Men's Basketball Set to Take on No. 21 Wisconsin

Penn vs. No. 21 Wisconsin

Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004

at 7:30 p.m. (CST)

Kohl Center, Madison, Wisc.

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What A Way to Start the Season

The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team travel to Madison, Wisc. to face No. 21 Wisconsin in their season opener. The two teams met last year in the first game of the season for each school. Wisconsin took him a 64-53 victory at The Palestra.

Last Time Out

The Quakers suffered a tough 89-52 loss on the road to Providence in the second round of the Preseason NIT at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Thursday night. Senior Jan Fikiel scored a career-high 13 points and tied his collegiate best in rebounds with six. Sophomore Steve Danley and senior Eric Osmundson added nine and seven points, respectively. The Friars shot 65 percent from the floor and held the Red and Blue to just 32.3 percent shooting. Four Providence player reached double figures.

Fresh Faces on the Hardwood

Despite a rough night for the Quakers, Head Coach Fran Dunphy was able to put every player on the bench in the game. Seniors Eric Heil and Nameir Majette saw action for the first time this season, while freshmen Joe Gill and David Whitehurst made their collegiate debuts in the Ocean State. Eric Heil added five points on a perfect 2-for-2 from the field and 1-for-1 from the charity stripe in just five minutes of action.

Career Night

Jan Fikiel posted career numbers on Thursday against the Friars. For the second-straight game Fikiel scored a new career high in points - against Quinnipiac, he bested his previous career high of 10 points and did it against on Thursday with 13 points. The Ulm, Germany native also tied his career best in rebounds, pulling down six boards.

Another Career Best

Eric Osmundson tied his Penn best in points on Thursday night, scoring seven points for the Red and Blue. Osmundson had put up seven one other time - against La Salle on Jan. 14, 2004.

From the Floor

Steve Danley tied a personal best in field goals made with four against Providence. He last accomplished that feat against Dartmouth on March 5, 2004.

Continuing his Streak

Senior Tim Begley has scored at least one three-pointer in his last eight games, dating back to Feb. 21, 2004 against Yale. Begley had a 23-game stretch last season where he scored at least one trifecta, but Brown denied him from three-point land on Feb. 20, 2004.

Coaches Corner

Penn

Head Coach Fran Dunphy is in his 16th season at the helm of Penn basketball. Coach Dunphy is the winningest coach in Penn basketball history with 271 career victories. Dunphy has had 11 winning seasons at Penn including three-straight 17 plus-win seasons. Dunphy is the second winningest coach in the Ivy League with 166 Ancient Eight victories.

Wisconsin

Head Coach Bo Ryan is a Philadelphia native as he was born in Chester and earned his bachelor's degree from Wilkes University. Ryan has spent all 19 of his coaching years in the state of Wisconsin, first as an assistant coach at Wisconsin, and then returning as the Badgers' head coach in 2001. In three seasons, Ryan has led the Badgers to a 68-28 record - the most wins for the Badgers over a three-year span in program history. He has three Big Ten basketball titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Ryan is also a two-time recipient of Big Ten Coach of the Year honors.

The Series

The Badgers are 5-0 against the Red and Blue including a 64-53 win for Wisconsin in both teams’ season opener last year at The Palestra on Nov. 21, 2003. Penn held the Badgers to just 38 percent from the floor. Then-senior Jeff Schiffner led both teams with 20 points, while Preseason Big 10 Player of the Year Devin Harris scored 16 points. Schiffner was 3 -for-5 from three-points

Scouting the Badgers

Wisconsin is coming off their first ever BIg Ten Tournament title and a school record 25 wins in 2003-04. Mike Wilkinson and Boo Wade are returning starters for the Badgers, while five other letterwinners return and four redshirts join the line-up for upcoming season. Wisconsin led the Big Ten in scoring defense yielding just 57.0 point per game which ranked fifth in the nation. A big loss for the Badgers is Devin Harris who declared for the NBA Draft after his junior season. The Big Ten player of the year averaged 19.5 points per game.

