Men's Basketball Ready to Host Princeton

Penn (7-14, 2-2) vs. Princeton (5-14, 2-2)
Feb. 12, 2008 * 7 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
CN8 (Scott Graham, Rob Kennedy
WPEN (950 AM) - Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Princeton Game Notes (PDF)

PHILADELPHIA - After taking a sweep at Columbia and Cornell, the Quakers look to right the ship with three home games this week. First up is rival Princeton on Tuesday night.

Penn served notice that it will not relinquish its Ivy title quietly on Saturday at Cornell. Facing a Big Red squad that is the only unbeaten left in the League, the Quakers gave the hosts all they could handle in Ithaca before falling short, 87-74. Nevertheless, there were plenty of encouraging signs to be taken from that game.

Quaker Notemeal
• Penn is 40-6 in its last 46 Ivy League games, dating back to the beginning of the 2004-05 campaign; all six losses have come on the road.

• Penn has had 10 different players reach double figures in scoring in at least one game already this year, including four freshmen.

• Penn has had eight different players lead the team in scoring in a game at least once this year, and six different players lead the Quakers in rebounding at least once.

• Senior Brian Grandieri, a second-team All-Ivy pick a year ago, has scored in double figures in four-straight games (12.5 ppg); he is also the only Penn player to start all 21 games this season.

• Sophomore Andreas Schreiber got the start at center against Cornell, and rewarded Coach Miller’s faith with a career-high 23 points and nine rebounds in 36 minutes of action.

• Freshman Harrison Gaines -- who was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday -- also had a standout game against the Big Red, dishing out seven assists (without a turnover) and scoring a career-high 19 points.

• Penn played this past weekend without freshman Tyler Bernardini, who leads Penn and is tops among freshmen in the Ivy League in scoring (13.0 ppg); his status for Tuesday night’s game is questionable.

• Freshman Jack Eggleston has scored at least eight points in six-straight games, and is averaging 4.7 rebounds per contest during that same stretch.

Ivy Domination
• Penn has won each of the last three Ivy League titles -- going 40-6 in that span -- as well five of the last six championships, seven of the last nine, and 11 of the last 15.

• Penn is 183-31 (.855) against the Ivy League since the start of the 1992-93 season, including five undefeated campaigns.

• In sweeping Harvard and Dartmouth two weekends ago, Penn extended its Ivy League home winning streak to 23-straight games; it is the fourth-longest streak in program history. The Quaker record for consecutive Ivy League home wins is 46; the first win came Jan. 7, 1977 against Dartmouth, and the streak was ended on Feb. 22, 1983 with a 60-49 loss to Princeton.

• Penn is 104-9 vs. Ivy opponents at The Palestra since losing the 1991-92 Ivy home opener to Princeton; during that time, the Quakers are 10-5 against the Tigers, and 94-4 against the rest of the Ancient Eight.

Breaking It Down...
So where is the scoring coming from in 2007-08? Here is a breakdown comparing the starters to the bench, and breaking the points down by class:
Total Points... 1,386
Starters... 949 (68.5 percent)
Bench... 437 (31.5)
Freshmen... 597 (43.1 percent)
Sophomores... 225 (16.2)
Juniors... 196 (14.1)
Seniors... 368 (26.6)

Did You Notice?
Penn has had eight different players lead the way in scoring in a game at least once this season; the eighth came Saturday against Dartmouth, when Jack Eggleston scored a team-high 16 points. The others to have led the way in a game are Brian Grandieri, Tyler Bernardini, Andreas Schreiber, Michael Kach, Remy Cofield, Cameron Lewis and Kevin Egee.

Notes From Columbia/Cornell
• In the loss at Cornell, junior Andreas Schreiber hit a career high with 23 points and nine rebounds in 36 minutes of action.

• Also against the Big Red, freshman Harrison Gaines notched a career best with 19 points; he also had seven assists without a turnover.

• Freshman Remy Cofield came up with eight points in Friday’s loss at Columbia, then followed that up with his first collegiate start the next night at Cornell; he scored six points and had five boards against the Big Red.

• Penn played both games on this road trip without freshman Tyler Bernardini, the team’s leading scorer; he missed the trip entirely after suffering a concussion earlier in the week at practice.

Notes From Harvard/Dartmouth
• Penn outrebounded Harvard 44-32, its largest plus-margin in that category under head coach Glen Miller; that is until a night later, when the Quakers outboarded Dartmouth, 44-31.

• Penn’s 68-66 win over Dartmouth improved the Quakers to 5-0 in games decided by two points or less under Miller.

• Penn defeated Dartmouth despite not hitting a three-point basket; the Quakers were 0-of-5 from beyond the arc.

• Bernardini scored 20 points against Harvard, his team-leading fifth game with at least 20 points this season.

• Freshman Jack Eggleston scored 24 points on the weekend -- including a career-high 16 vs. Dartmouth -- corralled 12 rebounds, and dished out eight assists.

• Junior Kevin Egee had matching nine-point games, and blocked three shots against the Big Green.

• Senior Brian Grandieri nearly had a double-double against Harvard (15 points, 9 rebounds), and junior Cameron Lewis nearly had a double-double against Dartmouth (9 points, 10 rebounds).

Download: 0708 Notes 22 (Princeton).pdf