Men's Basketball Has Early Wake-up Call Tuesday

PHILADELPHIA - Fresh off a meeting with the top-ranked team in the nation, the Quakers remain in the national spotlight as part of ESPN’s “Hoop Madness.” Penn and Drexel tip off at 10 a.m. to a national television audience. This also represents the Quakers’ first-ever trip to “The DAC,” Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center.

GAME 2 - PENN (0-1) at DREXEL (0-0)
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 * 10 a.m.
Daskalakis Athletic Center * Philadelphia
TV:
ESPN (John Saunders, Bob Valvano)
RADIO: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes

National Spotlight
Penn opened the season at North Carolina Saturday afternoon, and gave the nation’s preseason No. 1 a pretty decent run before falling, 86-71. It marked the third straight year the Quakers and Tar Heels had played each other, and the third time in four years Penn had squared off with the Associated Press’ top-ranked team.

Ivy Player of the Week
Tyler Bernardini, last year’s Ivy League Rookie of the Year, picked up where he left off a year ago and earned the conference’s first player of the week honor for 2008-09 on Monday. The sophomore matched a career high with 26 points Saturday at North Carolina, going 9-of-18 from the field and knocking down four three-pointers. He also had two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Coincidentally, Bernardini’s other 26-point game came against UNC, last year.

Quaker Notemeal...
• Penn returns four starters and 12 letterwinners from a team that finished 13-18 overall and went 8-6 to finish third in the Ivy League last season—this, despite having by far the youngest and most inexperienced lineup in the conference.

• Penn lost last year’s leading scorer and rebounder, Brian Grandieri, to graduation; the Quakers return the next six leading scorers after that.

• Penn’s leading returning scorer is Bernardini (12.9 ppg), who was the Ivy League and Philadelphia Big 5 Rookie of the Year last season (his Big 5 honor was a first for a Penn player; the honor has been given every year since 1999). Last year, Bernardini scored more points than any other freshman in Penn men’s basketball history.

• Sophomore Jack Eggleston started 29 games last year, second on the team. He averaged 8.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest, good for third and second on the squad, respectively.

• Sophomore guard Harrison Gaines led Penn with 98 assists last season and led the Ivy League with a 1.78 assist/turnover ratio. He averaged 6.7 points per contest.

• Penn has 10 players on its roster who started at least one game last year; 10 who had at least one double-figure scoring game a year ago; and three players who had a 20-point outing.

Penn vs. Drexel
• Tuesday’s game marks the 21st meeting in the series, with the Quakers leading the Dragons, 15-5.

• These neighboring rivals—their gyms are separated by 0.52 miles, according to Google Maps—have met every season since 1996-97, with Penn winning eight of those 12 matchups.

• Last year, these teams needed overtime to settle matters at The Palestra; after Penn’s Jack Eggleston tied things at the buzzer in regulation, Drexel left nothing to chance in the extra session and pulled away, 67-59.

• This is Penn’s first appearance at the Daskalakis Athletic Center; every game in the series since 1928 has been played in The Palestra.

About ESPN’s Hoop Marathon...
Today’s game is part of a marathon of 14 college basketball games that are spread over a 23-hour period, helping ESPN kick off the 2008-09 college basketball season. The ESPN Hoop Marathon features teams in 14 conferences and one women’s game. It also includes four NIT regional finals and two games in the CBE Classic, including defending national champion Kansas hosting Florida Gulf Coast. Every game on ESPN and ESPN2 is also being simulcast on ESPN360.com.
Today’s Game Schedule
Midnight: UMass at Memphis (ESPN)
2 a.m.: Fresno State at St. Mary’s (ESPN)
4 a.m.: Idaho State at Hawaii (ESPN)
10 a.m.: Penn at Drexel (ESPN)
Noon: Liberty at UNC-Asheville (ESPN)
2 p.m.: Iowa at Kansas women (ESPN)
4 p.m.: Centenary at Baylor (ESPN)
6 p.m.: Richmond at Syracuse (ESPN)
7 p.m.: NIT Regional semifinal (ESPNU)
7:30 p.m.: NIT Regional Final (ESPN2)
9 p.m.: Kentucky and UNC (ESPN)
9 p.m.: Florida Gulf Coast at Kansas (ESPNU)
9:30 p.m.: NIT Regional Final (ESPN)
11:30 p.m.: NIT Regional Final (ESPN2)

UNC Notemeal
• Penn played the AP’s No. 1 team for the second year in a row, the third time in four years, and the fourth time in program history.

• After giving up 102 and 106 points to UNC the last two seasons, Penn held the Tar Heels to 86 in this game.

• Penn knocked down 11 three-pointers—one shy of the program’s high in the Glen Miller era—and took 33 treys which are the most in Miller’s tenure.

• Sophomore Tyler Bernardini matched a career high with 26 points; coincidentally, his other 26-point game came against North Carolina, last year at The Palestra.

• Sophomore Jack Eggleston recorded his first collegiate double-double (11 points, 12 rebounds); his board total was a career best.

• Freshman Zack Rosen started his collegiate debut, and while he didn’t score he led Penn with five assists. He also had two steals.

• Of the other freshmen making their debut, Rob Belcore hit a three-pointer and finished with four points in 12 minutes; Larry Loughery had a rebound and a steal in 10 minutes; and Mike Howlett had a board in his eight minutes. Garvin Hunt saw time in the game’s final minute.

• Penn played without Aron Cohen, Tommy McMahon, Justin Reilly and Darren Smith, all of whom did not make the trip due to injuries. Junior Andreas Schreiber was on the trip, but sat out the game due to injury.

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