PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball program has announced its 2010-11 schedule. The Quakers will play another challenging schedule this year, featuring trips to three teams that finished among the Associated Press' top 20 teams and a home game against another such squad. Penn will be at home 13 times in 2010-11, including two Philadelphia Big 5 games and seven Ivy League contests.
"We are excited about the schedule we have put together," said Penn's John J. Rockwell Head Coach of Men's Basketball, Jerome Allen. "We have a couple of road trips against some high-caliber teams that will provide great tests for us, and our first home date with Davidson will certainly be a great way to begin the season. We are looking forward to the next six months and all of the challenges that lay of us."
The 2010-11 season tips off on Saturday, Nov. 13, when Davidson College comes to The Palestra for just the third time in history and the first time since the 2001-02 season. The Wildcats were the darling of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, reaching the Elite Eight, and have long been one of the powerful mid-major programs nationally.
Penn's next game is a midweek affair at Manhattan College -- just its second meeting with the Jaspers since 1982 -- then the Quakers come home for meetings with neighborhood rival Drexel and regional foe Lafayette. Thanksgiving weekend, Penn travels across the state to play the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt, out of the Big East and an NCAA Elite Eight team in 2009, ranked 18th in last year's final AP poll and advanced to the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
Penn closes the month of November with a home game against UMBC, then begins December with a trip to the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. and a neutral-site game against Army. That game is the first half of a doubleheader at the Meadowlands facility, with Duke-Butler being the second game. Tickets for the doubleheader are on sale through the IZOD Center box office for $78.50 which includes both games. Parking for the event will be $20; reserved parking in Deck 23, located adjacent to the IZOD Center, can be purchased in advance for $25. For more information, visit www.izodcenter.com or call 201-935-3900.
Penn follows that up by opening Big 5 play at home with Villanova, which ranked ninth in the final AP poll last year and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Following exams, Penn hits the road for five straight games over a nearly month-long period. The first game takes place at Delaware just before Christmas, and then the Quakers will go to Marist in between Christmas and the New Year. Penn rings in the 2011 portion of the campaign in style, heading to Bluegrass Country for a meeting with the University of Kentucky. The Wildcats ranked second in last year's final AP poll and advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight. This will be Penn's first game at UK's famed Rupp Arena since the 2007 NCAA Tournament, when the Quakers lost to Texas A&M in the first round.
The "road trip" ends with a pair of midweek Big 5 contests -- La Salle on Jan. 12, Temple on Jan. 19 -- before the Quakers close out the non-conference portion of the 2010-11 season with the annual Big 5 Palestra battle against Saint Joseph's on Saturday, Jan. 22.
Ivy League play begins the following weekend, as Penn hosts Yale Friday and Brown Saturday, and then a week later Dartmouth and Harvard come calling. The Quakers' first Ivy road game is at Princton on February 8, the first of five in a row away from home -- Penn is at Cornell and Columbia the weekend after Princeton, then it's off to Brown and Yale after that. Penn returns home the weekend of Feb. 25-26 to face Columbia and Cornell, and the final Ivy weekend sees the Red and Blue at Harvard and Dartmouth. Penn and Princeton will play their annual Ivy-ending contest in The Palestra on Tuesday, March 8.
PENN MEN'S BASKETBALL
Saturday, Nov. 13 ... DAVIDSON
Wednesday, Nov. 17 ... at Manhattan
Saturday, Nov. 20 ... DREXEL
Tuesday, Nov. 23 ... LAFAYETTE
Saturday, Nov. 27 ... at Pitt
Tuesday, Nov. 30 ... UMBC
Saturday, Dec. 4 ... vs. Army (IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J.)
Wednesday, Dec. 8 ... VILLANOVA #
Wednesday, Dec. 22 ... at Delaware
Wednesday, Dec. 29 ... at Marist
Monday, Jan. 3 ... at Kentucky
Wednesday, Jan. 12 ... at La Salle #
Wednesday, Jan. 19 ... at Temple #
Saturday, Jan. 22 ... SAINT JOSEPH'S #
Friday, Jan. 28 ... YALE*
Saturday, Jan. 29 ... BROWN*
Friday, Feb. 4 ... DARTMOUTH*
Saturday, Feb. 5 ... HARVARD*
Tuesday, Feb. 8 ... at Princeton*
Friday, Feb. 11 ... at Cornell*
Saturday, Feb. 12 ... at Columbia*
Friday, Feb. 18 ... at Brown*
Saturday, Feb. 19 ... at Yale*
Friday, Feb. 25 ... COLUMBIA*
Saturday, Feb. 26 ... CORNELL*
Friday, March 4 ... at Harvard*
Saturday, March 5 ... at Dartmouth*
Tuesday, March 8 ... PRINCETON*
*Ivy League game
# Philadelphia Big 5 game
Home games in ALL CAPS played at The Palestra
Dates subject to change