PHILADELPHIA – After traveling to Harvard and Dartmouth last weekend, the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball returns to New England this weekend. The Quakers play at Brown on Friday night, and at Yale on Saturday night. Saturday's game will be an ESPN3/WatchESPN production, so you can watch the game for free on your computer. A link to the game is in the box attached to this article.
GAME 24 – PENN (7-16, 2-7 Ivy League) at BROWN (12-15, 3-7)
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 * 7 p.m.
Providence, R.I. (Pizzitola Sports Center)
GAME 25 – PENN at YALE (19-8, 8-2)
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 * 7 p.m.
New Haven, Conn. (John J. Lee Amphitheater)
The B/Y Road Weekend
Penn has made this road trip 58 times in the Ivy League era. The Quakers have swept the swing 26 times (most recently in 2011); split it 25 times (most recently in 2013); and been swept seven times (most recently last season).
The Series with Brown
*Penn’s lead in this series is substantial, at 103-24; however, the Bears have won each of the last three meetings including a 71-55 decision two weeks ago at The Palestra.
*Freshman JR Hobbie led Brown in scoring with 21 points in the game, knocking down five three-pointers, while Steven Spieth -- younger brother of PGA standout Jordan Spieth -- had 19 points and Tavon Blackmon added 14. For Penn, Matt Howard was the only player to score in double figures as he netted a career-high 19 points. Darien Nelson-Henry had nine points and six rebounds, while Greg Louis had eight points and six boards.
The Series with Yale
*Penn has a sizeable lead in this series, as well, 146-75; however, the Bulldogs have won five in a row and six of the last seven including a 75-48 decision two weeks ago at The Palestra.
*Makai Mason came off the bench to lead Yale in the first meeting this season, with 14 points including four treys; Javier Duren scored 13 points, while Jack Montague had 12. For Penn, Tony Hicks scored 12 points and was the only player to reach double digits. Sam Jones scored nine, on three treys, while Mike Auger and Nelson-Henry scored seven each.
Closing In On 1,000
Junior guard Tony Hicks -- who missed last weekend’s games at Harvard and Dartmouth due to suspension -- enters this weekend’s games needing 11 points to reach 1,000 for his career; he would become the 39th player in the program’s history to reach the milestone, and the first since Miles Jackson-Cartwright did it during the 2012-13 season.
Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Penn is 5-0 this season when holding its opponent below 60 points, and 28-6 in such games in the Jerome Allen coaching era.
*Penn is 5-4 this season when leading at the half.
*Penn is 5-4 when making more foul shots in a game than its opponent.
*Penn is 7-2 this season when shooting a better percentage from the field than its opponent.
*Penn is 3-1 when hitting more three-point baskets than its opponent in a game; the Quakers lost their first such game last Saturday at Dartmouth, despite hitting more three-pointers (9) than the Big Green (8).
*Penn has had six different players lead the team in scoring in a game this season (juniors Tony Hicks and Darien Nelson-Henry; sophomore Matt Howard; freshmen Mike Auger, Sam Jones and Antonio Woods).
*Those six players plus three others -- seniors Camryn Crocker and Greg Louis, and freshman Darnell Foreman -- have had at least one double-figure scoring game this season.
*Woods, who was the only Penn player to score in double figures in both games last weekend, was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the third time this season on Monday.
*Penn has had four different players earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week this season: Auger, Foreman, Jones, and Woods. According to the Ivy League record book, that has never happened before.
*Crocker’s double-figure scoring game came last Saturday at Dartmouth when he dropped 10 on the Big Green; it was his first such game at Penn.
*Penn is undefeated this season when Louis hits double figures in the scoring column (4-0).
*Freshman Sam Jones has 43 field goals this season; 37 of them are three-pointers.
*Howard has become a reliable scorer in recent weeks, going for double figures in nine of Penn’s last 17 games; in four of those other seven games, he had eight or nine points.