Men's Basketball Set to Face Elon

Penn at Elon

Saturday, Jan.6*2 p.m. *Alumni Gym(1,558) * Elon, N.C.
Radio/Internet: (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
TV: None
Penn Game Notes in PDF Format

PHILADELPHIA - It has been a slow month for the Quakers, who played on December 21 against Illinois-Chicago and then December 23 at Seton Hall as their only games since December 9. That break may have contributed to Penn’s performance against a deep, athletic and relentless North Carolina team on Wednesday night -- the Quakers kept the Tar Heels in their sights for about 30 minutes, but as the game progressed UNC wore down a Quaker team that appeared winded.

That said, Penn probably could have used the break. Several players were nicked up more than usual, something that reared itself up twice in December when they simply did not seem to have the legs to recover for a second game in three days. That does not bode well as Penn moves quickly into Ivy League play -- where games are played on consecutive nights, Friday and Saturday -- a week from now.

Penn arrived in North Carolina with a new head coach in Glen Miller, who inherited the most successful Ivy League program in recent years from Fran Dunphy (whose Temple team was at Duke Tuesday night, coincidentally). The Quakers have won the last two Ivy titles, four of the last five, five since 2000, and 10 of the last 14. In addition, they have reached the 20-win plateau the last two years and six of the last eight seasons.

Return to Tobacco Road: While Wednesday’s trip to Chapel Hill to play UNC was Penn’s first to that town, and today’s game at Elon is the Quakers’ first with the Phoenix, the trip to Raleigh/Durham Airport felt familiar to a number of the Penn players -- just last year, they made a similar trip, but made the turn out of the airport toward Durham for a meeting with then-No. 1 Duke (the Blue Devils won, 72-59).

Going For 100: Penn’s John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men’s Basketball, Glen Miller, is gunning for his 100th win as a Division I head coach tonight; after compiling a 93-99 record in seven seasons at Brown, he is 6-6 at Penn.

Surveying the Opponent
• Penn and Elon are playing for the first time in history in men’s basketball. This is the Quakers’ second game during this trip to Tobacco Road; on Wednesday, they were routed by No. 2 North Carolina, 102-64

• Penn boasts a winning record all-time against the schools that currently make up the Southern Conference; the most recent game against a SoCon opponent came last year, when the Quakers defeated The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., 84-49.
The Citadel ... 4-0
Davidson ... 4-4
Furman ... 1-1

• Elon won the Southern Conference’s North Division title last year; here is where some of the preseason publications picked the Phoenix for 2006-07...
Street & Smith: 3rd in the SoCon North Divisoin
The Sporting News: 3rd
Athlon: 4th
Blue Ribbon: 4th
USA Today: 4th

Quaker Notemeal
• The six teams who have beaten Penn this year—UTEP, Syracuse, Villanova, Fordham, Seton Hall and North Carolina—entered the weekend with a combined record of 58-24 (.712 win percentage).

• Ibrahim Jaaber has started all 70 games played by Penn the last two-plus years, while Steve Danley has started 68 of the 69 games he has played in that span (he sat for Senior Night in 2004-05, and missed a game to injury in 2005-06). Mark Zoller, meanwhile, has 75 career starts.

• Jaaber is vying to become the third player in Penn history and fifth overall to win Ivy League Player of the Year two times. The other Penn players? Jerome Allen (1993, 1994) and Ugonna Onyekwe (2002, 2003). The non-Penn players to do it? Princeton’s Craig Robinson (1982, 1983) and Princeton’s Kit Mueller (1990, 1991).

Download: Penn Player Profiles.pdf