PHILADELPHIA -Coming off a disheartening loss at Marist last Wednesday, the Penn men's basketball team faces its third ranked team this season. The Quakers are at the NCAA's all-time winningest program, the University of Kentucky, for a Monday night game that is being televised nationally on ESPNU.
GAME 11 - PENN (5-5) at #11/12 KENTUCKY (11-2)
Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)
Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 * 7 p.m.
TV: ESPNU (Rob Stone, Kara Lawson)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Kentucky Game Notes (PDF)
The Penn-Kentucky Series
*This will be the fifth meeting between the Quakers and the Wildcats; Kentucky has won all of the previous four.
*The last meeting took place Nov. 17, 1999 here in Lexington, a 67-50 UK win. All-time, Monday represents Penn's fourth visit to Lexington.
*Penn is 6-14 all-time against the schools that currently make up the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
Alabama ... 0-2
Auburn ... 0-1
Florida ... 2-2
Georgia ... 1-0
Kentucky ... 0-4
South Carolina ... 2-2
Tennessee ... 0-1
Vanderbilt ... 1-2
The Wildcats won their sixth straight game on Friday, a 78-63 victory against Commonwealth rival Louisville. Brandon Knight had 25 points and Josh Harrellson added 23 points and 14 rebounds. Knight leads UK in scoring (18.0 ppg), followed by Terrence Jones (17.7) and Doron Lamb (14.0). Harrellson (9.3) and Jones (9.2) are Kentucky's top rebounders. Kentucky's losses this season have come to Connecticut and at North Carolina.
Monday night's game pits the teams that entered the 2010-11 season first and 10th on the list of the NCAA's winningest Division I programs. Kentucky had 2,023 wins, topping the list, while Penn was 10th with 1,664.
Welcome to the Club!
Penn senior forward Jack Eggleston scored eight points in Penn's win on Dec. 22 at Delaware, including his 1,000th at Penn on a bucket that opened the second half. He became the 35th player in program history to reach the mark, and the first since Mark Zoller achieved it on Dec. 2, 2006.
After missing the first eight games due to injury, junior Mike Howlett made his season debut at Delaware (he also played last Wednesday at Marist). Last season, Howlett averaged 7.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 17 appearances last year including nine starts.
You want to figure out why Penn is winning? Here are a few things to note...
*Penn's magic scoring number, it seems, is 60 -- the Quakers are 5-0 when reaching the mark this season.
*Penn is 4-0 when outrebounding its opponent in 2010-11, but 0-5 when being outrebounded. (The Quakers tied Delaware on the boards, 32-32, in their Dec. 22 win.)
*In Penn's five wins, the Quakers have averaged 30.4 free-throw attempts while their opponents have averaged 12.6 attempts. On Dec. 22 at Delaware, the Red and Blue made 29 foul shots -- more than twice as many as the Blue Hens attempted (14)!
*This is a little wacky, but Penn is 0-4 when hitting more three-pointers than its opponent and 4-1 when hitting fewer treys.
The Injury Report
Senior Dan Monckton and freshman Marin Kukoc have not dressed this season due to injury. Monckton averaged 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last year, numbers that jumped to 9.9 ppg and 5.2 rpg in Ivy play. Another blow was struck to the lineup prior to Marist, as fifth-year senior Andreas Schreiber injured his left hand in practice. He will not play at Kentucky, and his future status is undetermined at this time. Schreiber started six games this season, and was averaging 4.6 points and 1.4 rebounds per game.
After missing the first eight games due to injury, junior Mike Howlett made his season debut at Delaware, and he also played last Wednesday at Marist where he scored his first point this season. Last year, Howlett averaged 7.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 17 appearances including nine starts.
Quaker Notemeal From Marist
*The game marked the first meeting between the Quakers and the Red Foxes.
*Senior guard Tyler Bernardini scored a season-high 18 points.
*Senior forward Jack Eggleston grabbed 13 rebounds, tying a career high that he set last Jan. 29 at Yale.
*Junior guard Rob Belcore missed the game due to migraines, his first absence this season. In his place, freshman Steve Rennard saw his first significant action as a Penn player (11 minutes).