PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team has played just once since opening its Ivy League season with a heartbreaking, overtime loss to archrival Princeton on January 9. The gauntlet of the “14-Game Tournament” begins this weekend, the first of six in a row that have the Quakers (and everyone in the Ancient Eight) playing the Friday-Saturday swing.
GAME 16 – PENN (6-9, 0-1 Ivy League) at YALE (11-5, 2-0)
Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 * 7 p.m.
John J. Lee Amphitheater (New Haven, Conn.)
GAME 17 – PENN at BROWN (5-11, 0-2)
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 * 8 p.m.
Pizzitola Sports Center (Providence, R.I.)
Also around the Ivy League…
FRIDAY NIGHT: Princeton (1-0) at Brown (0-2); Columbia (2-0) at Dartmouth (1-1); Cornell (0-2) at Harvard (1-1). SATURDAY NIGHT: Princeton at Yale; Columbia at Harvard; Cornell at Dartmouth.
The Yale-Brown Road Trip
*Penn is making this road swing for the 60th straight season. The Quakers have swept Yale and Brown 26 times -- the last time coming in 2011 -- split the weekend 25 times, and been swept eight times (including each of the last two years).
*Penn Head Coach Donahue made the swing 10 times with Cornell. During his tenure the Big Red swept this trip twice -- en route to Ivy League titles in 2008 and 2010 -- split it six times, and got swept twice (in 2002 and 2003). In the last five of those six splits, the loss came at Yale.
Penn vs. Yale
*Penn leads the overall series by a fairly sizable margin, 146-76. However, Yale has won six in a row over the Quakers.
*The Bulldogs destroyed Penn in last year’s first meeting, taking a 75-48 decision at The Palestra. The rematch was much closer, with Yale gaining a 55-50 victory in New Haven.
*Penn has lost four in a row at Yale, and five of its last six games here in New Haven.
*Coach Donahue went 9-11 against Yale during his 10-year stint as head coach at Cornell (3-7 in New Haven).
Penn vs. Brown
*Penn leads the overall series by a whopping 103-25 margin, but the Bears have won the last four in a row which marks their longest win streak ever in the series.
*The Bears swept last year’s series, gaining a 71-55 win in The Palestra before earning a 75-69 decision in Providence 13 days later.
*Penn has lost two in a row at Brown, after winning five in a row in Providence from 2009-13.
*Coach Donahue went 12-8 against Brown during his 10-year stint at head at Cornell, including eight straight wins to end that stint. He had a 7-3 mark in Providence (all in a row, after three losses).
*Through 15 games, Penn has a 1.09 assist/turnover ratio (211/193); last year, the Quakers’ assist/turnover ratio was 0.78.
*Penn has knocked down 32 three-point baskets in the last three games -- 12 vs. Binghamton, 9 vs. Princeton, 11 vs. Saint Joseph’s -- and hit 10 or more treys in four of its last seven games and five games overall; the Quakers hit 10 treys just once all of last year.
*Penn has taken more three-pointers than two-pointers in three of its last four games and four of the last seven; in one of the three games where the Quakers took more twos than treys, the ratio was 34 FG and 33 3FG.
*Penn has had six different players score in double figures in a game this season -- an eighth, sophomore Darnell Foreman, has reached nine points twice -- and three players who have had at least two games with more than 20 points (Darien Nelson-Henry, Sam Jones, Matt Howard).
*Freshman Jake Silpe has scored 11 points in each of the last two games (vs. Princeton and Saint Joseph’s).
*Freshman Jackson Donahue has scored 70 points in the last four games (18 at Villanova, 17 vs. Binghamton, 16 vs. Princeton, 19 vs. Saint Joseph’s) after scoring 18 combined -- 12 of them against Temple -- in Penn’s first 11 games.
*Donahue -- no relation to Penn head coach Steve Donahue -- has 29 field goals this season; 25 of them are three-pointers. Of his 70 field-goal attempts, 64 have been from beyond the arc.
*Sophomore Sam Jones -- who has hit double digits in scoring seven times -- has 46 field goals this season; 38 of them have been three-pointers. 116 of his 130 field-goal attempts have come from beyond the arc.
*Junior Matt Howard has scored in double figures in four of the last six games (13.7 ppg during that stretch).
*After not scoring in Penn’s first 12 games -- playing just eight minutes in four appearances -- freshman Tyler Hamilton has played 43 minutes in the Quakers’ last three games and scored 15 points (7 vs. Binghamton, 7 vs. Princeton1 vs. Saint Joseph’s).
*Sophomore Dan Dwyer has snared seven rebounds in two of Penn’s last three games (against Binghamton and Saint Joseph’s).