Men's Basketball Finally at Home This Weekend

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team certainly has a lot to make up for after Monday's loss at Villanova, and they would probably be the first ones to tell you that. It figures to be a more ornery Quaker squad that takes the court Saturday against Delaware, the first of two straight Colonial Athletic Association teams to visit Penn and The Palestra over a four-day period.

GAME 3 - PENN (0-2) vs. DELAWARE (0-2)
Philadelphia, Pa. (The Palestra)
Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 * 7 p.m.
TV: Internet Stream on PennAthletics.com
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Delaware Game Notes (PDF)

Penn vs. Delaware

*The Quakers and the Blue Hens have met 19 times previously, with Penn winning 16 of them.

*Most recently, these teams had a three-game series from 2001-03 and Delaware gained two of its three wins in the series during that run; the Hens sandwiched a 76-66 win on Jan. 17, 2001 and a 60-59 win on Dec. 3, 2002 around Penn's 50-44 win on Jan. 17, 2002.

*Amazingly, Prior to the 2001 meeting, these regional foes had not met since 1988.

Penn vs. the CAA

Overall, Penn is 37-10 against the programs that currently comprise the Colonial Athletic Association.
Delaware ... 16-3
Drexel ... 15-6
Hofstra ... 1-1
Northeastern ... 1-0
Towson ... 2-0
William & Mary ... 2-0

The National Stage

For the second straight year, Penn set the bar high with its first two games. This year, after opening up last Friday with the defending NIT champions in Penn State, the Quakers traveled to the Main Line Monday for a meeting with preseason No. 5/6 Villanova. Last year, of course, Penn opened the season at preseason consensus No. 1 (and eventual NCAA Tournament champion) North Carolina, then followed that up with a 10 a.m. tipoff time against city rival Drexel in a game that was televised on ESPN2.

Did You Know...

Penn entered the 2009-10 season ninth among NCAA Division I programs in overall wins? According to the NCAA 2009-10 Men's Basketball Record Book, the Quakers have 1,658 which put them behind Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Duke, Syracuse, Temple, St. John's, and UCLA. Notre Dame (1,651 wins) rounded out the Top 10.

Penn Picked Third

Penn was picked second in the Ivy League's preseason media poll, which featured two members from all eight institutional media groups. The Quakers were picked behind Cornell, the two-time defending champion, and Princeton. The Big Red were a unanimous selection to "threepeat," as all five starters are back from last year's team that went 11-3 in conference play.
Team ... Points (First-Place Votes)
Cornell ... 128 (16)
Princeton ... 96
Penn ... 92
Harvard ... 86
Yale ... 59
Columbia ... 55
Brown ... 41
Dartmouth ... 19

Quaker Notemeal From Villanova...

*Senior Darren Smith scored a career-high 21 points and knocked down four three-pointers which was one shy of a career best.

*Smith played 33 minutes, a career high for the second game in a row (he played 31 three days earlier at Penn State).

*Sophomore Rob Belcore also had a career high in points, with 16. He hit three treys which tied a career best he set twice last season.

*Sophomore Zack Rosen had six assists for the second straight game, against one turnover; in two games he has a 12/5 assist/turnover ratio.

*Sophomore Mike Howlett had seven rebounds, a career best for the second straight game (he had five three days earlier at Penn State).

*Freshmen Carson Sullivan, Brian Fitzpatrick and Malcolm Washington all saw their first minutes as collegians, and Fitzpatrick and Washington scored their first points wearing a Penn uniform.

*Washington also had two steals in his three minutes to tie for team-high honors with Rosen and senior Andreas Schreiber. In all, seven different Penn players had steals in the game.

Notemeal From Penn State...

*Smith and Schreiber, both of whom missed last year due to injury, started the season opener.

*For Smith, it was his first game action since the 2007-08 season opener against Drexel, when he fractured his kneecap.

*Junior Conor Turley played a career-high 22 minutes and finished one point shy of a career best with eight.

*Rosen had seven rebounds, which were one shy of a career high.

*Junior Jack Eggleston shot 5-of-6 from the field and hit his only three-point attempt of the night.

*Junior Tyler Bernardini scored Penn's first 10 points Friday night, and ended up with 12.

Download: 3 - Delaware.pdf