start, work on some things, and start righting the ship. The first test after Penn’s fall-term exam period comes on Sunday, when the Red and Blue travel to upstate New York to face Marist.
The Penn-Marist Series
*The Quakers and the Red Foxes are facing each other for the third time, after splitting games during the 2010-11 season and the 2011-12 season.
*The most recent matchup came on Dec. 23, 2011, and ended up as an 84-71 Penn win at The Palestra in Philadelphia.
*The first meeting between these programs took place here in Poughkeepsie on Dec. 29, 2010 and ended as a 66-57 Marist victory.
*With wins already this year against Monmouth and Niagara, Penn is now 22-13 all-time against MAAC schools. The Quakers’ next game is also against a MAAC foe, next Sunday at Rider. (Canisius 0-1, Fairfield 0-1, Iona 3-1, Manhattan 7-3, Marist 1-1, Monmouth 5-1, Niagara 1-3, Quinnipiac 2-0, Rider 1-2, Siena 2-0)
Up The Scoring Chart
Senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright has 1,174 points for his career which is 28th in Penn history; Paul Romanczuk (1996-99) is 27th with 1,179 points, while Jeff Neuman (1964-66) is 26th with 1,187 and Matt Langel (19997-00) is 25th with 1,191.
The Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Penn had shot better than 50 percent in two straight games, going a combined 62-of-117 against Niagara (34-62, .548) and Lafayette (28-55, .509), before shooting 33.9 percent (21-62) at Villanova and then 32.8 percent (20-61) vs. Wagner in its most recent game.
*After being outrebounded in each of its first four games, Penn has outrebounded its last four opponents (43-30 vs. Niagara, 33-32 vs. Lafayette, 42-40 vs. Villanova, 44-42 vs. Wagner).
*Penn has had its two worst shooting games of the season in the last two contests (21-62 at Villanova, 20-61 vs. Wagner), but its best shooting performances from beyond the arc (40 percent against both the Wildcats and Seahawks).
*At the other end, Penn has held its last two opponents to just 33.9 percent shooting from the field (Villanova 18-52, Wagner 19-57), and seven of Penn’s eight opponents this season have shot below 45 percent against the Quakers.
*Penn is 2-0 on Tuesdays (0-6 all other days) and 2-0 against MAAC schools (0-6 against all others) so far in this young season.
*In Penn’s eight games so far, head coach Jerome Allen has played 15 players once this season, 14 players four times, and 13 players twice.
*Penn has four players averaging double figures in scoring, but has not had more than three double-figure scorers in any game so far this season.
*Through the first eight games, four different players have led Penn in scoring (Fran Dougherty, Miles Jackson-Cartwright, Tony Hicks, Darien Nelson-Henry) and all four have had at least one 20-point game.
*After recording 14 rebounds combined in Penn’s first four games (3.5 rpg), Dougherty has 37 in the last four contests (9.3 RPG).
*After playing only 19 minutes in Penn’s first six games -- just five in the last three games combined -- freshman guard Tony Bagtas has started the last two games and played 72 minutes. He has dished out 17 assists (9 at Villanova, 8 vs. Wagner), scored 14 points (7 against both the Wildcats and Seahawks), and grabbed eight rebounds.