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PHILADELPHIA - Penn junior guard Ibrahim Jaaber and head coach Fran Dunphy were honored by www.collegeinsider.com as the Ivy League's Player and Coach of the Year, respectively.
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Jaaber -- who was a Preseason Mid-Major All-America selection on the site -- leads the Ivy League in scoring and steals per game, and is second nationally in the latter category (3.48 spg). With three regular-season games still to play, he has already broken the Penn and Ivy League records for steals in a season with 87; he held the previous mark of 85, setting it last year. In Ivy play, Jaaber leads the conference in scoring (20.0 ppg), field-goal percentage (.605) and steals per game (3.82), and is among the top three in three other categories. Additionally, his 3.33 assist/turnover ratio would lead the Ancient Eight if he had the required 3.00 assists per game (he is just shy at 2.73).
Jaaber only needs 37 points to reach 1,000 for his career, and last weekend he became just the fourth player in Ivy League history to reach the 200-steal milestone (he currently has 204).
Dunphy, in his 17th season, has led the Quakers to first place in the Ivy League with three games left to play. Penn's 10-1 mark puts them two games up on Princeton heading into the weekend -- however, the Quakersstill have games at Yale, at Brown and at Princeton left.
Dunphy reached the 300-win milestone for his career this season, and enters the weekend with a career 188-47 (.800 win percentage) mark against Ivy League teams -- a percentage that rises to .860 (166-27) since the start of the 1992-93 season. In addition, Penn recently completed its second-straight 7-0 Ivy League home campaign, and the eighth since 1992-93.