Men's Basketball Back Home This Weekend

PHILADELPHIA - What a difference a week makes! The Penn men’s basketball team returns to The Palestra on a three-game winning streak, all of them coming on the road. With a renewed sense of confidence, and a feeling that they are back in the Ivy League championship race, the Quakers look to avenge an earlier loss to Dartmouth Friday and then go for the season sweep of Harvard on Saturday night.

GAME 22 – PENN (8-13, 4-3) vs. DARTMOUTH (6-16, 4-4)

Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 * 7 p.m.

The Palestra * Philadelphia

TV: None

RADIO: ESPN 950 AM - Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran

GAME 22 – PENN vs. HARVARD (10-12, 2-6)

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009 * 6 p.m.

The Palestra * Philadelphia

TV: Comcast Network (formerly CN8) - TBA

RADIO: ESPN 950 AM - Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Quaker Notemeal...

• Through 21 games, Penn has had six different players lead in scoring in a game (Tyler Bernardini, Kevin Egee, Jack Eggleston, Harrison Gaines, Brennan Votel and Zack Rosen) and eight different players lead in rebounding (Eggleston, Votel, Rosen, Bernardini, Egee, Conor Turley, Rob Belcore and Cameron Lewis).

• Rosen, a freshman, leads the Ivy League and is among the national leaders in assists per game (5.0) and assist/turnover ratio (2.26). In the last nine games, he has 51 assists and 18 turnovers (2.83 ratio).

• Bernardini, a sophomore, has scored in double figures in the last six games (15.8 ppg), nine of the last 10 contests, and a team-high 17 games overall. He has not had consecutive single-figure scoring games this season.

• Gaines, a sophomore, had scored in double figures in the last three games (17.0 ppg) and seven of the last eight contests (12.5 ppg in that span) before scoring just seven Tuesday night at Princeton.

• Lewis, a senior, has hit double figures in three of the last six games and is averaging 7.8 ppg in that span; he has shot 61.8 percent from the field in the six contests (21 of 34).

• Eggleston, a sophomore, has snared at least six rebounds in seven of the last 10 games; he had four against Princeton, but scored 10 points and tied a career high by dishing off four assists.

Congratulations!

Tuesday was a busy day for assistant coach John Gallagher; in the morning, his fiancee gave birth to a baby girl, Kenna. That night, he was on the bench -- exhausted but elated -- to help the Quakers win at Princeton.

Penn vs. Dartmouth (Fri)

• Friday’s meeting between the Quakers and the Big Green will be the 197th; Penn leads the series, 141-55.

• Penn has won 11 in a row over Dartmouth here at The Palestra, with only two of those games having a margin less than 12; however, one of those two came last year, when the Quakers escaped with a 68-66 win.

• Overall, Penn had not lost a game to Dartmouth since 1997 until January 31, when the Big Green upended the Quakers, 63-60.

• In this season’s first meeting, Dartmouth scored 15 of the game’s final 19 points and won, 63-60, on a conventional three-point play by Dan Biber with just eight seconds left. Tyler Bernardini had 22 points to lead Penn, while Cameron Lewis had 12 and Brennan Votel had 10. For Dartmouth, Alex Barnett scored 24 while Biber finished with 17.

Penn vs. Harvard (Sat)

• Saturday’s meeting between the Quakers and the Crimson will be the 156th in the series; Penn leads the series, 127-28.

• Penn had won 12 straight over Harvard before losing at the Crimson’s Lavietes Pavilion last season; the Quakers avenged that loss earlier this season, taking a 66-60 decision in Cambridge in their Ivy opener.

• In this season’s first meeting, Jack Eggleston had a career-high 19 points, while Zack Rosen recorded 15 points and dnine assists. Rob Belcore had 10 points and seven rebounds.

• Penn has won 16 in a row over Harvard at The Palestra, with the average margin of victory being 16.1 points; however, last year the Quakers emerged with a 73-69 win.

The D/H Weekend

• Penn has hosted Harvard and Dartmouth on the same weekend 51 times since the start of Ivy League play, collecting 43 sweeps (including 11 in a row) and eight splits; the Quakers have never been swept at home by these two teams.

• Of the eight splits, Harvard has gotten the win five times and Dartmouth three times; on two occasions Penn’s loss came on Friday, and six times it has come on Saturday.

Lovin’ That Ivy Schedule (Now)...

After playing five of its first seven Ivy League games on the road, including Tuesday’s game at Princeton, Penn is home for the next four -- next weekend the Quakers host Yale and Brown -- and five of the last seven this season.

Tough Scheduling

The 10 non-Ivy League teams Penn lost to this season entered Thursday a combined 167-88, a 65.5 winning percentage; all but one of them have winning records, and the 10th -- Albany -- is at .500 (UNC 24-2, Drexel 14-11, Penn State 19-8, Albany 13-13, Villanova 20-5, Navy 17-9, UCF 16-9, Temple 16-9, La Salle 14-11, Saint Joe’s 14-11).

Notemeal From at Princeton...

• Penn defeated its bitter rival for the fifth straight time, the eighth time in the last nine meetings, and the 13th time in the last 15 matchups. The Quakers now lead the series with the Tigers, 122-97.

• Penn won an overtime game for the first time in the Glen Miller coaching era; it was just the Quakers’ second in that time, the other was last year’s season opener with Drexel, which Penn lost 67-59.

• Penn and Princeton played an overtime game for the fourth time in the last six seasons, and the 12th time since 1971.

• For the first time this season in a Penn game, the team that was leading at halftime (Princeton) did not win the game; the Quakers entered the contest 7-0 when leading at the break, 0-13 when trailing.

• Freshman Zack Rosen set a season high with eight rebounds; he also had 14 points and four assists in the contest, and hit the Quakers’ only field goal in overtime, a three-pointer (Penn went 8-of-10 at the line).

• Senior Cameron Lewis finished one rebound shy of a career high, with nine, and played a career-high 28 minutes.

• Princeton’s Zach Finley had 15 rebounds, a high for an opposing player against Penn since Alabama’s Antonio McDyess snared 19 in the Crimson Tide’s NCAA Tournament win over the Quakers -- in 1995.

Notemeal From at Yale...

• Penn swept the Brown/Yale road trip for the first time since 2005-06 and just the second time since 2002-03.

• Penn never trailed or was tied in the game, but the Quakers’ largest lead was 10 points (that occured in the first half).

• Yale took just five three-point shots, an opponent low in the Glen Miller coaching era at Penn, and matched an opponent low by making just two of them.

• Penn shot 6-of-12 from three-point land, making the Quakers 14 of 27 for the weekend.

Notemeal From at Brown...

• Penn had a 53-point swing from last year’s game at Brown (a 75-43 loss) to this year’s (a 73-52 win).

• Senior Kevin Egee led Penn with seven rebounds, becoming the eighth different Quaker player to lead the team in rebounding in a game this season.

• Lewis scored 10 points, the second time in his career he had back-to-back double-figure scoring games (the other came last year against Miami and NJIT).

• Lewis was in the starting lineup for the first time since this year’s season opener.

• Sophomore Jack Eggleston scored 13 points, his first double-figure scoring game in the last four outings.

• Eggleston also had six rebounds, the sixth time in the last eight contests he has had that many boards.

• Rosen had six assists without a turnover.

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