PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team remains alone in fourth place entering this final Ivy League home weekend. The Quakers look to remain in the upper half of the standings, and close the gap on third place, as they host Cornell on Friday night and Columbia on Saturday night. Both games will air live on the subscription-based Ivy League Digital Network.
GAME 24 – PENN (10-13, 4-5 Ivy League) vs. CORNELL (9-15, 2-8)
Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 * 7 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
GAME 25 – PENN vs. COLUMBIA (19-8, 8-2)
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 * 7 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Thank You, Darien and Jamal!
This weekend marks the final two home games for seniors Darien Nelson-Henry and Jamal Lewis. Head Coach Steve Donahue and the men’s basketball program will honor them prior to Saturday’s Columbia game.
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FRIDAY: Columbia (8-2) at Princeton (8-1), 6 p.m.; Dartmouth (3-7) at Brown (2-8), 7 p.m.; Harvard (3-7) at Yale (9-1), 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: Cornell at Princeton, 6 p.m.; Harvard at Brown, 6 p.m.; Dartmouth at Yale, 8 p.m.
The Cornell-Columbia Home Weekend
Penn has hosted the New York contingent of the Ivy League 56 times previously. The Quakers have swept this home weekend 42 times -- including each of the last two years and three of the last four -- split it 12 times; and been swept twice (most recently in 2009).
The Series With Cornell
*The Quakers lead the overall series, 151-74, and have won six in a row and eight of the last nine over the Big Red.
*Penn gained a 92-84 win in Ithaca two weekends ago, as the Quakers’ first-year head coach Steve Donahue coached a game in Ithaca for the first time since leading the Big Red to the 2010 Ivy League title. Jackson Donahue had 25 points to lead Penn, while Darien Nelson-Henry had 15 points, 16 rebounds -- the most by a Penn player since the 2007 season -- and tied a career high with six assists.
The Series With Columbia
*This will be the 229th meeting between the Quakers and the Lions; Penn has played only Princeton more often (233 times). The Quakers lead the overall series, 139-89.
*The home team has won the last eight matchups, dating back to the 2012 season.
*Columbia gained a 63-53 win two weeks ago in New York City. Matt Howard had 14 points to lead the Quakers, while Nelson-Henry had a double-double and six assists.
*On Friday, Penn faces two of the Ivy League’s three leading scorers (all games) in freshman Matt Morgan (19.1 ppg) and junior Robert Hatter (17.3). Morgan is averaging 24.5 points per game in Ivy League play.
*On Saturday, Columbia senior Maodo Lo is the reigning Ivy League Player of the Week. A unanimous first-team All-Ivy pick last year after leading the Ivies in scoring, he has spent the last two summers playing for the German National Team.
*Another Lions senior, Alex Rosenberg, led the Ivy League in scoring two years ago and earned first-team All-Ivy. He missed all of last year due to an injury.
*Penn’s assist/turnover ratio for the season so far is 1.04 (319/308), the best by a Penn team since the 2011-12 squad ended the season with a 1.08 ratio; last year, the Quakers’ ratio was 0.78.
*Penn has knocked down 171 three-point baskets with five games still left to play, more than the Quakers had each of the last three seasons for the entire season. The 2011-12 team finished with 238 treys.
*Penn has had nine different players reach double figures in the scoring column in a game this season, and four different players who have had double-doubles.
*Sophomore Darnell Foreman certainly had a night to remember last Friday, when he came off the bench and nearly had the rare collegiate triple-double with 11 points, 10 assists -- a Penn player high for this season -- and eight rebounds.
*Senior Darien Nelson-Henry has reached double figures in scoring in six-straight games, going for double-doubles in three of them. He enters the weekend needing just eight points to reach 1,000 for his career.
*Junior Matt Howard enters the weekend having scored in double figures in five-straight games; eight of the last nine contests; 10 of the last 12; and 11 of the last 14.
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