Men's Basketball Sets Up For Temple

PHILADELPHIA - Penn closes its non-conference schedule with four games, three of them in the Philadelphia Big 5. That starts Wednesday night with Temple, as former Quaker coach Fran Dunphy returns to The Palestra with his Owls.

GAME 11 – PENN (3-7) vs. TEMPLE (8-6)

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009 * 7 p.m.

The Palestra * Philadelphia

TV: Comcast Network (formerly CN8) - Scott Graham, Rob Kennedy

RADIO: ESPN 950 AM - Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Penn vs. Temple

• This will be the 64th meeting between the Quakers and Owls in men’s basketball; Temple leads the series, 41-22.

• The teams have split the last six games played here at The Palestra.

• The series has been relatively even over the last decade, with Temple holding just a 6-4 advantage during that time. Last year, of course, these teams met at the Liacouras Center and the Owls rolled to an 80-64 win.

• Penn is hoping for a repeat of two years ago, the last time these teams met at The Palestra; in that game, Mark Zoller hit three free throws with 1.4 seconds left to propel the Quakers to a 76-74 victory. In that contest, Penn fell behind by 19 points in the first half, but recovered to gain the scintillating win.

• Penn is 106-125 all-time against the teams that currently make up the Atlantic 10, and the Quakers are entering a stretch where they face three A-10 teams in 10 days (see below).

Dayton ... 0-1

Duquesne ... 4-1

Fordham ... 2-6

George Washington ... 0-1

La Salle ... 38-23

Massachusetts ... 1-3

Rhode Island ... 1-1

St. Bonaventure ... 2-1

Saint Joseph’s ... 33-44

Saint Louis ... 0-1

Temple ... 22-41

• With tonight’s game, Penn enters a four-game stretch that includes three Big 5 matchups (the Quakers are at La Salle on January 21, then play Saint Joseph’s here at The Palestra on January 24). The lone non-Philly matchup comes Saturday, when the Quakers travel north to face NJIT.

• If you like to play the comparison game, Penn and Temple have three common opponents from this season...

Lafayette - Penn 84-50 W, Temple 71-55 W

Penn State - Penn 73-85 L, Temple 65-59 W

Villanova - Penn 47-69 L, Temple 45-62 L

I Know You! And You! And You!...

In hosting Temple, of course, Penn fans will see a lot of familiar faces on the visiting bench tonight. Temple head coach Fran Dunphy moved to North Broad after 17 years as the head coach of the Quakers, during which time he won a program-record 310 games and developed a dynasty -- Penn won 10 Ivy titles during Dunphy’s tenure, including five undefeated campaigns. His assistant coaches (Dave Duke, Matt Langel, Shawn Trice) and operations person (Jeff Wilson) made the move with him from West Philly, and before they were coaches Langel and Trice enjoyed stellar careers as Penn players.

Did You Know...

Both teams in tonight’s game entered the season among the top eight winningest programs in NCAA Division I history? Temple was sixth with 1,689, while Penn was eighth with 1,647 (just ahead of UCLA and Indiana).

Quaker Notemeal...

• The seven teams Penn has lost to this season entered the week a combined 78-32, a 70.9 winning percentage (UNC 14-2, Drexel 6-8, Penn State 13-4, Albany 10-6, Villanova 13-3, Navy 12-4, UCF 10-5).

• Through ten games, Penn has had five different players lead in scoring in a game (Tyler Bernardini, Kevin Egee, Jack Eggleston, Harrison Gaines and Brennan Votel) and five different players lead in rebounding (Eggleston, Votel, Conor Turley, Zack Rosen and Cameron Lewis).

• In the last two games, Penn has had 41 assists (21 vs. Campbell, 20 vs. Lafayette) on 56 baskets, a 73.2 ratio.

• Penn has played just one game this season that has ended with a single-digit margin (Drexel, a 66-64 loss for the Quakers).

• Penn has shot 78.3 percent from the foul line the last three games (54-of-69); prior to the UCF Holiday Classic, the Quakers were 65.5 percent for the season.

• Bernardini has reached the 20-point mark twice this season, giving the sophomore eight such games for his career. He leads Penn with eight double-figure scoring games so far this season.

• Rosen, a freshman, leads the Ivy League in assists per game (5.2) and assist/turnover ratio (2.48); he entered the week among the national leaders in assist/turnover ratio. He has also scored 27 points in the last two games. In his first four collegiate games, Rosen had 25 assists and just three turnovers (all against No. 1 UNC).

• Eggleston, a sophomore, has scored in double figures in six of the last seven games, averaging 13.7 ppg during that stretch; he earned all-tournament at the UCF Holiday Classic after leading the Quakers in scoring in both games.

• Eggleston has the only double-double by a Penn player this season (11 points, 12 rebounds at UNC), and has fallen one rebound shy of a double-double twice (Penn State, Lafayette).

• Votel, a senior, entered this season with one double-figure scoring game as a collegian; he has five such games already this season (Drexel, Monmouth, Navy, Campbell, Lafayette); like Eggleston, he has fallen one rebound shy of a double-double twice (Drexel, Navy).

• Lewis, also a senior, entered the UCF Holiday Classic with 20 minutes and three points for the season; he totaled 50 minutes in the three games since then, scoring 20 points, grabbing 19 rebounds and blocking eight shots.

• Freshman Rob Belcore has started each of the last three games and played 83 minutes in those contests after seeing just 30 minutes of action in Penn’s first seven games.

Notemeal From Lafayette...

• For the first time this season, Penn outrebounded its opponent (41-28).

• Penn went 21-of-24 (87.5 percent) at the foul line, a season high.

• For the second straight game, Penn had five players—all five starters, in fact—score in double figures (Tyler Bernardini 18, Zack Rosen 17, Brennan Votel 16, Jack Eggleston 14, Rob Belcore 11). Prior to the previous game, the last time the Quakers had five players scored 10 or more points was December 7, 2006.

• Belcore’s 11-point night marked his first double-figure scoring game as a collegian.

• Eggleston finished one rebound shy of a double-double, and also had four assists.

• Both Rosen and Bernardini tied their career highs for assists—Rosen had eight, while Bernardini had five.

• Senior Cameron Lewis played 10 minutes off the bench and had eight rebounds.

Notemeal From Campbell...

• Penn put five players in double figures (Eggleston 16, Lewis 14, Bernardini 13, Votel 11, Rosen 10).

• Penn had 12 blocked shots in the game, a high in the Glen Miller coaching era at Penn.

• Penn shot 54.7 percent from the field (29-of-53), by far its season high.

• Lewis led the team with seven rebounds, becoming the fifth player to lead Penn in boards in a game this season.

• Lewis also had five blocked shots, his career high and a Penn player high in the Miller era; he finished with eight in the tournament.

• Freshman Rob Belcore had seven assists without a turnover.

• Bernardini set a new career high with four steals.

Notemeal From UCF...

• Penn played a Monday game for the first time in the Glen Miller coaching era.

• After playing just 20 minutes in Penn’s first seven games, Lewis had 20 minutes of action off the bench and had six points, four rebounds and three blocked shots.

• Belcore made his first collegiate start and played 30 minutes, scoring three points and grabbing four rebounds.

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