PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team is still looking for its first Ivy League win after the first weekend of round-robin play. The Quakers are at home this weekend, hosting Dartmouth Friday night and Harvard on Saturday. Friday’s game with the Big Green will be televised by the American Sports Network; click here for local listings. Saturday's ILDN broadcast will also be available for free on ESPN3; click here to watch for free!
GAME 18 – PENN (6-11, 0-3 Ivy League) vs. DARTMOUTH (7-11, 1-3)
Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 * 6 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
GAME 19 – PENN vs. HARVARD (9-11, 1-3)
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 * 7 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
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FRIDAY: Columbia (4-0) at Yale (4-0), 5 p.m.; Cornell (2-2) at Brown (1-3), 7 p.m.; Harvard (1-3) at Princeton (2-1), 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: Columbia at Brown, 6 p.m.; Dartmouth at Princeton, 6 p.m.; Cornell at Yale, 7 p.m.
The Dartmouth-Harvard Home Weekend
*Penn is hosting the Big Green and Crimson on the same weekend for the 59th time. The Quakers have swept the weekend 43 times; split it 14 times -- including each of the last six years -- and been swept once (in 2009). Penn’s last sweep came in 2008
Penn vs. Dartmouth
*The Quakers lead the overall series, 150-59, but the Big Green have split the season series each of the last three years and have won two of the last three meetings here in The Palestra.
*The home team took the win in last year’s games; Penn took the opener here at The Palestra, 58-51, but Dartmouth gained the 67-62 decision in Hanover.
*Coach Donahue went 14-6 against Dartmouth during his 10-year stint at Cornell’s head coach (2001-10).
Penn vs. Harvard
*The Quakers lead the overall series, 129-39, but the Crimson have won four in a row, five of the last six, and 11 of the last 13. In addition, Harvard is 6-1 over Penn here at The Palestra during the last six seasons.
*Harvard dominated the season series last year, earning a 63-38 decision here at The Palestra and a 69-46 win in Cambridge.
*Harvard’s success in The Palestra has not come completely at Penn’s expense. It should be noted that the Crimson won the Ivy League playoff here last March, 53-51, over Yale.
*Coach Donahue went 12-8 against Dartmouth during his 10-year stint as Cornell’s head coach.
*Through 17 games so far this season, Penn has a 1.10 assist/turnover ratio (235/213) including a season-best 17/9 ratio last Saturday at Brown; last year, the Quakers’ assist/turnover ratio was 0.78.
*Penn has knocked down 48 three-point baskets over the last five games -- hitting double digits against Binghamton (12), Saint Joseph’s (11) and Brown (11) -- and hit 10 or more treys in six games overall this season; the Quakers hit 10 treys just once all of last year.
*Penn has taken more three-pointers than two-pointers in three of its last six games and four of the last nine; in one of the five games where the Quakers took more twos than treys, the ratio was 34 FG and 33 3FG.
*Penn has had eight different players score in double figures in a game this season -- a ninth, sophomore Darnell Foreman, has reached nine points twice -- and three players who have had at least two games with more than 20 points (Darien Nelson-Henry, Sam Jones, Matt Howard).
*Freshman Jackson Donahue has scored 94 points over the last six games, including five double-figure outings, after scoring 18 combined -- 12 of them against Temple -- in Penn’s first 11 games.
*Donahue -- no relation to Head Coach Steve Donahue -- has 37 field goals this season; 28 of them are three-pointers. Of his 90 field-goal attempts, 77 have been from beyond the arc.
*Sophomore Sam Jones -- who has hit double digits in scoring eight times -- has 53 field goals this season; 45 of them have been three-pointers. 129 of his 143 field-goal attempts have come from beyond the arc.
*Junior Matt Howard -- who led Penn in scoring in both games last weekend, with 17 at Yale and 20 at Brown -- has scored in double figures in three straight games, five of the last six, and six of the last eight.
*After not scoring in Penn’s first 12 games -- playing just eight minutes in four appearances -- freshman Tyler Hamilton has played 66 minutes in the Quakers’ last five games and scored 20 points (7 vs. Binghamton, 7 vs. Princeton, 1 vs. Saint Joseph’s, 5 at Yale).
*Sophomore Dan Dwyer has snared six or more rebounds in four of Penn’s last five games (7 against both Binghamton and Princeton, 6 against both Yale and Brown).
*Freshman Max Rothschild had a season/career high of five points heading into last weekend’s games at Yale and Brown; he then dropped seven points on the Bulldogs, and 18 the next night against the Bears.