Men's Basketball Hits Big 5 Triple Play

PHILADELPHIA-It has been nine days since Penn's last game, a loss at Kentucky. The Quakers enter a three-game stretch of Philadelphia Big 5 competition over the next 11 days, beginning with La Salle Wednesday night at the Explorers' Tom Gola Arena. Following this three-game stretch, Penn faces only Ivy League competition the rest of the way.

GAME 12 - PENN (5-6) at LA SALLE (7-9)
Tom Gola Arena (Philadelphia)
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 * 7 p.m.
TV: Comcast Network (Jon Gurevitch, Rob Kennedy)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF) / La Salle Game Notes (PDF)

The Penn-La Salle Series
*This will be the 64th meeting between the Quakers and the Explorers; Penn leads the series, 38-25, their only advantage among their Big 5 rivalries.

*That said, La Salle has won the last three in a row over the Quakers, including a 76-57 victory last year at The Palestra.

*The last time these teams met at the Gola, La Salle won 79-70. All-time, Penn is 7-3 playing the Explorers on the La Salle campus.

*Heading into a three-game stretch against Atlantic 10 opposition -- all of them Big 5 opponents -- Penn is 105-131 all-time against the schools that currently make up the A-10.

Scouting La Salle
The Explorers have lost six of their last seven after a 6-3 start to the season. On Saturday, they dropped an Atlantic 10 contest to Richmond, 87-68, despite 15 points from Cole Stefan and 12 from Earl Pettis. Aaric Murray -- who did not play against the Spiders -- leads La Salle with a 15.3 points-per-game average, and is also grabbing 8.1 rebounds per contest. Jerrell Williams is averaging 15.1 points and a team-high 8.6 boards per game, while Ruben Guillandeaux is averaging 12.5 points per contest. Freshman Tyreek Duren leads La Salle with 70 assists.

Welcome to the Club!
In Penn's 78-68 win at Delaware on Dec. 22, senior forward Jack Eggleston scored his 1,000th point at Penn on a bucket that opened the second half. He became the 35th player in program history to reach the mark, and the first since Mark Zoller achieved it on Dec. 2, 2006. Eggleston enters tonight's game at La Salle with 1,018 career points.

Three's a Crowd?
We don't want to jinx it, of course, but it is worth noting that Penn has two other players besides Eggleston who could reach the 1,000-point mark this season -- junior Zack Rosen (894 points) and senior Tyler Bernardini (816). In addition, Bernardini enters the La Salle game needing to hit four three-pointers to reach 100 for his career.

Rounding Into Form?
In 2007-08, Bernardini was the Ivy League and Big 5 Rookie of the Year. In 2008-09, he led Penn in scoring (13.7 ppg) and earned honorable mention All-Ivy for the second time in as many years. Last season, he injured his foot in Penn's second game -- at Villanova -- and never came back. This season, Bernardini scored just 59 points in Penn's first nine games, but he has dropped 40 in the last two (18 at Marist, 22 at Kentucky) and led the Quakers in scoring in both games.

Welcome Back
After missing the first eight games this season due to injury, junior Mike Howlett has seen time in each of Penn's last three games. Last season, Howlett averaged 7.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 17 appearances last year including nine starts.

Welcome Back, Part 2
There was a Larry Loughery sighting last Monday at Kentucky, as the junior saw his first game action since Nov. 24, 2009. Since then, he has been out due to injury. Loughery scored Penn's last two points and added a rebound in his four minutes against the Wildcats.

Tracking Trends
You want to figure out why Penn is winning? Here are a few things to note...

*Penn's magic scoring number, it seems, is 62 -- the Quakers are 5-0 when reaching the mark this season.

*Penn is 4-0 when outrebounding its opponent in 2010-11, but 0-6 when being outrebounded. (The Quakers tied Delaware on the boards, 32-32, in their Dec. 22 win.)

*In Penn's five wins, the Quakers have averaged 30.4 free-throw attempts while their opponents have averaged 12.6 attempts. On Dec. 22 at Delaware, the Red and Blue made 29 foul shots -- more than twice as many as the Blue Hens attempted (14)!

*This is a little wacky, but Penn is 0-4 when hitting more three-pointers than its opponent and 4-1 when hitting fewer treys. (Both the Quakers and Kentucky hit eight shots from beyond the arc last Monday.)

The Injury Report
Senior Dan Monckton and freshman Marin Kukoc have not dressed this season due to injury. Monckton averaged 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last year, numbers that jumped to 9.9 ppg and 5.2 rpg in Ivy play. Another blow was struck to the lineup prior to Marist, as fifth-year senior Andreas Schreiber injured his left hand in practice. He will not play at La Salle, and it looks like he will be out at least until the end of the month. Schreiber started six games this season, and was averaging 4.6 points and 1.4 rebounds per game.

Quaker Notemeal From Kentucky
*Penn grabbed just 17 rebounds, a low in the post-Fran Dunphy era (since the start of the 2006-07 season).

*Penn lost despite shooting season highs, percentage-wise, on three-pointers (8-12, .667) and foul shots (14-16, .875).

*Penn and Kentucky tied in three-point shots made (8) and turnovers (12). It marked the first time Penn tied its opponent in either of those categories this season.

*Senior guard Tyler Bernardini scored a season-high 22 points, his first 20-point game since Jan. 31, 2008 (22 at Dartmouth).

*Junior guard Zack Rosen was held to six points, all from the foul line; that snapped a streak of 24 straight double-figure scoring games by Rosen, dating back to last season.

Download: Notes_Penn_011211.pdf