Men's Basketball Heads to Yale, Brown

PHILADELPHIA - It has been a tumultuous season already for the Penn men's basketball team, but the chance to let bygones be bygones starts this weekend as the Quakers open up the 14-game "tournament" known as the Ivy League season. Penn is at Yale Friday and Brown Saturday, looking to get a leg up on both squads with nothing but Ivy games left on the 2009-10 schedule.

GAME 15 - PENN (1-13, 0-0) at YALE (7-12, 1-1)
New Haven, Conn. (John J. Lee Amphitheater)
Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 * 7 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: ESPN 950 AM/ Sirius Satellite 130 (Brian Seltzer, TBA)

GAME 16 - PENN at BROWN (7-12, 1-1)
Providence, R.I. (Pizzitola Sports Center)
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 * 7 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, TBA)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Penn vs. Yale
The Quakers and the Bulldogs have met 210 times previously in men's basketball, with Penn holding a 142-68 advantage.

Penn had won four in a row until last year's second meeting, an 87-79 Yale win at The Palestra in Philadelphia.

The Lee Amphitheater has historically been a notoriously difficult building for Penn, but the Quakers have actually won two in a row and three of the last four here in New Haven.

Penn vs. Brown
The Quakers and the Bears have met 116 times previously on the hardwood, with the Quakers holding a sizable 96-20 lead in the series.

Penn swept Brown last year, the only team that the Quakers swept in Ivy play a year ago. Two years ago, it was Brown sweeping Penn. Before that, Penn had won six in a row.

Penn has won four of the last five games between these two teams played at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

Around the League This Weekend
While Penn is at Yale Friday and Brown Saturday, Princeton (0-0 Ivy) does the reverse -- the Tigers face the Bears Friday, then the Bulldogs Saturday. In the other half of the League, Dartmouth (0-2) is at Cornell (2-0) Friday and Columbia (0-2) Saturday. Harvard (2-0) is at Columbia Friday, and then the first true "big game" of the Ivy League campaign takes place Saturday night in Ithaca when the Crimson face the Big Red.

Tough Schedule!
Penn has played three of the teams ranked among the top 15 in this week's Associated Press national poll-No. 3 Villanova, No. 8 Duke, and No. 15 Temple. The Quakers are the only Ivy team to play that many such teams in non-conference.

Change at the Top...
This weekend's games will be Penn's eighth and ninth under interim head coach Jerome Allen, who took over for Glen Miller following Penn's loss at Monmouth on December 12. One of Penn's all-time great players and a Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame inductee a year ago, Allen led the Quakers to three consecutive undefeated Ivy League seasons from 1993-95 before enjoying a pro career that spanned the NBA and Europe, ending last year when he retired from Snaidero Basket (in Italy's Serie A). A two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, Allen scored 1,518 career points and ended his career as the program's all-time leader in assists and steals. This was his first season as an assistant coach with the Quakers.

Allen, in turn, has added Vince Curran (Penn '92) as an assistant coach. Curran is known to Penn fans as the radio analyst of the Quakers, but will be on the bench for the rest of the season.

Road Trip!
Penn is starting the Ivy League season with four straight road games; after this weekend's Yale/Brown swing, the Quakers are at Dartmouth and Harvard next weekend. This will be the seventh time Penn has started the Ivy campaign with four road games; four times out of the previous six -- including the last two, 1999-2000 and 2006-07 -- the Quakers went on to win the Ivy League title.

Quaker Notemeal...
Sophomore Zack Rosen had scored in double figures in 11 straight games (19.1 ppg) before going for eight against Saint Joseph's; his streak of double-digit scoring games was the longest by a Penn player since Mark Zoller ended the 2006-07 season with 11 such games.

Rosen is shooting 49.2 percent (32 of 65) from three-point land over Penn's last ten contests.

Last year's Ivy League leader in assists per game and assist/turnover ratio, Rosen has been asked to shoulder more of the scoring load this season with Penn's myriad injuries (see page 4). He has responded by leading the Quakers in scoring in eight of the last 12 contests.

Rosen went 2-of-5 from the foul line in Penn's first game this season, and 6-of-9 last Wednesday against La Salle; in the 12 other games this season, he has gone 59 of 65 (90.8 percent) and never missed more than two in a game.

Junior Jack Eggleston has scored in double figures in ten of Penn's 14 games this season, and also has two nine-point outings.

Senior Darren Smith has scored at least eight points in eight of Penn's last ten games, and hit at least two three-pointers in seven of the last nine contests.

Junior Dan Monckton has scored 35 points in the last four games; prior to that he had scored 27 for the season. Prior to that, he scored 20 in his first two years with the Penn program.

Junior Conor Turley has started each of the last seven contests at center for Penn; he had a career-high 14 points Monday vs. Saint Joseph's, and hit three three-pointers which matched his total as a collegian to that point.

Quaker Notemeal From Saint Joseph's...
Junior Conor Turley led Penn in scoring for the first time this season with a career-high 14 points, and also knocked down a career-best three three-pointers. (That matched the number of three-pointers he had hit for his collegiate career entering the game)

Sophomore Zack Rosen scored eight points, snapping a streak of 11 straight double-figure scoring games.

Freshman Brian Fitzpatrick set season/career bests in points (8), rebounds (9) and minutes (25), and led the team in rebounds for the first time in a game this season.

Junior Zack Gordon had a career-high five points and grabbed two boards to tie a career best.

Fitzpatrick and fellow freshman Malcolm Washington combined for nine points, the first points by the freshman class since the Duke game on December 31.

Senior Drew Godwin, who joined the team from the JV program earlier this season, scored his first varsity points and added his first varsity rebound in four minutes of play.

The Injury Report...
Freshman Sean Mullan (thumb) has missed the last five games; however, he is expected to dress this weekend ... Preseason projected starters Tyler Bernardini (foot) and Andreas Schreiber (shoulder) have missed the last 12 games and are done for the season ... Sophomore Larry Loughery (hip) has missed the last 11 games and is done for the season ... Sophomore Mike Howlett (foot), who started four games after Schreiber went down, has missed the last seven contests; his return is undetermined.

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