Penn (9-7, 2-0 Ivy) vs.Harvard (7-10, 2-2 Ivy)
Feb. 4, 2005 at7 p.m.
Broadcast Live on www.pennathletics.com
The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team extended its win streak to five games and opened the Ivy League campaign with double-digit victories over Yale and Brown last weekend. Penn, who travels to Harvard on Feb. 4, is the only undefeated team in the Ancient Eight.
Last Time Out
Sophomore Steve Danley went a perfect 7-for-7 in the first half en route to a career-high 22 points to lead the Penn basketball team to a 83-60 win over Brown on Jan. 29. The Quakers went 19-for-25 in the first half and finished the game shooting 63.5 percent from the field. Sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber added 16 points while senior Eric Osmundson chipped in with 18 on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. The Red and Blue held the Ivy League’s leading scorer, Jason Forte, to15 points and an 0-6 effort in the first half. The Bears shot only 38.6 percent. All 13 players on the Penn bench made their way onto the court with 11 of them scoring at least two points.
One of the Best
The University of Pennsylvania men's basketball program was named the 16th greatest college basketball program of all-time by Street and Smith's Specialty Publications. The Quakers were the first Ivy League and Big 5 institution to appear on the list.
Head Coach Fran Dunphy is in his 16th season at the helm of Penn basketball. Coach Dunphy is the winningest coach in Penn basketball history with 279 career victories. He has had 11 winning seasons at Penn including three-straight 17 plus-win seasons. Dunphy is the second winningest coach in the Ivy League with 168 Ancient Eight victories.
Head Coach Frank Sullivan is in his 14th season at the helm of Harvard basketball and his 21st season as a head coach. Sullivan has led the Crimson to the third most Ivy League victories in the last nine seasons, trailing only Penn and Princeton. In six of the last nine years, Harvard has finished in the top-half of the League. In 1996-97, Harvard went 17-9 and finished second in the Ivy League. This all followed the breakthrough 1995-96 campaign, when he directed the Crimson to a 15-11 mark, the program's first winning season since the mid-80s.
Looking at the Crimson
Harvard enters the Penn contest with a 7-10 record overall and a 2-2 Ivy mark. The Crimson have won two of their last three contests, including a 74-65 victory over Cornell in their Ivy opener on Jan. 29. Matt Stehle and Brian Cusworth lead the Crimson with 14.4 and 14.0 ppg., respectively. Stehle and starting forward Jason Norman are shooting over 50 percent from the field, at 50.3 and 50.8 percent, respectively. Three of the five starters are averaging over 70 percent from the foul line, including David Giovacchini who is shooting 84.3 percent from the charity stripe which is good for second in the Ancient Eight.
The Quakers and Crimson have met 146 times in school history with Penn holding a 119-27 advantage in the series. Penn has won the last five meetings and 12 of the last 14 games. Both of those losses came on the road in Cambridge, Mass. on Feb. 9, 2001 and Jan. 12, 2002. Penn Head Coach Fran Dunphy is 25-5 against the Crimson with three losses on the road and two in The Palestra. The Red and Blue had an 11-game win streak against the Crimson snapped on Feb. 9, 2001 when Penn suffered a 77-62 defeat.
Last Five Meetings
3/6/04 at Harvard W, 77-56
2/6/04 Harvard W, 104-69
2/21/03 at Harvard W, 82-66
2/1/03 Harvard W, 75-59
2/15/02 Harvard W, 78-51
The Red and Blue on Feb. 4
The Quakers are 18-6 on the fourth day of the second month of the year. Penn boasts a 15-2 mark against Ivy League foes, while three of the program’s six total losses coming at home. Penn’s first game on Feb. 4 was against Brown in 1909 - a 28-14 Penn win. The Quakers have two wins over the Crimson on this day, one in 1972 and other in 1989.
Up Next ...
Penn travels to Hanover, N.H. to face Dartmouth in its fourth League contest of the 2004-05 campaign. The Red and Blue return home to face preseason favorite Princeton on Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. in The Palestra. The game will air live on CN8.
Coach Dunphy in February
Head Coach Fran Dunphy is 108-34 all-time in the month of February. The 16-year coach has gone undefeated four times in his career in 1993, 1994, 2000 and 2003. When Coach Dunphy and his Quakers have seven or more wins in February, Penn has won eight Ivy League Championships and finished second four times.
Danley’s Hot Hand
Sophomore Steve Danley recorded back-to-back career-highs last weekend. The Germantown, Md. native scored 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting and added five rebounds and three blocks against Yale on Jan. 28. The next night, he went 7-for-7 from the field in the first half to score 17 points before finishing the game with 22 points, five rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals. For his outstanding performance Danley was named Ivy League Player of the Week.
