Men's Basketball Returns to Action Wednesday

PHILADELPHIA - Following a full two-week break from game action, the Penn men's basketball team returns to play Wednesday night with a short trip to the University of Delaware. The Quakers and Blue Hens are meeting in Newark for the first time since Dec. 3, 2002. The teams will tip off at 8:30 p.m., following the Delaware-Saint Joseph's women's basketball game that starts at 6 p.m.

GAME 9 - PENN (4-4) at DELAWARE (5-3)
Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.)
Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 * 8:30 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Delaware Game Notes (PDF)

The Penn-Delaware Series
*The Quakers and the Blue Hens have met 20 times previously, with Penn winning 16 of them. That said, Delaware has won three of the last four matchups.

*These teams engaged in an epic struggle a year ago, with Delaware gaining a 97-94, double-overtime win at The Palestra in Philadelphia. Jawan Carter had 35 points and Alphonso Dawson added 28 for the Blue Hens, while Zack Rosen led four Quakers in double digits with 25 points.

*Before last year's game, Penn and Delaware had not played since they had a three-game run from the 2001 to 2003 seasons; amazingly, before that these regional foes had not met since 1988.

*Penn is 37-13 all-time against teams that currently make up the Colonial Athletic Association; earlier this season, the Quakers lost to CAA foe (and neighbor) Drexel, 77-56.

Scouting Delaware
The Blue Hens had a five-game winning streak snapped on Saturday when they fell to Villanova, 78-59, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Prior to that, Delaware's victims had included Lafayette (67-64). Delaware is led in scoring by Jawan Carter (15.8 ppg); you might remember he went off for 35 points last year against Penn. Devon Saddler is second in scoring (9.4 ppg), while Jamelle Hagins is third (9.0). Hagins also leads the Hens with 7.9 rebounds per game and has 32 blocked shots, while Saddler has a team-high 33 assists. UDel's head coach is former Saint Joseph's assistant Monte Ross.

Closing in on 1,000
Penn senior forward Jack Eggleston enters Wednesday night's game needing five points to reach 1,000 for his career. He would be the 35th player in program history to reach the mark, and the first since Mark Zoller did it on Dec. 2, 2006.

Three's a Crowd?
We don't want to jinx it, of course, but it is worth noting that Penn has two players in addition to Eggleston who could reach the 1,000-point mark this season: junior Zack Rosen (843 points entering Delaware) and senior Tyler Bernardini (772).

Death and Taxes...and Zack Rosen
Ben Franklin once said, "the only things certain in life are death and taxes." (You might have heard of Mr. Franklin -- among other things, he founded the University of Pennsylvania in 1740.) Add junior guard Zack Rosen's offensive output to the list. Rosen -- who was named as one of 66 candidates for the Bob Cousy Award on Monday -- scored in double figures in each of Penn's first eight games this season, and as a result he had hit double digits in 22 straight games and 33 of the Quakers' last 34 contests dating back to last season. Rosen has 46 double-figure scoring games as a collegian.

Doubling Up
Prior to his two-point outing against Villanova on Dec. 8, senior Conor Turley had scored 11 points in each of Penn's last two games; prior to the first of those, against UMBC, he had three double-figure scoring games in his career.

Miles and Miles
Freshman Miles Cartwright has already made quite a splash during his brief tenure wearing a Red and Blue uniform. He is currently third on the team in scoring (11.1 ppg), including an 18-point game in his debut -- a Penn record for a freshman in his debut -- and a 22-point effort at No. 5 Pitt.

Quaker Notemeal From Villanova
*Penn held the 12th-ranked Wildcats to what is their lowest scoring total to date, 65 points.

*Junior Zack Rosen scored 20 points for the second straight game; for his career, the junior guard has 20 games with 20 or more points.

Notemeal From Army
*Penn outrebounded Army, 36-25; it marked the first time the Quakers have had a double-digit advantage in that category since they outboarded UMBC, 35-21, last Jan. 6 (a span of 24 games).

*Penn improved to 4-0 when outrebounding its opponent in 2010-11; the Quakers are 0-4 when being outrebounded.

*Penn took 18 foul shots to Army's eight in the game; in the Quakers' four wins to date, they have averaged 28.3free-throw attempts while their opponents have averaged 12.3 attempts.

*Senior Jack Eggleston had an eight-game streak of double-figure scoring games (dating back to last season) snapped; he finished with seven. He also had a game-high nine rebounds.

*After going 0-for-3 from three-point land in the first half-making him 3-of-27 for the season-senior Tyler Bernardini hit all three of his trey attempts in the second half.

The Injury Report
Senior Dan Monckton, junior Mike Howlett, and freshman Marin Kukoc have not dressed yet this season due to injury. Monckton averaged 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last year -- numbers that jumped to 9.9 ppg and 5.2 rpg in Ivy League play -- while Howlett averaged 7.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 17 appearances last year including nine starts.

Download: 9-@Delaware.pdf