Men's Basketball Back to Big 5 Play Saturday at Temple



PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team gets into Big 5 play for the second game in a row on Saturday, making the short trip to North Broad Street to face a Temple team that has won four in a row -- two of them against ranked opponents -- and is coached by the Penn program’s all-time leader in coaching wins, Fran Dunphy. Saturday's game is being broadcast by the American Sports Network; click here to find the game in your local viewing area. In Philadelphia, fans can catch the action on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.

GAME 6 – PENN (2-3) at TEMPLE (5-2)
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 * 4 p.m.
Liacouras Center (Philadelphia)

The Series with Temple
• The Owls hold a 46-19 advantage in the series, which dates back to 1920.
 
• Temple has won nine in a row, with Penn’s last win coming on January 24, 2007—coincidentally, Fran Dunphy’s first year at Temple after he had coached 17 years at Penn.

• Temple won last year’s game, 77-73, at the Liacouras Center. Jackson Donahue had 12 points for Penn, off of four three-point baskets.

• Penn’s last win on North Broad came on December 30, 2001, a 68-62 victory at the Liacouras Center.

• This will be the second meeting as Big 5 rivals between Penn head coach Steve Donahue and Dunphy. Donahue, of course, spent 10 years as an assistant coach on Dunphy’s staff at Penn (1991-2000), helping the Quakers win six Ivy League titles including four unbeaten campaigns in conference play.

Penn vs. the American
• The Quakers enter Saturday’s game 22-51 all-time against programs that currently make up the American Athletic Conference. (Cincinnati 0-1; Memphis 0-1; SMU 3-2; Temple 19-46; UCF 0-1)

Penn by the Numbers
2.80 • Assist/turnover ratio of junior Darnell Foreman (14/5); he made his first start of the season Tuesday against Villanova and finished with a team-high five assists against just one turnover.

4 • Double-figure scoring games so far for freshman AJ Brodeur, tops among Penn players this season.

9.0 • Average steals per game by Penn so far this season, tops among Ivy teams (Brown is second at 7.9); the Quakers had 12 in Tuesday night’s loss to No. 2 Villanova, five of them by sophomore forward Max Rothschild.

10 • Points scored by Matt MacDonald last Saturday at Navy, one more than he has scored in Penn’s other four games combined (9).

14 • Three-point baskets hit by Penn last Tuesday in a win at Central Connecticut State, the most since the 2002-03 season (16, tying a school record).

78.8  Percentage of points from a year ago that return to Penn’s lineup for the 2016-17 season (1,506 out of 1,911).

92.3 • Percentage of sophomore Jackson Donahue’s field goals this season (13) that have come from beyond the arc (12).

Quaker Notemeal From Villanova
• The game marked just the second time the reigning NCAA champion came to The Palestra to play Penn; the other was January 27, 1986 (also Villanova).

• Penn fell to 0-5 all-time when playing a team ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press poll. Prior to this, the most recent meeting with No. 2 occurred January 3, 2007 at North Carolina.

• Penn had 12 steals, tied for the most in the Donahue coaching era, and sophomore Max Rothschild had five of them which was his career high and tied a Penn player best in the Donahue era.

• Junior Darnell Foreman made his first start of the season and finished with 10 points and a team-high five assists (against just one turnover).