Men's Basketball at No. 5/5 Pitt Saturday

PHILADELPHIA -Coming off a nice comeback win against Lafayette on Tuesday, the Penn men's basketball team is putting its Thanksgiving Day feast behind and gearing up for what will be arguably their toughest test this season. The Quakers travel across the Commonwealth to face fifth-ranked Pitt Saturday night at the Panthers' Peterson Events Center.

GAME 5 - PENN (2-2) at #5/5 PITT (6-0)
Petersen Events Center (Pittsburgh)
Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010 * 7 p.m.
TV: (John Sanders, Curtis Aiken)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, TBA)

Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Pitt Game Notes (PDF)

The Penn-Pitt Series
*This will be the 13th meeting between the Quakers and the Panthers, with Penn leading the series 7-5. However, this is the first matchup since the 1975-76 season and just the second since the 1965-66 season.

*Pitt won the last meeting, a 67-60 decision at the Pennsylvania Classic in Pittsburgh. Prior to that, Penn won two in a row, in 1964 at The Palestra in Philadelphia(71-59) and then a year later at Pitt (75-65). Both of those games took place just after Christmas.

*All-time, Penn holds an 81-114 record against the teams that currently make up the Big East. That number, of course, is greatly skewed by the Quakers' record against its fellow Philadelphia Big 5 rival, Villanova -- Penn is 18-39 against the Wildcats. Among the other Big East schools, the Red and Blue have played Syracuse (47 times), Rutgers (23) and Notre Dame (22) more times than they have faced their fellow Commonwealth institution.

Scouting Pitt
Like Penn, the Panthers were in action on Tuesday-they defeated their city rival, Robert Morris, 74-53. (RMU is coached these days by former Penn standout Andy Toole.) Ashton Gibbs had 20 points, while Brad Wanamaker -- who played his high school ball at Roman Catholic in Philadelphia -- added 17. Prior to that, Pitt earned the 2K Sports Classic title at Madison Square Garden in New York City, defeating Maryland and Texas on successive days to gain the championship. The Panthers are led by Gibbs and Wanamaker, who average 19.2 and 15.7 points per game, respectively. Wanamaker also has team highs in assists (33) and steals (8). Talib Zanna is averaging 7.0 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game. Pitt has beaten its first six opponents by an average of 21.5 ppg.

Crazy Good at Home
Pitt has won 100 of its last 101 non-conference home games.

Three's a Crowd?
We don't want to jinx it, of course, but it is worth noting that Penn has three players who could reach the 1,000-point mark this season: senior Jack Eggleston (943 points entering the Lafayette game), junior Zack Rosen (780) and senior Tyler Bernardini (746). Currently, there are 34 members of Penn's 1,000-point club, the most recent coming Dec. 2, 2006 when Mark Zoller reached it.

More Milestones
Eggleston's first rebound on Tuesday against Lafayette was his 500th in a Penn uniform. He became the first Quaker to reach 500 career rebounds since Brian Grandieri ended his career with 523 in 2008.

Red Hot!
Eggleston not only leads Penn in scoring (16.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.8 rpg), he is shooting 60.5 percent from the field (23 of 38) including 54.5 percent from three-point land (6 of 11).

Now This is Interesting...
Eggleston had 11 rebounds against both Davidson and Manhattan, but not one of them came on the offensive glass. By contrast, he had just one board in the Quakers' loss to Drexel last Saturday-and it came, you guessed it, on the offensive end. (By the way, Eggleston's first rebound Tuesday night against Lafayette was his 500th at Penn.)

Death and Taxes...and Zack Rosen
Ben Franklin once said, "the only things certain in life are death and taxes." (You might have heard of Mr. Franklin -- among other things, he founded the University of Pennsylvania in 1740.) Add junior guard Zack Rosen's offensive output to the list. Rosen has scored in double figures in each of Penn's first four games this season, and as a result he has now hit double digits in 18 straight games and 29 of the Quakers' last 30 contests dating back to last season. Rosen has 42 double-figure scoring games as a collegian.

That's Not All...
In addition to his scoring output, Rosen is also taking care of the ball these days (good thing, too, since he's the point guard and that's his job). In Penn's last three games, he has 18 assists and just three turnovers.

Quick Start
Fifth-year senior Andreas Schreiber is certainly the jackrabbit for this team. He scored all of Penn's first six points versus Manhattan, then did not score again. Against Drexel, he had seven of the Quakers' first 11 points and then, once again, wasn't heard from offensively. Tuesday night, he had six of Penn's first 15 points versus Lafayette.

Local Flavor
Freshman Fran Dougherty has been working out quite well for the Quakers, thank you. After seeing no action in Penn's opener, the local product -- he played his high school ball at nearby Archbishop Wood -- has seen a total of 38 minutes against Manhattan and Drexel and Lafayette, contributing nine points and 12 rebounds. The rebound total puts him third on the team, behind Eggleston and Rosen.

Quaker Notemeal From Lafayette
*The Quakers remained undefeated at home against the Leopards, improving to 27-0. (Overall, Penn leads the series, 39-5.)

*Penn overcame a halftime deficit to win, the first time that has happened this season and just the second time in 17 opportunities it has happened with Jerome Allen as head coach.

*Junior guard Zack Rosen tied a career high with eight rebounds. (Last year, he set what is still a career high in points against the Leopards, with 30.)

*Senior guard Tyler Bernardini had season highs in points (12) and minutes (31).

The Injury Report
*Senior Dan Monckton, junior Mike Howlett, and freshman Marin Kukoc have not dressed yet 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 League play -- while Howlett averaged 7.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 17 appearances last year including nine starts.

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