Men's Basketball Readies for Dartmouth, Harvard

PHILADELPHIA -Coming off a sweep of Yale and Brown to open up the Ivy League season, the Penn men's basketball team hits a significant five-day stretch with three key conference games. The first of them come this weekend, as the Quakers host Dartmouth on Friday night and Ivy League frontrunner Harvard on Saturday. Both games will tip off at 7 p.m. Following this weekend's action, Penn is at arch-rival Princeton Tuesday night at 7 p.m. (The Tigers also host Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend, with the Crimson in town on Friday andthe Big Green in onSaturday.)

GAME 17 - PENN (8-8, 2-0 Ivy) vs. DARTMOUTH (5-13, 1-3)
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 * 7 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

GAME 18 - PENN (8-8, 2-0) vs. HARVARD (15-3, 4-0)
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 * 7 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

The Dartmouth/Harvard Weekend
The Quakers have swept this home weekend 43 of the 53 times they have played it since the Ivy League was formed. They have split it nine times, and been swept just once -- that was two years ago. Last year Penn split this home weekend, losing to Harvard on Friday but defeating Dartmouth on Saturday. Prior to being swept in 2009, Penn had swept this weekend 11 straight seasons.

Penn vs. Dartmouth
*Friday night marks the 200th meeting between the Quakers and the Big Green; Penn holds a sizable 143-56 advantage in the series.

*Penn swept the season series last year, gaining a 53-51 win in Hanover and then a 78-68 victory here at The Palestra.

*Dartmouth swept the season series in 2008-09; it was the Big Green's first season sweep of Penn since 1959. Dartmouth's 69-59 win at The Palestra that season was its first here since 1997 and just the second since 1984.

Penn vs. Harvard
*The Quakers and the Crimson have met 158 times previously, with Penn holding a 127-31 lead in the series.

*That said, Harvard has won three in a row and four of the last five meetings. That includes each of the last two games here at The Palestra -- Harvard won 67-66 a year ago, and 66-60 two seasons ago. (Prior to that, the Crimson's last win at The Palestra had come in 1991.)

*Last year, in addition to its one-point win here at The Palestra, Harvard also gained an 80-66 victory over Penn in Cambridge.

Good to Be Home!
After last weekend's sweep of Yale and Brown, Penn's record is a staggering 107-21 (.836 win percentage) at home against Ivy League opponents since the start of the 1992-93 season. If you take archrival Princeton out of the equation -- the Quakers are 11-7 against the Tigers during that time period -- the numbers improve to 96-14 (.873).

Nearing a Milestone
Senior Jack Eggleston became the 35th member of Penn's 1,000-point club a little more than a month ago. The possibility is there for Zack Rosen to become the 36th member over the next few days -- he enters the Dartmouth game with 966 career points, and needs just 34 to reach the mark. Senior Tyler Bernardini (904 points) is also on pace to achieve the milestone this season.

More Milestones
*Eggleston will make his 100th start in a Penn uniform Friday vs. Dartmouth; the last player to start 100 games for Penn was Tim Begley, who made 113 starts from 2001-05.

*Eggleston collected his 600th career rebound this past weekend; the last Penn player to record 600 rebounds was Mark Zoller, who ended his career in 2007 with 750 boards.

*Rosen went past the 300-assist mark for his career on Dec. 8 against Villanova.

Quaker Notemeal From Brown
*Penn has won three in a row for the first time since the 2008-09 season; the last time the Quakers won four in a row was in 2006-07, when they ended the regular season with 10 straight victories.

*Penn improved to 2-0 in Ivy League play for the first time since the 2007-08 season.

*Penn won in overtime for the first time since a 62-55 win over Princeton on Feb. 17, 2009.

*It was Penn's first overtime game against Brown since March 4, 2006 (a 74-68 Penn win in Providence); Penn is now 5-3 in overtime games against the Bears.

*Penn fell behind with 11 minutes left in the first half and never led again in regulation.

*This marked the second time this season Penn scored 80 points; the other time it happened was at La Salle, also an overtime affair.

*Senior Jack Eggleston had his fourth double-double this season and 10th in a Penn uniform, with 25 points and 12 rebounds. (The 25 points matched a career high for Eggleston, originally set March 6, 2010 vs. Dartmouth.)

*Eggleston had 17 points in a 12-minute span bridging the end of regulation and start of OT.

*Eggleston made 11 field goals, the most by a Penn player in the Jerome Allen coaching era.

*Freshman Miles Cartwright was the only starter not to reach double figures, but he had a career-high eight assists (against just two turnovers) and played a team-high 42 minutes.

*Freshman Fran Dougherty played 20 minutes off the bench and finished one point shy of his season/career high, with five.

*The only other bench points came from senior Zack Gordon, who saw action for just the third time this season and drained a three-pointer in the first half.

*Two other players who saw first-half action were senior Darren Smith (his first minutes since Marist on Dec. 29) and freshman Dau Jok (just his fifth appearance this season).

Notemeal From Yale
*Penn made twice as many foul shots (22) as Yale attempted (11).

*Cartwright led Penn with 18 points -- matching his point total in his overall debut back on November 13 -- the fourth time he has led the Quakers in a game this season.

*Bernardini struggled from the field, going 1-of-8, but he finished with 10 points thanks to an 8-of-8 performance at the foul line. That free-throw performance matched Rosen's 8-of-8 last year at UMBC as the best by a Penn player in the Allen coaching era.

*Junior Mike Howlett came into the game in the first half and played three minutes; it was his first game action since Kentucky on Jan. 3.

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