Men's Basketball Heads to Providence for Preseason NIT Second Round

Penn (1-0) vs.Providence(1-0)
Thursday,Nov. 18, 2004
Dunkin Donuts Center - Providence, R.I.
7:30 p.m.

Live on WXPN and www.pennathletics.com

What A Way to Start the Season

The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team opened its 104th campaign with a 74-60 victory over Quinnipiac in the Preseason NIT on Nov. 16. It was Penn’s first Preseason NIT victory. It was also the Quakers third win in a season opener in the last four years.

Last Time Out

Tim Begley scored a game-high 22 points and Mark Zoller added 10 and pulled down15 rebounds as Penn built a 30 point lead and rolled to a 74-60 victory over Quinnipiac in the opening round of the Preseason NIT. Steve Danley contributed 11 points for the Quakers (1-0) while freshman Michael Kach added six points and one steal in his collegiate debut. The Quakers shot 43.6 percent from the floor and held the Bobcats to25 percent shootingfrom beyond the arc.

Eight Teams Left

Eight teams remain in the Preseason NIT with the winner of tonight’s gameto face the winner of the Wake Forest/Virginia Commonwealth conteston Nov. 24at Madison Square Garden. The two other NIT games are Michigan vs. Colorado and Wright State vs. Arizona.

Penn in the Preseason NIT

The Quakers are 1-2 all-time in the Preseason NIT. The Quakers have made two other appearances in the preseason tourney with the first coming in 1994 and again in 1999. Ten years ago, the Red and Blue traveled to Kentucky and suffered a 67-50 loss to the Wildcats. Five years later, the Quakers returned to the tournament and were edged by Canisius, 81-78.

Opening with Offense

Tuesday’s win against Quinnipiac saw the Quakers scorethe most pointsin a season opener since 2001-02 when the Quakers tallied 79 points against Georgia Tech in a 79-74 win on Nov. 19.

Coaches Corner

Penn

Head Coach Fran Dunphy is in his 16th season at the helm of Penn basketball. Coach Dunphy is the winningest coach in Penn basketball history with 270 career victories and has recorded11 winning seasons at Penn, including three-straight 17 plus-win seasons. Dunphy is the second winningest coach in the Ivy League with 166 Ancient Eight victories.

Providence

Head Coach Tim Welsh enters his seventh season at the helm of the Providence Friars. He started his coaching career at Iona in 1986 and after stints at Florida State and Syracuse, returned to Iona as an assistant in 1991 and became head coach in 1995. Welsh is 101-82 while at Providence and 171-104 in his career. Last year he was named the Rhode Island Div. I Coach of the Year.

The Series

Providence leads the series, 5-3, after taking a 74-70 overtime victory inRhode Island on Dec. 30, 2002. The Quakers are 0-1 against the Friars under Penn Head Coach Fran Dunphy. The last Penn victory against Providence came on March 11, 1972 in the first round on the NCAA Tournament in Jamaica, N.Y. The Red and Blue took home a 76-60 victory.

Scouting the Friars

Providence enters tonight’s contest with a 1-0 record after beating Niagara in their first ever Preseason NIT appearance. The Friars are led by All-American Ryan Gomes. The senior forward stole the show on Tuesday night in the Friars, 83-78 come from behind victory. Gomes scored 25 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and hit the game-winning jumper in the lane with 24 seconds left.

Penn vs. the Big East

The Red and Blue have had a tough time against schools from the Big East Conference. All-time, the Quakers are 85-106 against Big East opponents.

Dunphy in the Ocean State

Head Coach Fran Dunphy is 10-5 in the state of Rhode Island with a 10-4 record against Brown in Providence and a 0-1 markagainst the Friars.

Double-Digits

Three Quakers scored in double-digits in the season opener against Quinnipiac. Senior Tim Begley led all players with 22 points, while sophomores Steve Danley and Mark Zoller put up 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Sophomore Career Highs

Sophomores Steve Danley, Ryan Pettinella and Mark Zoller all posted career highs against Quinnipiac. Danley scored a career-high 11 points and made a career-high five free throws. Pettinella pulled down career numbers on the boards with nine rebounds, while Zoller grabbed a career-high 15 boards.

Beg for Mercy

Senior Tim Begley was very impressive in his first appearance of the 2004-05 campaign. The team captain went 4-for-7 from beyond the arc, 6-for-12 from the floor and nailed 6-of-9 free throws. The Freehold, N.J. native also dished out five assists and made three steals in 38 minutes of action.

Double Trouble

Sophomore Mark Zoller posted his third career double-double against Quinnipiac. The Blue Bell, Pa. native put up 10 points and pulled down 15 boards, including 13 defensive rebounds. Zoller had back-to-back double-doubles last season against La Salle and Temple. On Jan. 14, Zoller collected 10 rebounds and scored 12 points against the Explorers. On Jan. 21, the then-rookie nailed 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds against the Owls.

Dominance on the Glass

The Quakers pulled down 48 boards against Quinnipiac, which is the most since the Red and Blue collected 49 rebounds against La Salle on Jan. 14, 2004. Penn had nine games last season whereit pulled down 40 or more boards.

