PHILADELPHIA - Let the season begin! That’s what Penn is saying after a bumpy non-conference campaign. The Quakers are at Harvard and Dartmouth to begin the “14-game tournament” that is Ivy League play.
GAME 15 PENN 94-10) at HARVARD (9-7, 1-1)
Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 * 7 p.m.
Lavietes Pavilion * Cambridge, Mass.
RADIO: ESPN 950 AM - Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran
GAME 16 PENN at DARTMOUTH (3-13, 1-1)
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 * 7 p.m.
Leede Arena * Hanover, N.H.
TV: Comcast Network (formerly CN8) - Jeff Rickard, Bob Lampinen
RADIO: ESPN 950 AM Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran
Penn Game Notes (PDF)
The ten teams Penn has lost to this season enter the weekend a combined 137-62, a 68.8 winning percentage; all of them have winning records (UNC 18-2, Drexel 11-8, Penn State 16-5, Albany 13-8, Villanova 16-4, Navy 14-7, UCF 14-6, Temple 11-8, La Salle 12-7, Saint Joseph’s 12-7).
Penn is 4-0 when leading at the half this season, and 0-10 when trailing at the half.
Penn has played just two games this season that have ended with a single-digit margin (a 66-64 loss at Drexel on November 18, and last Wednesday’s 79-70 loss at La Salle).
Through 14 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 six different players lead in rebounding (Eggleston, Votel, Rosen, Bernardini, Conor Turley and Cameron Lewis).
Rosen, a freshman, leads the Ivy League in assist/turnover ratio (2.13) and is second in assists per game (4.9). In the last two games, he has 13 assists and three turnovers, and he has scored in double figures in four of the last six contests.
Bernardini, a sophomore, has had his first collegiate double-doubles in two of the last three games, sandwiching them around a 23-point effort at La Salle.
Gaines, also a sophomore, has had four straight double-figure scoring games (11.8 average).
Votel, a senior, entered the season with one double-figure scoring game in his career; he has seven this season and is averaging 10.3 points per game.
Junior Justin Reilly saw his first action of the 2008-09 season last Wednesday at La Salle, after missing the first 12 games with an abdomen injury.
Penn vs. Harvard (Friday)
Friday’s meeting between the Quakers and the Crimson will be the 155th in the series; Penn leads the series, 126-28.
Harvard ended a 12-game Penn winning streak in the series the last time these teams met, and it was right here at Lavietes Pavilion. Three different Crimson players hit for at least 20 points in an 89-79 win on February 23, 2008.
Prior to last season, Penn had won five in a row in Cambridge, with the average margin of victory being 15.8 points and none being closer than 13 points.
Penn vs. Dartmouth (Saturday)
Saturday’s meeting between the Quakers and the Big Green will be the 196th; Penn leads the series, 141-54.
Penn lost, 54-53, in Hanover on February 9, 1996ending the longest winning streak in Ivy League history at 48 games. The Quakers have not lost at Leede Arena since then, going 12-0 with only two of the games having a single-digit margin.
The Harvard/Dartmouth Trip
Penn has made the trip to the northernmost Ivies 52 previous times, every year since 1956-57; the Quakers have swept this trip 33 times, split it 14 times, and been swept five times.
Penn had swept this trip five straight times before splitting it last year (won Friday at Dartmouth, lost Saturday at Harvard).
Penn has not been swept on this trip since the 1987-88 season.
Not Lovin’ That Ivy Schedule...
With its first matchup against Princeton being on the road this year (Feb. 17), Penn will play five of its first seven Ivy League games away from The Palestra.
Notemeal From Saint Joseph’s...
Senior Brennan Votel set a career high with four assists.
Sophomore Tyler Bernardini had a double-double for the second time in three games, with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Notemeal From La Salle...
La Salle shot 44 foul shots and made 30; both of those stats were opponent highs in the Glen Miller coaching era at Penn.
Bernardini scored 23 points, his third 20-point outing of the season (first since Nov. 22) and the ninth of his collegiate career.
Bernardini tied his career high, and the high for a Penn player in the Miller era, by taking 10 three-point shots; he made four of them.
Freshman Mike Howlett scored the first four points of his collegiate career.
Junior Justin Reilly saw his first game action of 2008-09; he had missed the first 12 games due to injury.
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