PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team enters this final weekend of Ivy League play in fourth place, and the youthful Quakers would like nothing better than to put some distance between themselves and the teams directly below them as they strive for an upper-half finish in the conference this season.
GAME 26 – PENN (11-14, 5-6 Ivy League) at DARTMOUTH (9-17, 3-9)
Friday, March 4, 2016 * 7 p.m.
Leede Arena (Hanover, N.H.)
GAME 27 – PENN at HARVARD (12-16, 4-8)
Saturday, March 5, 2016 * 7 p.m.
Lavietes Pavilion (Cambridge, Mass.)
Also around the Ivy League (FINAL WEEKEND!)…
FRIDAY: Yale (11-1) at Cornell (2-10), 6 p.m.; Brown (3-9) at Columbia (9-3), 7 p.m.; Princeton (10-1) at Harvard (4-8), 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: Brown at Cornell, 6 p.m.; Yale at Columbia, 7 p.m.; Princeton at Dartmouth, 7 p.m.
The Dartmouth-Harvard Road Trip
The Quakers are making this trip for the 60th time; they have swept this trip 34 times (most recently in 2012), split it 18 times (most recently in 2013), and been swept seven times (including each of the last two years).
The Series With Dartmouth
*The Quakers lead the series, 151-59, after a 71-64 win in Philadelphia on February 5. Darien Nelson-Henry had 19 points, while Jake Silpe and Jackson Donahure scored 13 apiece. Silpe had eight assists and five steals. Evan Boudreaux had 27 points for Dartmouth, and Taylor Johnson had 16.
*These teams have split the season series each of the last three year. In fact, the home team has won the last five meetings in this series after the road team won both games in 2013.
The Series With Harvard
*The Quakers lead the series, 130-39, after a 67-57 win in The Palestra on February 6. Three different Penn players had double-doubles in the contest (Darien Nelson-Henry, Matt Howard, Max Rothschild). Harvard -- which played without Zena Edosomwan -- got 13 points from Patrick Steeves.
*Prior to Penn’s win last month, the Crimson had won four in a row, five of the last six, and 11 of the last 13. The Quakers have won just once in Cambridge in their last seven trips, a 55-54 decision in 2012.
*Through 23 games so far this season, Penn has a 1.03 assist/turnover ratio (345/335); last year, the Quakers’ assist/turnover ratio was 0.78.
*With five games still left in the season, Penn has already surpassed its assist total for all of last year with 345; the Quakers had 329 assists last season.
*With three games still left in the season, Penn has hit 183 three-point baskets so far this season. That is more than the Quakers hit for the entire season each of the last three years (155 last year, 140 in 2013-14, 169 in 2012-13). The 2011-12 team knocked down 238 treys.
*Penn has hit 10 or more treys in six games overall this season; the Quakers hit 10 treys just once all of last year.
*Penn is 8-0 this season when leading or tied at halftime (5-0 when leading, 3-0 when tied).
*Penn has had nine different players score in double figures in a game this season, and four players who have had at least one 20-point game (Darien Nelson-Henry, Sam Jones, Matt Howard, Jackson Donahue).
*Penn also has had four different players record double-doubles this season (Nelson-Henry, Howard, Max Rothschild, Darnell Foreman).
*Senior Darien Nelson-Henry has scored in double figures in eight-straight games, averaging 16.4 ppg during that stretch, and has had four double-doubles during that time.
*Junior Matt Howard enters the weekend having scored in double figures in six of Penn’s last seven games -- he had eight in the outlier -- nine of the last 11 contests; 11 of the last 14; and 12 of the last 16.
*After scoring just six points across Penn’s first eight games this season (3 at Delaware State, 3 at Washington), freshman Jackson Donahue -- no relation to Head Coach Steve Donahue -- has had 12 double-figure scoring games over the Quakers’ last 17 contests; he is averaging 14.4 ppg over Penn’s last 14 contests.
Sophomore Sam Jones -- who has hit double digits in scoring ten times -- has 67 field goals this season; 56 of them have been three-pointers. Since the second half of Penn’s win against Ursinus on December 19, 26 of Jones’ 29 made field goals have come from beyond the arc.
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