PHILADELPHIA - Fresh off an overtime loss to neighborhood rival Drexel, the Quakers have little time to lick their wounds. Sunday brings the first game in the inaugural Philly Hoop Group Classic, and a new opponent -- Loyola.
Penn (0-1) at Loyola, Md. (0-1)
Nov. 11, 2007 * Noon
Reitz Arena (Baltimore, Md.)
Radio: WXPN (88.5 FM) - Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran
Penn Game Notes
Penn is tipping off the 2007-08 season with a frenetic early-season schedule; the Quakers play seven games in the month of November, and then three more in the first week of December. And if you were wondering: yes, Friday night’s game represented the earliest start date in the program’s history.
Penn’s game with Drexel on Friday lacked in aesthetics on both sides, but it made up for it in the drama and passion departments. Both teams were coming off successful 2006-07 campaigns, but lost several key players and are in a transitional period. That showed.
When Penn’s John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men’s Basketball Coach Glen Miller looks back at this contest, he will likely be happy by several things:
*Senior guard Brian Grandieri, far and away the Quakers’ most experienced player, rebounded from a terrible start (two fouls in the first two minutes) and finished the contest with a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth career double-double. Grandieri had 21 points and eight boards after halftime.
*Freshman Jack Eggleston admitted after the game that he had probably never played a game before more than a couple hundred fansprior toFriday night. In front of 6,656 at the historic Palestra, he opened his collegiate career with seven points and eight rebounds, and sent the Penn fans into a frenzy with his putback in the final seconds of regulation to tie the game and send it to OT.
*Junior guard Aron Cohen ended up playing 31 minutes, hit four three-pointers for a career-high 12 points, dished out three assists and had two steals.
*How about junior Cameron Lewis? In his first collegiate start, he had four points and two rebounds, but filled the box score with four assists, two blocks and two steals.
The Series With Loyola (Md.)
Though only a couple of hours separate these two schools, Penn and Loyola have never played each other in men’s basketball. Today marks the first meeting.
Penn is 11-9 all-time against teams that currently play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference; the last time the Quakers played a MAAC team was Jan. 12, 2005, when they lost a 74-68 overtime decision to Rider.
Canisius ... 0-1
Iona ... 3-1
Manhattan ... 6-2
Niagara ... 0-3
Rider ... 0-2
Siena ... 2-0
Notes From the Opener
Penn opened the season with an overtime game for just the third time in program history; the others came at the start of the 1988-89 season (a 93-91 double-OT loss to Navy) and the 1928-29 season (a 26-24 win over Saint Joseph’s).
This game went to overtime despite the fact that, in regulation, Penn never held a lead and was tied with the Dragons only twice -- at 0-0 to start the game, and at 52-52 on a bucket in the final second of regulation.
Penn not only used 13 players in the game, they used 13 in the first half -- and all of them played at least four minutes in that opening stanza.
Penn grabbed 49 rebounds, the most by a Quaker team since Feb. 18, 2004 (51 at Brown).
It marked the first time a Penn team under Glen Miller lost a game when holding its opponent below 45-percent shooting from the field (Drexel shot 43.3 percent); last year, the Quakers went 16-0 in such games.
It was just the second time a Penn team under Glen Miller lost a game when shooting more foul shots than its opponent (Penn took 22, Drexel took 20). Last year, the Quakers went 16-1 in such games.
Penn’s efforts were hampered when sophomore guard Darren Smith -- one of only two returning starters -- suffered a knee injury and was forced to sit out the remainder of the game. He played seven minutes, and is questionable for Sunday.
Senior Brian Grandieri hit foul trouble early (two in the first 2:01), but came back with 21 points and eight rebounds in the second half; he finished the contest with a game-high 23 points and 10 boards for his fourth career double-double. The 23 points matched a career high for Grandieri.
Junior Aron Cohen played a career-high 31 minutes and drained four three-pointers for 12 points; that doubled his combined point total from his freshman and sophomore seasons (6).
