Men's Basketball Finally Tips Off Ivy League Action

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team finally dives into Ivy League play with a pair of games at The Palestra this weekend. The Quakers host fast-starting Yale Friday night, and then on Saturday Brown comes calling. Both games will start at 7 p.m.

GAME 15 - PENN (6-8, 0-0) vs. YALE (9-7, 2-0)
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 * 7 p.m.
TV: Comcast Network (Scott Graham, Rob Kennedy)
Radio: ESPN 950 AM / Sirius 130 (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

GAME 16 - PENN (6-8, 0-0) vs. BROWN (7-9, 0-2)
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 * 7 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Good To Be Back Home!
This weekend marks Penn's first "home" games at The Palestra since Dec. 8, a span of 52 days. Technically, last weekend's game here against Saint Joseph's was a road game -- although Penn-SJU is played at The Palestra every year, the teams alternate as the host. With that being the case, Penn wore their road blue uniforms (as they will do Saturday night).

The Yale/Brown Weekend
The Quakers have swept this home weekend 36 times, and split it 15 times including each of the last three years. (In all three cases Penn lost the Friday game but won on Saturday.) Penn has never been swept on this weekend.

Penn vs. Yale
*The Quakers and the Bulldogs have played 212 times, with Penn holding a 143-69 advantage.

*These teams have split the season series the last two years and three of the last four; last season, Yale won in New Haven, 61-48, but Penn got it back here at The Palestra, 81-69.

*The last time Penn lost to Yale here at The Palestra was 2009 (87-79); prior to that, the Bulldogs' last win here was in 1997.

Scouting Yale
The Bulldogs swept their season series with Brown the last two weekends, and have won four in a row overall. Greg Mangano combined for 40 points and 29 rebounds in the two games with the Bears, and the two-time Ivy League Player of the Week is averaging a double-double this season (14.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg). Austin Morgan is averaging 13.3 points per game, while Porter Braswell averages 10.1 ppg.

Penn vs. Brown
*The Quakers and Bears have met 118 times previously, with Penn holding a sizable 97-21 lead in the series.

*These teams split last season, with Penn eking out a 55-54 win in Providence and Brown gaining revenge with an 80-73 victory here at The Palestra. Penn swept the season series in 2009, but Brown swept the Quakers in 2008.

*Compared to most Ivy teams, Brown has had decent success here at The Palestra in recent years -- in addition to last year's win, the Bears also won here in 2008 and 2004.

Scouting Brown
Sean McGonagill led the Bears in last weekend's loss to Yale; the freshman guard scored 11 points and also had 11 rebounds and five assists. Tucker Halpern and Peter Sullivan also had 11 points. Sullivan leads Brown in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.6 points and 5.9 boards per game, while Halpern is averaging 11.2 points per contest and Garrett Leffelman is averaging 10.6 ppg.

Welcome to the Club!
In Penn's 78-68 win at Delaware on Dec. 22, senior forward Jack Eggleston scored his 1,000th point at Penn on a bucket that opened the second half. He became the 35th player in program history to reach the mark, and the first since Mark Zoller reached it on Dec. 2, 2006. Eggleston enters the Yale-Brown weekend with 1,057 points in his Penn career. He will be presented with a commemorative ball prior to Friday night's game with Yale.

Three's a Crowd?
We don't want to jinx it, of course, but it is worth noting that Penn has two players in addition to Eggleston who could reach the 1,000-point mark this season-junior Zack Rosen (who enteres the weekend with 937 points) and senior Tyler Bernardini (877).

Rounding Into Form?
In 2007-08, Tyler Bernardini was the Ivy League and Big 5 Rookie of the Year. In 2008-09, he led Penn in scoring (13.7 ppg) and earned honorable mention All-Ivy for the second time in as many years. Last season, he injured his foot in Penn's second game -- at Villanova -- and never came back. This season, Bernardini scored just 59 points in Penn's first nine games, but he has dropped 101 in the last five outings (18 at Marist, 22 at Kentucky, 17 at La Salle, 17 at Temple, career-high 27 vs. Saint Joseph's). Need further evidence? In Penn's first 10 games, Bernardini was 8 of 44 (18.2 percent) on his bread and butter, the three-point shot. However, in the last four games he is 13 of 24 (54.2 percent) beyond the arc.

Quaker Notemeal From St. Joseph's
*It was Penn's first game at The Palestra since Dec. 8, a span of 45 days.

*Penn shot 15-of-15 from the foul line, the first time the Quakers were perfect at the charity stripe since a 6-of-6 performance last year against Temple.

*At the defensive end, Penn set a season high with 10 steals.

*Penn won for the first time this season when being outrebounded by its opponent (33-32); previously, the Quakers were 0-6 in such games.

*Amazingly, Penn also won for the first time this season when hitting more three-points (8) than its opponent (5); prior to this game, the Quakers were 0-5 in such contests.

*Senior Tyler Bernardini scored 27 points, a career high. His previous career high of 26 had come twice-both times against North Carolina.

*Senior Jack Eggleston pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds. It marked the most boards by a Penn player in a game since Mark Zoller had 17 in the Quakers' Ivy League-clinching win over Yale on March 2, 2007.

*Freshman forward Fran Dougherty made his first collegiate start, recording four points and a steal in 15 minutes of action.

Download: 15-16 - Y-B home.pdf