Men's Basketball, Duke Set For New Year's Eve Date

PHILADELPHIA -The Jerome Allen coaching era at Penn got off to an inauspicious debut Monday night at Davidson -- a rusty Quaker squad let the Wildcats run away in the first half, and could not make up any of the deficit in the second stanza. Things get no easier for the Red and Blue, which has added to their list of hobbled bodies on this trip (Mike Howlett went down with a foot injury prior to the Davidson game). Penn's New Year's Eve date? Duke, which is 10-1 and ranked seventh in both national polls.

GAME 9 - PENN (0-8) at #7/7 DUKE (10-1)
Durham, N.C. (Cameron Indoor Stadium)
Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 * 6 p.m.
TV: ESPN2 (Jon Sciambi, Len Elmore)
Radio: ESPN 950 AM/The Fanatic 97.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Mike Mahoney)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Duke Game Notes (PDF)

Penn vs. Duke
*The Blue Devils lead the 14-game series, 8-6, including wins in the last five games when these two have met.

*The last meeting took place Dec. 7, 2005 right here at Cameron Indoor Stadium, a 72-59 Duke win.

*Penn has traveled to Durham to meet Duke four times previous, going 3-1. the lone win came 50-49 on Dec. 7, 1971.

Penn vs. The ACC
Penn has a .500 record against the programs that currently make up the Atlantic Coast Conference (36-36). The Quakers' last win against an ACC opponent came Nov. 19, 2001 (79-74 at Georgia Tech). This is the sixth straight season Penn has played at least one ACC program...
Boston College ... 2-1
Clemson ... 1-0
Duke ... 6-8
Georgia Tech ... 4-2
Maryland ... 12-2
Miami (Fla.) ... 3-5
North Carolina ... 2-6
N.C. State ... 0-2
Virginia ... 5-8
Wake Forest ... 1-3

Change At the Top...
Tonight's game will mark Penn's second game 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 in Italy. 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.

Time Out...
Due to the University's fall exam schedule, and the holiday season, Monday night's game at Davidson was the first Penn had played since December 12 (an 80-75 loss at Monmouth), a 16-day break between games.

On The Road Again...
Penn is in the midst of a five-game road trip; in fact, it will be 36 days between home games for the Quakers. Penn's last game at The Palestra was Dec. 8 (a 78-60 loss to Albany), and the next home game will be the Red and Blue's Philadelphia Big 5 matchup with No. 19 Temple (Jan. 13).

Quaker Notemeal...
*Penn has knocked down 10 three-pointers as a team in three of the last six games.

*Sophomore Zack Rosen has scored in double figures in six straight games (17.1 ppg) and had six or more assists in four of Penn's eight games to date.

*Junior Jack Eggleston had scored in double figures in Penn's last five games before getting nine Monday night at Davidson. He led the Quakers with eight rebounds at Davidson, the first time this season he has led the team in that category in a game this season.

*After playing a combined 110 in his first two seasons, junior Dan Monckton has already played 116 this season.

*After pulling a DNP-CD in four of the first five games this season, freshman Brian Fitzpatrick has played 49 minutes in the lsat three contests with 17 combined points and nine rebounds. After five DNP-CD to start the season, junior Zack Gordon has 24 minutes of action in the last three contests.

*Penn has missed the following regulars to injury this season: Justin Reilly (every game this season), Tyler Bernardini (last six), Andreas Schreiber (last six), Larry Loughery (last four), Mike Howlett (Monday).

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