Men's Hoops Heads to Brown, Yale

Penn vs. Brown * Friday, 7 p.m.
Pizzitola Sports Center* Providence, R.I.
Penn vs.Yale * Saturday,6 p.m.
John J. Lee Amphitheater* New Haven, Conn.
WXPN (88.5 FM) / (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
TV: CN8 - Saturday only (Dave Shea, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes in PDF Format

PHILADELPHIA - On January 24, Penn engaged Temple in a highly charged affair at The Palestra, as the man who recruited and coached the Quaker players -- Fran Dunphy -- made his first visit to his old stomping grounds. Penn pulled out a pulsating, 76-74 win.

On Friday night, the tables are turned as Glen Miller -- Penn’s new head coach -- returns to his former home to face his former players at Brown University. What a way for the Quakers to get back into Ivy play!

Of course, it is an Ivy League weekend, so while there will be plenty of attention given to Penn’s visit to Pizzitola Sports Center Friday night, there is also Yale to think about. Not that the Quaker players will be overlooking their Saturday night opponent in New Haven -- Penn has won just two of the last five games it has played at Yale, and one of them was last year’s harrowing, 57-55 victory.

Penn is the only team in the League without a loss, and another sweep this weekend would certainly put the Quakers in a good position with regard to the championship chase. Following these two games, seven of Penn’s last 10 Ivy contests are at home in The Palestra, where they have not lost an Ivy game the last two years (14 straight wins).

Penn Picked to Win: Penn was a near-unanimous pick to win the Ivy League title for the third year in a row and the fifth time in the last six years by a preseason poll of Ivy League media outlets. The Quakers received 15 of the 16 first-place votes in the preseason poll. (see page 6 for more details)

Ivy Domination: Penn began the 2003-04 Ivy League season with a pair of losses on this very trip, at Yale and Brown. Since then, the Quakers have gone 37-5 in league play (19-2 at home, 18-3 on the road). Beyond that, in all but one of the five losses the result could have gone either way. They were: 78-74 to Brown (2/20/04); 76-70 in OT to Princeton (3/9/04); 78-60 at Yale (2/19/05); 59-57 at Columbia (2/17/06); and 60-59 in OT at Princeton (3/7/06).

Mr. 200: Penn’s John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men’s Basketball, Glen Miller, is looking to earn his 200th win as a collegiate head coach this weekend; he enters the Brown game with a 199-164 record (95-58 at Division III Connecticut College; 93-99 at Brown; 11-7 at Penn).

Surveying the Opponents
• Friday’s meeting between Penn and Brown represents the 111th; the Quakers hold a 92-18 lead in the series and have won four-straight.

• Last year, Penn defeated Brown two times, 68-51 in Philadelphia and 74-68 in overtime here in Providence.

• Saturday’s meeting between Penn and Yale represents the 205th; the Quakers hold a 138-66 lead in the series.

• Last year, Penn swept the season series from Yale, winning 74-52 in Philadelphia and then 57-55 here in New Haven; the second win was coupled with a Princeton loss at Brown, and gave the Quakers the Ivy League title.

• Penn has made the Brown-Yale trip 50 times since the start of Ivy League play; during that time, the Quakers have gone 2-0 24 times, gone 0-2 six times, and split the weekend 20 times. When playing Brown first and Yale second, Penn is 2-0 eleven times, 0-2 twice and 1-1 ten times, with the loss coming Friday at Brown four times and Saturday at Yale six times.

• Glen Miller boasts a record of 10-4 all-time against Yale from his seven years as head coach at Brown; that includes a 6-1 mark at home in Providence, and a 4-3 record in New Haven.

• Miller’s Brown teams defeated Yale in New Haven four of the last five years he was there; the Bears lost last year at the Lee Amphitheater, snapping a four-game winning streak.

• Miller’s Brown teams swept the Bulldogs three times (2003, 2004, 2005) and split on four occasions (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006); of the four splits, two of them came via home wins and road losses and two came via road wins and home losses.

Scheduling Tough!
• The seven teams to have beaten Penn this year—UTEP, Syracuse, Villanova, Fordham, Seton Hall, No. 4 North Carolina and Saint Joseph’s—had a combined record of 98-50 (.662 win percentage) entering action on Thursday, Feb. 1.

Home Court Advantage?
• This weekend’s road games break up an otherwise home-heavy schedule for Penn—the Quakers are playing seven of nine games at The Palestra between January 24 and February 17, including five Ivy League games in an eight-day span from February 9-17. Of course, prior to its January 24 contest with Temple, Penn had not played a home game in 34 days, since December 21 (Illinois-Chicago).

Veteran Leadership
• Ibrahim Jaaber has started all 76 games played by Penn the last three seasons, while Steve Danley has started 74 of the 75 games he has played in that span (he came off the bench for Senior Night in 2004-05, and missed a game to injury in 2005-06). Mark Zoller has 81 career starts.

Pushing the Tempo
• A sign that Penn has moved to a more up-tempo game this year: the Quakers have already scored at least 80 points in seven separate games this season—and hit 79 on another occasion—after doing it just seven times all of last season and six times all of 2004-05.

• Another sign? Penn scored 332 points in Big 5 play this year, a program record. The old mark of 309 points was set in 1970-71.

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