Big Weekend as Men's Basketball Hosts Brown, Yale

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team plays its final Ivy League weekend series this Friday and Saturday, and quite a bit is at stake. The Quakers host Brown on Friday night and Yale on Saturday night, hoping to stay in the Ivy championship race.

GAME 29 - PENN (17-11, 9-2) vs. BROWN (8-21, 2-10)
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Friday, March 2, 2012 * 7 p.m.
TV: PennAthletics.com (there is a charge for this service)
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

GAME30 - PENN (17-11, 9-2) vs. YALE (19-7, 9-3)
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Saturday, March 3, 2012 * 7 p.m.
TV: PennAthletics.com (there is a charge for this service)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Brown Game Notes (PDF) / Yale Game Notes (PDF)

What's At Stake
Penn enters the weekend 9-2 in Ivy play, tied with first-place Harvard in the loss column (the Crimson are 10-2 and thus a half-game up on the Quakers). Harvard will finish up Ivy play this weekend, traveling to Columbia on Friday night and then facing Cornell on Saturday night in Ithaca. The Quakers, meanwhile, will still have a game left against their travel partner, Princeton; that will take place Tuesday night at the Tigers' Jadwin Gym.

This Weekend in The Ivy League
Penn's eyes will be a couple of different places this weekend. In addition to watching the Harvard scores, the Quakers will be keeping an interested look at Friday night's game in New Jersey between Yale (9-3) and Princeton (7-4), as a Tigers victory would likely eliminate the Bulldogs from contention. Dartmouth (1-11) closes out its 2011-12 season at Cornell on Friday and at Columbia on Saturday.

Senior Night
Prior to Saturday night's game with Yale, the Penn men's basketball program will honor outgoing seniors Rob Belcore, Tyler Bernardini, Mike Howlett and Zack Rosen. Larry Loughery is also a member of this class, but has indicated that he will play a fifth year at Penn in 2012-13.

The B-Y Weekend
*Penn has hosted the Bears and Bulldogs in the same weekend 52 times since the start of Ivy League play. The Quakers have swept the weekend 37 times and split it 15; they have never been swept.

*Penn swept this weekend last year, defeating Yale 66-58 before knocking off Brown 80-78 in overtime. The three previous years, the Quakers lost on Friday but came back to win on Saturday; the three years before that, Penn swept the weekend.

The Penn-Brown Series
*The Quakers and the Bears are meeting for the 122nd time. Penn leads the series 100-21.

*Rob Belcore rolled a double-double the last time these two teams met, on Feb. 4; he tied career highs with 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Penn to the 65-48 victory. Zack Rosen had 11 points, while Henry Brooks added 10. For Brown, Andrew McCarthy scored 20 points, while Matt Sullivan had 13.

*Penn swept last year's season series -- the Quakers needed overtime to down Brown last year here at The Palestra, 80-78 -- and have won five of the last six meetings. The Red and Blue have split the last four homes games with Brown, and gone 5-3 over the last eight years.

The Penn-Yale Series
*The Quakers and the Bulldogs have met 215 times on the hardwood, with Penn holding a 145-70 lead in the series.

*Penn was up 53-50 with less than three minutes left a month ago in New Haven, but Yale scored the game's last 10 points to pull off the 60-53 win. Zack Rosen had 16 points to lead the Quakers, while Rob Belcore added 11. For the Bulldogs, Greg Mangano had 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Austin Morgan and Michael Grace scored 11 points each.

*Penn had won three in a row over Yale and seven of the last nine before the loss on Feb. 3. Here at The Palestra, Penn has won 13 of the last 14 matchups, with the lone loss coming during the 2008-09 season.

It Should Be Noted...
*Penn has won five games in a row, six of its last seven, and 10 of its last 12.

*At 17-11 overall, Penn has its best 28-game record since the 2006-07 team was 20-8; that team went on to go 22-9 and win the Ivy title.

*Penn is 6-1 in games decided by three or fewer points, 7-1 when holding opponents below 60 points, 11-1 when leading at the half, and 10-2 when putting three or more players in double digits.

*Penn has held 19 of its 28 opponents below 45-percent shooting from the field (including 10 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 been held to single digits in free-throw attempts in four of its last eight games, and averaged 10.3 per game during that span.

*Penn had more assists than turnovers in eight straight games (1.38 ratio) before last weekend.

*Penn has committed fewer turnovers than its opponent in nine of the last 10 games, the lone exception coming Feb. 18 against Columbia (Penn 15 turnovers, Columbia 12).

*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 three of Penn's last four games (averaging 21.5 ppg during that stretch) and has been in double figures in 12 straight (18.2 ppg).

*Rosen has led Penn in scoring 19 times in 28 games this season.

*Senior Rob Belcore has scored in double figures 10 times in Penn's last 21 games; prior to this run, his last double-figure outing came March 5, 2010 at Harvard.

Quaker Notemeal at Dartmouth/Harvard
*Penn swept this road trip for the 34th time in 56 tries.

*Penn tied teams lows in the Jerome Allen coaching era with 17 rebounds and seven assists at Harvard.

*Penn scored 55 points in its win over Harvard, its lowest total in a win since defeating Dartmouth 53-51 on Feb. 5, 2010.

*Penn had just four players score Friday at Dartmouth -- Zack Rosen, Miles Cartwright, Henry Brooks, and Rob Belcore -- and then Rosen was the only player in double figures Saturday at Harvard.

*Rosen scored Penn's final 16 points at Dartmouth -- in fact, he and Belcore combined for 26 of the Quakers' final 28 points in that game -- and followed up by scoring the team's last nine at Harvard.

*Belcore had his third double-double of the season (and his career) with 14 points and 10 rebounds at Dartmouth; he also tied a season/career high with four steals. The next night at Harvard, he matched the steal total.

Download: Yale_at_princeton_penn_notes_2012.pdf