Men's Basketball Heads North This Weekend

GAMES 25-26
Penn (9-15, 4-3) at Dartmouth (8-14, 1-7)
Friday, Feb. 22, 2008 * 7 p.m.
Leede Arena (Hanover, N.H.)
TV:
None

Penn at Harvard (6-18, 1-7)
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008 * 7 p.m.
Lavietes Pavilion (Cambridge, Mass.)
TV:
CN8
(Mark Brown, Rob Kennedy)

Penn Radio:
WPEN (950 AM) - Friday
WXPN (88.5 FM) - Saturday
PennAthletics.com - both games
(Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

PHILADELPHIA - Following three home games last week, the Quakers hit the road for four in a row, starting this weekend with the trip to the Northern-most Ivies in the Big Green and the Crimson.

Penn swept these teams earlier this month at The Palestra, but barely -- the Quakers were able to get by Harvard by four points in the Friday night game, and then avoided overtime with Dartmouth the next night when a final shot hung on the rim for a few seconds before somehow falling off as time ran out.

Quaker Notemeal
• Penn has had 11 different players reach double figures in scoring in at least one game already this year, including four freshmen.

• Penn has had eight different players lead the team in scoring in a game at least once this year, and six different players lead the Quakers in rebounding at least once.

• Perhaps even more impressive, the Quakers had five different players lead them in scoring in their first five Ivy League games -- Tyler Bernardini (Harvard), Jack Eggleston (Dartmouth), Brian Grandieri (Columbia), Andreas Schreiber (Cornell) and Kevin Egee (Princeton). Last weekend, Grandieri led Penn vs. Brown, and Bernardini led the Quakers against Yale.

• Grandieri, a senior and second-team All-Ivy pick a year ago, has scored in double figures in six of the last seven games (he had nine vs. Princeton); he is also the only Penn player to start all 24 games this season.

• Junior Kevin Egee scored a career-high 15 points against Princeton, then matched it three nights later against Brown; he has scored at least nine points in five of Penn’s last nine contests.

• Freshman Jack Eggleston has scored at least eight points in eight of Penn’s last nine games; the only time he did not was last Friday, when he got shut out by Brown.

• Freshman Tyler Bernardini played in both games last weekend, after missing three in a row due to a concussion suffered at practice; he scored six points vs. Brown, then after a scoreless first half against Yale he dropped 19 on the Bulldogs in the game’s final 16:47.

The Series Records
• Friday’s meeting between Penn and Dartmouth is the 195th; the Quakers lead the series, 140-54, and have won 22 in a row over the Big Green.

• Penn lost here in Hanover, 54-53, on February 9, 1996; it ended the longest winning streak in Ivy League history at 48 games. The Quakers have not lost here since, going 11-0 and aside from a three-point win in 1997 and last year’s 80-78 contest, every other game has had a margin of at least 13 points.

• Saturday’s meeting between Penn and Harvard is the 154th; the Quakers lead the series, 126-27, and have won 12 in a row over the Crimson.

• Penn has won five-straight here in Cambridge, with the average margin of victory being 15.8 points. None of the five games have been closer than 13 points.

• Penn has made the trip to the Northern-most Ivies 51 previous times, or every year since 1956-57; the Quakers have swept this trip the last five years, eight of the last 10 years, and 11 of the last 15 years. Overall, Penn has swept this trip 33 times, split it 13 times, and been swept five times (the Quakers have not been swept since 1987-88).

Ivy Domination
• Penn has won each of the last three Ivy League titles -- going 38-4 in that span -- as well five of the last six championships, seven of the last nine, and 11 of the last 15.

• Penn is 185-32 (.856) against the Ivy League since the start of the 1992-93 season, including five undefeated campaigns.

• When Penn lost to Brown Friday night, it ended a 24-game home winning streak the Quakers had against Ivy opponents; that is the fourth-longest streak in program history. The Quaker record for consecutive Ivy League home wins is 46; the first win came Jan. 7, 1977 against Dartmouth, and the streak was ended on Feb. 22, 1983 with a 60-49 loss to Princeton.

The Future Is Now!
A Penn player has captured the Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor eight times this season, out of 12 times it has been given. Tyler Bernardini has won it four times, while Jack Eggleston and Harrison Gaines have won it two times apiece.

2007-08 Honors
Tyler Bernardini (#3)
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (1/21)
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (12/24)
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (12/10)
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (12/3)
Jack Eggleston (#24)
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (2/4)
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (11/19)
Harrison Gaines (#22)
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (2/11)
Co-Ivy League Rookie of the Week (11/26)

A Bad Break (Literally!)
• Sophomore Darren Smith, one of just two returning starters for this year’s team, was lost for the season after he fractured his patella (right knee) in the first half of the season opener against Drexel.

• Smith’s injury is actually the second this season to knock the Quakers for a loop; prior to the season, junior Tommy McMahon had surgery which is forcing him to miss the 2007-08 season. He has been plagued by back problems during his first two seasons, but was expected to be a major contributor.

Notes From Brown/Yale
• Penn’s loss to Brown on Friday ended a 24-game Ivy League home winning streak for the Quakers; it was the fourth-longest such streak in program history.

• Prior to that, the last time Penn lost at home to an Ivy team was March 9, 2004 (a 76-70 overtime loss to Princeton); the last time the Quakers lost at home in regulation was Feb. 20, 2004 (78-74 to a Brown team coached by current Quaker mentor Glen Miller).

• Penn set a low in the Glen Miller coaching era by making just two foul shots against Brown, and tied an era low with six attempts; the next night, vs. Yale, the Quakers were 22-of-26 from the charity stripe.

• Penn had a 17-0 run in the Yale game, its longest unanswered scoring streak of the season; prior to that, the Quakers went on a 6-1 run, making it a 23-1 streak overall.

• During the 23-1 run, Penn held Yale without a field for 8:46 of game action.

• Senior Brian Grandieri led Penn with 20 points vs. Brown; of those, 18 came in the second half.

• Junior Kevin Egee scored 15 points vs. Brown, matching the collegiate career best he set three nights earlier vs. Princeton; 13 of those 15 points came in the first half.

• Freshman Tyler Bernardini returned to action after missing three games due to a concussion suffered at practice; he scored six points against Brown, then dropped a team-leading 19 -- all in the game’s final 16:47 -- against Yale.

• Sophomore Justin Reilly scored a career-high 15 points against Yale, with 13 of them coming after halftime.

Notes From Princeton
• Penn beat Princeton for the third-straight time, the fifth time in the last six matchups, and the 10th time in the last 12 meetings in this historic rivalry.

• It marked the first time this season Penn won a game when shooting a lower field-goal percentage than its opponent (Penn was 38.6 percent, Princeton was 50.0); prior to this game, the Quakers were 0-13 in such contests in 2007-08.

• Penn hit 31 foul shots, a high for the Quakers in the Glen Miller coaching era.

• Penn went 31-of-36 from the charity stripe (86.1 percent); prior to this game, the Quakers ranked last in the Ivy League in free-throw percentage (64.6 percent).

• For just the third time this season, Penn’s bench points (35) equaled or bettered the five starters (35).

• Juniors Kevin Egee (15 points) and Aron Cohen (14) led Penn in scoring; both point totals were career highs.

• Senior Brian Grandieri was assessed two technical fouls during the game, and ejected after the second one (with 9.3 seconds left in the second half).

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