PHILADELPHIA - After an extremely rare winless home weekend, the Quakers will try to right the ship on the road over the next five days, beginning this weekend with Brown Friday and Yale Saturday. After that, a trip to rival (and surging) Princeton comes Tuesday.
GAME 19 PENN (5-13, 1-3) at BROWN (6-14, 0-6)
Friday, Feb. 13, 2009 * 7 p.m.
Pizzitola Sports Center * Providence, R.I.
RADIO: WXPN 88.5 FM - Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran
GAME 20 PENN at YALE (8-12, 3-3)
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 * 7 p.m.
John J. Lee Amphitheater * New Haven, Conn.
RADIO: ESPN 950 AM Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran
Penn Game Notes (PDF)
This Weekend in the Ivies
While Penn and Princeton (4-0) are on the road this weekend to face the Bears and the Bulldogs the Tigers will reverse the Quakers’ trip, facing Yale Friday and Brown Saturday the other half of the ledger features red-hot Dartmouth (4-2) and struggling Harvard (2-4) going to Columbia (3-3) and Cornell (5-1). The Big Green, winners of four of their last five, are in New York City to face the Lions Friday, then head to Ithaca to meet the Big Red Saturday; the Crimson will do the trip in reverse order.
The ten non-Ivy teams Penn lost to this season enter the weekend a combined 157-78, a 66.8 winning percentage; all of them have winning records (UNC 22-2, Drexel 13-10, Penn State 17-8, Albany 13-11, Villanova 20-4, Navy 17-7, UCF 15-9, Temple 13-9, La Salle 13-10, Saint Joe’s 14-8).
Penn is 5-0 when leading at the half this season, and 0-13 when trailing at the break.
Through 18 games, Penn has had six different players lead in scoring in a game (Tyler Bernardini, Kevin Egee, Jack Eggleston, Harrison Gaines, Brennan Votel and Zack Rosen) and six different players lead in rebounding (Eggleston, Votel, Rosen, Bernardini, Conor Turley and Cameron Lewis).
Rosen, a freshman, leads the Ivy League and is among the national leaders in assists per game (5.2) and assist/turnover ratio (2.14). In the last six games, he has 39 assists and 15 turnovers (2.60 ratio).
Bernardini, a sophomore, has scored in double figures in the last three games, six of the last seven contests, and a team-high 14 games overall. He has not had consecutive single-figure scoring games this season.
Egee, a senior, had 19 points last weekend; when he scored 12 against Columbia Friday, it was his first double-figure scoring game since December 29, and just his second since opening the season with four double-digit games.
Gaines, a sophomore, has hit double figures in five of the last six games (11.5 ppg).
Lewis, a senior, has sandwiched a pair of double-figure scoring games (12 at Dartmouth, 11 vs. Cornelll)around a goose egg (vs. Columbia) in the last three contests.
Penn vs. Brown (Fri)
Friday’s meeting between the Quakers and the Bears will be the 115th; Penn holds a 94-20 advantage.
Penn had won six in a row before last season, when Brown swept the Quakers (66-61 in Philadelphia, 75-43 here in Providence).
Last year’s 32-point Brown win was Penn’s largest loss in an Ivy League game.
Penn vs. Yale (Sat)
Saturday’s meeting of the Quakers and the Bulldogs wil be the 209th; Penn holds a 141-67 lead in the series
Penn swept Yale last year (78-65 in Philadelphia, 70-63 here in New Haven); however, this has proven to be a tough venue on the Quakers in recent yearsPenn has lost three of the last five games here and four of the last seven at the Lee Amphitheater.
The B/Y Road Weekend
Penn has made the Brown-Yale road trip 52 times since the start of Ivy League play; during that time, the Quakers have swept their opponents 24 times, split the weekend 22 times, and been swept six times.
When playing Brown first and Yale second, Penn is 2-0 13 times, 0-2 four times, and 1-1 ten times.
Not Lovin’ That Ivy Schedule...
With its first matchup against Princeton being on the road this year (Tuesday), Penn will play five of its first seven Ivy League games away from The Palestra.
Notemeal From Cornell...
Penn was swept at home in an Ivy League weekend for the first time since 1968 (also Columbia, then Cornell).
Penn unveiled a new starting lineup, changing four players and leaving only freshman Rob Belcore from Friday night. Sophomore Conor Turley made his first collegiate start, and junior Justin Reilly made his first start this season.
Sophomore Harrison Gaines became the second Penn player this season to have a 20-point game; he has scored 58 points in three outings against Cornell in his career.
Senior Cameron Lewis hit double figures for the second time in three games, and the third time this season, with 11 points.
Freshman Mike Howlett set season highs with seven points, three rebounds, and 16 minutes.
Notemeal From Columbia...
Columbia’s win was its first at The Palestra since 2002, and just its second since 1990.
Senior Kevin Egee scored 12 points, his first double-figure scoring game since Dec. 29 (at UCF) and his sixth of the season.
Egee squared off against his younger brother, Steve, a freshman at Columbia. At times, they were matched up with each other on the court.
Download: 0809 Gm19-20 (@B-Y).pdf