Men's Basketball Announces 2013-14 Schedule

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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball program has announced its 2013-14 schedule. The Quakers will play 28 regular-season games, 14 of them at The Palestra.

“I am looking forward to the 2013-14 season,” said the program’s John R. Rockwell Head Coach, Jerome Allen. “With all the experience we have coming back, I am expecting us to return to the winning form that our fans are accustomed to seeing. I have high expectations for this program, and I think our quality non-conference schedule will prepare us well as we look to regain the top spot in the Ivy League.”

There will be no easing into the season, as Penn opens up on Saturday, Nov. 9 against Big 5 rival Temple at The Palestra. The game will coincide with the University’s Homecoming weekend -- football is also at home that day, against Princeton -- as well as the closing celebration for the recently concluded Campaign For Penn Athletics. In recognition, the basketball game concludes a day full of home athletic events and will be followed by a stand-up concert by famed comedian Bill Cosby at The Palestra.

Penn travels to Monmouth on Tuesday, Nov. 12, then hosts Penn State on Saturday, Nov. 16 at The Palestra. Penn’s next game takes place Friday, Nov. 22 when the Red and Blue make their first trip to the University of Iowa and face the Hawkeyes for just the fourth time ever and the first time since the 1978-79 season. The game, which takes place on the eve of Iowa’s home football game with Michigan, will pit Penn against one of its own -- Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery lettered for the Quakers from 1980-82 -- and also features a sibling battle between Penn senior Dau Jok and his younger brother, Peter, a freshman for the Hawkeyes.

Penn closes November with Thanksgiving-week games against Niagara (Tuesday, Nov. 26) and at Lafayette (Saturday, Nov. 30) -- the game with Niagara the first between the Quakers and the Purple Eagles since the 1986-87 season -- and then the Quakers open December with a Big 5 test at Villanova (Wednesday, Dec. 4). Penn hosts Wagner (Saturday, Dec. 7) in its final contest before fall-term exams.

During the holiday season, Penn will play at Marist (Sunday, Dec. 22) and Rider (Sunday, Dec. 29). The Red and Blue will ring in the new year with a game at George Mason (Thursday, Jan. 2) -- the first time the Quakers and the Patriots have met on the hardwood -- before hosting Big 5 rival La Salle on Saturday, Jan. 4.

Penn’s Ivy League opener comes a week later, on January 11, when the Quakers host Princeton at The Palestra in the latest chapter of that historic rivalry. One week after that, Penn completes its Big 5 slate with its annual Palestra tussle against Saint Joseph’s. The Red and Blue close the non-conference portion of their season on Saturday, Jan. 25 when they host NJIT.

The first Ivy League weekend has Penn traveling to Dartmouth (Friday, Jan. 31) and Harvard (Saturday, Feb. 1). The next weekend, the Quakers are home to face Cornell (Friday, Feb. 7) and Columbia (Saturday, Feb. 8). Following that, Penn is back on the road to face Yale (Friday, Feb. 14) and Brown (Saturday, Feb. 15) before coming back to host Harvard (Friday, Feb. 21) and Dartmouth (Saturday, Feb. 22). The calendar turns to from February to March during the weekend that Penn hosts Brown (Friday, Feb. 28) and Yale (Saturday, March 1).

It’s a daunting final stretch for Penn, with the last three Ivy League games taking place on the road over a five-day stretch. The grind begins at Cornell (Friday, March 7); continues the next night at Columbia (Saturday, March 8); and ends with the traditional finale against Princeton, this time at the Tigers’ Jadwin Gym (Tuesday, March 11).

Penn returns all 15 players from a team that went 9-22 last year, including a 6-8 Ivy League mark that left the Quakers in fifth place in the standings.