Men's Basketball Set to Take on Quinnipiac in Preseason NIT

Penn (0-0) vs.Quinnipiac(0-0)
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004
The Palestra- Philadelphia, Pa.
7p.m. -NESN/Fox Sports New York(BillSchweizer play-by-play; Bill Mecca- color analyst)

Starting Out on the Right Foot

The University of Pennsylvania basketball team opens its 104th campaign when it takes to the hardwood tonight. The Quakers are 78-26 all-time in season openers.

Penn Head Coach Fran Dunphy is 3-4 in home openers at The Palestra in his 15 years at the helm of the Red and Blue. The Quakers all-time are 62-15 in home openers and 16-11 in road games that begin the season.

Penn in the Preseason NIT

The Quakers have made two other appearances in the Preseason NIT with the first coming in 1994 and again in 1999. Ten years ago, the Red and Blue traveled to Kentucky and suffered a 67-50 loss to the Wildcats. Five years later the Quakers returned to the tournament and were edged by Canisius, 81-78.

Preseason NIT Information

The Preseason NIT bracket is made up of 16 teams with the NCAA rules allowing for only one team from a conference to participate in a given year. The first two rounds are held on campus sites and the semifinals and finals are held at Madison Square Garden.

The 2004-05 Field

American, Arizona, Binghamton, Charleston, Colorado, George Washington, Michigan, Niagara, Penn, Providence, Quinnipiac, San Diego, Tulsa, Virginia Commonwealth, Wake Forest and Wright State.

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.).

Last Season

The Quakers recorded its third-straight campaign with 17 or more wins - sporting a 17-10 record. Penn tied for second in the Ivy League standings with a 10-4 mark. Then-seniors Jeff Schiffner and Adam Chubb along with then-junior Tim Begley all earned All-Ivy honors. Schiffner led the Red and Blue in scoring averaging 14.4 points per game. Begley and Chubb finished second and third, respectively in scoring, with Begley averaging 13.1 ppg and Chubb putting up 10.5 ppg and grabbing 7.5 rebounds per game (which led the team). Freshman Mark Zoller and Ibrahim Jaaber made their way into the line-up averaging 8.7 ppg and 6.5 ppg, respectively.

Coaches Corner

Penn Head Coach Fran Dunphy enters his 16th season at the helm of Penn basketball. Coach Dunphy is the winningest coach in Penn basketball history with 270 career victories. Dunphy has had 11 winning season at Penn including three-straight 17 plus win seasons. Dunphy is the second winningest coach in the Ivy League with 166 Ancient Eight victories.

Quinnipiac Head Coach Joe DeSantis begins his nine season at Quinnipiac and sports a 82-140 mark. In 2002-2003, DeSantis posted his second-straight 14 plus win season and third in four years, taking the Bobcats (17-12) to the NEC semifinals for the second-consecutive year. Since taking over the Quinnipiac program, DeSantis has coached five All-Northeast Conference selections and three members of the league's All-Tournament team. DeSanits was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004 for his collegiate playing efforts at Fairfield.

The Series

This is the first meeting between the two teams.

Penn vs. NEC

The Quakers are 8-0 against schools from the Northeast Conference. Penn has faced three NEC teams - Fairleigh Dickinson, Monmouth and St. Francis. Coach Dunphy is 3-0 against NEC opponents having posted victories over Fairleigh Dickinson and Monmouth.

Scouting the Bobcats

Nine players return for Quinnipiac, including three starters - seniors Rob Monroe and C.J. Vick and junior Craig Benson. The Bobcats have seven newcomers - two junior college transfers, one four-year college transfer, one sophomore, and three freshmen. The Bobcats are led by Monroe a 2003-04 All-Conference pick and 2001-02 Northeast Conference Rookie of Year. Monroe became the 30th player in Quinnipiac history to reach the 1,000 career point mark and did so in just 71 games.

What’s on Deck

A win over Quinnipiac will send Penn into second round action in the Preseason NIT where the Quakers would face the winner of the Niagara/Providence game. If Penn loses to the Bobcats, its next game would be against Wisconsin in Madison, Wisc. on Nov. 20.

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.

Ivy League Media Poll

Team Votes

Princeton (14) 125

Penn (1) 111

Yale 85

Brown (1)83

Columbia 62

Cornell 54

Harvard 37

Dartmouth19

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.

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 sixth all-time at Penn in three-pointers made with 177 trifectas in his career. He needs only 68 baskets from three-point land to nab the top-spot, which is held my 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.

He’s No. 2

Head Coach Fran Dunphy is second all-time in the Ivy League with 270 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.

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’ 1,572 all-time victories stand eighth on the list.

All-Time Winningest Teams

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

Download: Quinnipiac Notes.pdf