PHILADELPHIA – The last time the University of Pennsylvania played Iowa in men’s basketball, Fran McCaffery was sitting out the season as a transfer, waiting to start his Penn playing career. On Friday night, he will be on the Hawkeyes’ bench as their head coach against the Quakers, who face their second straight Big Ten opponent.
GAME 4 - PENN (1-2) vs. RV/#25 IOWA (4-0)
Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 * 7 p.m. (6 p.m. Central)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena (Iowa City, Iowa)
TV: Big Ten Network (Steve Physioc, Jim Jackson)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
The Penn-Iowa Series
*The Hawkeyes lead the series, 2-1, but this is the first meeting between these programs since the 1978-79 season. Iowa won that Dec. 29 game, 87-84, in 2OT at San Diego State’s Cabrillo Classic, handing Penn its first loss of the season. The Quakers would go on to the Final Four that year, losing to Magic Johnson’s Michigan State team in the semifinals and finishing 25-7 overall.
*Penn’s only win in the series came in the 1954-55 season, an 87-75 decision at The Palestra in Philadelphia.
*Not only is Penn men’s basketball making its first appearance in Iowa City; the Quakers are making their first showing in Iowa, period. Penn’s only matchup with Iowa State took place in Las Vegas in 2001, and the Quakers have never played Drake or Northern Iowa.
*After its 83-71 loss to Penn State last Saturday, Penn is now 47-50 all-time against current Big Ten programs. (Illinois 0-6, Indiana 1-3, Iowa 1-2, Michigan 5-6, Michigan State 1-3, Nebraska 1-0, Northwestern 1-0, Ohio State 5-5, Penn State 31-17, Purdue 1-2, Wisconsin 0-6.)
Iowa’s head coach is Fran McCaffery, who played three years of college basketball at the University of Pennsylvania. After playing for a year at Wake Forest, he sat out the 1978-79 season -- Penn’s Final Four season, and also the last time Penn played Iowa in men’s basketball -- and then wore the Red and Blue from 1980-82, winning three Ivy League titles and one Philadelphia Big 5 championship. McCaffery was voted recipient of the team’s Bus McDonald Award (most inspirational player) as a senior.
Friday’s game marks the third time McCaffery has faced Penn as a head coach...
*Nov. 28, 1987: In the 1987-88 season opener, his Lehigh team beat Penn, 96-75. McCaffery’s Mountain Hawk squad would go on to the NCAA Tournament that year.
*Nov. 21, 2005: In his first game coaching at Siena, McCaffery’s Saints lost 82-77 to a Penn team that would eventually win the second of three-straight Ivy League titles.
Friday’s game pits Penn senior Dau Jok against his younger brother, Peter Jok, a freshman on the Iowa roster. Dau and Peter were born in the Sudan, and left after the death of their father. These days, they live with their mother and other siblings in Des Moines, Iowa.
Notes From Penn State
*Penn shot 40 foul shots, a team high in the Jerome Allen coaching era.
*Sophomore Darien Nelson-Henry scored 21 points, a career high; he is the third different player to lead Penn in scoring in a game this season, and the third to score at least 20 points in a game.
*Nelson-Henry went 11-of-11 at the foul line, the best performance by a Penn player at the charity stripe since Zack Rosen went 12-of-12 against Delaware on Dec. 7, 2011. Nelson-Henry also hit his last three free throws at Monmouth, and enters the Iowa game having hit 14 foul shots in a row.
*Senior Fran Dougherty had his first double-figure scoring game of 2013-14 on Saturday, with 14 points; he also tied a career high with two assists.
*Sophomore Tony Hicks also scored 14 points; he and Nelson-Henry are the only players to hit double figures in scoring in each of Penn’s first three games this season.
*Freshman Dylan Jones had a season/career high with five points.