GAME 17 - PENN (2-14, 1-1) at DARTMOUTH (4-14, 0-4)
Hanover, N.H. (Leede Arena)
Friday, Feb. 5, 2010 * 7 p.m.
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, TBA)
GAME 18 - PENN at HARVARD (14-4, 3-1)
Cambridge, Mass. (Lavietes Pavilion)
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 * 7 p.m.
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, TBA)
Penn Game Notes (PDF)
Penn vs. Dartmouth
* The Quakers and the Big Green have met 197 times previously on the hardwood, with Penn holding a decisive 141-56 advantage.
* Last year was certainly historic in this series, however, as Dartmouth swept Penn, winning 63-60 in Hanover and then 69-59 at The Palestra in Philadelphia. It marked the first time the Big Green had swept the Quakers in a season since 1959.
* Prior to last year's sweep, Penn had won 23 in a row over Dartmouth.
Penn vs. Harvard
* The Quakers and the Crimson have met 156 times previously, with Penn holding a dominant 127-29 lead in the series.
* These teams split a year ago, amazingly playing a pair of 66-60 games in which the road team was victorious each time. Penn and Harvard also split in 2007-08, with the Quakers winning 73-69 at home and the Crimson winning 89-79 in Cambridge.
Around The League
While Penn is at Dartmouth Friday and Harvard Saturday, Princeton (2-0) plays arguably the feature game this weekend Friday night at Harvard; the Tigers are then at Dartmouth Saturday. The other half of the League features Yale (2-2) and Brown (1-3) making the New York swing; Yale is at Cornell (4-0) Friday and Columbia (1-3) Saturday, while Brown reverses that trip.
Penn has played three of the teams ranked among the top 20 in this week's Associated Press national poll -- No. 2 Villanova, No. 10 Duke, and No. 19 Temple. The Quakers are the only Ivy team to play that many such teams in non-conference.
Change at the Top...
This weekend's games will be Penn's tenth and 11th under interim head coach Jerome Allen, who took over for Glen Miller following Penn's loss at Monmouth on December 12. One of Penn's all-time great players and a Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame inductee a year ago, Allen led the Quakers to three consecutive undefeated Ivy League seasons from 1993-95 before enjoying a pro career that spanned the NBA and Europe, ending last year when he retired from Snaidero Basket (in Italy's Serie A). A two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, Allen scored 1,518 career points and ended his career as the program's all-time leader in assists and steals. This was his first season as an assistant coach with the Quakers.
Allen, in turn, has added Vince Curran (Penn '92) as an assistant coach. Curran is known to Penn fans as the radio analyst of the Quakers, but will be on the bench for the rest of the season.
Penn is starting the Ivy League season with four straight road games; last weekend the Quakers were at Yale and Brown, gaining a split with a loss to the Bulldogs and a win in Providence. This is the seventh time Penn has started the Ivy campaign with four road games; four times out of the previous six -- including the last two, 1999-2000 and 2006-07 -- the Quakers went on to win the Ivy League title.
* Penn entered Ivy League play with a -4.1 turnover margin, but had a +2.5 margin last weekend at Yale and Brown (Penn 22/Opponents 27). The Quakers turned it over 10 times in the first half against Yale, then combined for just 12 in the next three halves of action.
* Sophomore Zack Rosen has scored in double figures in 13 of Penn's last 14 games (19.3 ppg); his streak of 11 straight double-digit scoring games, stopped when he scored eight vs. Saint Joseph's, was the longest by a Penn player since Mark Zoller ended the 2006-07 season with 11 such games.
* Last year's Ivy League leader in assists per game and assist/turnover ratio, Rosen has been asked to shoulder more of the scoring load this season with Penn's myriad injuries. He has responded by leading the Quakers in scoring in ten of the last 14 contests.
* Rosen went 2-of-5 from the foul line in Penn's first game this season, and 6-of-9 against La Salle; in the 14 other games this season, he has gone 67 of 74 (90.5 percent) and never missed more than two in a game.
* Junior Jack Eggleston has scored in double figures in 12 of Penn's 16 games this season, and also has two nine-point outings; he had a combined 31 points and 22 rebounds in playing all 80 minutes last weekend.
* Junior Dan Monckton has scored 57 points in the last six games, including 11 against both Yale and Brown last weekend; prior to that, he had scored 27 for the season. Prior to that, he scored 20 in his first two years with the Penn program.Rosen, Eggleston and Monckton combined for 86 of Penn's 103 points last weekend.
Quaker Notemeal From the Yale/Brown Trip...
* Penn had a +2.5 turnover margin on the weekend (Penn 22/Opponents 27), and after committing 10 in the first half at Yale the Quakers committed just 12 in their other three halves combined.
* Junior Jack Eggleston collected his third double-double this season and fourth overall at Penn with 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds at Yale; he followed that up with 18 points and nine boards at Brown.
* Junior Dan Monckton matched his career high with 11 points Friday at Yale, then matched it again Saturday at Brown including the game-winning tip at the final buzzer. He also set a career best with seven rebounds against the Bulldogs.
* Sophomore Zack Rosen led Penn in scoring both games, with 14 points at Yale and 19 at Brown; he has now led Penn in scoring in ten of its last 14 contests.
* Freshman Malcolm Washington made his first start as a collegian at Yale, replacing Rosen who came off the bench for the first time this season after a violation of team rules.
* Freshman Sean Mullan was available for the first time in five games and made brief appearances in both contests.
The Injury Report...
Freshman Sean Mullan (thumb) returned to action last weekend after missing five games ... Sophomore Mike Howlett (foot), who started four games earlier in the season, has missed the last nine contests; his return is undetermined ... Preseason projected starters Tyler Bernardini (foot) and Andreas Schreiber (shoulder) have missed the last 14 games and are done for the season ... Sophomore Larry Loughery (hip) has missed the last 13 games and is done for the season.
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