PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team hits the road for its next four Ivy League games, starting this weekend with the Northern New England swing. The Quakers are at first-place Harvard Friday night, followed by a meeting with Dartmouth Saturday night. Though only 2-3, Penn can still consider itself a player in what is looking like a wide-open race at this point.
GAME 23 - PENN (5-17, 2-3) at HARVARD (13-7, 5-1)
Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 * 7 p.m.
Lavietes Pavilion (Cambridge, Mass.)
TV: GoCrimson.com (there is a charge for this service)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)
GAME 24 - PENN (5-17, 2-3) at DARTMOUTH (6-14, 2-4)
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 * 7 p.m.
Leede Arena (Hanover, N.H.)
TV: DartmouthSports.com (there is a charge for this service)
Radio: WNTP 990 AM (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)
Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Harvard Game Notes (PDF) / Dartmouth Game Notes (PDF)
The Harvard-Dartmouth Road Trip
The Quakers have made this Northern New England swing 56 times; the Quakers have swept the trip 34 times, split it 17 times, and been swept five times (but not since 1987-88). Last year, Penn swept both games, ending a four-year streak of weekend splits.
The Harvard Series
*The Quakers and the Crimson have met 162 times in men's basketball, with Penn holding a 128-34 lead in the series.
*That said, Harvard had won six in a row and seven of eight before Feb. 25 of last year, when Penn came into Cambridge and knocked off the Crimson, 55-54. In fact, Penn's last two wins over Harvard have both come at Lavietes Pavilion (also Jan. 30, 2009).
The Dartmouth Series
*The Quakers and the Big Green have met 203 times in men's basketball, with Penn holding a 147-56 series lead.
*Penn won both games last year, but not by much; the Quakers earned a 58-55 decision at the buzzer at The Palestra, then downed Dartmouth 57-54 in Hanover. Overall, the Quakers have won six in a row in the series and 29 of the last 31 meetings (the lone exceptions being both games in the 2008-09 season).
He'll Take The Charity
Junior Miles Cartwright started the season by going 12-of-19 at the foul line -- unusual, given that he began the season at almost 80 percent for his career. Since then, however, he has returned to form -- in fact, he has surpassed it. Cartwright enters the weekend having gone 85-of-93 (.914) over his last 19 games and has made 26 in a row in the past five games dating back to Temple.
Closing in on 1,000
Cartwright enters the weekend with 966 career points, and needs 34 to become the 38th player in Penn history to reach the milestone. The last player to get there was Tyler Bernardini, who hit the mark at Yale on Feb. 19, 2011.
It's Worth Noting...
*Penn has led at the half in each of the last five games and six of the last seven, after doing so just three times in the first 15 contests.
*Penn is 6-0 in the Jerome Allen era when holding an opponent below 50 points, and 22-5 when holding its opponent below 60.
*Penn has matched or had fewer turnovers than its opponent five times in the last six games, after doing so just five times in the first 16 contests.
*Penn has had more assists than turnovers four times in the last six games, after accomplishing that feat just twice in the first 16 contests.
*Three of Penn's last four opponents have shot below 34 percent from the field; last weekend, Yale and Brown shot a combined 31.9 percent (36 of 113).
*Junior Miles Cartwright has scored more than 20 points in three of Penn's last five games, including a career-high 28 last Saturday against Brown.
*Freshman Tony Hicks enters the weekend with a modest three-game streak of double-figure scoring games, and has hit a modest eight straight free throws.
*Sophomore Henry Brooks has scored at least eight points in seven of the last 12 games including three double-figure outings.
*Sophomore Camryn Crocker has a 2.75 assist/turnover ratio over the last 10 games (33/12).
*Freshman Darien Nelson-Henry had a seven-game run of double-figure scoring games (13.6 ppg) before getting injured early last weekend and missing most of the action against Yale and Brown; he is expected to be back in the lineup this weekend.
*Nelson-Henry also has averaged 5.7 rebounds per game the last six contests.
*Junior Dau Jok entered this season with nine career points and seven rebounds; he entered the January 5 game at La Salle with 37 career points and 29 career boards; in the last 10 games, he has scored 58 points and snared 34 rebounds.
*After averaging 10.1 minutes through the first 16 games this season, sophomore Patrick-Lucas Perry has seen his court time rise to 23.4 mpg over the last five contests. In that time, "PLP" has averaged 9.2 points per game and shot 44.0 percent on three-pointers.
*Lucas-Perry has not missed a free throw since Dec. 1 at Penn State; that said, he has only taken nine in that time.