Men's Basketball Hosts Brown, Yale This Weekend

GAMES 23-24

Penn (8-14, 3-2) vs. Brown (12-8, 4-2)
Friday, Feb. 15, 2008 * 7 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
TV:
None

Penn vs. Yale (9-11, 3-3)
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 * 6 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
TV:
ESPN Classic
(Quint Kessenich, Jerry Bembry)

Penn Radio:
WPEN (950 AM) - Friday
WXPN (88.5 FM) - Saturday
PennAthletics.com - both games
(Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

PHILADELPHIA - Coming off a nice win against a veteran Princeton club on Tuesday, the Quakers look to hold their home-court advantage two more times this weekend as the Bears and Bulldogs invade The Palestra.

Talk about setting the tone for the weekend: Friday’s game holds additional importance, as head coach Glen Miller faces off against his former squad, Brown. Both the Bears and the Quakers are two games off the pace being set by Ivy frontrunner Cornell, and will look to stay within striking distance with a win.

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 had eight different players lead the team in scoring in a game at least once this year, and six different players lead the Quakers in rebounding at least once.

• Perhaps even more impressive, the Quakers have had five different players lead them in scoring in five Ivy League games to date -- Tyler Bernardini (Harvard), Jack Eggleston (Dartmouth), Brian Grandieri (Columbia), Andreas Schreiber (Cornell) and Kevin Egee (Princeton).

• Grandieri, a senior and second-team All-Ivy pick a year ago, had scored in double figures in four-straight games before getting nine vs. Princeton; he is also the only Penn player to start all 22 games this season.

• Junior Aron Cohen had a career-high 14 points vs. Princeton Tuesday, more than he scored in the previous eight games combined (11).

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

• Freshman Remy Cofield has scored a combined 25 points in the last three games; prior to last weekend, he had scored 29 collegiate points, with 20 of them coming in one fell swoop against Virginia.

• Penn has played the last three games without freshman Tyler Bernardini, who leads Penn and is tops among freshmen in the Ivy League in scoring (13.0 ppg).

The Series Records
• Friday’s meeting between Penn and Brown represents the 113th; the Quakers hold a 94-18 lead in the series and have won six straight.

• Last year, Penn defeated Brown two times, 77-61 in Providence and then 67-64 here at The Palestra.

• Saturday’s meeting between Penn and Yale represents the 207th; the Quakers hold a 139-67 lead in the series.

• These teams split last season’s games, with Yale winning 77-68 in New Haven but Penn returning the favor with an 86-58 victory here at The Palestra.

• Penn has swept this homestand each of the last three years, nine of the last 10 seasons, and 14 of the last 16 years. Brown’s last win in The Palestra was Feb. 20, 2004 (at the time, Brown was coached by Glen Miller); Yale’s was Feb. 15, 1997.

Ivy Domination
• Penn has 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 184-31 (.856) against the Ivy League since the start of the 1992-93 season, including five undefeated campaigns.

• In beating Princeton Tuesday night, Penn extended its Ivy League home winning streak to 24-straight games; it is the fourth-longest streak in program history. The Quaker record for consecutive Ivy League home wins is 46; the first win came Jan. 7, 1977 against Dartmouth, and the streak was ended on Feb. 22, 1983 with a 60-49 loss to Princeton.

• Penn is 105-9 vs. Ivy opponents at The Palestra since losing the 1991-92 Ivy home opener to Princeton; during that time, the Quakers are 11-5 against the Tigers, and 94-4 against the rest of the Ancient Eight.

The Future Is Now!
A Penn player has captured the Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor eight times this season, out of 11 times it has been given. Tyler Bernardini has won it four times, while Jack Eggleston and Harrison Gaines have won it two times apiece. On Monday, Gaines was the recipient after his performances last weekend at Columbia and Cornell.

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 Princeton
• Penn beat Princeton for the third-straight time, the fifth time in the last six matchups, and the 10th time in the last 12 meetings in this historic rivalry.

• It marked the first time this season Penn won a game when shooting a lower field-goal percentage than its opponent (Penn was 38.6 percent, Princeton was 50.0); prior to this game, the Quakers were 0-13 in such contests in 2007-08.
• Penn hit 31 foul shots, a high for the Quakers in the Glen Miller coaching era.

• Penn went 31-of-36 from the charity stripe (86.1 percent); prior to this game, the Quakers ranked last in the Ivy League in free-throw percentage (64.6 percent).

• For just the third time this season, Penn’s bench points (35) equaled or bettered the five starters (35).

• Juniors Kevin Egee (15 points) and Aron Cohen (14) led Penn in scoring; both point totals were career highs.

• Senior Brian Grandieri was assessed two technical fouls during the game, and ejected after the second one (with 9.3 seconds left in the second half).

• Penn played its third game in five nights without freshman Tyler Bernardini, as he continued to recover from the concussion he suffered in practice the previous week.

Notes From Columbia/Cornell
• In the loss at Cornell, junior Andreas Schreiber hit a career high with 23 points and nine rebounds in 36 minutes of action.

• Also against the Big Red, freshman Harrison Gaines notched a career best with 19 points; he also had seven assists without a turnover.

• Freshman Remy Cofield came up with eight points in Friday’s loss at Columbia, then followed that up with his first collegiate start the next night at Cornell; he scored six points and had five boards against the Big Red.

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