Men's Basketball Hits Yale, Brown This Weekend

PHILADELPHIA - With an historic offensive performance in its win over Princeton on Monday, the Penn men's basketball team has won four games in a row. The Quakers will look to make it five and possibly six this weekend, traveling to Yale and Brown for their second Ivy League road trip. Penn is hoping to remain unbeaten in Ivy League play; they enter the weekend as one of only two teams with that status, along with Harvard.

GAME 21 - PENN (11-9, 3-0) at YALE (13-5, 3-1)
John J. Lee Amphitheater (New Haven, Conn.)
Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 * 7 p.m.
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Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

GAME 22 - PENN (11-9, 3-0) at BROWN (7-14, 1-3)
Pizzitola Sports Center (Providence, R.I.)
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 * 6 p.m.
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Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Yale Game Notes (PDF) / Brown Game Notes (PDF)

This Weekend in The Ivy League
While Penn and Princeton (1-2) make the jaunt to Southern New England this weekend, the Cornell (2-2) and Columbia (1-3) men are at Harvard (4-0) and Dartmouth (0-4) up in Northern New England. The Crimson host the Big Red on Friday and the Lions on Saturday, with the Big Green going reverse. (Quick note: Princeton will be playing its fourth and fifth road games of this young Ivy season, and will end with seven of its last nine at home.)

The Yale-Brown Trip
*Penn has made this road trip 55 times since the start of Ivy League play. The Quakers have swept the weekend 26 times, split it 23 times, and been swept six times (most recently in 2003-04).

*Last year, Penn swept this road trip for the second time in three years, gaining a 70-62 win at Brown and then downing Yale 60-58.

The Penn-Yale Series
*The Quakers and the Bulldogs have met 214 times on the hardwood, with Penn holding a 145-69 lead in the series.

*Penn has won three in a row over Yale and seven of the last nine. The two losses in that span came consecutively and bridged the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. Here in New Haven, Penn won last year, but the Quakers are just 4-4 in their last eight games here.

*Miles Cartwright scored a combined 28 points last year vs. Yale, 18 in the opener and 10 in the second matchup. Tyler Bernardini had 26 combined points, and Mike Howlett made his presence felt in the New Haven game with 11 points and three blocked shots in 28 minutes. Zack Rosen had a combined 24 points and 12 rebounds in the two games.

The Penn-Brown Series
*The Quakers and the Bears are meeting for the 121st time, and Penn is looking for its 100th win in this series.

*Penn swept last year's season series -- the Quakers needed overtime to down Brown last year at The Palestra, 80-78 -- and have won five of the last six meetings. The Red and Blue have won six of the last seven matchups played in Providence including the last three.

*Tyler Bernardini was one of Penn's big guns last year in this series, going for 17 in the OT win at home and then exploding for 26 here in Providence. Zack Rosen had 32 points and 11 assists in the two games last year, while Miles Cartwright had 11 points and 12 assists.

Record Setter!
Senior guard Zack Rosen has 538 career assists, which is the all-time record at Penn. He set the mark on Jan. 4 at Lafayette with his 506th; the previous mark of 505 was set by Rosen's current head coach, Jerome Allen, from 1992-95.

Another On The Way!
Rosen has played 3,703 career minutes which is third all-time at Penn. However, he needs to play just 35 minutes to become the recordholder in that category. (Michael Jordan is second, with 3,719 minutes, while Jack Eggleston is first with 3,737 minutes.) Given his 38.2 mpg average, Rosen can reasonably be expected to break the mark Friday at Yale.

An Original!
Rosen again. He has 123 assists for the season to become the first player at Penn to record four seasons with 100 or more assists. (He had 139 his freshman year, 124 his sophomore year, and 152 last season as a junior.) Assists have been kept as an individual stat at Penn since 1978-79.

