Men's Basketball Closes Season With Princeton

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PHILADELPHIA – Emotions are always high for the annual season-ending Tuesday tussle between Penn and Princeton, but they figure to be ramped up Tuesday night at The Palestra. It will not only be Senior Night for the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball program -- they say goodbye to four players -- but it will also mark the final game for head coach Jerome Allen who announced his resignation ahead of this game. The Quakers and the Tigers will tip off at 7:30 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network.

GAME 28 – PENN (9-18, 4-9 Ivy League) vs. PRINCETON (15-14, 8-5)
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 * 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia (The Palestra)

Good Luck, Seniors!
Prior to Tuesday’s game, the Penn men’s basketball program will honor its five graduating seniors: Camryn Crocker, Matt Hanessian, Greg Louis, Patrick Lucas-Perry, and manager Crystal Usoro. Hanessian and Lucas-Perry will not dress Tuesday night, due to injury.

The Series with Princeton
*The biggest rivalry in the Ivy League, these teams are meeting for the 232nd time with Penn leading the series 124-107; the Quakers have not played any other opponent more than the Tigers.

*Princeton has held the upper hand the last several years, winning five of the last six and 10 of the last 12 matchups.

*These teams met exactly two months ago in New Jersey, with Princeton overcoming a 15-point, second-half deficit to defeat Penn 78-74. Henry Caruso led the Tigers with 23 points (going 14-of-16 at the foul line), while Spencer Weisz scored 20 points and Hans Brases nearly had a double-double (9 points, 9 rebounds). For Penn, Darien Nelson-Henry and Tony Hicks had 18 points each, while Matt Howard scored 11 and Antonio Woods added 10.

The Penn-Princeton Rivalry
Excluding the last few years, these two programs have been the flagships for the Ivy League for literally decades. Consider these notes...

*Penn and/or Princeton won every Ivy League title from 1989-2007 (Penn 9 outright, Princeton 8 outright, 2 shared).

*From 1959-2007, Penn and/or Princeton won at least a share of the Ivy League title all but three years (Cornell won the title in 1988, Brown did it in 1986, and Yale did it in 1962).

*In 2008, ESPN.com rated the most prestigious college basketball programs of all time; Penn came in 34th, while Princeton was 40th.

*In 2005, The Sporting News rated the greatest college basketball programs of all time; Penn came in 16th, while Princeton was 19th.

Making His Case
Freshman guard Antonio Woods has been building a solid case for Ivy League Rookie of the Year during recent weeks; he has been named Ivy League Rookie of the Week each of the last three Mondays, and five times overall this season. In Ivy League play, Woods entered the weekend averaging 9.5 points per game (with eight double-figure outings), and if he gets six assists on Tuesday he will finish as this season's Ivy statistical leader in that category (Ivy games only).

Tales of Two Halves
Here’s an interesting note about junior Tony Hicks: In Penn’s nine wins this season, he has totaled 27 first-half points and 107 second-half points; in the last six victories, the disparity is an even more astounding 14/84.

Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Penn is 6-1 this season when holding its opponent below 60 points, and 29-7 in such games in the Jerome Allen coaching era.

*Penn is 9-3 this season when shooting a better percentage from the field than its opponent.

*Penn is 4-1 when hitting more three-point baskets than its opponent in a game.

*After having more assists than turnovers in just two of its first 18 games, Penn has done that five times in the last 10 contests.

*Penn shot 15-of-31 (48.4 percent) on three-point shots over the weekend (6-12 vs. Columbia, 9-19 vs. Cornell).

*Penn has had six different players lead the team in scoring in a game this season (juniors Tony Hicks and Darien Nelson-Henry; sophomore Matt Howard; freshmen Mike Auger, Sam Jones and Antonio Woods).

*Those six players, plus three others -- seniors Camryn Crocker and Greg Louis, and freshman Darnell Foreman -- have had at least one double-figure scoring game.

*Penn is undefeated this season when Louis hits double figures in the scoring column (4-0).

*Freshman Sam Jones has recorded 59 field goals this season; 49 of them have been three-point baskets. He leads the team in that category.

*In the four games since he returned for a two-game suspension, junior Tony Hicks is averaging 16.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

*Freshman Antonio Woods has scored in double figures in five of the last six games (12.3 ppg in that stretch).

*Woods has a 3.22 assist/turnover ratio over the last four games (29/9).

Download: MBB Notes at Penn.pdf