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Penn vs.Dartmouth * Friday, 7 p.m.
The Palestra* Philadelphia
Penn vs.Harvard * Saturday,7 p.m.
The Palestra* Philadelphia
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PHILADELPHIA - After starting the Ivy League season with four road games -- a daunting task, no matter what conference you play in -- the two-time defending champion Quakers return to The Palestra to play five home games in eight days. The first two take place this weekend, as Dartmouth and Harvard come to town.

Penn was sitting pretty at 3-0 in the Ancient Eight after last Friday’s convincing win at Brown, but the wheels fell off a little bit one night later at Yale. No surprise there -- the Bulldogs’ John J. Lee Amphitheater has been a house of horrors for the Quakers in recent years, as Penn has lost three of its last four in that building.

After this weekend, Penn remains home for games with Princeton (Tuesday), Columbia (next Friday) and Cornell (next Saturday).

Penn Picked to Win: Penn was a near-unanimous pick to win the Ivy League title for the third year in a row and the fifth time in the last six years by a preseason poll of Ivy League media outlets. The Quakers received 15 of the 16 first-place votes in the preseason poll. (see page 6 for more details)

Ivy Domination: Penn began the 2003-04 Ivy League season with a pair of losses at Yale and Brown. Since then, the Quakers have gone 38-6 in league play (19-2 at home, 19-4 on the road). Beyond that, in all but two of the five losses the result could have gone either way. They were: 78-74 to Brown (2/20/04); 76-70 in OT to Princeton (3/9/04); 78-60 at Yale (2/19/05); 59-57 at Columbia (2/17/06); 60-59 in OT at Princeton (3/7/06); and 77-68 at Yale (2/3/07).

Ivy Domination, Palestra Style: Penn has won 14 straight Ivy League home games -- going 7-0 each of the last two seasons -- as well as 17 of 18 and 31 of 33 in conference play at home. In fact, the Quakers are a staggering 95-9 at The Palestra against the Ancient Eight since losing their Ivy League home opener in 1991-92. In that span, the Quakers are 9-5 against Princeton and 86-4 against the rest of the league.

Mr. 200: Penn’s John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men’s Basketball, Glen Miller, got his 200th win as a collegiate head coach last Friday at Brown (coincidentally, his last stop before arriving at Penn; he currently has a 200-165 record (95-58 at Division III Connecticut College; 93-99 at Brown; 12-8 at Penn).

Surveying the Opponents
• Friday’s meeting between Penn and Harvard is the 151st; the Quakers lead the series, 123-27, and have won nine in a row (by an average of 17.9 points).

• Penn has won 15 in a row at home over Harvard, with the average margin of victory during that stretch being 17.1 points; that said, Penn needed overtime a year ago to down Harvard here, 74-71, in one of just two games that have had a single-digit margin during Penn’s 15-game winning streak.

• Saturday’s meeting between Penn and Dartmouth is the 192nd; the Quakers lead the series, 137-54, and have won 19 in a row (by an average of 18.6 points).

• Penn has won nine in a row over the Big Green here at The Palestra, by an average margin of victory of 19.1; only one game during that stretch has been decided by fewer than 12 points, a 54-46 Penn win during the 2000-01 season.

• Penn has hosted Dartmouth and Harvard on the same weekend 49 times since the start of Ivy League play, collecting 41 sweeps (including nine in a row) and eight splits; the Quakers have never been swept at home by these teams. Of the eight splits, Harvard has gotten the win five times and Dartmouth the win three times; on two occasions Penn’s loss came on Friday, and six times it came on Saturday.

Scheduling Tough!
• The seven non-conference teams that beat Penn this year -- UTEP, Syracuse, Villanova, Fordham, Seton Hall, No. 5 North Carolina and Saint Joseph’s -- had a combined record of 104-58 (.642 win percentage) entering the weekend. They all have winning overall records.

Download: 0607 Notes 21-22 (D-H).pdf