Streaking to Five
The Red and Blue won their last five games by an average of 20.8 points. Last weekend, the Quakers’ wins were by 24 and 23 points, respectively. Only one of the victories in Penn’s five game streak had a margin of less than 22 - an eight-point win against Saint Joseph’s.
Sophomore Steve Danley, who earned his first Ivy League honor as Player of the Week last week, is third on the team in scoring. He averages 9.8 points per game. He’s also third on the team in rebounding and the only starting shooting above .500 from the field. Danley leads the team in blocks (15), is third in steals (14) and fourth in assists (28).
The Quakers shot 76 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes against Brown on Jan. 29. Penn nailed 19-of-25 shots, including a 7-for-7 effort from sophomore Steve Danley and a 3-for-4 performance from classmate Mark Zoller. The Red and Blue finished the game connecting on 63.5 percent of their shots. The last time Penn shot better from the field was against Harvard on Feb. 6, 2004. The Red and Blue connected on 66.1 percent of their shots en route to a 104-69 victory in The Palestra.
Points in the Paint
In Penn’s five-game win streak the Quakers averaged 34.0 points on the blocks. Penn scored 78 points in the paint in its first two Ivy games, including 42 against the Bears.
Points off Turnovers
In the last five games, Penn has averaged 19.4 points off turnovers. The Red and Blue picked up 35 points off Lafayette mishaps on Jan. 18, 16 against Siena, 15 versus the Bulldogs and 20 against the Bears.
Penn has made the best of second chance opportunities, averaging 13.8 points in that category over the last five games.
The Quakers picked up 15 points on second chances in their win over Saint Joseph’s on Jan 25 and 21 against the Leopards on Jan. 18.
Shutting Down the Offense
Penn held Yale to just 41 points on Jan. 28. It was the lowest offensive output of the season by a Penn opponent and the lowest since Cornell managed only 39 points against the Quakers on March 7, 2003. The Quakers have held their opponents under 50 points, 26 times in the last five years.
The Quakers have had four different players earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors and two receive Big 5 Player of the Week accolades.
11/29 Ivy League Player of the Week
- Mark Zoller
Big Five Co-Player of the Week
- Mark Zoller
12/6 Ivy League Player of the Week
- Tim Begley
Big Five Player of the Week
- Tim Begley
1/24 Ivy League Player of the Week
- Ibrahim Jaaber
1/31 Ivy League Player of the Week
- Steve Danley
Snapping a Streak
Penn’s win over SJU on Jan. 25 was the first loss for the Hawks in Big 5 action since 2002. The longest win streak in the city series is held by Penn at 12 that lasted from Jan. 19, 1972 - Jan. 19, 1975. The class of 1974 won 11 of the 12 games.
Penn finished its 2004-05 non-conference campaign with a 7-7 mark. Six of the Red and Blue seven wins were double-digit victories including a 30 point win over Drexel on Nov. 23. Penn picked up wins over Bucknell and Lafayette to win 19 straight game against Patriot League opponents. The Quakers went 2-2 in the Big Five defeating La Salle, 78-67 and Saint Joseph’s, 67-59.
The Quakers committed only six turnovers in their win over the Hawks on Jan. 25. Its the first time this season the Red and Blue have had less than eight turnovers. The last time the Quakers accomplished that feat was on March 5, 2004 against Dartmouth when they only committed six.
No. 31 Needs 31
Senior Tim Begley has 969 career points and needs just 31 to become a member of the 1,000 point club at Penn. There are 31 members of the exclusive group with the most recent entry coming from 2004 graduate Jeff Schiffner.
When No. 24 Scores in Double Figures
The Quakers are 6-0 when sophomore Mark Zoller scores in double figures. The forward from Blue Bell, Pa. had double-digit numbers against Quinnipiac (10), Drexel, (22), La Salle (11), Seina (18), Saint Joseph’s (13) and Yale (14).
A Streak of His Own
Senior Eric Osmundson has hit at least one three pointer in his last 12 games and has had three games with four or more trifectas this season. He’s shot 50 percent or better from beyond the arc six times and ranks sixth in the League in three point field goal percentage (42.0).
Ibrahim Jaaber ranks among the best in Division I in steals. The sophomore guard has 39 steals or 2.4 spg. to his credit this season which ranks first in the Ivy League and 31st in the nation. Senior Tim Begley is also among the top-50 in Division I in assists. He ranks 32nd in assists per game, averaging 5.6.
