Men's Basketball Gears Up For Tobacco Road Trip

PHILADELPHIA - At 6-6, the Penn men's basketball team is off to its best 12-game start since the 2006-07 -- coincidentally, that team also started the season 6-6, but went 16-3 the rest of the way en route to the Ivy League title. This week, the Quakers reprise a trip they made two years ago, hitting Davidson and Duke. Two years ago, the results were not positive -- a pair of blowout losses in Jerome Allen's first two games as interim head coach. This time, Allen is fully installed at the helm, and he hopes for far better results.

GAME 13 - PENN (6-6) at DAVIDSON (7-4)
Belk Arena (Davidson, N.C.)
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 * 7 p.m.
TV: DavidsonWildcats.com (there is a charge for this service)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Davidson Game Notes (PDF)

The Penn-Davidson Series
*Tonight's game marks the 11th time the Quakers and Wildcats have met on the hardwood. The series is tied, 5-5, after Penn's 69-64 win last year at The Palestra in Philadelphia.

*These two teams met here at Belk Arena two years ago, almost to the day-Davidson earned a resounding, 79-50 win on December 28, 2010. That game was Penn's first under Jerome Allen, who had been appointed interim head coach just two weeks earlier.

*This will mark the fourth time Penn and Davidson have played on the Davidson campus. They have met three times at The Palestra, and four other times in neutral-site affairs.

About Davidson
The Wildcats (7-4) had one of the biggest stunners of the early-season college basketball schedule when they knocked off Kansas in Kansas City on Dec. 19, 80-74. Most recently, Davidson fell at UMass a week ago, 73-65. Among Davidson's losses are Duke (82-69) and Vanderbilt (87-83). Davidson has four players averaging double figures in the scoring column, led by De'Mon Brooks (16.3) who also leads the 'Cats in rebounding (6.7 rpg). J.P. Kuhlman (13.1 ppg) and Jake Cohen (11.6) are next on the scoring chart, followed by Nik Cochran (11.1).

Rosen a Candidate for Bob Cousy Award
The National Basketball Hall of Fame announced its candidates for the 2011-12 Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the nation's top point guard, and for the second straight year Penn's Zack Rosen is on the list. He is one of 65 candidates nationally, including three others from the Ivy League (Brian Barbour, Columbia; Chris Wroblewski, Cornell; Brandyn Curry, Harvard) and two others from Philadelphia Big 5 schools (Tyreek Duren, La Salle; Maalik Wayns, Villanova). The original list of 65 will be cut to 20 by January 1, to ten by February 1, and to five by March 1.

Record Book Watch
*Senior guard Zack Rosen has 1,363 career points which puts him 12th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Bobby Morse is 11th, with 1,381 points from 1970-72.)

*Senior guard Tyler Bernardini has 1,267 career points which puts him 17th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Joe Sturgis is 16th, with 1,292 points from 1954-56.)

*Rosen has 78 assists this season, giving him 493 for his career which is second all-time at Penn behind only his current head coach, Jerome Allen (505).

*Rosen has played 3,402 career minutes which is sixth all-time. (Ibrahim Jaaber is fifth, with 3,569 minutes.)

*Rosen has 183 career three-point field goals which is sixth all-time. (Garett Kreitz is fifth, with 199 treys.)

*Bernardini, meanwhile, has 173 treys which is ninth all-time. (Michael Jordan is eighth, with 176.)

*Rosen has made 366 career foul shots which is eighth all-time. (Herb Lyon is seventh, with 370 made foul shots.)

Quaker Notemeal vs. Marist
* Penn improved to 6-6, the first time the Quakers have been .500 at this point in a season since 2006-07 (also 6-6 after 12 games).

*Penn set season highs in points (84), first-half points (38), second-half points (46), field goals made (29), field-goal percentage (.547), and assists (22).

*The Quakers also tied a season high by shooting 50 percent on three-point shots (11-22).

*The last time Penn scored at least 84 points in a game was Nov. 21, 2009 in a 97-94 double-overtime loss to Delaware.

*The last time the Quakers scored 84 or more in regulation was Jan. 5, 2009 in an 84-70 win over Lafayette.

*For the second time this season, Penn placed five different players in double figures in scoring (also Nov. 29 vs. Manhattan).

*Senior guard Tyler Bernardini scored 30 points, a career high and the most by a Penn player in almost exactly a year (Zack Rosen scored 30 on Dec. 22, 2010 at Delaware).

*It marked the third 30-point game by a Penn player in the Jerome Allen coaching era.

*Bernardini also hit eight three-point baskets for the second straight game, the first time a Penn player has had back-to-back games with eight or more treys.

*In the last two games Bernardini is 20-of-31 (.645) from the field including 16-of-23 (.696) beyond the arc.

*Bernardini has scored 59 points in Penn's last two games, has five straight double-figure scoring games (20.0 ppg), and has hit double digits in 10 of 12 contests this season.

*Rosen had 13 points and a season-high 12 assists, one shy of the school's single-game record shared by him with Tim Begley and Dave Wohl.

*Rosen has four double-figure assist games this season and three double-doubles that have come via the point-assist route.

*For his career, Rosen has five double-doubles, all via points-assists.

*In the last three games Rosen has 30 assists and five turnovers.

*Rosen also went 4-of-4 at the foul line; he has hit 18 straight freebies and is 43-of-44 from the charity stripe in Penn's last eight contests, his only miss coming in the final minute of Penn's loss at Villanova on Dec. 3.

*Freshman center Henry Brooks scored a career-high 13 points, his second double-figure scoring game at Penn.

*Senior forward Rob Belcore scored 11 points, his third straight double-figure scoring game and the fourth in Penn's last five contests (Prior to this run, Belcore's last double-figure game came during the 2009-10 season.).

*Sophomore guard Miles Cartwright scored 10 points, his third time reaching double digits in four games and his fifth such game this season.

*Sophomore guard Steve Rennard had two assists, a career best.

*Freshman center Keelan Cairns made his collegiate debut.

Download: 13-@Davidson.pdf