PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team enters Tuesday’s traditional season finale at Princeton on a three-game skid after a rough weekend in Northern New England. The Quakers can still tie for fourth place in the Ivy League standings -- far above their projected seventh-place finish in the preseason poll -- with a win Tuesday at Princeton. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m., following the women’s game which starts at 5:30 p.m. Both games will air live on ESPN3 along with the Ivy League Digital Network.
GAME 28 – PENN (11-16, 5-8 Ivy League) at PRINCETON (21-6, 11-2)
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 * 8 p.m.
Jadwin Gym (Princeton, N.J.)
The Series With Princeton
*These teams are meeting for the 234th time with Penn leading the series 124-109; the Quakers have not played any other opponent more than the Tigers.
*Princeton has held the upper hand the last several years, winning seven of the last eight and 12 of the last 14 matchups.
*The first meeting this season ended with Princeton gaining a 73-71 overtime win, after Penn led by 11 with less than four minutes left in regulation and by five in the OT.
The Penn-Princeton Rivalry
Excluding the last few years, these two programs have been the flagships for the Ivy League for literally decades. Consider these notes...
*Penn and/or Princeton won every Ivy League title from 1989-2007 (Penn 9 outright, Princeton 8 outright, 2 shared).
*From 1959-2007, Penn and/or Princeton won at least a share of the Ivy League title all but three years (Cornell won the title in 1988, Brown did it in 1986, and Yale did it in 1962).
*In 2008, ESPN rated the most prestigious college basketball programs of all time; Penn came in 34th, while Princeton was 40th.
*In 2005, The Sporting News rated the greatest college basketball programs of all time; Penn came in 16th, while Princeton was 19th.
Penn enters tonight’s game with a 1.03 assist/turnover ratio (369/357); last year, the Quakers’ assist/turnover ratio was 0.78.
*Penn has already blown past its assist total for all of last year with 369; the Quakers had 329 assists last season.
*Penn has hit 10 or more treys in six games overall this season; the Quakers hit 10 treys just once all of last year.
*Penn has 194 three-point baskets so far this season. That is more than the Quakers hit for the entire season each of the last three years (155 last year, 140 in 2013-14, 169 in 2012-13). The 2011-12 team knocked down 238 treys.
*Penn is 9-0 this season when leading or tied at halftime (6-0 when leading, 3-0 when tied).
*Penn has had nine different players score in double figures in a game this season, and four players who have had at least one 20-point game (Darien Nelson-Henry, Sam Jones, Matt Howard, Jackson Donahue).
*Penn also has had four different players record double-doubles this season (Nelson-Henry, Howard, Max Rothschild, Darnell Foreman).
*Junior Matt Howard enters the weekend having scored in double figures in seven of Penn’s last nine games -- he had eight in one of the outliers -- 10 of the last 13 contests; 12 of the last 16; and 13 of the last 18.
*After scoring just six points across Penn’s first eight games this season (3 at Delaware State, 3 at Washington), freshman Jackson Donahue -- no relation to Head Coach Steve Donahue -- has had 13 double-figure scoring games over the Quakers’ last 19 contests; he is averaging 13.9 ppg over Penn’s last 16 contests.
*Sophomore Sam Jones -- who has hit double digits in scoring ten times -- has 69 field goals this season; 57 of them have been three-pointers. Since the second half of Penn’s win against Ursinus on December 19, 27 of Jones’ 31 made field goals have come from beyond the arc.
Notemeal from D/H Road Trip
*Penn had a season-low seven turnovers in the loss at Harvard, and a season-high eight blocked shots Friday night at Dartmouth.
*Freshman Max Rothschild made his first two collegiate starts on the trip, matched a season/career high with 18 points at Dartmouth, then snared 10 rebounds at Harvard; both of Rothschild’s double-figure rebound games this season came against the Crimson.
*Sophomore Darnell Foreman set a season/career high with 15 points at Dartmouth, and matched his season/career high in rebounds against the Big Green (8).
Download: MBB Notes vs. Penn.pdf