Men's Basketball Hosts Harvard, Dartmouth This Weekend

PHILADELPHIA - It looms as one of the biggest games in recent memory at The Palestra. The Penn men's basketball team hosts No. 25/21 Harvard Friday night and hopes to give the Crimson their first Ivy League loss of the season while remaining in the hunt. On Saturday, Penn faces a Dartmouth team that enters the weekend looking for its first Ivy win.

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GAME 23 - PENN (12-10, 4-1 Ivy) vs. #25/21 HARVARD (20-2, 6-0)
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 * 7 p.m.
TV: PennAthletics.com (there is a charge for this service)
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

GAME 24 - PENN (12-10, 4-1) vs. DARTMOUTH (4-18, 0-6)
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 * 7 p.m.
TV: PennAthletics.com (there is a charge for this service)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Harvard Game Notes (PDF) / Dartmouth Game Notes (PDF)

This Weekend in The Ivy League
While Penn and Princeton (2-3) host Harvard and Dartmouth, Yale (5-1) looks to remain in the hunt on its first Ivy League road weekend this season. The Bulldogs play at Cornell (3-3) on Friday and Columbia (2-4) on Saturday. Brown (1-5) will reverse the New York excursion, facing the Lions on Friday and the Big Red on Saturday.

The H-D Weekend
*Penn has hosted Harvard and Dartmouth in one weekend 54 times in Ivy League history; the Quakers have swept the weekend 43 times, split it 10 times, and been swept once.

*Last year, Penn split this home weekend, easily defeating Dartmouth 78-47 before falling in an epic, double-overtime game to the Crimson, 83-82.

The Penn-Harvard Series
*The Quakers and the Crimson have met 160 times, with Penn holding a substantial 127-33 lead in the series.

*That said, Harvard has won five straight and six of the last seven in the series-including three straight here at The Palestra. In addition to the double-OT win at The Palestra last year, the Crimson also won 79-64 in Cambridge.

*Three different players on the current Penn roster scored in double figures in both games last year-Zack Rosen (32 combined points), Miles Cartwright (30) and Tyler Bernardini (23). Rosen also had 18 combined assists, including 13 in the first matchup which tied a school record.

The Penn-Dartmouth Series
*The Quakers and the Big Green are meeting for the 202nd time, with Penn holding a 145-56 advantage in the series.

*Penn swept last year's season series -- the Quakers also downed Dartmouth in Hanover, 70-58 -- and aside from a hitch in 2009 (when the Big Green swept the Quakers) Penn has won every game dating back to the first meeting of the 1996-97 campaign.

*Tyler Bernardini was one of Penn's big guns last year in this series, going for 37 combined as well as 12 rebounds. Zack Rosen had 13 points in the second game, while Miles Cartwright scored 23 combined last year.

Record Setter!
Senior guard Zack Rosen enters the weekend with 546 career assists, the all-time record at Penn. He set the mark on Jan. 4 at Lafayette with his 506th; the previous mark of 505 was set by Rosen's current head coach, Jerome Allen, from 1992-95.

Record Setter! Part Deux
Rosen enters the weekend having played 3,778 career minutes which is also a school mark. He passed Michael Jordan and Jack Eggleston to become the program's all-time leader last Friday at Yale.

An Original!
Rosen again. He has 131 assists for the season and has become the first player at Penn to record four seasons with 100 or more assists. (He had 139 his freshman year, 124 his sophomore year, and 152 last season as a junior.) Assists have been kept as an individual stat at Penn since 1978-79.

Other Records to Watch...
*Rosen has 1,524 career points which puts him sixth on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Ron Haigler is fifth, with 1,552 from 1973-75.)

*Senior guard Tyler Bernardini has 1,406 career points which puts him 12th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Mark Zoller is 11th, with 1,429 points from 2004-07.)

*Rosen has 199 career three-point field goals which ties him with Garett Kreitz for fifth all-time, while Bernardini is seventh all-time with 191 treys. (Matt Langel is fourth, with 201 threes from 1997-2000.)

*Rosen has made 387 career foul shots which is seventh all-time. (Current Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky is sixth, with 388 made foul shots.)

*Rosen has 138 career steals which is sixth all-time (Zoller is fifth with 141 from 2004-07), while Bernardini has 126 steals which is ninth (Paul Chambers from 1989-92 and Shawn Trice from 1992-95 are tied for seventh with 134 each.)

*Rosen has started 104 games in his career which is fourth all-time (Ugonna Onyekwe is third, with 105 starts from 2000-03.)

*Bernardini has made 98 career starts which is ninth all-time. (Koko Archibong is eighth, with 99 starts from 2000-03.)

*Bernardini has played 3,076 career minutes which is eighth all-time. (Langel is seventh, with 3,245 minutes from 1997-2000.)

It Should Be Noted...
*At 12-10 overall, Penn has its best 22-game record since the 2006-07 team was 14-8; that team went on to go 22-9 and win the Ivy title.

*Penn is 8-1 when leading at the half and 10-2 when putting three or more players in double digits this season.

*At the other end, Penn has held 13 of its 22 opponents below 45-percent shooting from the field (including eight at 40 percent or lower); last year, the Quakers held just 14 of their 28 opponents below the 45-percent mark, and only eight below 40 percent.

*Rosen has had streaks of 25 and 20 consecutive free throws made during the season, while sophomore Miles Cartwright had a streak of 19 straight.

*Rosen has led Penn in scoring 14 times in 22 games this season, while Tyler Bernardini has led the Quakers in rebounding nine times.

*Senior Rob Belcore has scored in double figures nine times in Penn's last 15 games; prior to this run, his last double-figure outing came March 5, 2010 at Harvard.

Quaker Notemeal at Yale/Brown
*Penn set a team high in the Jerome Allen coaching era with 12 steals at Brown.

*Penn made just four free throws in both games, which tied a low in the Allen era; the Quakers also tied a low in the Allen era with five free-throw attempts at Brown (they took eight at Yale).

*Senior forward Rob Belcore tied career highs with 17 points and 10 rebounds at Brown for his second career double-double; for the weekend he had 28 points and 19 boards.

*Belcore also had five steals on the weekend, giving him 100 for his career.

*Freshman center Henry Brooks scored 10 points at Brown, his third double-figure scoring game at Penn.

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