In his first collegiate game, freshman Jack Eggleston scored seven points and had eight boards in 33 minutes; he also hit the shot at the end of regulation that tied things up and sentthe gameinto overtime.
Junior Cameron Lewis got his first career start, and in 19 minutes filled the box score with four points, two rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and two steals.
Penn Picked Third in Preseason Ivy Poll
For the first time since the Reagan administration, the Ivy media have picked neither Penn nor Princeton to finish first in the League. Cornell is this season’s pick, and it is the first time it has not been one of the “Killer P’s” since Dartmouth was picked by the media in 1988-89. The announcement came October 31 from the Ivy League office. The voting consisted of two media members from each of the eight Ivy schools.
2007-08 Preseason Poll Results
1. Cornell -- 119 (10 first-place votes)
2. Yale -- 104 (3)
3. Penn -- 97 (1)
4. Columbia -- 80 (1)
5. Brown -- 70 (1)
6. Harvard -- 43
7. Princeton -- 40
8. Dartmouth -- 23
Penn Inks New Radio Deal
Penn Athletics is proud to announce its comprehensive radio broadcast package for the 2007-08 University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball season. The Penn Sports Network, the broadcasting arm of Penn Athletics encompassing radio, television, and on-line/new media, is partnering with Greater Media Philadelphia to make Sports Radio 950 WPEN AM the primary carrier of live, play-by-play coverage of the Quakers.
Sports Radio 950 will air 18 regular-season Red and Blue home and road contests on its 25,000-watt signal, allowing Penn fans to hear the games throughout the city and suburbs of Philadelphia, as well as in Southern New Jersey, parts of Northern New Jersey, and Northern Delaware. Included among the Quakers’ appearances on the station are marquee non-conference clashes with the University of North Carolina and the University of Miami, and select Ivy League matchups.
In addition to its arrangement with Sports Radio 950, Penn Athletics has also reached an agreement to extend its relationship with WXPN (88.5 FM), which will broadcast an additional 10 Penn men’s basketball games. An “Ivy League Saturday Night” package highlights the deal, as WXPN will serve as home to five of the six outings the Quakers will play on the back-end of Ancient Eight weekends.
Each radio broadcast of the 2007-08 season (with the exception of 2/12 vs. Princeton) will begin 15 minutes prior to tipoff with a pre-game show, featuring exclusive interviews with the John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men’s Basketball, Glen Miller, and a member of the opposing team’s coaching staff. Also, all radio broadcasts will stream live and on-demand through the Penn Sports Network at PennAthletics.com. Most home games will be televised online.
For the third consecutive campaign, Brian Seltzer C’07 (play-by-play) and Vince Curran W’92, SEAS’92 (analyst) will call the action. In addition to his role in the Penn Athletics Department, Seltzer serves as the Philadelphia Eagles beat reporter for Sports Radio 950, and co-hosts its Monday Night Football Live program, featuring the Brian Dawkins Show. Curran also provides color commentary for numerous television networks, including CSTV, CN8, and the Atlantic-10 Network. He appears frequently on Comcast SportsNet’s Daily News Live.
Penn on TV in 2007-08
The Quakers will have 12 games televised this season, with several national telecasts in the mix.
Once again, Penn will have six games air on regional cable channel CN8, which stretches from New England to the Washington, D.C. area. Both of the Quakers’ games in the Philly Hoop Group Classic championship round will be televised as part of the package -- Friday, Nov. 23 vs. Virginia (9 p.m.), and Saturday, Nov. 24 vs. either Seton Hall or Navy (at 7 or 9 p.m.). Regular-season games against Big 5 rival Saint Joseph’s (Jan. 19), as well as Ivy League games against Princeton (Feb. 12), at Harvard (Feb. 23) and against Cornell (March 7) will also air on CN8.
Penn will play on the ESPN family of networks four times during the course of the season, highlighted by its national telecast on ESPN2 when North Carolina comes to The Palestra on Tuesday, Dec. 4. In addition, the Quakers’ Big 5 game at Villanova (Dec. 1) will air on ESPN360; their Ivy game at home with Yale (Feb. 16) will air live on ESPN Classic; and their season-ending contest at Princeton (March 11) will be televised on ESPNU.
