The Quakers will begin the 2009-10 campaign with a pair of road games. The first is a venture across the state to face a Penn State program that went 27-11 overall and won the NIT last spring, and the second takes place on the Main Line against Philadelphia Big 5 foe Villanova. All the Wildcats did last year, of course, was go 30-8 overall and advance all the way to the NCAA Tournament Final Four.
"The University of Pennsylvania has a rich basketball tradition, and part of that tradition involves playing a very challenging non-conference schedule each season. Our 2009-10 schedule certainly upholds that tradition," said Miller. "As always, the five Philadelphia city games are the highlight of our non-Ivy schedule. However, we see each game as an opportunity to compete and grow as a team, which will have us well prepared for the rigors of the Ivy League season beginning in late January."
Penn's first two home games of the season come November 21 and November 24, respectively, as a pair of Colonial Athletic Association opponents come to The Palestra (Delaware and neighborhood rival Drexel). The team then has the Thanksgiving weekend off before returning to action December 4 with a trip to Annapolis and a meeting with Navy. On December 8, Albany from out of America East comes to The Palestra, and then four days later the Quakers head to North Jersey for a matchup with Northeast Conference foe Monmouth.
Following a 16-day hiatus for exams and the holidays, Penn's other major non-conference highlight arrives as the Quakers travel to North Carolina for a pair of high-profile games. The first comes against 2008 NCAA Tournament darling Davidson on Dec. 28, and the second is a New Year's Eve meeting with traditional power Duke that will tip off at 6 p.m. and be televised nationally on ESPN2. This will mark Penn's fourth trip to Tobacco Road in the last five seasons (2005-06 at Duke, 2006-07 at UNC and Elon, 2008-09 at UNC).
Following road games to Lafayette (Jan. 3) and UMBC (Jan. 6) to start the new year, the month of January is highlighted by Penn's final three Big 5 games as the Quakers host midweek games against Temple (Jan. 13), La Salle (Jan. 20) and Saint Joseph's (Jan. 25) at The Palestra.
The 14-game Ivy League features a daunting start, as Penn is on the road for its first four contests. The first two take place January 29-30 at Yale and Brown, and then a week later the Quakers are at Dartmouth and Harvard. Following that, Penn is home for five straight conference games, beginning February 12-13 when two-time defending champion Cornell and Columbia come to town and ending February 19-20 with Brown and Yale at The Palestra.
Penn will be in a New York state of mind February 26-27, traveling to Columbia and Cornell, and the final Ivy weekend will see Harvard and Dartmouth come to The Palestra on March 5-6.
Travel partners Penn and Princeton will add two more chapters to their historic rivalry on Feb. 16 (at Penn) and with the traditional season-closer on March 9 (at Princeton).
Game times and a full television schedule will be released at a later date.
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA MEN'S BASKETBALL
Dates subject to change
Home games in ALL CAPS played at The Palestra
* - Ivy League game
# - Philadelphia Big 5 game
Day, Date ... Opponent
Friday, Nov. 13 ... at Penn State
Monday, Nov. 16 ... at Villanova #
Saturday, Nov. 21 ... DELAWARE
Tuesday, Nov. 24 ... DREXEL
Friday, Dec. 4 ... at Navy
Tuesday, Dec. 8 ... ALBANY
Saturday, Dec. 12 ... at Monmouth
Monday, Dec. 28 ... at Davidson
Thursday, Dec. 31 ... at Duke (ESPN2)
Sunday, Jan. 3 ... at Lafayette
Wednesday, Jan. 6 ... at UMBC
Wednesday, Jan. 13 ... TEMPLE #
Wednesday, Jan. 20 ... LA SALLE #
Monday, Jan. 25 ... SAINT JOSEPH'S #
Friday, Jan. 29 ... at Yale*
Saturday, Jan. 30 ... at Brown*
Friday, Feb. 5 ... at Dartmouth*
Saturday, Feb. 6 ... at Harvard*
Friday, Feb. 12 ... CORNELL*
Saturday, Feb. 13 ... COLUMBIA*
Tuesday, Feb. 16 ... PRINCETON*
Friday, Feb. 19 ... BROWN*
Saturday, Feb. 20 ... YALE*
Friday, Feb. 26 ... at Columbia*
Saturday, Feb. 27 ... at Cornell*
Friday, March 5 ... HARVARD*
Saturday, March 6 ... DARTMOUTH*
Tuesday, March 9 ... at Princeton*