PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team gained a much-needed win last Saturday, demolishing Binghamton. The Quakers hope to use that momentum in their Ivy League opener against archrival Princeton. Penn is not picked to be among the contenders this year, but first-year head coach Steve Donahue hopes his team sends a message that they will factor in the race.
GAME 14 – PENN (6-7, 0-0 Ivy League) vs. PRINCETON (9-4, 0-0)
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 * 4:30 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
The Series with Princeton
*The biggest rivalry in the Ivy League, these teams are meeting for the 233rd time with Penn leading the series 124-108; the Quakers have not played any other opponent more than the Tigers.
*Princeton has held the upper hand the last several years, winning six of the last seven and 11 of the last 13 matchups.
The Penn-Princeton Rivalry
Excluding the last few years, these two programs have been the flagships 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).
*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 in 1988, Brown did it in 1986, and Yale did it in 1962).
*In 2008, ESPN.com 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.
While the Quakers are youthful, it does not mean they are inexperienced. In fact, four Penn players have played more than 1,000 collegiate minutes -- senior Darien Nelson-Henry (2,056), sophomore Antonio Woods (1,291), senior Jamal Lewis (1,214), and junior Matt Howard (1,212) -- while three other sophomores have played more than 500 minutes (Darnell Foreman, 831; Sam Jones, 795; Mike Auger, 515).
*Through 13 games, Penn has a 1.14 assist/turnover ratio (184/161); last year, the Quakers’ assist/turnover ratio was 0.78.
*Penn is averaging 12.4 turnovers per game; last year, the Quakers averaged 15.0 turnovers per game.
*Penn has hit 10 or more three-point baskets in four different games already this season (against Robert Morris, Temple, Ursinus and Binghamton); they hit 10 treys just once all of last year.
*Penn has taken more three-pointers than two-pointers in their last two games and three of the last five; in one of the two where they didn’t, the ratio was 34 FG and 33 3FG.
*Sophomore Sam Jones -- who has hit double digits in scoring seven times -- has 45 field goals this season; 37 of them have been three-pointers. 106 of his 118 field-goal attempts have come from beyond the arc.
*Freshman Jackson Donahue has scored 35 points in the last two games (18 at Villanova, 17 vs. Binghamton) after scoring 18 combined -- 12 of them against Temple -- in Penn’s first 11 games; not surprisingly, on Monday he was named co-Ivy League Rookie of the Week.
*Donahue has scored 53 points this season; 41 of the last 50 have been scored in the second half.
*Donahue has 18 field goals so far this season; 15 of them are three-pointers. Of his 47 field-goal attempts, 43 have come from beyond the arc.
*Junior Matt Howard has scored in double figures in three of the last four games (15.5 ppg during that stretch).
Notemeal vs. Binghamton
*Penn’s 35-point margin of victory was its largest in a game since an 84-44 win over Cornell on January 13, 2006; that Cornell team was coached by Steve Donahue.
*Penn held Binghamton to season opponent lows in points (45), first-half points (14) and field goals (11).
*Penn hit 12 three-point baskets, the most since the Quakers hit 12 treys in a two-point loss to Cornell on February 2, 2013.
*Penn had an 18-0 run to finish the first half, the Quakers’ longest unanswered scoring run this season; Penn held Binghamton scoreless for a period of 10:21 spanning the two halves.
*Junior Matt Howard tied his season/career high with 23 points and had a career-high five three-point baskets.
*After playing just eight minutes the entire season, freshman Tyler Hamilton saw 16 minutes of action and scored his first seven collegiate points.
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