Men's Basketball at Yale, Brown This Weekend

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PHILADELPHIA – Last weekend was a good one for the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team, which not only won consecutive games for the first time this season but also saw the Ivy League standings tilt in its favor. The Quakers once again control their destiny, and can bring one of those first-place teams level to them in the loss column on Friday as they travel to Yale to face the Bulldogs. One night later, the Red and Blue face the only other team that enters the weekend with two Ivy losses, Brown, in Providence.

GAME 20 - PENN (6-13, 3-2 Ivy League) at YALE (11-9, 5-1)
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 * 7 p.m.
John J. Lee Amphitheater (New Haven, Conn.)
TV: Ivy League Digital Network (there is a fee for this service)
Radio: WNTP 990 AM (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

GAME 21 - PENN at BROWN (12-8, 4-2)
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 *6 p.m.
Pizzitola Sports Center (Providence, R.I.)
TV: Ivy League Digital Network (there is a fee for this service)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

The Yale-Brown Road Trip
*Penn has made this weekend New England swing 57 times; the Quakers have swept the trip 26 times, split it 25 times -- including each of the last two years -- and been swept six times (most recently in 2004).

*Each of the last two years, Penn’s win has come at Brown while the loss has come at Yale. Last season, the Quakers defeated the Bears on Friday (66-64) but lost to the Bulldogs on Saturday (79-65).

*Nine of the last 11 times Penn has split this trip, dating back to the 1989-90 season, the loss has come at Yale.

The Series with Yale
*The Quakers have met the Bulldogs 218 times and lead the series, 146-72.

*That said, Yale has won three of the last four meetings including both of last season’s matchups. The Bulldogs took last year’s opener in Philadelphia, 68-59, and then rollwed the Quakers here in New Haven at the end of the season, 79-65. Tony Hicks had 27 points combined in last year’s games.

*Yale has been a difficult place for Penn, even in the best of times; the Quakers have lost here nine times since 1996, more than any other venue in the Ivies.

The Series with Brown
*The Quakers have met the Bears 124 times and hold a commanding 103-21 lead in the series.

*Penn has won six in a row over Brown and nine of the last 10 meetings.

*Last year, Penn rolled over Brown at The Palestra in Philadelphia, 71-48, as Miles Jackson-Cartwright had 28 points and Tony Hicks added 15. In the rematch at the Pizzitola Sports Center, Jackson-Cartwright completed a 25-point night by hitting a pair of free throws with 0.7 seconds left on the clock to give the Quakers a 66-64 victory.

Up The Scoring Chart
Senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright enters the weekend with 1,301 career points which is tied for 16th in Penn history with Tyrone Pitts (1985-88). Tony Price (1,322 points from 1977-79) is 15th.

The Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Penn played a game on every Saturday in January this season. Seems reasonable, right? It is, until you realize that the Quakers haven’t done that since the 2002-03 season.

*Penn has held 14 of its 19 opponents this season below 45 percent shooting from the field; George Mason was one of those other five teams, but barely -- the Patriots shot 45.3 percent (24-53) on January 2.

*Penn is 6-4 this season when leading at the half; before the January 31 game at Dartmouth, when the Quakers surrendered a seven-point halftime advantage and lost to the Big Green, the halftime leads they had lost were 1 point (Lafayette), 1 point (Wagner), and 2 points (George Mason).

*Penn entered the week 16th nationally in assist/field goal ratio, at .618; only Princeton among the Ivies is also in the top 25; the Tigers are 23rd.

*In Penn’s 19 games so far, head coach Jerome Allen has played 15 players in a game twice this season, 14 players four times, and 13 players six times; last Saturday, all 11 players who dressed saw game action.

*Ten different players have made at least two starts for Penn this season, and only senior Fran Dougherty has started all 19 games.

*Penn used its ninth different starting lineup last weekend -- its sixth in the last 12 games -- and has put out the same lineup in consecutive games just seven times.

*Penn has four players averaging double figures in scoring -- Tony Hicks (15.3), Dougherty (12.6), Miles Jackson-Cartwright (11.8), Darien Nelson-Henry (10.7) -- but the Quakers have had more than three double-figure scorers in a game just once this season (January 25 against NJIT).

*Five different players have led Penn in scoring (Dougherty, Jackson-Cartwright, Hicks, Nelson-Henry, Julian Harrell) and all five have had at least one 20-point game.

*After recording 14 rebounds combined in Penn’s first four games (3.5 rpg), Dougherty has 127 in the last 15 contests (8.5 rpg); he has snared nine or more boards in 10 of Penn’s last 13 games.

*Hicks has led Penn or shared the lead in scoring in seven of the last nine games (17.0 ppg in that stretch); the only game in which he didn’t reach double figures in scoring during this stretch was at Dartmouth (4 points).

*Jackson-Cartwright has hit six three-pointers in one game this season (Rider), five treys in another game (Monmouth), and four in three other games (Villanova, George Mason, NJIT).

*Jackson-Cartwright enters the weekend having hit 22 of his last 25 free throws.

*Jackson-Cartwright is likely to make his 99th and 100th career starts this weekend; in fact, he has started 98 of the last 101 games he has played at Penn. Earlier this season, he came off the bench at Marist due to a thumb injury. The other times he played in a game but did not start during this stretch? Dec. 10, 2011 at UCLA, and March 8, 2011 against Princeton (Penn’s Senior Day of his freshman year).

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