PHILADELPHIA - The first leg of the Penn men's basketball team's trip to North Carolina did not end the way the Quakers wanted it to, as they fell to Davidson 75-70 on Thursday night. The Red and Blue have traveled East since then, moving to the Research Triangle region of the state for Sunday's meeting with Duke to tip off the 2012 calendar year. Sunday's New Year's Day game will begin at 5 p.m. and be televised nationally on ESPNU.
GAME 14 - PENN (6-7) at #7/5 DUKE (11-1)
Cameron Indoor Stadium (Durham, N.C.)
Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012 * 5 p.m.
TV: ESPNU (Jon Sciambi, Hubert Davis)
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Duke Game Notes (PDF)
The Penn-Duke Series
*This will mark the 16th meeting between the Quakers and the Blue Devils, with Duke holding a 9-6 advantage in the series.
*Duke has won six in a row dating back to the 1977-78 season, and eight of nine dating back to the 1955-56 season.
*The most recent meeting took place almost exactly two years ago, on Dec. 31, 2009, with Duke rolling to a 114-55 victory. It was Penn's largest margin of defeat in program history, and Duke's 114 points were an all-time high by an opponent.
The Blue Devils (10-1) are ranked seventh in this week's Associated Press national media poll and fifth in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll. Duke beat Western Michigan on Friday night, 110-70, as Seth Curry scored 22 points and Austin Rivers added 20. Four players are averaging double figures in the scoring column, led by freshman Rivers (16.0 ppg). Mason Plumlee is averaging 11.7 points per game and leads the Devils in rebounding (9.3 rpg), while Seth Curry is averaging 13.1 ppg and Ryan Kelly is averaging 12.1 ppg.
Rosen a Candidate for Bob Cousy Award
The National Basketball Hall of Fame announced its candidates for the 2011-12 Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the nation's top point guard, and for the second straight year Penn's Zack Rosen is on the list. He is one of 65 candidates nationally, including three others from the Ivy League (Brian Barbour, Columbia; Chris Wroblewski, Cornell; Brandyn Curry, Harvard) and two others from Philadelphia Big 5 schools (Tyreek Duren, La Salle; Maalik Wayns, Villanova). The original list of 65 will be cut to 20 by January 1, to ten by February 1, and to five by March 1.
Record Book Watch
*Senior guard Zack Rosen has 83 assists this season, giving him 498 for his career which is seven shy of the program's all-time record held by his current head coach, Jerome Allen (505).
*Rosen has 1,377 career points which puts him 12th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Bobby Morse is 11th, with 1,381 points from 1970-72.)
*Senior guard Tyler Bernardini has 1,283 career points which puts him 17th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Joe Sturgis is 16th with 1,292 points from 1954-56, while Tyrone Pitts is 15th with 1,301 from 1985-88.)
*Rosen has played 3,440 career minutes which is sixth all-time. (Ibrahim Jaaber is fifth, with 3,569 minutes.)
*Rosen has 184 career three-point field goals which is sixth all-time. (Garett Kreitz is fifth, with 199 treys.)
*Bernardini, meanwhile, has 174 treys which is ninth all-time. (Michael Jordan is eighth, with 176.)
*Rosen has made 369 career foul shots which is eighth all-time. (Herb Lyon is seventh, with 370 made foul shots.)
Quaker Notemeal at Davidson
*Penn lost for the first time this season when leading at the half (4-0 prior).
*Davidson shot 40.4 percent from the field, the 10th of Penn's 13 opponents to shoot below 45 percent this season; last year, the Quakers held just 14 of their 28 opponents below 45 percent.
*Senior guard Tyler Bernardini led Penn in scoring for the third straight game, with 16 points.
*Bernardini has 75 points in Penn's last three games and has six straight double-figure scoring games (19.3 average in that span).
*Senior Zack Rosen had 14 points, his team-leading 12th double-figure scoring game, and led Penn with seven rebounds.
*It marked the first time this season Rosen has led Penn in rebounding in a game (he tied for the team lead with Bernardini at Villanova).
*Senior forward Rob Belcore came off the bench for the first time this season but finished the game with 10 points, his fourth straight double-figure game and the fifth in the last six outings.
*Prior to this six-game run, Belcore's last double-figure scoring game came in the second-to-last game of the 2009-10 season, at Harvard.
*Sophomore center Fran Dougherty tied a season/career high with 10 points, his second collegiate double-figure scoring game, and also set a new standard with two steals.
*All of Dougherty's points came in the first half.
*Sophomore guard Steve Rennard scored five points, one shy of his season/career high.
*Sophomore guard Dau Jok scored his first collegiate field goal, a three-pointer in the first half; prior to tonight, his only two points had come from the foul line, last year at Pitt.