Men's Basketball Finally Home For Ivy Play

PHILADELPHIA - After starting the Ivy League campaign with a daunting four-game road swing, the Quakers are finally home for a pair of conference homes games -- but the task is still daunting. On Friday, the Red and Blue host a Cornell team that is undefeated in the Ivies and ranked nationally this week, the first Ivy team to receive a top-25 national ranking since Princeton in 1997-98. On Saturday, Penn hosts Columbia.

GAME 19 - PENN (3-15, 2-2) vs. RV/22 CORNELL (20-3, 6-0)
Philadelphia (The Palestra)
Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 * 7 p.m.
TV: The Comcast Network (Scott Graham, John Griffin)
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

GAME 20 - PENN vs. COLUMBIA (8-12, 2-4)
Philadelphia (The Palestra)
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 * 7 p.m.
TV: The Comcast Network (Scott Graham, Rob Kennedy)
Radio:WXPN 88.5 FM(Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Penn vs. Cornell
* The Quakers and the Big Red have met 212 times previously on the hardwoord, with Penn holding a 142-70 lead in the series

* That said, Cornell has dominated the last two years with four straight wins. That ended an 18-game streak that Penn had over its Ithaca rivals dating back to the 1998-99 season.

* Last year, Cornell swept Penn with an 88-73 win here in Philadelphia and then an 83-59 victory in Ithaca; the win at Cornell clinched the Big Red's NCAA Tournament bid, its second straight bid to the Big Dance.

Penn vs. Columbia
* The Quakers and the Lions have met 215 times, with Penn holding a 133-82 lead in the series.

* The teams have split the season series each of the last two years-two years ago the home team won both times, and last year the road team was victorious.

* Last year, after getting beaten, 74-63, here at The Palestra, the Quakers stunned the Lions in New York City when senior Kevin Egee drained a 30-foot jump shot at the buzzer to give Penn a 51-50 victory.

Around The League
Like Penn, Princeton (4-0) is home for the first time this weekend, and arguably the marquee matchup happens Saturday when Cornell visits the Tigers' Jadwin Gym - it pits the only two teams who enter the weekend undefeated. Before that, Princeton hosts Columbia on Friday. The other half of the League has Harvard (4-2) and Dartmouth (0-6) playing at Brown (1-5) and Yale (3-3). The top matchup there occurs Friday in New Haven, with the Crimson facing the Bulldogs.

Tough Schedule!
Penn has played three of the teams ranked among the top 20 in this week's Associated Press national poll -- No. 4 Villanova, No. 8 Duke, and No. 21 Temple. On Friday, they will play a Cornell team that is receiving votes in the AP poll but ranked 22nd in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll. The Quakers are the only Ivy team to play that many such teams in non-conference.

Change at the Top...
This weekend's games will be Penn's 12th and 13th 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 that spanned the NBA and Europe, ending last year when he retired from Snaidero Basket (in Italy's Serie A). 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.

Allen, in turn, has added Vince Curran (Penn '92) as an assistant coach. Curran is known to Penn fans as the radio analyst of the Quakers, but will be on the bench for the rest of the season.

Quaker Notemeal...
* Penn has gone 46 of 53 (86.8 percent) at the foul line over the last three games, and has made at least 75 percent of its foul shots in nine of the last 10 contests.

* Penn outrebounded four straight opponents, from Saint Joseph's to Dartmouth, before being outboarded by Harvard last Saturday.

* After committing more turnovers than its opponent in 11 of the first 12 games, the Quakers have had fewer (or an equal number) in four of the last six contests.

* Sophomore Zack Rosen has scored in double figures in four straight games (17.0 ppg); prior to that, he hit double digits in 11 straight games before being held to eight against Saint Joseph's on January 25. That was the longest stretch of double-figure scoring games by a Penn player since Mark Zoller ended his college career with 11 such games in 2006-07.

* Rosen is 27 of 29 (93.1 percent) from the foul line over Penn's last five games, and he has been perfect at the line in eight different games this season.

* Junior Dan Monckton has scored in double figures in five of Penn's last eight games; after scoring 27 points in the Quakers' first ten games, he has knocked in 80 in the last eight contests.

* Monckton has collected 22 rebounds over the last four games, as well.

* Junior Jack Eggleston has scored in double figures in four of the last five games and 13 games overall this season.

* Eggleston has played all 160 minutes in Penn's first four Ivy League games, and averaged 9.0 rebounds per game in that span.

* Senior Justin Reilly has shot 9-of-10 from the field in Ivy League play so far this season.

Quaker Notemeal From the Dartmouth/Harvard Trip...
* Junior Dan Monckton had career highsat Harvard with 19 points and eight rebounds.

* At Dartmouth, Monckton tied a career best with two blocked shots and played a career-high 33 minutes.

* Sophomore Zack Rosen led Penn with 16 points at Dartmouth -- including the first 11 in the game for the Quakers -- and tied Monckton for the team lead with 19 points in Cambridge; he has now led or tied for the team lead in 12 of the Quakers' last 16 games.

* Junior Jack Eggleston scored 13 points at Harvard, and also tied a career best with two blocked shots.

* Senior Justin Reilly scored 17 points over the weekend -- after scoring 17 in in his first eight appearances this season -- including nine at Harvard which was his best scoring output since he had a career-high 15 against Yale on Feb. 16, 2008.

* Junior Conor Turley scored 11 points at Dartmouth, his third double-figure scoring game this season and the first since he scored 14 against Saint Joseph's on Jan. 25.

* Senior Drew Godwin, who joined the team from the JV program earlier this season, played 14 minutes -- seven in each half -- at Harvard, a career high.

The Injury Report...
Sophomore Mike Howlett (foot), who started four games earlier in the season, has missed the last 11 contests; his return is undetermined ... Preseason projected starters Tyler Bernardini (foot) and Andreas Schreiber (shoulder) have missed the last 16 games and are done for the season ... Sophomore Larry Loughery (hip) has missed the last 15 games and is done for the season.

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