Men's Basketball Lands in California, Readies for UCLA

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team is at the end of a blistering game pace. The Quakers head to California to face UCLA for their 11th game, officially putting them past one-third of their campaign even though the season is not even a month old. After Saturday, Penn breaks for exams -- the next game is not for almost two full weeks.

GAME 11 - PENN (5-5) vs. UCLA (2-5)
Honda Center (Anaheim, Calif.)
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 * 4 p.m. (7 p.m. Philly)
TV: Fox Sports West (Joel Meyers, Don MacLean)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF) / UCLA Game Notes (PDF)

The Penn-UCLA Series
*The Quakers and the Bruins have met only one other time, on Dec. 14, 1987 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. UCLA rolled to a 98-49 win.

*This is Penn's first trip to California since the 2004-05 season, when the Quakers played at the University of San Francisco. Like this year's trip, that was a one-and-done trip, although the team stopped off to play the University of Illinois-Chicago on the way back to Philadelphia.

*Penn has made the trip to the Golden State 11 times prior to Saturday's meeting. Besides, UCLA, the other California schools the Quakers have played are UC-Irvine, UCSB, San Diego State, California, Stanford, USC, Loyola Marymount, St. Mary's, San Francisco, and Santa Clara.

About UCLA
The Bruins (2-5) have struggled out of the gate, and most recently lost to Texas 69-59. Their wins have come against Chaminade and Pepperdine, and two of their losses have come to ranked Kansas and Michigan squads. Lazeric Jones is UCLA's leading scorer, averaging 11.4 points per game, while Travis Wear (10.4) and Jerime Anderson (10.2) also have double-figure averages. Wear -- a UNC transfer along with his brother, David -- leads UCLA in rebounding (5.4 rpg).

Homecoming
Penn's game at UCLA represents a return to Southern California for three players on the Quaker roster. Fifth-year senior guard Tyler Bernardini is from Carlsbad and played his high school ball at Francis Parker where he was the 2007 Coastal South Player of the Year; sophomore guard Miles Cartwright is from Van Nuys and played at Loyola where he was the 2009 Mission League MVP; and freshman guard Camryn Crocker is from Cypress and played his high school ball at Los Alamitos where he was the Sunset League MVP last year.

National Stats
The NCAA released its most recent statistical update on Monday, and senior guard Zack Rosen was again splattered all over the pages. He entered the week fourth nationally in three-point field goal percentage (.585); ninth in three-point field goals per game (3.4); 12th in points per game (21.3); 37th in field goal percentage (.573); 39th in free-throw percentage (.897); and 45th in assists per game (5.7).

Record Book Watch
*Senior guard Zack Rosen has 1,342 career points which puts him 13th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Herb Lyon is 12th, with 1,356 points from 1946-50.)

*Senior guard Tyler Bernardini has 1,208 career points which puts him 24th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Richard Censits is 23rd, with 1,220 points from 1956-58.)

*Rosen has 56 assists this season, giving him 471 for his career which is second all-time at Penn behind only his current head coach, Jerome Allen (505). Rosen passed Michael Jordan (469) for second on Wednesday night.

*Rosen has played 3,332 career minutes which is sixth all-time. (Ibrahim Jaaber is fifth, with 3,569 minutes.)

*Rosen has 182 career three-point field goals which is sixth all-time (Garett Kreitz is fifth, with 199 treys), while Bernardini has 157 treys which is ninth all-time (Michael Jordan is eighth, with 176).

*Rosen has made 360 career foul shots which is eighth all-time. (Herb Lyon is seventh, with 370 made foul shots.)

Quaker Notemeal vs. Delaware
* Penn is now 18-4 all-time against Delaware and 39-13 all-time against Colonial Athletic Association programs.

*Penn improved to 3-0 when leading at the half this season.

*For the third straight game, Penn scored more than 40 points in the second half (the Quakers did not do that in any of the first seven games).

*Penn has held eight of its 10 opponents this season below 45-percent shooting from the field; last year the Quakers held only 14 of 28 opponents below that mark.

*For just the second time this season, Penn took and made more foul shots than its opponent.

*Penn set a season high with 10 steals and tied a season best with 20 foul shots made.

*Penn had just nine turnovers, the second time in three games the Quakers have stayed in single digits in that category.

*Penn was 20-of-23 from the foul line (.870); in the last three games the Quakers are 44-of-54 (.815) from the charity stripe.

*Penn outrebounded Delaware, 37-34; the Hens entered the game with a +4.7 rebound margin.

*Senior Rob Belcore had his first collegiate double-double with 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.

*It was the third double-double by a Penn player this season, but the first via the point-rebound combination (senior Zack Rosen did it twice with points and assists).

*Rosen scored 29 points, a season high and one shy of his career best.

*Rosen has scored 20 or more points in three straight games, five of the last six, and seven of 10 Penn games for the season (he also has two 19-point performances).

*Rosen remains the only Penn player to score in double figures in every game this season.

*Rosen went 12-of-12 from the foul line, the best performance at the charity stripe by a Penn player in the Jerome Allen coaching era.

*Rosen is 37-of-38 from the foul line in Penn's last six contests, his only miss in that stretch came in the final minute of Penn's loss at Villanova last Saturday.

*Senior Tyler Bernardini scored 16 points and tied a career high with four steals.

*Bernardini has scored in double figures in three straight games and seven of Penn's last eight contests.

*Bernardini knocked down three three-point baskets, a season high.

*Seeing his first action of 2011-12, sophomore Steve Rennard scored six points in 25 minutes; he entered the game with four points for his career.

*Sophomore Cameron Gunter set new career highs with two blocked shots and two steals.

*Sophomore Marin Kukoc made his first collegiate start.

Download: 2011-12 MBB Release_8.pdf