Men's Basketball Hosts Harvard, Dartmouth

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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team has followed a pattern through the first half of the Ivy League slate -- win at home, lose on the road. The Quakers hope to regain their winning form over these next two weeks, as they host four in a row at The Palestra. The run begins this weekend, as Ivy co-leader Harvard comes to town followed by Dartmouth.

GAME 22 - PENN (6-15, 3-4 Ivy League) vs. HARVARD (20-4, 7-1)
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 * 7 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
TV: Ivy League Digital Network (there is a fee for this service)
Radio: WNTP 990 AM (Matt Leon, Vince Curran)

GAME 23 – PENN vs. DARTMOUTH (9-13, 2-6)
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 * 7 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
TV: Ivy League Digital Network (there is a fee for this service)
Radio: WNTP 990 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

The Harvard-Dartmouth Home Weekend
*Penn has hosted the Crimson and Big Green on the same weekend 56 times; the Quakers have swept the weekend 43 times, split it 12 times -- including each of the last four years -- and been swept just once (in 2009).

*Three of the last four years, Penn’s split has come via a win over Dartmouth and a loss to Harvard. The exception was last year, of course, when Penn lost to the Big Green on Friday but then beat the Crimson on Saturday.

The Series with Harvard
*The Quakers and the Crimson have met 165 times, with Penn holding a commanding 129-36 lead in the series.

*That said, Harvard has won nine of the last 12 meetings in this series, including a thorough 80-50 beating on February 1 in Cambridge, Mass.

*Harvard has also had success here at The Palestra; the Crimson won four in a row from 2009-12 -- something no other Ivy League program has done, not even Princeton -- before last year’s 75-72 victory by the Quakers on March 2.

The Series with Dartmouth
*The Quakers and the Big Green have met 206 times, with Penn holding a 148-58 lead in the series.

*Again, though, recent history has not necessarily been as kind to the Red and Blue -- Dartmouth has won two in a row, including a 67-58 decision on January 31 in Hanover, N.H. In that game, the Big Green’s Alex Mitola scored 23 of his game-high 25 points in the second half.

*Last year, the Big Green gained just its fourth win here at The Palestra since 1959, a 69-64 decision as Mitola scored 17 points.

Up The Scoring Chart
Senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright enters the weekend with 1,308 career points which is 16th on Penn’s all-time list. Tony Price (1,322 points from 1977-79) is 15th.

The Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Sophomore Darien Nelson-Henry shot a combined 12-of-15 from the field last weekend at Yale (3-3) and Brown (9-12); he enters this weekend leading the Ivy League in overall field-goal percentage (.583) and Ivy field-goal percentage (a staggering .700).

*Nelson-Henry had his second 20-point game of the season last Saturday at Brown, as well as seven rebounds. He also blocked five shots, the most by a Penn player since Cameron Lewis blocked five Campbell shots on Dec. 30, 2008.

*Another sophomore, Tony Hicks, has scored in double figures each of the last five games (17.8 ppg in that span) and 10 of the last 11 contests (17.1 ppg in that span).

*Penn has used the same starting lineup in each of its last four games entering the weekend; that had not happened prior to this four-game run. Overall, the Quakers have used nine different starting lineups this season, and only senior Fran Dougherty has started every game.

*Speaking of Dougherty, the two-time Ivy League Player of the Week leads the Ivy League in conference rebounding (8.0 rpg) and is second overall in that category (7.2). He is also second in conference field-goal percentage (.594), eighth in conference scoring (13.9 ppg), and third in steals per game in Ivy play (1.6).

*Penn has held 16 of its 21 opponents this season below 45 percent shooting from the field; last weekend, Yale and Brown combined to shoot just 39-of-110 (35.4 percent) against Penn but still managed to sweep the Quakers.

*Penn is 6-5 this season when leading at the half; aside from the Quakers’ January 31 game at Dartmouth, when they surrendered a seven-point halftime advantage and lost to the Big Green, the halftime leads they have lost were 1 point (at Lafayette), 1 point (Wagner), 2 points (at George Mason), and 2 points (at Brown).

*Senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright has hit six three-pointers in one game this season (Rider), five treys in another game (Monmouth), and four in three other games (Villanova, George Mason, NJIT).

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