What’s on Deck

The Quakers travel to Madison, Wisc. to face No. 21 Wisconsin in the Badgers home opener on Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Kohl Center. Tip off is 7:30 p.m. (CST). Penn returns home for a Big Five double-header on Nov. 23. The Penn women's basketball team will host La Salle at 5:45 p.m.,which will be followed by themen’steamfacing off againstDrexel at 8 p.m.

Who’s Gone?

The Quakers lost three of the top-five scorers to graduation including All-Ivy selections Jeff Schiffner and Adam Chubb. Schiffner led the Quakers in scoring with 14.4 points per game. Chubb was third on the team in ppg (10.5) and first in rebounds per game (7.5). Charlie Chopp rounded out the top-five in scoring with 7.4 ppg.

Who’s Back?

Nine letterwinners return for the 2004-05 campaign including All-Ivy selection Tim Begley. Sophomore Mark Zoller played in every game last season and made 21 appearances as a starter. Classmate Ibrahim Jaaber played in 25 game last season. Senior Jan Fikiel made six starts last season and played in 17 contests.

Welcome to Collegiate Basketball

Six new student-athletes will don the Red and Blue this season including four freshmen and two upperclassmen. Joining the line-up will be freshmen Joe Gill (Doylestown, Pa.), Brian Grandieri (Media, Pa.), Michael Kach (Carmel, N.Y.), and David Whitehurst (Tinton Falls, N.J.), sophomores Lorenz Manthey (Hamburg, Germany) and junior Adam Franklin (New Castle, Del.).

Penn Tabbed Second by Media

The Quakers finished second in the 2004-05 Ivy League Media Poll. Princeton garnered the top spot with 14 of the 16 first-place votes. Penn received one first-place nod, while Brown grabbed the final one. Yale was picked to finish third followed by Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard and Dartmouth.

Nationally Known

Senior Tim Begley was one of the nation’s top three-point shooters last season. The Freehold, N.J. native ranked ninth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (45.6 percent) and 23rd in trifectas per game (3.1)

Moving Up the Charts

Begley ranks fifth all-time at Penn in three-pointers made with 181 trifectas in his career. He needs only 64 baskets from three-point land to nab the top-spot, which is held by current Assistant Coach Matt Langel. Begley also stands third in the Penn accolades in three pointers made in a season with 83 in 2003-04.

Ivy League Media Poll

Team Votes

Princeton (14) 125

Penn (1) 111

Yale 85

Brown (1) 83

Columbia 62

Cornell 54

Harvard 37

Dartmouth 19

A Decade Worth of Victories

For the 10th time since his tenure began, Head Coach Fran Dunphy’s team has recorded at least 17 victories in a season. The current Ivy League dean of coaches has 11 winning seasons under his belt and three straight heading into the 2004-05 campaign.

He’s No. 2

Head Coach Fran Dunphy is second all-time in the Ivy League with 270 career victories, after surpassing Cappy Cappon who recorded 250 wins in 20 seasons at Princeton. Princeton's Pete Carril, who spent 29 seasons with the Tigers, is the all-time Ivy League wins leader with 514. Dunphy is also second in all-time Ivy League wins with 156. He has amassed an overall record of 156-42 against Ivy League opponents in his 14 seasons at Penn, giving him a .788 winning percentage.

Home Sweet Home

The Red and Blue are 724-313 all-time in The Palestra. Penn has not had a loosing season at home since 1984-85 where the Quakers went 4-9. The Quakers have had 19 perfect Ivy League seasons at home and four seasons without a loss in the Palestra.

Welcome to The Palestra

The Palestra, which was built in 1927, was refurbished in 2000 and reopened amid some hoopla on Dec. 7 as “The Palestra 2000.” Known as college basketball’s most storied gymnasium, The Palestra was renovated into a type of museum of basketball history that includes players, coaches and fans from Penn, the Ivy League, local high schools, national powerhouse colleges, and of course, the Philadelphia Big 5. In an article titled, “A Museum in the Cathedral,” Sports Illustrated's Alex Wolff said “...Old friends - and the new friends The Palestra is making, like the Maryland basketball team, which strolled the halls in December on orders from Coach Gary Williams - regard the temple at 33rd and Walnut as “holier than a mere landmark.”

A Little History Lesson

The University of Pennsylvania has three of the top-five longest running rivalries in NCAA Division I basketball history. Penn and Princeton have met 102 times on the hardwood, which ranks second on the all-time consecutive games played list. Penn’s series with Columbia and Cornell both rank third with 101 consecutive years.

NCAA Longest Running Rivalries

Gms. Schools Years

103 Columbia vs. Yale 1902-2004

103 Princeton vs. Yale 1902-2004

102 Princeton vs. Penn 1903-2004

101 Columbia vs. Penn 1904-2004

101 Cornell vs. Penn 1904-2004

More Historical Tidbits

The Penn men’s basketball program is among the top-10 winningest program in NCAA Division I. The Quakers’ 1,573 all-time victories stand eighth on the list.

All-Time Winningest Teams

(does not include 2004-05)

School Years Wins

Kentucky 101 1876

North Carolina 94 1827

Kansas 106 1825

Duke 99 1737

St. John’s (NY) 97 1668

Temple 108 1623

Syracuse 103 1625

Penn 104 1572

Indiana 104 1554

Notre Dame 99 1548

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