Other Records to Watch...
*Rosen has 1,497 career points which puts him eighth on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Stan Pawlak is seventh, with 1,501 points from 1964-66; Ibrahim Jaaber is sixth, with 1,518 points from 2004-07.)

*Senior guard Tyler Bernardini has 1,391 career points which puts him 12th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Mark Zoller is 11th, with 1,429 points from 2004-07.)

*Rosen has 198 career three-point field goals which is sixth all-time, while Bernardini is seventh all-time with 188 treys. (Garett Kreitz is fifth, with 199 treys.)

*Rosen has made 387 career foul shots which is seventh all-time. (Current Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky is sixth, with 388 made foul shots.)

*Rosen has started 102 games in his career which is fourth all-time (Ugonna Onyekwe is third, with 105 starts from 2000-03.)

*Bernardini has made 97 career starts which is ninth all-time. (Koko Archibong is eighth, with 99 starts from 2000-03.)

It Should Be Noted...
*At 11-9 overall, Penn has its best 20-game record since the 2006-07 team was 12-8; that team went on to go 22-9 and win the Ivy title.

*Penn has not trailed at any point of the last three games, and been tied just once (14-14 against SJU). The last time Penn was behind in a game was with just more than 18 minutes left in the second half at Columbia (27-26).

*Penn is 9-2 when putting three or more players in double digits this season.

*Penn shot 53.1 percent from the field overall (26 of 49) and has shot 50 percent or better from the field in two straight games, three of the last four, four of the last six, and six overall in 2011-12.

*At the other end, Penn has held 12 of its 20 opponents below 45-percent shooting from the field (including seven at 40 percent or lower); last year, the Quakers held just 14 of their 28 opponents below the 45-percent mark, and only eight below 40 percent.

*Senior guard Zack Rosen has had streaks of 25 and 20 consecutive free throws made during the season.

*Speaking of free-throw streaks, sophomore Miles Cartwright had quietly hit 19 foul shots in a row over a nine-game span before missing his second one Monday against Princeton. Prior to that, his last miss had come Dec. 23 against Marist.

*Rosen has led Penn in scoring 13 times in 20 games this season, while Tyler Bernardini has led the Quakers in rebounding nine times.

*Bernardini has scored in double figures in six straight games (16.8 ppg in that stretch) and 17 times this season; he has led Penn in scoring four times and tied for the lead two other times in the Quakers' last 10 games.

*Senior Rob Belcore has scored in double figures seven times in Penn's last 13 games; prior to this run, his last double-figure outing came during the 2009-10 season (March 5 at Harvard).

Quaker Notemeal vs. Princeton
*The last time Penn scored 82 points against Princeton was Jan. 29, 1972-40 years and a day before Monday's performance.

*Penn scored more than 80 points for the second consecutive game (the Quakers had 84 against Saint Joseph's on Jan. 21); the last time that happened was early in the 2007-08 season, when Penn scored 93 against The Citadel and then 85 vs. Virginia.

*The last time Penn scored 82 or more points in an Ivy League game in regulation was March 7, 2008, a 94-92 loss to Cornell at The Palestra. Penn has played 47 Ivy games since then.

*Penn shot a season-high 55.6 percent from three-point land (10 of 18); prior to Monday, the most treys Princeton had allowed in a game this season was six.

*This was Penn's first Monday win in the Jerome Allen coaching era; previously the Quakers were 0-4 in such games.

*Senior guard Zack Rosen scored 28 points, one shy of his season high and two shy of a career high; it was his ninth game with 20 or more points this season and his team-leading 18th double-figure scoring performance.

*Sophomore guard Steve Rennard scored 10 points, all in the second half, for his first double-figure scoring game at Penn.

*Rennard played a career-high 26 minutes and tied season/career bests with two rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two three-point baskets

*Freshman center Henry Brooks scored eight points, including his first dunk as a Penn player, and grabbed five rebounds (one shy of a season/career high).

Download: Yale_penn_prin_notes_2012.pdf