Men's Basketball Renews Princeton Rivalry on Monday

PHILADELPHIA - Winners of three in a row for the first time this season, the Penn men's basketball team will host Ivy League archrival Princeton in the first of its final 12 Ivy contests this season. The Quakers swept the New York trip two weeks ago, and after a nine-day layoff from games they are looking to improve to 3-0 in League play for the second year in a row.

GAME 20 - PENN (10-9, 2-0) vs. PRINCETON (10-8, 1-1)
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 * 7 p.m.
TV: PennAthletics.com (there is a charge for this service)
Radio: WNTP 990 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Princeton Game Notes (PDF)

The Penn-Princeton Series
*The most historic rivalry in the Ancient Eight, the Quakers and Tigers are meeting for the 225th time with Penn holding a 122-102 advantage.

*Princeton has won five in a row in the series, including a sweep of last year's games (62-59 in OT at Princeton, 70-58 at The Palestra).

*Penn and Princeton have gone to overtime in five of the last 15 matchups (the Tigers winning three).

*This is the first January meeting between these programs since the 1995-96 season, when they met on January 6.

About Princeton
Due to their University's exam period, the Tigers are playing their first game since the Cornell/Columbia Ivy weekend (Jan. 13-14). Princeton split the New York swing, falling to the Big Red but escaping New York City with a win over the Lions. Ian Hummer, a second-team All-Ivy pick a year ago, leads the Tigers in scoring (17.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg), while Douglas Davis is second in scoring (13.7) for the defending Ivy co-champions.

The Ivy League Situation
After a resounding road sweep of Yale and Brown this weekend, preseason favorite Harvard is at the top of the standings with a 4-0 record. Penn is the only other unbeaten, at 2-0. Yale is 3-1, while Princeton is 1-1 and Cornell is 2-2. (The Big Red defeated travel partner Columbia Saturday night in Ithaca.) Columbia and Brown are 1-3 apiece, while Dartmouth -- which lost at Brown Friday night and at Yale on Saturday -- is 0-4.

Weekly Honors
Senior guard Tyler Bernardini was named the Co-Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week on Monday, after his 24-point, six-rebound performance in the Quakers' win over Saint Joseph's. Bernardini has been honored by the Big 5 twice this season.

Record Setter!
Senior guard Zack Rosen has 533 career assists, which is the all-time record at Penn. He set the mark on Jan. 4 at Lafayette with his 506th; the previous mark of 505 was set by Rosen's current head coach, Jerome Allen, from 1992-95.

An Original!
Rosen again. He has 118 assists for the season to become the first player at Penn to record four seasons with 100 or more assists. (He had 139 his freshman year, 124 his sophomore year, and 152 last season as a junior.) Assists have been kept as an individual stat at Penn since 1978-79.

Record Book Watch
*Senior guard Zack Rosen has 1,469 career points which puts him ninth on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Current Head Coach Jerome Allen is eighth, with 1,488 points from 1992-95.)

*Senior guard Tyler Bernardini has 1,377 career points which puts him 13th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Bob Morse is 12th with 1,381 points from 1970-72.)

*Rosen has played 3,664 career minutes which is fourth all-time. (Tim Begley is third, with 3,682 minutes.)

*Rosen has 194 career three-point field goals which is sixth all-time, while Bernardini is seventh all-time with 185 treys. (Garett Kreitz is fifth, with 199 treys.)

*Rosen has made 383 career foul shots which is seventh all-time. (Current Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky is sixth, with 388 made foul shots.)

*Rosen has started 101 games in his career, tied with Geoff Owens and Michael Jordan for fourth place all-time (Ugonna Onyekwe is third, with 105 starts from 2000-03.)

*Bernardini has made 96 career starts which is ninth all-time. (Koko Archibong is eighth, with 99 starts from 2000-03.)

It Should Be Noted...
*Penn has not trailed at any point of the last two games, and been tied just once (14-14 against SJU). The last time Penn trailed in a game was with just more than 18 minutes left in the second half at Columbia (27-26).

*Penn is 8-2 when putting three or more players in double digits this season.

*Penn has held 12 of its 19 opponents below 45-percent shooting from the field (including seven at 40 percent or lower); last year, the Quakers held just 14 of their 28 opponents below the 45-percent mark, and only eight below the 40-percent mark.

*Senior Zack Rosen -- he just keeps popping up, doesn't he? -- is 60-of-65 from the charity stripe in Penn's last 15 contests, with streaks of 25 and 20 consecutive made during the current span.

*Speaking of free-throw streaks, sophomore Miles Cartwright has quietly hit 18 foul shots in a row over Penn's last eight games. His last miss came Dec. 23 against Marist.

*Rosen has led Penn in scoring 12 times in 19 games this season, while Tyler Bernardini has led the Quakers in rebounding nine times.

*Bernardini has scored in double figures in five straight games (17.4 ppg in that stretch) and 16 times this season; he has led Penn in scoring four times and tied for the lead two other times in the Quakers' last nine games.

*Senior Rob Belcore has scored in double figures seven times in Penn's last 12 games; prior to this run, his last double-figure outing came during the 2009-10 season (March 5 at Harvard).

Quaker Notemeal vs. Saint Joseph's
*Penn defeated Saint Joseph's for the second year in a row; the last time that happened was the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons, and the last time it happened before that was when Penn won three in a row from 1977-79.

*Penn scored 44 points in the first half, a high for the season, and its 12-point halftime lead (44-32) was its largest this season.

*Penn won for the first time in the Jerome Allen coaching era when its opponent scored at least 80 points (previously 0-9 in such contests).

*Senior Tyler Bernardini scored 24 points, his third game this season with 20 or more.

*Senior guard Zack Rosen had eight assists, his eighth game this season with at least eight.

*Sophomore guard Miles Cartwright had 12 points, his ninth double-figure scoring game of 2011-12.

*Freshman center Henry Brooks had a season/career high with two blocked shots.

Download: MBB Notes at Penn.pdf