PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team enters its first full Ivy League weekend with a bit of momentum after snatching a Big 5 win from Saint Joseph’s last Saturday. This weekend, the Quakers host Dartmouth and Harvard as the “14-Game Tournament” that is the Ivy League season hits full tilt.
GAME 16 – PENN (5-10, 0-1 Ivy League) vs. DARTMOUTH (8-8, 1-1)
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 * 7 p.m.
Philadelphia (The Palestra)
GAME 17 – PENN vs. HARVARD (11-5, 1-1)
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 * 7 p.m.
Philadelphia (The Palestra)
The Dartmouth-Harvard Home Weekend
*Penn has hosted this weekend 57 times, sweeping it 43 times; splitting it 13 times; and getting swept once (the 2008-09 season).
*Penn has split this weekend each of the last five years; four times, the loss has come to Harvard (the lone exception being the 2012-13 season).
The Dartmouth Series
*Penn has a sizeable lead in the series, 149-58, but Dartmouth has won two of the last three meetings. Prior to that, though, the Quakers had won seven in a row and a staggering 30 of the last 32 games (both losses coming in the 2008-09 season).
*These teams split last year’s matchups, the Big Green winning in Hanover (67-59) before the Quakers returned the favor here at The Palestra (74-65).
*Alex Mitola had 25 points to lead Dartmouth in the first meeting, while Tony Hicks had 18 to lead five Penn players in double figures in the return matchup.
The Harvard Series
*Penn’s lead in this series is even bigger, at 129-37; you wouldn’t know it from recent history, however, as the Crimson have won two in a row, three of the last four, and nine of the last 11 meetings.
*Harvard had no trouble with the Quakers last year en route to the Ivy title, rolling them by 30 points in Cambridge (80-50) and by 20 here at The Palestra (83-63).
*Hicks was a bright spot in the two games last year, scoring a combined 27 points against the Crimson.
Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Penn is 4-3 this season when leading at the half.
*Penn is 4-2 when making more foul shots in a game than its opponent.
*Penn is 5-2 this season when shooting a better percentage from the field than its opponent.
*Penn has had six different players lead the team in scoring in a game this season (juniors Tony Hicks and Darien Nelson-Henry; sophomore Matt Howard; freshmen Mike Auger, Sam Jones and Antonio Woods).
*Those six players, plus two others (senior Greg Louis and freshman Darnell Foreman), have had at least one double-figure scoring game this season.
*Penn is undefeated this season when Louis reaches double figures in the scoring column (3-0).
*Penn has shot better than 50 percent from the field five times in its last 13 outings.
*Penn has outrebounded 11 of its 15 opponents this season; in two of those other four games, the Quakers matched their opponent in the rebound column.
*Hicks enters this weekend’s games needing 74 points to reach 1,000 for his career.
*Howard has reached double figures in scoring in three of Penn’s last five games; four of the last seven contests; and six of the last 10 outings.
*After scoring 36 points in 17 appearances last season, Howard enters the weekend with 124 points in 15 games so far this season.
*Auger has led Penn in rebounding in four of the 10 games he has played this season.
*Louis has shot 66.7 percent from the field (16 of 24) over the last six games.