Men's Basketball Opens Big 5 Play Wednesday

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team plays its Philadelphia Big 5 opener Wednesday night, and it opens with the daunting task of facing Villanova. Wednesday's game at The Palestra is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m., and it will be televised live regionally on the Comcast Network.

GAME 8 - PENN (4-3) vs. #12/12 VILLANOVA (6-1)
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 * 7 p.m.
TV: The Comcast Network (Scott Graham, Rob Kennedy)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Villanova Game Notes (PDF)

The Penn-Villanova Series
*These Philadelphia Big 5 rivals have played 57 times, with Villanova holding a 39-18 lead in the series.

*The Wildcats have won seven in a row in the series, including a 103-65 rout last year on the Main Line. The last time these teams played here at The Palestra was two seasons ago, and ended as a 69-47 win for Villanova. Penn's last win over the 'Cats came Dec. 10, 2002 (72-58).

*The Quakers entered the 2010-11 season with an 81-114 all-time record against the teams that currently make up the Big East Conference, and lost to Pitt 11 days ago, 82-58.

*Villanova is the second ranked team Penn will play in the 2009-10 season; current No. 3 Pitt was the first, the Panthers beating the Quakers 82-58 on Nov. 27. Penn is also slated to play current No. 16 Kentucky (Jan. 3) this season.

Scouting Villanova
The Wildcats have been off since Friday, when they won the annual "Holy War" game with Saint Joseph's, 71-60, on the Main Line. Antonio Pena led the way with 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Corey Stokes scored 17 points, Corey Fisher added 14 points and eight assists, and Dominic Cheek had 14 points and seven boards. Fisher is averaging a team-high 15.6 points per game, while Stokes is averaging 13.4 ppg. Sophomore Maalik Wayns is third on the team in scoring (12.9 ppg) and tops the 'Cats with 40 assists. Mouphtaou Yarou tops Villanova with 9.0 rebounds per contest.

Closing in on 1,000
Penn senior forward Jack Eggleston enters Wednesday night's game needing 17 points to reach 1,000 for his career. He would be the 35th player in program history to reach the mark, and the first since Mark Zoller achieved it on Dec. 2, 2006 -- in a game at The Palestra against Villanova.

Three's a Crowd?
We don't want to jinx it, of course, but it is worth noting that Penn has two players in addition to Eggleston who could reach the 1,000-point mark this season: junior Zack Rosen (823 points entering Villanova) and senior Tyler Bernardini (767).

Death and Taxes...and Zack Rosen
Ben Franklin once said, "the only things certain in life are death and taxes." (You might have heard of Mr. Franklin -- among other things, he founded the University of Pennsylvania in 1740.) Add junior guard Zack Rosen's offensive output to the list. Rosen scored in double figures in each of Penn's first seven games this season, and as a result he had hit double digits in 21 straight games and 32 of the Quakers' last 33 contests dating back to last season. Rosen has 45 double-figure scoring games as a collegian.

Doubling Up
Senior Conor Turley has scored 11 points in each of Penn's last two games; prior to last Tuesday's UMBC game, he had three double-figure scoring games in his career.

Miles and Miles
Freshman Miles Cartwright has already made quite a splash during his brief tenure wearing a Red and Blue uniform. Most recently, he led all scorers with 22 points on Nov. 27 at Pitt; followed that up with 19 points and three steals in the Quakers' win against UMBC last Tuesday; and dropped eight points and a game-high six assists in Saturday's win over Army. Cartwright shot a combined 14-of-17 from the field against Pitt and UMBC, draining five of seven three-point shots, and also went 8-of-9 from the foul line.

Quaker Notemeal From Army
*Penn outrebounded Army, 36-25; it marked the first time the Quakers have had a double-digit advantage in that category since they outboarded UMBC, 35-21, last Jan. 6 (a span of 24 games).

*Senior Jack Eggleston had an eight-game streak of double-figure scoring games (dating back to last season) snapped; he finished with seven. He also had a game-high nine rebounds.

*After going 0-for-3 from three-point land in the first half-making him 3-of-27 for the season-senior Tyler Bernardini hit all three of his trey attempts in the second half.

*Junior Zack Rosen scored 20 points, his first 20-point game this season and the ninth of his career.

The Injury Report
Senior Dan Monckton, junior Mike Howlett, and freshman Marin Kukoc have not dressed yet this season due to injury. Monckton averaged 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last year -- numbers that jumped to 9.9 ppg and 5.2 rpg in Ivy League play -- while Howlett averaged 7.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 17 appearances last year including nine starts.

Download: MBB-Notes-Penn.pdf