Men's Basketball Looks to Sweep Yale, Brown

PHILADELPHIA - After a disappointing weekend against Dartmouth and Harvard, the Quakers are looking to get back on the winning track this weekend with two more games at The Palestra. Yale comes to Philadelphia on Friday night, while Brown is in town Saturday.

GAME 24 – PENN (8-15, 4-5) vs. YALE (11-13, 6-4)

Friday, Feb. 27, 2009 * 7 p.m.

The Palestra * Philadelphia

TV: None

RADIO: ESPN 950 AM - Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran

GAME 25 – PENN vs. BROWN (7-17, 1-9)

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009 * 7 p.m.

The Palestra * Philadelphia

TV: None

RADIO: ESPN 950 AM - Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Around the Ivy League

While the Quakers and Princeton host Yale and Brown this weekend, the other half of the conference ledger provides arguably the most important matchup-- Cornell (8-2) and Dartmouth (6-4) meet Friday night in Hanover, after engaging in a double-overtime affair two weeks ago in Ithaca. Columbia (6-4) will be at Harvard (3-7) that same night, and then the Big Red and Lions reverse sites for Saturday night. The possibility exists that Cornell could clinch a share of the Ivy title as early as Friday night, if the Big Red beats the Big Green and both Yale and Columbia lose.

Quaker Notemeal

• Through 23 games, Penn has had six different players lead in scoring in a game (Tyler Bernardini, Kevin Egee, Jack Eggleston, Harrison Gaines, Brennan Votel and Zack Rosen) and eight different players lead in rebounding (Eggleston, Votel, Rosen, Bernardini, Egee, Conor Turley, Rob Belcore and Cameron Lewis).

• Penn has outrebounded each of its last five opponents and nine of its last 14 foes after being outrebounding by their opponent in the first nine games of the season.

• Rosen, a freshman, continues to lead the Ivy League and is among the national leaders in assists per game (5.2) and assist/turnover ratio (2.29). In the last 11 games, he has 64 assists and 23 turnovers (2.78 ratio), and his ratio in Ivy play is 2.55 (51/20).

• Rosen also had three straight double-figure scoring games (12 at Yale, 14 at Princeton, 15 vs. Dartmouth) before being held to three last Saturday against Harvard. He has nine double-figure games this season.

• Bernardini, a sophomore, was held to nine points in both games last weekend; prior to that, he had scored in double figures in six straight games (15.8 ppg), nine of the last 10 contests, and a team-high 17 games overall.

• Eggleston, a sophomore, has scored in double figures in each of the last three games (10 at Princeton, 10 vs. Dartmouth, 14 vs. Harvard) and snared 18 rebounds in that span. In fact, he has grabbed at least six rebounds in nine of the last 12 contests for Penn.

• Lewis, a senior, has scored at least six points in each of the last six games for Penn, including a pair of double-figure games; he has also grabbed 24 rebounds in the last three contests.

Penn vs. Yale (Fri)

• Friday’s meeting of the Quakers and the Bulldogs wil be the 210th; Penn holds a 142-67 lead in the series

• Penn swept Yale last year (78-65 here in Philadelphia, 70-63 in New Haven) and earned a 68-63 win in New Haven two weeks ago. In fact, the Quakers have won four in a row over the Bulldogs, and with a win Friday they would have their longest streak in the series since they won seven in a row from 1998 to 2002.

• In the Feb. 14 meeting, Penn got 19 points from Harrison Gaines, 13 from Tyler Bernardini and 12 from Zack Rosen. Perhaps most amazing, though, was that the Quakers never trailed or were tied in the game, but also never held more than a 10-point lead (in the final 14 minutes, their lead was never more than six).

Penn vs. Brown (Sat)

• Saturday’s meeting between the Quakers and the Bears will be the 116th; Penn holds a 95-20 advantage.

• Penn had won six in a row over Brown before last season, when the Bears swept the Quakers (66-61 here in Philadelphia, 75-43 in Providence). However, two weeks ago Penn earned a 73-52 win over the Bears in Providence.

• Last year’s losses were historical for Penn, and for all the wrong reasons. Brown’s first win snapped a 24-game home winning streak for the Quakers, and then the 32-point Brown win in Providence was Penn’s largest loss ever in an Ivy League game.

• In the win two weeks ago, Penn used a nine-point run late in the first half to break a 21-21 tie, and then another 15-2 run early in the second to put this one away. Bernardini led four players in double figures with 16 points, while Jack Eggleston had 13, Gaines had 12, and Cameron Lewis scored 10. Zack Rosen scored nine points, and also had six assists without a turnover.

The Y/B Weekend

• Penn has swept this homestand three of the last four years, nine of the last 11 seasons, and 14 of the last 17 years. While Brown has won here twice in the last five years -- including 2004, when Glen Miller was head coach of the Bears -- Yale is looking for its first win in The Palestra since 1997.

Who Needs The Second Half?

Fans should feel free to leave at halftime, as the score at the break has been a portent of Penn’s final result almost all year. Overall, the Quakers are 7-0 when leading at the half, and 1-15 when trailing. (The only “comeback” was at Princeton, when the Quakers overcame a two-point halftime deficit and beat the Tigers in overtime)

Tough Scheduling

The 10 non-Ivy League teams Penn lost to this seasonare a combined 175-99, a63.9 winning percentage; all but of them -- Albany -- have records of .500. (UNC 24-3, Drexel 15-12, Penn State 19-9, Albany 14-14, Villanova 23-5, Navy 18-10, UCF 16-11, Temple 17-10, La Salle 15-12, Saint Joseph’s 14-13)

Notemeal From Harvard...

• Penn lost to Harvard at The Palestra for the first time since 1991.

• Both of Penn and Harvard’s games this year ended with the same score: 66-60 (Penn won the first, in Cambridge, while Harvard won the second, in Philadelphia).

• Sophomore Jack Eggleston scored a team-high 14 points, his best output since he had 19 at Harvard on Jan. 30; he was the only player to score in double figures.

• Freshman Zack Rosen had eight assists, the sixth time he has reached that mark this season. With 119 assists, he is 12 shy of reaching 10th place on Penn’s single-season list (Michael Jordan had 131 in 1997-98).

• Senior Kevin Egee tied a season high with three three-pointers -- he also had three in the season opener at UNC -- and his nine points were a high since he had 12 against Columbia on Feb. 6.

Notemeal From Dartmouth...

• Penn lost to Dartmouth at The Palestra for the first time since 1997, and was swept in the season series by the Big Green for the first time since 1959.

• Penn took 29 foul shots compared to just 12 by Dartmouth (eight of which came in the game’s final minute).

• Penn made just two three-point shots, a season low, and tied a season low with 10 attempts from beyond the arc.

• Dartmouth tied a high in the Glen Miller era, with nine blocked shots; the other time it happened was the previous game, at Princeton.

• Eggleston tied for team-high honors with eight rebounds, the 10th time this season he has led or tied for the team lead in rebounds in a game.

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