Penn (5-11) at Temple (8-8)
Jan. 23, 2008 * 7 p.m.
Liacouras Center (Philadelphia)
Radio: PennAthletics.com - Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak
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PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers conclude both their Big 5 season and the non-conference portion of their campaign with Wednesday’s contest -- following this game, Pennfinishes the season with14 in a row in the Ivy League.
Wednesday'sgame pits Penn against an Owl squad led by former longtime Quaker mentor Fran Dunphy. However, this game may not bear the emotion of last year’s contest, when a veteran Quaker team welcomed Dunphy and his staff -- all former Penn players or coaches -- to The Palestra for the first time since he left University City for North Broad, then pulled out a two-point win in the final seconds For one thing, this game will take place at the Liacouras Center. For another, the Penn freshmen and sophomores never played for Dunphy.
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 seven 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 16 games this season; overall, head coach Glen Miller has started 11 different players.
Freshman Tyler Bernardini earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors for the fourth time this season on Monday, after leading all scorers with 20 points last Tuesday against La Salle.
Junior Kevin Egee made his second start in the last three games Saturday against Saint Joseph’s, and led Penn with nine points on three three-pointers; prior to that, he had hit two treys for the entire season.
Junior Aron Cohen has 11 assists and onlytwo turnovers in Penn's last three games.
Junior Cameron Lewis scored 34 points (13 at Miami, 15 vs. NJIT, 6 vs. La Salle) and grabbed 21 rebounds (6, 9, 6) in a three-game span before being shut out Saturday against Saint Joseph’s; he entered the Miami game with 23 points and 29 boards for his entire collegiate career.
Freshman Harrison Gaines missed his second-straight game, and fourth in the last five contests, after re-aggravating a hamstring injury in practice; his status for Wednesday night is questionable.
The Series With Temple
Wednesday’s meeting between Penn and Temple is the 63rd between these intracity rivals, with the Owls holding a 40-22 advantage.
Last year, the Quakers overcame a 19-point first-half deficit to knock off the Owls, 76-74, snapping a three-game losing streak in the series. Mark Zoller had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and hit three foul shots with 1.4 seconds left to provide the margin of victory. Ibrahim Jaaber led Penn with 21 points, helping the Quakers overcome a 34-point game by Temple’s Dionte Christmas.
For the second year in a row, Penn is playing three Big 5 games in a row, something the Quakers had done just three other times in the first 50 years of the round-robin city series (1969-70, 1980-81, 2004-05).
Looking at the schedule even closer, this run marks just the third time Penn has played three Big 5 games within a 10-day span (and, again, the second season in a row). The other came in 1970, when the Quakers played Temple (Jan. 21), Saint Joseph’s (Jan. 24) and La Salle (Jan. 27) within the span of a week. Penn won all three of those games.
Penn enters this week with an all-time record of 111-144 against the other Big 5 schools, including losses to Villanova (87-61), La Salle (62-58) and Saint Joseph’s (82-42) earlier this season.
Penn is 106-124 all-time against teams the currently comprise the Atlantic 10. This is the last of three-straight games the Quakers are playing against Atlantic 10 opponents.
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 (11/19)
Harrison Gaines (#22)
Co-Ivy League Rookie of the Week (11/26)
*NOTE: the Ivy Rookie of the Week honor has been given just one other time this season after Penn has played, on Jan. 7 (it was won by Princeton’s Kareem Maddox). The rookie honor awarded on Jan. 14 came after a week when Penn did not play, and no honor was given Dec. 17, also after a week when Penn did not play.
The Starter Situation
Penn head coach Glen Miller has been anything but settled on his starting lineup this year; to date, 11 different players have started at least one game, and the Quakers have had nine different starting lineups in 16 games.
The most recent change came in Saturday’s loss to Saint Joseph’s, when Miller replaced junior Aron Cohen in the lineup with classmate Kevin Egee. It marked the second time in the last three games Egee has started at the point guard spot.
The only Penn player to start all 16 games this season is senior Brian Grandieri. After him, freshman Tyler Bernardini has started each of the last 14 contests, and freshman Jack Eggleston has started 14 of 16 games.
Among the other players who are possible to get a starting nod tonight, freshman Harrison Gaines and sophomore Justin Reilly have seven starts apiece; Cohen has six starts (including five of the last seven games); junior Cameron Lewis has six starts (including each of the last four games); and sophomore Andreas Schreiber has five starts.
Senior Michael Kach started the first two games this season, but none since; he also has missed three games to injury before returning Tuesday against La Salle.
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 at Penn, but was expected to be a major contributor.
Notes From Saint Joseph’s
the 40-point loss was the worst defeat Penn has suffered in Philadelphia Big 5 history.
Penn tied a team high for three-point shots attempted in the Glen Miller coaching era (27) but had a program low for foul shot attempts in the Miller era (6).
Junior Kevin Egee got the start at point guard for the second time in three games, and led Penn with nine points on three three-point baskets (he had hit only two all season to that point). He became the seventh different player this season to lead the Quakers in scoring in a game.
Sophomore Andreas Schreiber established new career highs with six rebounds and three assists.
Freshman Dan Monckton played a season-high 15 minutes and came up with three points, two rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.
For the fourth time in five games, Penn played without freshman Harrison Gaines due to injury.
Notes From La Salle
Penn lost for the first time this season when shooting a better field-goal percentage than its opponent; the Quakers were 5-0 in such games prior to this, and 23-3 overall in the Glen Miller coaching era.
For the first time this season, Penn lost a game when holding the lead at halftime.
Penn also set a high in the Miller era with nine blocked shots, led by sophomore Justin Reilly who had four.
Freshman Tyler Bernardini scored 20 points to lead all scorers; it was his fourth time reaching 20 points in Penn’s last eight contests.
Junior Aron Cohen dished out a career-high six assists, without committing a turnover.
After missing three games to injury, senior Michael Kach played 10 minutes and had four points and four rebounds.