Men's Basketball at Villanova on Saturday

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball snapped a three-game losing streak earlier this week with a home win over Manhattan. For the first time since Nov. 17 -- a span of six games -- the Quakers play a road game, meeting Villanova in the latest Philadelphia Big 5 installment between these rivals.

GAME 9 - PENN (4-4) at VILLANOVA (4-2)
The Pavilion (Villanova, Pa.)
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 * 7 p.m.
TV: ESPN3.com (Scott Graham, John Celestand)
Radio: WNTP 990 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Villanova Game Notes (PDF)

The Penn-Villanova Series
*The Quakers and the Wildcats are meeting for the 59th time, with Villanova holding a 40-18 lead in the series.

*Villanova has won eight in a row in the series, including a 65-53 decision last year at The Palestra. Corey Stokes scored 34 points to lead VU, while Zack Rosen dropped 30 and Miles Cartwright had 20 for Penn.

*Penn's last win against Villanova came on Dec. 10, 2002 (72-56), and the Quakers also won the year before on Dec. 5, 2001 (75-74 in OT).

About Villanova
The Wildcats are 4-2 on the young season, and enter their tilt with Penn on a two-game losing streak (80-68 to Saint Louis, 65-64 to Santa Clara). Maalik Wayns has led the 'Cats so far; the junior guard is averaging 20.0 points per game and has a team-leading 28 assists. Mouphtaou Yarou is averaging 15.2 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds per game, while Dominic Cheek (13.8 ppg) and James Bell (10.0 ppg) are averaging double figures in the scoring column.

Record Book Watch
*Senior guard Zack Rosen has 1,292 career points, tied with Joe Sturgis for 15th place all-time at Penn (Tyrone Pitts is 14th, with 1,301); senior guard Tyler Bernardini has 1,179 points, tied with Paul Romanczuk for 26th all-time (Jeff Neuman is 25th with 1,187 points, and Matt Langel is 24th with 1,191).

*Rosen has 45 assists this season, giving him 460 for his career which is third all-time at Penn, behind only Jerome Allen (505) and Michael Jordan (469).

*Rosen has played 3,253 career minutes which is sixth all-time.

*Rosen has 178 career three-point field goals which is seventh all-time; he needs one more to pass his head coach, Jerome Allen, and move into sixth place. Bernardini, meanwhile, has 152 treys which is 10th; he needs one to move ahead of Jed Ryan into ninth place.

*Rosen has 342 career foul shots made which is eighth all-time.

National Stats
The NCAA released its first statistical update on Monday night, and senior guard Zack Rosen was splattered all over the pages. He entered the week third nationally in three-point field goals made (3.9); fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.600); 12th in points per game (21.6); and 36th in assists per game (5.7).

Quaker Notemeal vs. Manhattan
*For the first time this season, and just the second time in the Jerome Allen coaching era, the Quakers had five different players score in double figures.

*Penn tied a season high with 17 assists (originally set in the Quakers' previous game), and also set a season low with eight turnovers.

*Penn got 27 points from its bench, a season high; after getting 45 bench points in the first six games combined, the Quakers have 49 bench points in the last two contests.

*Senior guard Zack Rosen scored 20 points, his fifth game with 20 or more points this season and the 19th such game of his career; he is the only Penn player to score in double figures in all eight of Penn's games this season.

*Rosen went 5-of-5 at the foul line and has now hit 19 free throws in a row over the last four games.

*Senior Rob Belcore set season highs with 10 points and five assists; it was Belcore's first double-figure scoring game since March 5, 2010.

*Senior Tyler Bernardini scored all of his 12 points in the game in the second half.

*Sophomore forward Marin Kukoc had career highs in points (11), rebounds (4), assists (3), blocked shots (2), and minutes (33); prior to Tuesday night's game, Kukoc had scored 11 points this season.

*Kukoc and Belcore became the sixth and seventh different Penn players to have a double-figure scoring game this season.

*Freshman guard Patrick Lucas-Perry scored his first collegiate points.

*Sophomore center Cameron Gunter and freshman forward Henry Brooks made their first collegiate starts on Tuesday.

Download: 9-@Villanova.pdf