Men's Basketball Hosts Cornell, Columbia

GAMES 29-30
Penn (11-17, 6-5) vs. Cornell (20-5, 12-0)
Friday, March 7, 2008 * 8 p.m.
The Palestra
(Jon Gurevitch, Vince Curran)

Penn vs. Columbia (14-13, 7-5)
Saturday, March 8, 2008 * 7 p.m.
The Palestra

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

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Cornell Game Notes (PDF)

Columbia Game Notes (PDF)

PHILADELPHIA - With only three games left in the season, and the Ivy title out of reach, the Quakers look to avenge earlier losses to both the Big Red and the Lions.

After winning the last three Ivy League championships, Penn will not gain the title this year -- Cornell clinched it last weekend with wins over Dartmouth and Harvard. Instead, the Quakers will have to settle for the opportunity to end the Big Red’s undefeated Ivy campaign. One night later, Penn’s home season comes to a close with Columbia in the house.

The Series Records
• Friday night’s meeting between Penn and Cornell is the 210th between these Ivy rivals; the Quakers lead the series 142-67.

• Penn had won 18 in a row in the series before Feb. 9, when the Big Red pulled out an 87-74 victory at Newman Arena in Ithaca.

• Saturday night’s meeting between Penn and Columbia is the 213th between these Ivy rivals; the Quakers lead the series overall, 131-81.

• Penn had won 10 of 11 over the Lions before Feb. 8, when Columbia gained a 74-58 win at Levien Gym in New York.

• Talk about dominating a weekend! Penn has swept the C-C weekend at home every year since 1990-91 with one exception -- in 2001-02, the Quakers beat Cornell on Friday but then lost to Columbia on Saturday, 54-53. Cornell’s last win in The Palestra came during the 1988-89 season (65-61).

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 187-34 (.846) against the Ivy League since the start of the 1992-93 season, including five undefeated campaigns.

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 started 13 different players this season, and used 14 different starting lineups through 28 games.

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

• Brian Grandieri, a senior and second-team All-Ivy pick a year ago, has scored in double figures in six-straight games and 10 of the last 11 contests (14.1 ppg in that stretch); in the only game he did not reach double figures during this stretch, he had nine vs. Princeton.

• Grandieri -- the only Penn player to start all 28 games this season -- has hit his last six three-point shots.

• Freshman Jack Eggleston has scored at least eight points in 11 of the last 13 games; he scored a career-high 18 to lead all scorers last Friday at Yale.

• Freshman Tyler Bernardini had scored in double figures in four-straight games (14.5 ppg) before going scoreless last Saturday at Brown.

Breaking It Down...
So where is the scoring coming from in 2007-08? Here is a breakdown comparing the starters to the bench, and breaking the points down by class:
Total Points ... 1,875
Starters ... 1,275 (68.0 percent)
Bench ... 600 (32.0)
Freshmen ... 789 (42.1 percent)
Sophomores ... 297 (15.8)
Juniors ... 302 (16.1)
Seniors ... 487 (26.0)

Notes From at Yale/Brown
• Penn’s 18-point halftime lead at Yale (39-21) was its largest this season.

• In that first half, Penn shot 52.9 percent from the field (18-of-34), had 16 assists on its 18 baskets, and committed just two turnovers; the Quakers finished the game with 20 assists on 24 baskets, and committed just 10 turnovers.

• All of Penn’s three-point baskets vs. the Bulldogs came from senior Brian Grandieri, who was a perfect 4-of-4 on treys and set a career high with his four threes; he went 2-of-2 beyond the arc the next night at Brown, a 6-of-6 weekend on three-point shots.

• Grandieri finished the Yale game with 14 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double this season -- the other one came in the season opener against Drexel -- and fifth as a collegian; he also tied for game-high honors with six assists..

• Freshman Jack Eggleston led all scorers at Yale with a season-best 18 points; he went a perfect 10-of-10 from the foul line, which was the best performance by a Penn player since Mark Zoller went 10-of-10 against Villanova on Dec. 2, 2006.

• Junior Brennan Votel had eight points and five rebounds at Yale, and was rewarded by earning the start a night later at Brown; he became the 13th different player to start a game for Penn this season.

• Freshman Dan Monckton led Penn with six rebounds, and scored five points; he became the eighth different player to lead the Quakers in rebounding in a game this season.

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.

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