Men's Basketball Opens Ivy Play With Princeton

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PHILADELPHIA – For Penn basketball players, coaches and fans, it is time to put the non-conference portion of the season behind. It’s Ivy League play. It’s archrival Princeton. The “14-game tournament” is here!

GAME 13 - PENN (2-10, 0-0 Ivy League) vs. PRINCETON (11-2, 0-0)
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 * 6 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
TV: NBC Sports Network (Steve Schlanger, Stan Van Gundy)
Radio: WNTP 990 AM (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

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The Penn-Princeton Series
*The Quakers have matched up with the Tigers more than any other opponent in men’s basketball, 228 times. Penn holds a 123-105 lead in the series.

*Princeton has won three in a row and eight of the last nine meetings over Penn. Last year, the Tigers swept the season series, winning 65-53 in Princeton and then 71-58 to end the season here at The Palestra.

*By date, Saturday's game is the earliest between these two archrivals since the 1995-96 season when the teams met on January 6; last year's first meeting took place on January 12.

*Excluding the last few years, these two programs were the flagship for the Ivy League for literally decades. Consider these notes...
*Penn and/or Princeton won every Ivy League title from 1989-2007 (Penn 9 outright, Princeton 8 outright, 2 shared with each other)
*From 1959-2007, Penn and/or Princeton won at least a share of the Ivy League title all but three years (Cornell won the title outright in 1988, Brown did it in 1986, and Yale did it in 1962).

*In 2008, rated the most prestigious college basketball programs of all time; Penn came in 34th, while Princeton was 40th.

*In 2005, The Sporting News rated the greatest college basketball programs of all time; Penn came in 16th, while Princeton was 19th.

Up The Scoring Chart
Senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright has 1,219 points for his career which is 25th in Penn history; he passed Jeff Neuman (1,187 points from 1964-66) and current Colgate head coach Matt Langel (1,191 from 1997-00) with his 20-point performance last Sunday at Rider. Dick Censits (1956-58) is 24th on Penn’s scoring chart, with 1,220 points, while Dave Wohl (1969-71) is 23rd with 1,226 points. Phil Hankinson (1971-73) is 22nd with 1,236 points.

The Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Penn has held 10 of its 12 opponents this season below 45 percent shooting from the field; George Mason became the second team to get above 45 percent last Thursday, shooting 45.3 percent (24-53).

*Penn is 2-0 against MAAC schools on Tuesdays; the Quakers have not won in any other situation. That includes losing to MAAC schools on Sundays (Marist and Rider).

*In Penn’s 12 games so far, head coach Jerome Allen has played 15 players in a game twice this season, 14 players four times, and 13 players three times.

*Penn has four players averaging double figures in scoring, but has not had more than three double-figure scorers in any game so far this season.

*Through the first 12 games, five different players have led Penn in scoring (Fran Dougherty, Miles Jackson-Cartwright, Tony Hicks, Darien Nelson-Henry, Julian Harrell) and all five have had at least one 20-point game.

*After recording 14 rebounds combined in Penn’s first four games (3.5 rpg), Dougherty has 68 in the last eight contests (8.5 rpg); he has snared nine or more boards in six of Penn’s last seven games.

*After playing only 19 minutes in Penn’s first six games -- he missed Penn’s trip to Iowa entirely, and played a grand total of five minutes combined against Penn State, Niagara and Lafayette -- freshman guard Tony Bagtas has started each of the last six games and played 158 minutes. He has dished out 25 assists (9 at Villanova, 8 vs. Wagner), scored 25 points (7 against both the Wildcats and Seahawks), and grabbed 16 rebounds.

*Jackson-Cartwright came off the bench at Marist due to a thumb injury. The last time he played in a game but did not start it for Penn? Dec. 10, 2011 at UCLA. (In fact, Jackson-Cartwright has started 90 of the previous 93 games he had played for the Quakers -- aside from Marist and UCLA, his only other non-start during that stretch was Penn’s Senior Day game his freshman year, against Princeton on March 8, 2011).

*Ten of Jackson-Cartwright‘s last 11 field goals have been three-pointers; the outlier during that stretch was a layup he hit in the final minute of the first half last Thursday at Mason. Over the last five games, 19 of Jackson-Cartwright’s 23 field goals are from beyond the arc and he is 19-of-34 (55.9 pct).

Notemeal From La Salle
*La Salle became the 10th of Penn’s 12 opponents to shoot below 45 percent from the field.

*Sophomore Tony Hicks led Penn with 16 points, giving him 39 points in the last two games (he had 24 combined in the four games before that).

*Hicks leads Penn with nine double-digit scoring performances this season, and has 24 for his career.

*Hicks has led Penn in scoring in four games this season.

*Senior Fran Dougherty scored 14 points, his third-straight double-figure scoring game and sixth this season (16th career).

*Dougherty had nine rebounds, his sixth time in the last seven games with nine or more boards;he has led Penn in rebounding in seven of the last eight games.

*Dougherty also tied a career best with three blocked shots.

*Sophomore Jamal Lewis set a season best with three steals, while senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright tied a season high with two steals.

*Freshman Matt Howard set season/career highs in points (6), rebounds (3) and minutes (16).

*Freshman Dylan Jones set season/career highs in rebounds (3) and minutes (9).

*Seniors Dau Jok and Steve Rennard tied season bests with three points apiece.

*Freshman Preston Troutt set season/career highs in assists (2) and minutes (3).

Download: Penn Notes.pdf