Penn (7-12, 2-0) at Columbia (8-11, 1-3)
Feb. 8, 2008 * 7 p.m.
Levien Gym (New York, N.Y.)
Penn at Cornell (12-5, 4-0)
Feb. 9, 2008 * 7 p.m.
Newman Arena (Ithaca, N.Y.)
WPEN (950 AM) - Friday
WXPN (88.5 FM) - Saturday
PennAthletics.com - Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran
Penn Game Notes (PDF)
PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers are in a New York state of mind this weekend, hitting the road for the first time in Ivy League play. Following Friday night’s game with Columbia in New York, Penn heads to Ithaca for a showdown with unbeaten Cornell.
With a young team, Penn faces a stern test as it looks to defend its Ivy crown for the third-straight year. Saturday night’s contest will be of particular note, as the Big Red entered 2007-08 as the preseason favorite of many and have done nothing to dissuade those arguments.
Penn is 40-4 in its last 44 Ivy League games, dating back to the beginning of the 2004-05 campaign; all four losses have come on the road.
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.
Senior Brian Grandieri, a second-team All-Ivy pick a year ago, is the only Penn player to start all 19 games this season; overall, head coach Glen Miller has started 11 different players.
Freshman Tyler Bernardini is tops among Ivy League freshmen in overall scoring, at 13.0 points per game; he is eighth overall in the league in that category.
Freshman Jack Eggleston -- this week’s Ivy League Rookie of the Week -- has had a 15-point game (at Temple) and a 16-point outing (vs. Dartmouth) among Penn’s last three games.
Junior Kevin Egee, who has started five of the last six games at point guard, is averaging 8.5 ppg in Penn’s last four contests, with three nine-point games; the only double-figure scoring game of his career came last year at Cornell, when he scored 10 points.
Freshman Harrison Gaines has seen time in Penn’s last three games after missing four out of five with a hamstring injury; only a freshman, he is second in the Ivy League in assist/turnover ratio (1.77).
The Series Records
Friday night’s meeting between Penn and Columbia is the 212th between these Ivy rivals; the Quakers have won 10 of the last 11 in the series and lead it overall, 131-80.
Penn has won five of the last six games played at Levien Gym -- the lone loss came two years ago, a 59-57 decision which knocked the Quakers from the unbeaten ranks in Ivy play.
Saturday night’s meeting between Penn and Cornell is the 209th between these Ivy rivals; the Quakers have won the last 18 in a row and lead the series 142-66.
Penn has won nine in a row over Cornell in Ithaca, dating back to the 1998-99 season, and gone 14-2 in its last 16 visits to Newman Arena.
I Know You!
On Saturday night, Penn will match wits with a man who knows the Quaker program pretty well -- Cornell Head Coach Steve Donahue. Donahue served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator under Fran Dunphy for 10 years. A face on Donahue’s staff might also be a familiar one to Penn fans: Nat Graham lettered twice for the Quakers, and was part of two undefeated Ivy League teams.
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 183-29 (.863) against the Ivy League since the start of the 1992-93 season, including five undefeated campaigns.
In sweeping Harvard and Dartmouth last weekend, Penn extended its Ivy League home winning streak to 23-straight games; it 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.
Penn is 104-9 vs. Ivy opponents at The Palestra since losing the 1991-92 Ivy home opener to Princeton; during that time, the Quakers are 10-5 against the Tigers, and 94-4 against the rest of the Ancient Eight.
Breaking It Down...
So where is the scoring coming from in 2007-08? Here is a breakdown comparing the starters to the bench, and breaking the points down by class:
Total Points... 1,254
Starters... 868 (69.2 percent)
Bench... 386 (30.8)
Freshmen... 540 (43.1 percent)
Sophomores... 196 (15.6)
Juniors... 181 (14.4)
Seniors... 337 (26.9)
Did You Notice?
Penn has had eight different players lead the way in scoring in a game at least once this season; the eighth came Saturday against Dartmouth, when Jack Eggleston scored a team-high 16 points. The others to have led the way in a game are Brian Grandieri, Tyler Bernardini, Andreas Schreiber, Michael Kach, Remy Cofield, Cameron Lewis and Kevin Egee.
Notes From Harvard/Dartmouth
Penn outrebounded Harvard 44-32, its largest plus-margin in that category under head coach Glen Miller; that is until a night later, when the Quakers outboarded Dartmouth, 44-31.
Penn’s 68-66 win over Dartmouth improved the Quakers to 5-0 in games decided by two points or less under Miller.
Penn defeated Dartmouth despite not hitting a three-point basket; the Quakers were 0-of-5 from beyond the arc.
Freshman Tyler Bernardini scored 20 points against Harvard, his team-leading fifth game with at least 20 points this season.
Freshman Jack Eggleston scored 24 points on the weekend -- including a career-high 16 vs. Dartmouth -- corralled 12 rebounds, and dished out eight assists.
Junior Kevin Egee had matching nine-point games, and blocked three shots against the Big Green.
Senior Brian Grandieri nearly had a double-double against Harvard (15 points, 9 rebounds), and junior Cameron Lewis nearly had a double-double against Dartmouth (9 points, 10 rebounds).
Also This Weekend...
While 2-0 Penn and 2-0 Princeton travel to the Empire State, Dartmouth (1-3) and Harvard (1-3) hit the road for the second-straight weekend to take on Brown (2-2) and Yale (1-3). Dartmouth is at Brown Friday, while Harvard is at Yale; they will switch for Saturday night.
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