First Look at Wisconsin

Tonight’s game is the season opener for Wisconsin. The Badgers have played two preseason games against UW- Platteville, 78-44 and UW - Parkside, 81-42. Senior forward Mike Wilkinson led four Badger players in double figures against Platteville with 15 points. Alando Tucker chipped in with 12 points, while Andreas Helmigk and Zach Morley added 11 points apiece. The Badgers shot 51.7 percent from the floor and committed only nine turnovers. In their first preseason game, Wilkinson (13 pts., 10 rbs.) and Tucker (14 pts., 10 rbs.) both contributed double-doubles, while redshirt freshman Brian Butch added 13 points.

Penn vs. the Big 10

The Red and Blue hold a 46-44 advantage over opponents from the Big Ten conference. Penn holds the biggest lead over in-state rival Penn State. The Quakers lead the Nittany Lions, 31-12 all-time. The Red and Blue have never recorded victories over Wisconsin or Illinois. Penn last win over a Big Ten school was a 62-37 victory over Penn State on Nov. 23, 2002.

The Streak

The Badgers have a 28 game-home win streak that ranks third in the country. The undefeated span began in on Dec. 7, 2002 with a 91-74 win over UNLV.

Opening with Offense

Penn’s win against Quinnipiac on Nov. 16 was the most points scored in a season opener since 2001-02 when the Quakers tallied 79 points against Georgia Tech in a 79-74 win on Nov. 19.

Double-Digits

Three Quakers scored in double-digits in the season opener. Senior Tim Begley lead all players with 22 points, while sophomores Steve Danley and Mark Zoller put up 11 points and 10 points, respectively.

Sophomore Career Highs

Sophomores Steve Danley, Ryan Pettinella and Mark Zoller all posted career highs against Quinnipiac. Danley scored a career-high 11 points and made a career-high five free throws. Pettinella pulled down career numbers on the boards with nine rebounds.

Zoller grabbed a career-high 15 boards

Beg for Mercy

Senior Tim Begley was very impressive in his first appearance of the 2004-05 campaign. The team captain went 4-for-7 from beyond the arc, 6-for-12 from the floor and nailed 6-of-9 free throws. The Freehold, N.J. native also dished out five assists and made three steals in 38 minutes of action.

Double Trouble

Sophomore Mark Zoller posted his third career double-double against Quinnipiac. The Blue Bell, Pa. native put up 10 points and pulled down 15 boards including 13 defensive rebounds. Zoller had back-to-back double-doubles last season against La Salle and Temple. On Jan. 14, Zoller collected 10 rebounds and scored 12 points against the Explorers. On Jan. 21, the then-rookie nailed 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds against the Owls.

Dominance on the Glass

The Quakers pulled down 48 boards against Quinnipiac which is the most since the Red and Blue collected 49 rebounds against La Salle on Jan. 14, 2004. Penn had nine games last season where they pulled down 40 or more boards.

What’s on Deck

The Quakers travel to Madison, Wisc. to face No. 21 Wisconsin in the Badgers home opener on Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Kohl Center. Tip off is 7:30 p.m. Penn returns home for a Big Five double-header on Nov. 23. The men’s basketball team will face off against the Dragons at 8 p.m. following the women Quakers contest against La Salle.

Who’s Gone?

The Quakers lose three of the top-five scorers to graduation including All-Ivy selections Jeff Schiffner and Adam Chubb. Schiffner led the Quakers in scoring with 14.4 points per game. Chubb was third on the team in ppg (10.5) and first in rebounds per game (7.5). Charlie Chopp rounded out the top-five in scoring with 7.4 ppg.

Who’s Back?

Nine letterwinners return for the 2004-05 campaign including All-Ivy selection Tim Begley. Sophomore Mark Zoller played in every game last season and made 21 appearances as a starter. Classmate Ibrahim Jaaber played in 25 game last season. Senior Jan Fikiel made six starts last season and played in 17 contests.

