Men's Basketball Readies For Princeton, Palestra 90th

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team will celebrate 90 years of The Palestra on Tuesday night with a game against archrival Princeton. The Quakers and Tigers will tip off at 7 p.m. in “The Cathedral of College Basketball.” 

Fans in the Philadelphia area can view Tuesday’s game on Comcast SportsNet. Outside of the Philly viewing area, Tuesday’s game will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN).

GAME 19 – PENN (7-11, 0-5) vs. PRINCETON (12-6, 5-0)
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 * 7 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Game presented by Steamfitters Local Union 420

The Series with Princeton
• These teams are meeting for the 235th time with Penn leading the series, 124-110; the Quakers have not played any other opponent more than the Tigers.

• Princeton has held the upper hand the last several years, winning six in a row, nine of the last 10, and 14 of the last 16 matchups.

• Princeton beat Penn exactly a month ago in NJ, 61-52. Darnell Foreman had 17 pts for the Quakers, while Ryan Betley and Jackson Donahue had 11 apiece.

• By calendar date, this is the earliest meeting between these archrivals since the 1995-96 season (the teams played on Jan. 6, 1996 that season).

The Penn-Princeton Rivalry
Excluding the last few years, these two programs have been the flagships for the Ivy League for literally decades. Consider these notes...

• Penn and/or Princeton won every Ivy League title from 1989-2007 (Penn 9 outright, Princeton 8 outright, 2 shared).

• From 1959-2007, Penn and/or Princeton won at least a share of the Ivy League title all but three years (Cornell won the title in 1988, Brown did it in 1986, and Yale did it in 1962).

• In 2008, rated the most prestigious college basketball programs of all time; Penn came in 34th, while Princeton was 40th.

• In 2005, The Sporting News rated the greatest college basketball programs of all time; Penn came in 16th, while Princeton was 19th.

Penn by the Numbers
1 • Games lost by Penn when leading at the half under Steve Donahue; the Quakers led Harvard at the break last Friday, but lost the game. Prior to that, they had been 12-0 in such games.

5 • Blocked shots by freshman AJ Brodeur Saturday at Dartmouth, tied for the most by a Penn player in the year-plus Donahue coaching era.

6 • Players who have led Penn in scoring in a game so far this season: AJ Brodeur, Darnell Foreman, Matt Howard, Jackson Donahue, Caleb Wood, and Sam Jones.

7 • Turnovers committed by Penn Saturday at Dartmouth, tied for the fewest in the Donahue coaching era. (Penn is 0-2 in those two games.)

12 • Penn players on the current roster who have had at least one double-figure scoring game during their career, including eight this season already.