PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team has certainly been busy these last several weeks, but one of the highlights of the 2010-11 schedule comes up this weekend as the Quakers face Army at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Penn is 3-1 at home this season, but looking to get its first win on another court this season -- and get over .500 for the campaign.
GAME 7 - PENN (3-3) vs. ARMY (4-3)
IZOD Center (East Rutherford, N.J.)
Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 * Noon
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
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Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Army Game Notes (PDF)
Let's Play Two!
Saturday's game is the first half of a doubleheader being played at the IZOD Center. The other game features a rematch of last year's NCAA Tournament final and pits No. 1 Duke against Butler. Those teams are scheduled to tip off at 3:15 p.m. in a game that will air on ESPN.
The Penn-Army Series
*Saturday's game represents the 33rd in this series between the Quakers and the Black Knights, with Penn holding a 20-12 advantage including wins in each of the last three meetings and six of the last seven matchups.
*This is the first meeting between the programs since the 1999-2000 season, when Penn won 71-56 at The Palestra in Philadelphia.
*After that, you have to go all the way back to the 1958-59 season before you find Army among Penn's opponents. That year, the Quakers gained a 75-73 victory.
The Black Knights most recently fell to Buffalo, 56-54, Wednesday night at West Point. Jeremy Hence led Army's effort in the game, compiling a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Ella Ellis had 12 points and Julian Simmons scored 10. Those three players have been leading the Knights all season -- Simmons is scoring at an 18.9 ppg clip, while Hence is averaging 17.0 points and a team-high 6.3 rebound per contest. Jason Pancoe is averaging 7.9 points per game and leads Army with 30 assists.
I Know You!
Army's head coach, Zach Spiker, is very familiar with Penn. The Black Knights' second-year man came to West Point from Cornell, where he was an assistant coach under current Boston College head coach Steve Donahue (himself a former Penn assistant, under Fran Dunphy). Spiker, of course, had a leading role in the Big Red's success that was headlined by three straight Ivy League titles.
Three's a Crowd?
We don't want to jinx it, of course, but it is worth noting that Penn has three players who could reach the 1,000-point mark this season: senior Jack Eggleston (976 points entering the Army game), junior Zack Rosen (803) and senior Tyler Bernardini (754). Currently, there are 34 members of Penn's 1,000-point club, the most recent coming Dec. 2, 2006 when Mark Zoller reached it.
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 six games this season, and as a result he had hit double digits in 20 straight games and 31 of the Quakers' last 32 contests dating back to last season. Rosen has 44 double-figure scoring games as a collegian.
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, and he followed that up with 19 points and three steals in the Quakers' 71-59 win against UMBC on Tuesday. Cartwright shot a combined 14-of-17 from the field against the Panthers and Retrievers, draining five of his seven three-point shots, and also went 8-of-9 from the foul line.
Quaker Notemeal From UMBC
*Penn won despite not scoring a field goal in the game's final 12:13; the Quakers' last 22 points all came from the foul line.
*Penn took 36 foul shots to UMBC's 12 in the game; in the Quakers' first three wins, they averaged 31.7 foul shots while their opponents averaged 13.7 attempts.
*Penn had a season-high nine steals in the game, and forced 20 UMBC turnovers which is an opponent high for 2010-11 to date.
*Penn improved to 3-0 when outrebounding its opponents in 2010-11; the Quakers are 0-3 when being outrebounded.
*Penn set a team low in the post-Fran Dunphy era (since 2006-07) by taking just 36 field-goal attempts; the Quakers made 19, for a 52.8 percentage.
*Senior Conor Turley finished with 11 points. He will be sorry not to see the Retrievers again in his career -- in the 2009-10 meeting between these two teams, he established what was then a career high with 13 points.
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: 7-Army (@IZOD Center).pdf