Men's Basketball Tips Off Saturday with Davidson

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team enters the 2010-11 season with guarded optimism -- which is understandable, given the Quakers' penchant for devastating injuries the past few years. The Quakers open the campaign Saturday night with Davidson at The Palestra.

GAME 1 - PENN (0-0) vs. DAVIDSON (0-0)
Philadelphia (The Palestra)
Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 * 7 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)/ Davidson Game Notes (PDF)

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Penn vs. Davidson
* Saturday's game marks the 10th time the Quakers and Wildcats have met on the hardwood. Davidson broke a 4-4 tie in the series last year with a resounding 79-50 win in North Carolina on December 28. That game was Penn's first under Jerome Allen, who had been appointed interim head coach just two weeks earlier.

* This will mark the third time these teams have met here at The Palestra. They have also played each other three times on Davidson's campus, with the other four all being neutral-site affairs.

* Last year's rout went against the grain of this series -- prior to that, the last three meetings between the Quakers and Wildcats had been decided by a total of eight points, with two of them going to overtime.

* Prior to last year's meeting, the last head-to-head competition took place Dec. 22, 2001 here at The Palestra. Davidson took a 75-71 decision in overtime.

Déjà vu All Over Again
Last year, after Jerome Allen was named interim head coach, his first game in that position was against Davidson. On Saturday night, Allen will coach his first game as the official John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Penn -- and once again it will come against the Wildcats.

Quaker Notemeal
* Not surprisingly, junior guard Zack Rosen figures to play a prominent role in Penn's success in 2010-11. He was a unanimous selection by the coaches for first-team All-Ivy as a sophomore -- the only non-senior named to the first team -- as well as a second-team All-Big 5 and NABC All-District pick. Rosen led the Ivy League in scoring and free-throw percentage a year ago, and he also led the Quakers with 124 assists, 71 three-point baskets, and 144 free throws made.

* Rosen will serve as one of this year's captains, along with seniors Jack Eggleston and Conor Turley. This is Rosen's second year as a captain; last year, he became the first player in the program's illustrious history to be named a captain as a sophomore.

* Eggleston returns for his final season after a stellar junior campaign that saw him receive second-team All-Ivy recognition from the Ancient Eight coaches. He was the only Penn player to start all 28 games last season, and finished second among Ivy League players in overall rebounding (6.4 rpg) and seventh in scoring (13.0 ppg). Eggleston also led Penn with 21 blocked shots.

* Turley returns to action for his final campaign after enduring a horrific injury in last year's home win against Cornell, when he broke fingers on both hands diving for a ball. In 17 games -- including 13 starts -- Turley average 4.5 points and 3.1 rebounds.

* One welcome addition to the roster this year is Tyler Bernardini, who went down with a foot injury in the second game last season and ended up missing the entire campaign. He was Penn's leading scorer two years ago (13.7 ppg) and received honorable mention All-Ivy each of his first two seasons in uniform. As a freshman in 2007-08, Bernardini was the Ivy League and Big 5 Rookie of the Year.

* Another player who is back after missing all of last season -- and much of 2008-09, for that matter -- is fifth-year senior Andreas Schreiber. He has battled shoulder problems each of the last two seasons, but has been healthy through the preseason.

* Another fifth-year senior, Darren Smith -- he missed two full seasons after breaking his kneecap in the 2007-08 opener -- is back for one final season after averaging 5.8 points per game last year. He made 22 starts and appeared in all 28 games.

* Junior Rob Belcore was a fixture in the lineup, starting 26 games and averaging 33 minutes per outing in 2009-10. He battled through injuries most of last season but still managed to average 5.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest.

Download: Penn 11-13.pdf