Men's Basketball Sets For Home Debut

PHILADELPHIA -Coming off a 59-45 win over UMBC on Friday, it's right back to business for the men's basketball team as they make their home debut Monday night against Philadelphia Big 5 rival Temple. Monday's game tips off a busy week for the Quakers, who are also in action Thursday (at Rider) and Saturday (hosting Robert Morris) in their first two games of the Philly Hoop Group Classic.

GAME 2 - PENN (1-0) vs. TEMPLE (0-0)
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 * 7 p.m.
TV: PennAthletics.com (there is a charge)
Radio: 97.5 FM the Fanatic (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes / Temple Game Notes

The Penn-Temple Series
The Owls lead the series, 44-22, including four straight wins and wins in seven of the last eight meetings. The lone Penn win during that stretch came in the 2006-07 season. Last year, Temple won 73-56 at the Liacouras Center on North Broad

History in the Making
Monday's game represents the earliest Philadelphia Big 5 game ever to be played. The previous mark came in the 2009-10 season, when Penn and Villanova played on Nov. 16 at the Wildcats' Pavilion.

About Temple
This game will be Temple's season opener. Fresh off another NCAA appearance last year, the Owls are picked second in the Atlantic 10 this year behind only Xavier. In addition, Juan Fernandez and Ramone Moore were picked to be A-10's preseason all-conference team. Winners of three of the last four A-10 championships, last year's Temple team went 26-8 overall and finished 14-2 in conference play.

I Know You!
When Penn and Temple meet, the matchup will pair the Quakers' head coach, Jerome Allen, against one of his mentors, Fran Dunphy, for the third time. Dunphy recruited Allen to Penn and coached him all four years. Dunphy is Penn's all-time winningest coach, with 310 wins; he led the program to 10 Ivy League titles and nine NCAA Tournament appearances.

Eight is Enough!
Penn is playing eight games in the month of November. In an informal survey of the NCAA's 338 Division I programs, the Quakers join a fairly exclusive group in that category. The other schools playing at least eight in November: Austin Peay, Bucknell, Duke, Eastern Kentucky, Navy, Minnesota, Penn, Penn State, Purdue, San Diego State, TCU, UT-Martin, Tulane, Tulsa, UNLV, Wyoming

Ivy League Preseason Poll
Penn was picked to finish fourth in the Ivy League's Preseason Media Poll, which came from the votes of two members of each school's media contingent as well as one national voter. After going 7-7 last year, the Quakers received 90 voting points. Harvard, which went 12-2 and tied Princeton for last year's Ivy League title, is a near-unanimous pick to repeat. The Crimson received 135 voting points and 16 of the 17 first-place votes. Yale and Princeton each received 103 voting points and split the pick for second place, although the Bulldogs -- who went 8-6 last year to finish third -- received the lone remaining first-place vote.

Quaker Notemeal From UMBC
*Penn won its season opener for the second year in a row; the last time that happened was 2004-05 and 2005-06.

*The 45 points scored by UMBC were the fewest by a Penn opponent since NJIT scored 40 on Jan. 17, 2009.

*Penn held UMBC without a three-point basket (0-11); the last time a Penn opponent did not hit a trey was Drexel on Nov. 24, 2009.

*Senior Zack Rosen scored 26 points, four shy of a career high; it was his 61st double-figure scoring performance at Penn and his 15th game with 20 or more points.

*Senior Tyler Bernardini scored 10 points for his 57th career double-digit performance, and had team highs with six rebounds and four assists.

*Sophomore Fran Dougherty tied a career high with seven points and established a new career best with three blocked shots.

*Sophomore Miles Cartwright tied a career high with five rebounds.

*Senior Mike Howlett was perfect shooting (2-2 FG, 3-3 FT) for his seven points.

Halftime Entertainment
During halftime of Monday's game, Penn will presentprofessionalSimon Sez caller Steve Max. Known nationally for his appearances on TV shows and at NBA Halftimes, Steve has taken this classic kids' game to new heights. Most recently, he performed at UConn's Midnight Madness and Temple's Cherry and White Night. You can find out more about Steve Max at his website, SteveMax.com.

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