Welcome to Collegiate Basketball

Six new student-athletes will don the Red and Blue this season including four freshmen and two upperclassmen. Joining the line-up will be freshmen Joe Gill (Doylestown, Pa.), Brian Grandieri (Media, Pa.), Michael Kach (Carmel, N.Y.), and David Whitehurst (Tintin Falls, N.J.), sophomores Lorenz Manthey (Hamburg, Germany) and junior Adam Franklin (New Castle, Del.).

Penn Tabbed Second by Media

The Quakers finished second in the 2004-05 Ivy League Media Poll. Princeton garnered the top spot with 14 of the 16 first-place votes. Penn received one first-place nod, while Brown grabbed the final one. Yale was picked to finish third followed by Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard and Dartmouth.

Nationally Known

Senior Tim Begley was one of the nation’s top three-point shooters last season. The Freehold, N.J. native ranked ninth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (45.6 percent) and 23rd in trifectas per game (3.1)

Moving Up the Charts

Begley ranks fifth all-time at Penn in three-pointers made with 182 trifectas in his career. He needs only 63 baskets from three-point land to nab the top-spot, which is held by current Assistant Coach Matt Langel. Begley also stands third in the Penn accolades in three pointers made in a season with 83 in 2003-04.

Ivy League Media Poll

Team Votes

Princeton (14) 125

Penn (1) 111

Yale 85

Brown (1) 83

Columbia 62

Cornell 54

Harvard 37

Dartmouth 19

A Decade Worth of Victories

For the 10th time since his tenure began, Head Coach Fran Dunphy’s team has recorded at least 17 victories in a season. The current Ivy League dean of coaches has 11 winning seasons under his belt and three straight heading into the 2004-05 campaign.

He’s No. 2

Head Coach Fran Dunphy is second all-time in the Ivy League with 271 career victories, after surpassing Cappy Cappon who recorded 250 wins in 20 seasons at Princeton. Princeton's Pete Carril, who spent 29 seasons with the Tigers, is the all-time Ivy League wins leader with 514. Dunphy is also second in all-time Ivy League wins with 156. He has amassed an overall record of 156-42 against Ivy League opponents in his 14 seasons at Penn, giving him a .788 winning percentage.

Home Sweet Home

The Red and Blue are 724-313 all-time in The Palestra. Penn has not had a loosing season at home since 1984-85 where the Quakers went 4-9. The Quakers have had 19 perfect Ivy League seasons at home and four seasons without a loss in the Palestra.

Welcome to The Palestra

The Palestra, which was built in 1927, was refurbished in 2000 and reopened amid some hoopla on Dec. 7 as “The Palestra 2000.” Known as college basketball’s most storied gymnasium, The Palestra was renovated into a type of museum of basketball history that includes players, coaches and fans from Penn, the Ivy League, local high schools, national powerhouse colleges, and of course, the Philadelphia Big 5. In an article titled, “A Museum in the Cathedral,” Sports Illustrated's Alex Wolff said “...Old friends - and the new friends The Palestra is making, like the Maryland basketball team, which strolled the halls in December on orders from Coach Gary Williams - regard the temple at 33rd and Walnut as “holier than a mere landmark.”

A Little History Lesson

The University of Pennsylvania has three of the top-five longest running rivalries in NCAA Division I basketball history. Penn and Princeton have met 102 times on the hardwood, which ranks second on the all-time consecutive games played list. Penn’s series with Columbia and Cornell both rank third with 101 consecutive years.

NCAA Longest Running Rivalries

Gms. Schools Years

103 Columbia vs. Yale 1902-2004

103 Princeton vs. Yale 1902-2004

102 Princeton vs. Penn 1903-2004

101 Columbia vs. Penn 1904-2004

101 Cornell vs. Penn 1904-2004

More Historical Tidbits

The Penn men’s basketball program is among the top-10 winningest program in NCAA Division I. The Quakers’ 1,573 all-time victories stand eighth on the list.

All-Time Winningest Teams

(does not include 2004-05)

School Years Wins

Kentucky 101 1876

North Carolina 94 1827

Kansas 106 1825

Duke 99 1737

St. John’s (NY) 97 1668

Temple 108 1623

Syracuse 103 1625

Penn 104 1572

Indiana 104 1554

Notre Dame 99 1548

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