PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team is in the midst of some serious holiday travel, playing three road games over a seven-day span covering almost the entire East Coast. After a trip to Florida for Saturday’s game at Miami, the Quakers head North to face Central Connecticut State on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
GAME 3 – PENN (1-1) at CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE (1-2)
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 * 7 p.m.
Detrick Gymnasium (New Britain, Conn.)
The Series With CCSU
• The Quakers and Blue Devils met for the first time ever almost exactly a year ago -- November 15, 2015 -- with Penn taking a 77-61 decision at The Palestra in Philadelphia.
Penn vs. The NEC
• The Quakers are 12-4 all time against programs that currently play in the Northeast Conference, including a 67-50 win at Robert Morris to open the season on November 11. (CCSU 1-0; Fairleigh Dickinson 2-0; Robert Morris 3-0; St. Francis Brooklyn 1-0; Saint Francis (Pa.) 5-0; Wagner 0-4)
Penn by the Numbers
0 • Penn freshmen who had double-doubles in their collegiate debut before AJ Brodeur did it November 11 at Robert Morris with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
0 • Ivy League Tournaments held prior to this season; instead, the regular-season champion earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. That will end this year, when the Ivy League hosts its inaugural Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments March 11-12 at The Palestra on Penn’s campus.
2 • This is the second season for Penn’s John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men’s Basketball, Steve Donahue. Prior to his return to University City, Donahue was head at Cornell and Boston College.
9.0 • Points-per-game average by Matt MacDonald in 2014-15 at Fairleigh Dickinson, before he transferred to Penn. He also was a member of the 2013-14 Northeast Conference All-Rookie Team.
23.2 • Points-per-game average last year for Caleb Wood at Lassen Community College in California; he also averaged 5.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists per contest.
78.8 • Percentage of points from a year ago that return to Penn’s lineup for the 2016-17 season. The returning players totaled 1,506 of the team’s 1,911 points last season.
Quaker Notemeal From Miami
• Freshman AJ Brodeur led Penn in points (16), rebounds (8) and blocked shots (2).
• Junior Caleb Wood had his first double-figure scoring game wearing the Red and Blue, knocking down three three-pointers en route to 11 points.
• Junior Sam Jones, who sat out the season opener to injury, played 11 minutes on Saturday and scored eight points including a pair of treys.
• Junior Matt MacDonald led the Quakers with four assists.
• Freshman Devon Goodman had his first collegiate points.
Fast Start For the Freshman
• Freshman AJ Brodeur had a double-double in his first collegiate game, with 23 points and 11 rebounds at Robert Morris on November 11; in doing so, he became the first freshman in program history to pull of the feat. The last time a Penn player had a double-double in his first varsity game was December 1, 1976 when sophomore Tony Price went for 18 points and 12 rebounds in a 108-69 win over The Citadel at The Palestra.
• You have to go even further back in the Penn annals to find the last time a Quakers player scored 23 points in his first varsity game, like Brodeur had at RMU; it was December 4, 1963 when sophomore Stan Pawlak had 28 in his debut in a 91-62 win over Rutgers.
• That Monday, Brodeur was named co-Ivy League Rookie of the Week along with Yale’s Miye Oni.