Men's Basketball Hits Yale, Brown This Weekend

GAMES 27-28
Penn (10-16, 5-4) at Yale (10-14, 4-6)
Friday, Feb. 29, 2008 * 7 p.m.
John J. Lee Amphitheater (New Haven, Conn.)
YES Network
(Chris Shearn, Greg Herenda)

Penn at Brown (15-9, 7-3)
Saturday, March 1, 2008 * 6 p.m.
Pizzitola Sports Center (Providence, R.I.)

Penn Radio:
WPEN (950 AM) - Friday
WXPN (88.5 FM) - Saturday - both games
(Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

PHILADELPHIA - After an up-and-down weekend at Dartmouth and Harvard, the Quakers return to New England again this weekend to face the Bulldogs and the Bears.

This is the second time in two weeks these teams have faced each other. On February 15, Brown came into The Palestra and ended Penn’s 24-game Ivy League winning streak with a 66-61 victory. One night later, the Quakers started what they hope will turn into another streak, using a big second half to gain a 78-65 win over Yale.

Quaker Notemeal
• Penn has had 11 different players reach double figures in scoring in at least one game already this year, including four freshmen.

• Penn has scored 81.7 points per game in its last three outings.

• You want balance? Penn has had eight different players lead the team in scoring in a game at least once this year, and seven different players lead the Quakers in rebounding at least once.

• You want balance II? Penn had seven different players score at least eight points in its win at Dartmouth last Friday, and then six different players score at least nine points Saturday night at Harvard.

• Brian Grandieri, a senior and second-team All-Ivy pick a year ago, has scored in double figures in four-straight games and eight of the last nine contests (13.9 ppg in that stretch); in the only game he did not reach double figures during this stretch, he had nine vs. Princeton.

• Grandieri is also the only Penn player to start all 26 games this season

• Junior Kevin Egee has scored at least nine points in seven of Penn’s last 11 games, including double-figures games against Princeton (15), Brown (15) and Dartmouth (14); in the last five games, Egee is averaging 11.6 points per game, prior to that he was averaging 3.2 ppg for the season.

• The last time Penn played Yale, freshman Tyler Bernardini had a scoreless first half against Yale but then dropped 19 on the Bulldogs in the game’s final 16:47; he had 11 and 12 points, respectively, last weekend.

• Freshman Jack Eggleston has scored at least eight points in nine of the last 11 games.

The Series Records
• Friday’s meeting between Penn and Yale represents the 208th; the Quakers hold a 140-67 lead in the series.

• While Penn won the previous meeting this season, 78-65 in Philadelphia, New Haven has proven to be a tough place for the Quakers to play in recent years; Penn has lost three of the last four games and four of the last six played here at the Lee Amphitheater.

• Saturday’s meeting between Penn and Brown represents the 114th; the Quakers hold a 94-19 lead in the series and had won six straight until February 15, when the Bears defeated the Quakers at The Palestra, 66-61.

• That Brown win in Philadelphia ended Penn’s Ivy League home win streak at 24 games.

• Penn has made the Yale-Brown trip 51 times since the start of Ivy League play; during that time, the Quakers have gone 2-0 24 times, gone 0-2 six times, and split the weekend 21 times. When playing Brown first and Yale second, Penn is 2-0 thirteen times, 0-2 four times and 1-1 ten times.

Ivy Domination
• Penn entered the season having won each of the last three Ivy League titles -- going 38-4 in that span -- as well five of the last six championships, seven of the last nine, and 11 of the last 15.

• Penn is 186-33 (.849) against the Ivy League since the start of the 1992-93 season, including five undefeated campaigns.

The Future Is Now!
A Penn player has captured the Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor eight times this season, out of 13 times it has been given. Tyler Bernardini has won it four times, while Jack Eggleston and Harrison Gaines have won it two times apiece.

2007-08 Honors
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 (2/4)
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (11/19)
Harrison Gaines (#22)
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (2/11)
Co-Ivy League Rookie of the Week (11/26)

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, but was expected to be a major contributor.

Notes From at Dartmouth/Harvard
• Penn’s 88-point output against Dartmouth marked its highest score in an Ivy League game since Feb. 13, 2004 (a 91-76 win at Columbia).

• Penn set a season high, and matched a high in the two-year Glen Miller coaching era, by hitting 12 three-point baskets at Dartmouth; the last time Penn played the Big Green, on February 2, the Quakers did not hit a three-point basket and only took five attempts.

• The 12 treys came on just 17 attempts, a staggering .706 percentage.

• Seven different players hit three-pointers for the Quakers: Kevin Egee (4), Tyler Bernardini (3), Brian Grandieri, Jack Eggleston, Andreas Schreiber, Justin Reilly and Joe Gill.

• Penn outrebounded Dartmouth, 49-29, by far the largest plus-margin in the Miller era; the previous high of +12 was set earlier this year, also gainst the Big Green.

• Penn took 81 shots against Harvard, a high in the Glen Miller coaching era; the Quakers lost to the Crimson despite committing only six turnovers, just the second time this season they have stayed in single digits in that category.

Notes From Brown/Yale
• Penn’s loss to Brown on February 15 ended a 24-game Ivy League home winning streak for the Quakers; it was the fourth-longest such streak in program history.

• Prior to that, the last time Penn lost at home to an Ivy team was March 9, 2004 (a 76-70 overtime loss to Princeton); the last time the Quakers lost at home in regulation was Feb. 20, 2004 (78-74 to a Brown team coached by current Quaker mentor Glen Miller).

• Penn set a low in the Glen Miller coaching era by making just two foul shots against Brown, and tied an era low with six attempts; the next night, vs. Yale, the Quakers were 22-of-26 from the charity stripe.

• Penn had a 17-0 run in the Yale game, its longest unanswered scoring streak of the season; prior to that, the Quakers went on a 6-1 run, making it a 23-1 streak overall.

• During the 23-1 run, Penn held Yale without a field goal for 8:46 of game action.

• Senior Brian Grandieri led Penn with 20 points vs. Brown; of those, 18 came in the second half.

• Junior Kevin Egee scored 15 points vs. Brown, matching the collegiate career best he set three nights earlier vs. Princeton; 13 of those 15 points came in the first half.

• Freshman Tyler Bernardini returned to action after missing three games due to a concussion suffered at practice; he scored six points against Brown, then dropped a team-leading 19 -- all in the game’s final 16:47 -- against Yale.

• Sophomore Justin Reilly scored a career-high 15 points against Yale, with 13 of them coming after halftime.

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