PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team has won three of its last four games in Ivy League play, and the Quakers sit alone in fourth place entering the second half of the Ivy League round-robin slate. The Red and Blue are home for four in a row, starting this weekend as they host Brown on Friday night and Yale on Saturday night. Saturday’s game against the Ivy League-leading Bulldogs will air live and for free on ESPN3 as well as on the Ivy League Digital Network.
GAME 22 – PENN (9-12, 3-4 Ivy League) vs. BROWN (7-15, 2-6)
Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 * 7 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
GAME 23 – PENN vs. YALE (17-5, 8-0)
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 * 7 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Also around the Ivy League…
FRIDAY: Harvard (2-6) at Columbia (6-2), 6 p.m.; Dartmouth (2-6) at Cornell (2-6), 7 p.m.; Yale (8-0) at Princeton (6-1), 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: Brown at Princeton, 6 p.m.; Harvard at Cornell, 6 p.m.; Dartmouth at Columbia, 7 p.m..
The Brown-Yale Home Weekend
*Penn has hosted Brown and Yale 56 times; they have swept the weekend 38 times, split it 16 times, and been swept twice (the last two years, in fact).
The Series With Brown
*The Quakers lead the series, 103-26, but the Bears have won five in a row -- their longest streak in the series -- including victories here at The Palestra each of the last two years.
*Brown won a back-and-forth game three weeks ago in Providence, 89-83. Penn had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but missed a three-pointer down three. Matt Howard had 20 points to lead four Penn players in double figures.
The Series With Yale
*The Quakers lead the overall series, 146-77, but the Bulldogs have won seven in a row and eight of the last nine meetings.
*Yale dominated Penn earlier this season in New Haven, 81-58. Howard was the Quakers’ only double-figure scorer, with 17 points. For Yale, Brandon Sherrod had 19 and went 7-of-7 from the field as part of a streak that would reach an NCAA-record 30 straight field goals.
On Friday night, Penn welcomes back former assistant coach Mike Martin, who is in his fourth season as head coach at Brown (his alma mater). His director of operations, Ted Rawlings, is a Penn grad who played sprint football and men’s lacrosse for the Quakers as well as a men’s basketball student manager.
*On Friday, Penn faces the Ivy League’s all-time leader in blocked shots, Brown’s Cedric Kuakumensah.
*If the last name looks familiar, you’re right -- Brown junior guard Steven Spieth is related to arguably the best golfer on the planet right now. Jordan Spieth is Steven’s older brother.
*On Saturday, Yale brings the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year into The Palestra in senior Justin Sears.
*Another Bulldogs senior, Brandon Sherrod, missed last year because he was traveling the world with Yale’s all-male a capella group, the Whiffenpoofs. Earlier this year, he set an NCAA record by hitting 30 consecutive field goals (including a perfect 7-of-7 against Penn).
*Penn’s assist/turnover ratio for the season so far is 1.02 (290/284); last year, the Quakers’ ratio was 0.78.
*Penn’s 92 points last Saturday at Cornell marked the most by the Quakers in regulation since March 7, 2008 -- ironically, a 94-92 loss to the Big Red (then coached by, you guessed it, Steve Donahue).
*How about the run Darien Nelson-Henry has been on? He entered the weekend with three-straight double-doubles; snared 16 rebounds at Cornell last Saturday, the most by a Penn player since Mark Zoller recorded 17 late in the 2006-07 season; and broke his career high with six assists at Columbia (then matched it at Cornell)!
*Junior Matt Howard entered the weekend having scored in double figures in three-straight games; six of the last seven contests; eight of the last 10; and nine of the last 12.
*Freshman Jackson Donahue had a career-high 25 points last Saturday at Cornell; it was his eighth time reaching double digits in Penn’s last 10 games.
*Sophomore Sam Jones -- who has hit double digits in scoring nine times -- has 58 field goals this season; 49 of them have been three-pointers. 143 of his 158 field-goal attempts have come from beyond the arc.
*Freshman Jake Silpe has dished out five or more assists in six of Penn’s last 10 games, including a season/career high of eight two weeks ago against Dartmouth.
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