As part of the Ivy League’s television package with the YES Network, Penn’s contest at Yale (Feb. 29) will air live to a nationwide audience.
Finally, Penn’s game at Lafayette will be broadcast by the Lafayette Sports Network, which can be seen regionally in Eastern Pennsylvania.
About the Quakers
Penn has won the Ivy League title each of the last three years, five of the last six years, six times since 2000 and 11 times in the last 15 seasons.
Penn has won at least 20 games each of the last three seasons, five of the last six seasons, and 10 times since 1992-93.
Penn is 181-29 (.861) against the Ivy League since the start of the 1992-93 season, including five undefeated campaigns.
Penn has won 21-straight Ivy League home games heading into the 2007-08 season, and is 102-9 vs. Ivy opponents at The Palestra since losing the 1991-92 season opener; during that time, the Quakers are 10-5 against Princeton, and 92-4 against the rest of the Ivies.
Penn led the Ivy League in nine separate categories last year (conference games only):
Scoring Offense (72.3 ppg)
Scoring Margin (+13.9)
Field-Goal Percentage (.502)
Field-Goal Percentage Defense (.401)
3-Point FG Percentage Defense (.297)
Rebounding Offense (33.2)
Assists Per Game (16.21)
Steals Per Game (8.36)
Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.27)
Headlined by the loss of three three-year starters -- two-time Ivy League Player of the Year Ibrahim Jaaber, two-time first-team All-Ivy pick Mark Zoller, and two-time All-Ivy honoree Steve Danley -- Penn must replace 58.2 percent of its scoring and 50.2 percent of its rebounds from a year ago.
Penn’s top returner is undoubtedly senior Brian Grandieri, a second-team All-Ivy pick last year who averaged 11.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He was third on the team in scoring and second in rebounding.
Grandieri -- who did not play his freshman year due to injury -- started all but one game a year ago, shot 50 percent from 3-point land (22-of-44), and was third on the team with 83 assists and 37 steals.
Grandieri finished with 19 double-figure scoring games in 2006-07, and had two games with 10 rebounds. He has 27 double-figure scoring games and three double-doubles in his collegiate career.
Sophomore Darren Smith started 10 of Penn’s last 11 games, sitting only for Senior Night in favor of outgoing senior Adam Franklin; Smith averaged 4.2 points per game and hit 22-of-46 from beyond the arc.
Smith had a pair of 17-point games last year (against Florida Gulf Coast and Harvard), as well as a 10-point outing vs. Dartmouth.
Junior Kevin Egee (3.9 ppg, 1.1 rpg) saw time in all 31 games last year, with eight starts; he averaged 13.3 minutes per outing.
Egee had eight games with at least seven points last year, including his first collegiate double-figure game with 10 points at Cornell.
Senior Michael Kach (3.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg) played in 24 contests last year, with two starts; he averaged 14.0 minutes per game.
Kach had 12 points, three rebounds and three assists in his first collegiate start, at Navy; he later dropped 14 points at Harvard.
Kach played just six games as a freshman, then did not play at all sophomore year before re-joining the team last year.
Junior Brennan Votel (2.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg) was one of just six players to play in all 31 games last season; he averaged 9.2 minutes per game.
Votel had an 11-point, 4-rebound game against Harvard last year, and went for 10 points and six boards in the Ivy-clinching win over Yale.
Sophomore Justin Reilly (1.5 ppg, 0.8 rpg) played in 23 games last year, second behind Smith among newcomers (fellow freshman Andreas Schreiber appeared in 16 contests).
A harbinger of things to come? Reilly, a Texas native, was fearless in the NCAA Tournament loss to Texas A&M, scoring seven points and snaring three boards in a season-high 22 minutes of action.
Junior Cameron Lewis certainly left an impression defensively last year, with nine blocked shots in 32 minutes of action.
One potential damaging loss this season is junior Tommy McMahon, who will sit out the year after having surgery in the fall. He has been plagued by back problems during his first two seasons at Penn.
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