Lending a Hand
Senior Tim Begley tied the program record for assists in a game with 13 helpers against Lafayette on Jan. 18. The record, held by Dave Wohl, C’71, went untouched for 35 years. Begley has 90 helpers so far this season and 379 in his career. He needs eight more helpers to catch former teammate David Klatsky, who is fourth on the career list. Begley is currently averaging 5.6 apg, which leads the Ivy League.
Dominating the Glass
Penn has had 40 or more rebounds in six games this season, including five-straight contests - Illinois-Chicago (42), Siena (44), Lafayette (42), Saint Joseph’s (40) and Yale (43). The Quakers grabbed a season-high 19 offensive boards against Yale. Tim Begley leads all Quakers, averaging 6.0 rebounds per game, while sophomores Mark Zoller and Steve Danley average 5.8 and 4.9 rpg, respectively. Begley and Zoller rank in the top-10 in the League in rebounding.
Moving Up the Charts
Begley continues to climb the career ladder in three-pointers made. The Freehold, N.J. native nailed two threes against Brown on Jan. 29 to tie former teammate Jeff Schiffner for second all-time. Begley needs only 25 baskets from three-point land to nab the top spot which is held by former Quaker Matt Maloney. Begley also stands third in the Penn accolades in three pointers made in a season with 83 in 2003-04.
244 Matt Maloney 1993-95
220 Jeff Schiffner 2001-04
220 Tim Begley 2002-present
201 Matt Langel 1997-00
199 Garrett Kreitz 1995-98
Back to Business
Senior Tim Begley had his streak of 13 games of at least one three-pointer snapped against Villanova on Dec. 31. But denying him from beyond the arc did not last long as the senior captain has downed trifectas in each of the last eight games. Begley has 43 trifectas this season and is on pace to establish a new program record for three-pointers in a career.
Love for the Long Ball
Led by Tim Begley’s 8-for-11 effort from beyond the arc, the Quakers scored a season-high 13 trifectas against La Salle. Ibrahim Jaaber added a career-high three treys, while Eric Osmundson and freshman Michael Kach each added one. You have to go back to Feb. 27, 2004 against Cornell to find a game in which the Quakers scored more three-pointers in a game.
Beyond the Arc
The Red and Blue shot 78.6 percent (11-of-14) from the three-point range against Drexel, breaking the program record for three-point accuracy in a game. The previous record of 75 percent was set against USC on Jan. 11, 2003 when the Quakers went 15-of-20 from beyond the arc. Penn tied the record just 19 days later against Princeton, nailing 6-of-8 trifectas.
Home Sweet Home
The Red and Blue are 729-314 all-time in The Palestra. Penn has not had a losing season at home since 1984-85 where the Quakers went 4-9. The Quakers have had 19 perfect Ivy League seasons at home and four seasons without a loss in The Palestra.
A Decade Worth of Victories
For the 10th time since his tenure began, Head Coach Fran Dunphy’s team recorded at least 17 victories in a season when Penn went 17-10 in 2003-04. The current Ivy League dean of coaches has 11 winning seasons under his belt and three straight heading into the 2004-05 campaign.
He’s No. 2
Head Coach Fran Dunphy is second all-time in the Ivy League with 279 career victories. Princeton's Pete Carril, who spent 29 seasons with the Tigers, is the all-time Ivy League wins leader with 514. Dunphy is also second in all-time Ivy League wins with 168. He has amassed an overall record of 168-42 against Ivy League opponents in his 16th season at Penn.
Welcome to The Palestra
The Palestra, which was built in 1927, was refurbished in 2000 and reopened amid some hoopla on Dec. 7 as “The Palestra 2000.” Known as college basketball’s most storied gymnasium, The Palestra was renovated into a type of museum of basketball history that includes players, coaches and fans from Penn, the Ivy League, local high schools, national powerhouse colleges, and of course, the Philadelphia Big 5. In an article titled, “A Museum in the Cathedral,” Sports Illustrated's Alex Wolff said “... Old friends - and the new friends The Palestra is making, like the Maryland basketball team, which strolled the halls in December on orders from Coach Gary Williams - regard the temple at 33rd and Walnut as “holier than a mere landmark.”
A Little History Lesson
The University of Pennsylvania has three of the top-five longest running rivalries in NCAA Division I basketball history. Penn and Princeton have met 102 times on the hardwood, which ranks second on the all-time consecutive games played list. Penn’s series with Columbia and Cornell both rank third with 101 consecutive years.