PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team has played just one game since December 9; that was last Monday, when the Quakers went to Nashville and lost to Vanderbilt. This week, the Red and Blue make a much shorter trip to face La Salle in the latest Big 5 tilt between these longtime foes. Following this, Penn is off until January 10 -- at Ivy rival Princeton.
GAME 10 – PENN (3-6) at LA SALLE (7-5)
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 * 7 p.m.
Philadelphia (Tom Gola Arena)
*The Quakers lead the all-time series, 38-29; however, the Explorers are in the midst of their longest winning streak in the series, having won seven in a row (with four of the last five coming by a double-digit margin).
*La Salle gained a 76-57 victory last year at The Palestra; Tony Hicks led Penn in scoring with 16 points, while Jerrell Wright (21 points) and Steve Zack (10 points) were a dominating frontcourt combo for La Salle.
*The last time these teams met at the Tom Gola Arena, two years ago, the Explorers won 74-57.
*Penn is 85-96 all-time against programs that currently play in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
About La Salle
The Explorers have won three of their last four, with the only loss in that span coming 68-66in overtime to American. Jordan Price, a transfer from Auburn, leads La Salle in scoring (18.8 ppg) and assists (36). Jerrell Wright is averaging 11.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, while Steve Zack leads the Explorers in rebounding (9.1 rpg) and blocked shots (21).
The Youth Getting Experience
Penn’s six freshmen have played 731 of the team’s 1,825 minutes this season (40 percent); that includes Mike Auger, who has missed the last six games to injury after averaging nearly 22 minutes in Penn’s first three contests.
The Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Penn has had four different freshmen win Ivy League Rookie of the Week in a five-week span already this season (Antonio Woods, Nov. 17; Mike Auger, Nov. 24; Darnell Foreman, Dec. 8; Sam Jones, Dec. 15); according to the Ivy League’s basketball media guide, no team has had four different players earn the award in the same season (dating back to 1984-85).
*Prior to its loss at Vanderbilt on December 22, Penn had won three in a row for the first time since the Quakers won seven in a row near the end of the 2011-12 season.
*In addition, Penn had won three non-conference games in a row for the first time since winning four such games near the start of the 2006-07 season.
*Penn led for all but 2:01 during its three-game win streak, and did not trail in its last 109:17 of game action during the streak.
*Penn has outrebounded seven of its nine opponents this season; the Quakers’ +14 rebound margin against Marist on December 9 was a season high.
Notemeal at Vanderbilt
*It was Penn’s largest margin of defeat this season.
*Senior Greg Louis set a career high with two blocked shots.
*Senior Camryn Crocker set a season best with four points.
*Freshman Dan Dwyer scored his first collegiate points.
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