Men's Basketball Hits New England This Weekend

PHILADELPHIA - With only three games left in the regular season, and being four games out of first place, the Penn men's basketball team can only hope to play the role of spoiler in the Ivy League title chase. The Quakers face second-place Harvard on Friday night; the Crimson enter the weekend 10-2, and a game behind Princeton in the loss column. Harvard has just two to play -- after Penn on Friday, the Crimson face the Tigers on Saturday. Penn and Princeton, of course, end the season with each other next Tuesday at The Palestra. In the meantime, Penn must also face Dartmouth Saturday as the Red and Blueconclude Ivy League weekends with this trip to Northern New England.

GAME 26 - PENN (12-13, 6-5 Ivy) at HARVARD (21-5, 10-2)
Lavietes Pavilion (Cambridge, Mass.)
Friday, March 4, 2011 * 7 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Mike Mahoney)

GAME 27 - PENN (12-13, 6-5) at DARTMOUTH (5-21, 1-11)
Leede Arena (Hanover, N.H.)
Saturday, March 5, 2011 * 7 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Mike Mahoney)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Around the Ivy League
All eyes will be on Cambridge this weekend. Can Harvard get the game back from Princeton? They will meet Saturday night. The other half of the Ancient Eight bears more meaning to Penn, which would like to finish third in the standings. Right now that position is held by Yale (7-5), which finishes the season at Columbia (5-7) on Friday and at Cornell (4-8) on Saturday. (Columbia is also a team that can pass Penn and finish third). Brown (4-8) will be in Ithaca on Friday and New York City on Saturday.

The Harvard-Dartmouth Road Trip
The Quakers have made this road trip 54 times, sweeping it 33 times and splitting it 16 other times. They have been swept only five times. Penn has split this trip each of the last three years, each time winning on Friday but losing on Saturday.

Penn vs. Harvard
*The Quakers and the Crimson have met 159 times, with Penn dominating the all-time series, 127-32. That advantage is in place despite the fact that Harvard has won four in a row and five of the last six over the Quakers.

*On Feb. 5, Harvard escaped Philadelphia with an 83-82, double-overtime win over Penn. Oliver McNally provided the Crimson's winning points, hitting a layup with 11.5 seconds left. At the other end, Zack Rosen's attempt to win it was blocked by Kyle Casey. Rosen was simply outrageous -- he tied a school record with 13 assists and also led Penn with 21 points. Jack Eggleston had 23 points and eight boards, while Miles Cartwright scored 14 points and Tyler Bernardini had 13.

Penn vs. Dartmouth
*The Quakers and the Big Green have played 200 times, with Penn holding a 144-56 lead in the series. The Red and Blue have won three straight, and prior to Dartmouth's sweep in 2009 they won 23 straight from 1997-2008.

*The first meeting this season was all Penn -- the Quakers finished the game 27-of-43 overall (62.8 percent) and drained 10 of 16 treys (62.5 percent). The Quakers were up by nine after less than six minutes and extended it to as much as 19 before going into the break up by 14 (38-24). The lead was 16 (51-35) when Penn went on its decisive run, an 18-0 streak that covered just more than five minutes. The lead crested at 37 (74-37) as Penn subbed liberally down the stretch.

Eggleston's Milestones
*Senior Jack Eggleston made his 100th start in a Penn uniform on February 4 vs. Dartmouth; the last player to start 100 games for Penn was Tim Begley, who made 113 starts from 2001-05.

*Eggleston enters this weekend 20 rebounds shy of reaching 700 for his career; the last Penn player to record 700 career boards was Mark Zoller, who ended his career in 2007 with 750 boards.

*Eggleston dished off his 200th career assist on Feb. 8 at Princeton and now has 216 for his career.

*Eggleston had four steals at Brown two weeks ago and now has 103 for his career.

And Then There's Rosen...
*Rosen had 11 assists last weekend, giving him 138 for the season which makes him 3-for-3 getting into triple digits in that category. Since the statistic became official at Penn in 1978-79, the only other players in history to have 100 or more assists in three straight seasons are Paul Chambers (1990-92), Jerome Allen (1993-95) and Michael Jordan (1998-2000). Unlike Rosen, who still has a year left, those players did it their sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

*Rosen enters the weekend tied for ninth on Penn's single-season list in assists, with Tim Begley (who had 138 in 29 games in 2004-05). Penn's single-season record is 162, originally set in 2000-01 by David Klatsky and matched in 2006-07 by Ibrahim Jaaber.

*Among the players on the single-season Top 10 list, Rosen's 5.52 per-game average is fourth, behind Paul Chambers (5.80 in 1991-92), Jerome Allen (5.71 in 1994-95) and Klatsky (5.59 in 2000-01).

*Rosen enters this weekend with 401 career assists, placing him fourth all-time at Penn. Of the current group that makes up the top five, Rosen's 4.95 per-game average is matched only by Paul Chambers, who averaged 4.95 assists per contest from 1989-92.

Quaker Notemeal From Cornell
*Penn lost for the first time this season when making more free throws than its opponent (P 14, C 9); prior to this, the Quakers were 11-0 in such contests.

*Freshman Miles Cartwright set a career high with 23 points, 14 of which came in the second half.

*Senior Tyler Bernardini had 14 points and tied a career high with 10 rebounds, giving him his third double-double at Penn.

*Senior Zack Gordon made his first collegiate start, playing 12 minutes and hitting a three-pointer in the second half.

Notemeal From Columbia
*For just the second time this season, Penn never trailed or was tied after it scored the game's first points (also Dartmouth on Feb. 4).

*Columbia scored just 18 points in the first half, a season low for an opponent.

*After being outrebounded by Columbia 35-19 in the first meeting two weeks ago, Penn outboarded the Lions 41-33.

*Columbia did not get any bench points on Friday night, the first time that has happened to a Penn opponent this season.

*Senior Jack Eggleston had 11 rebounds, his 10th double-figure board game this season and 17th at Penn.

*Gordon set a new career best with five rebounds.

*Junior Mike Howlett made his second straight start and tied a season high with seven rebounds.

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