Men's Basketball Renews Neighborhood Rivalry With Drexel

PHILADELPHIA - Penn and Drexel meet in what has become an annual neighborhood tussle. This year's game takes on an added urgency, as close losses over the weekend left both teams 0-3 overall. With both the Quakers and Dragons still seeking their first win, The Palestra figures to be a cauldron just ahead of the Thanksgiving weekend.

GAME 4 - PENN (0-3) vs. DREXEL (0-3)
Philadelphia, Pa. (The Palestra)
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009 * 7 p.m.
TV: The Comcast Network (Scott Graham, John Griffin)
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Drexel Game Notes (PDF)

Penn vs. Drexel

*The ultimate neighborhood rivals -- literally, the campuses butt up against each other -- the Quakers and Dragons have played every year since 1996-97 and 21 times overall; Penn leads the series, 15-6.

*Drexel has won the last two matchups, grabbing a 67-59 victory two years ago at The Palestra, and then knocking off Penn 66-64 last year at the DAC. It was the first time the Quakers had played Drexel on the Dragons' home floor, and the game had a 10 a.m. tip time as part of ESPN's College Hoops Tipoff Madness event.

Penn vs. the CAA

Overall, Penn is 37-11 against the programs that currently comprise the Colonial Athletic Association.
Delaware ... 16-4
Drexel ... 15-6
Hofstra ... 1-1
Northeastern ... 1-0
Towson ... 2-0
William & Mary ... 2-0

The National Stage

For the second straight year, Penn set the bar high with its first two games. This year, after opening up last Friday with the defending NIT champions in Penn State, the Quakers traveled to the Main Line Monday for a meeting with preseason No. 5/6 Villanova. Last year, of course, Penn opened the season at preseason consensus No. 1 (and eventual NCAA Tournament champion) North Carolina, then followed that up with a 10 a.m. tipoff time against city rival Drexel in a game that was televised on ESPN2.

Did You Know...

Penn entered the 2009-10 season ninth among NCAA Division I programs in overall wins? According to the NCAA 2009-10 Men's Basketball Record Book, the Quakers have 1,658 which put them behind Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Duke, Syracuse, Temple, St. John's, and UCLA. Notre Dame (1,651 wins) rounded out the Top 10.

Penn Picked Third

Penn was picked second in the Ivy League's preseason media poll, which featured two members from all eight institutional media groups. The Quakers were picked behind Cornell, the two-time defending champion, and Princeton. The Big Red were a unanimous selection to "threepeat," as all five starters are back from last year's team that went 11-3 in conference play.
Team ... Points (First-Place Votes)
Cornell ... 128 (16)
Princeton ... 96
Penn ... 92
Harvard ... 86
Yale ... 59
Columbia ... 55
Brown ... 41
Dartmouth ... 19

Quaker Notemeal From Delaware...

It was Penn's first double-overtime game since Dec. 28, 2003, a 63-61 win over St. John's at the ECAC Holiday Festival in Madison Square Garden.

Penn fell to 1-2 in overtime games under head coach Glen Miller.

Penn set highs for the Miller coaching era with 50 first-half points, 34 made free throws, and 50 free throw attempts.

Sophomore Mike Howlett had his first collegiate double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds in 42 minutes of action. His 14 points matched his total for all of last season, and his 14 boards doubled his total from last year. (He played just 10 games due to a knee injury)

Sophomore Zack Rosen had a career-high 25 points and also snared five rebounds; he has 11 assists and two turnovers in Penn's last two games.

Junior Jack Eggleston matched a career high with 19 points.

Senior Darren Smith scored 17 points; he has 38 in the last two games. Smith -- a freshman starter on Penn's 2006-07 Ivy championship squad -- missed all of the last two seasons after fracturing his kneecap the last time these teams played here at The Palestra, the 2007-08 opener.

Quaker Notemeal From Villanova...

Senior Darren Smith scored a career-high 21 points and knocked down four three-pointers which was one shy of a career best.

Smith played 33 minutes, a career high for the second game in a row (he played 31 three days earlier at Penn State).

Sophomore Rob Belcore also had a career high in points, with 16. He hit three treys which tied a career best he set twice last season.

Sophomore Zack Rosen had six assists for the second straight game, against one turnover.

Howlett had seven rebounds, a career best for the second straight game (he had five three days earlier at Penn State).

Freshmen Carson Sullivan, Brian Fitzpatrick and Malcolm Washington all saw their first minutes as collegians, and Fitzpatrick and Washington scored their first points wearing a Penn uniform.

Washington also had two steals in his three minutes to tie for team-high honors with Rosen and senior Andreas Schreiber. In all, seven different Penn players had steals in the game.

Download: at Penn notes.pdf