Penn (17-8, 10-1 Ivy) vs.Dartmouth (10-15, 7-5)
March 4, 2005 at7 p.m.
The Palestra - Philadelphia, Pa.
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Heading to the Big Dance
Penn clinched its 23rd Ivy League title on Feb. 26 with an 80-72 win over Columbia. The championship is Head Coach Fran Dunphy's ninth at Penn, while the Quakers will be making their 21st trip to the NCAA Tournament after picking up the nation's first automatic bid this season.
Last Time Out
Penn clinched the 2004-05 outright Ivy League title and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with an 80-72 victory over Columbia on Feb. 26. The Quakers were powered by sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber’s career-high 26 points and senior guard Tim Begley, who tallied 24 points and broke Penn’s career three-point record. After a close first half, Penn jumped out to a 57-37 lead 10 minutes into the second stanza on the strength of a 22-4 run. During that stretch, Begley broke the all-time three-pointer record with his 245th career triple, and senior Jan Fikiel dropped in eight of his 14 points. The Lions climbed out of the hole pulling to within eight, 80-72, with just under a minute to go, but could not put any added pressure on the Red and Blue.
The Dean of Coaches
With Penn’s win over Columbia on Feb. 26, Head Coach Fran Dunphy recorded his 11th season with at least 17 wins. With three League games left he could finish the 2004-05 season with 20 wins for the eighth time in his tenure at Penn.
Four members of the class of 2005 - Tim Begley, Jan Fikiel, Eric Heil and Nameir Majette - will play their final games in The Palestra this weekend. Entering Friday night’s game, the quartet is an impressive, 40-12, on their home floor. Prior to the start of Saturday night’s game, each senior will be recognized along with members of their families. (Note Eric Osmundson has one year of eligibility remaining.)
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Sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber earned Big Five and Ivy League Player of the Week honors for his outstanding performance last weekend. Jaaber averaged 20.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg in Penn’s wins over Cornell and Columbia. The guard scored a career-high 26 points on 9-for-12 shooting in the title-clinching win over Columbia and added a game-high 14 points in a 66-49 victory at Cornell. Jaaber also had eight steals, five assists and four blocks on the weekend.
Top of the Charts
Tim Begley became Penn’s all-time leader in three pointers when he nailed his 245th career trifecta against Columbia. The senior guard broke Matt Maloney’s record of 244 treys which stood for 10 years. The Freehold, N.J. native has had at least one three pointer in 22 of Penn’s 24 games this season.
The First Ones In
Since the 1969-70 campaign, the 2005 Quakers are the third team to have claimed the outright Ivy League title and the NCAA spot after 11 games. The two other teams were the 1991 Princeton team and the 1979 Penn squad.
Nationally Recognized (as of Feb. 27)
Sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber currently ranks 10th in the nation in steals per game. The Elizabeth, N.J. native has snatched away 71 balls this season which also tops in the Ancient Eight.
Player of the Year
Penn’s senior Tim Begley was named Player of the Year in the Ivy League by collegeinsider.com. Begley is first in the Ancient Eight in steals, three pointers made and assist/turnover ratio. He ranks third in the Ancient Eight in scoring and eighth in rebounding.
Head Coach Fran Dunphy is in his 16th season at the helm of Penn basketball. Coach Dunphy is the winningest coach in Penn basketball history with 287 career victories. He has had 11 winning seasons at Penn, including three-straight 17 plus-win seasons. Dunphy is the second winningest coach in the Ivy League with 176 Ancient Eight victories.
Head Coach Terry Dunn is in his first season at the helm of Dartmouth basketball. Dunn made his way to Hanover, N.H. after serving as assistant coach at Colorado for the past eight seasons. This season, Dunn has led the Big Green to 10 overall victories, including five-straight Ivy League wins, for the first time since 1998-99.
Since We Last Met
After falling in back-to-back games against Penn and Yale, the Big Green have gone on to win their last five and move into a three-way tie for second in the Ancient Eight. David Garner has led Dartmouth in scoring in three of those wins, while Mike Lang was the leading scorer in the other two contests. The Big Green have at least one win against each of the Ancient Eight teams this season except Penn.
Earlier this Season
Three Quakers scored in double figures to lead the Penn men’s basketball team to a 68-44 win over Dartmouth on Feb. 5. It was the seventh consecutive win for the Quakers. Senior Tim Begley scored 14 points, while classmate Eric Osmundson added 11 and sophomore Mark Zoller contributed with 12. Despite poor shooting from the field (37.3), the Quakers dominated the Big Green, leading by as many as 34 in the second half. Sophomore Steve Danley grabbed 10 rebounds as the Red and Blue pulled down a season-high 49 boards. Zoller went 5-for-5 from the foul line and classmate Ibrahim Jaaber hit 4-of-4 attempts from the charity stripe.
Penn holds a 134-54 lead in the series and enters the contest with 17 consecutive victories against the Big Green. The last time the Quakers fell to the Big Green was on Feb. 2, 1987 in The Palestra, 74-70, in overtime. That is the only win Dartmouth has in The Palestra in the Dunphy Era. The Quakers dominated the Big Green in the late 60's, 70's and early 80's, winning 30-straight games against Dartmouth.
Last Five Meetings
2/4/05at DartmouthW, 68-44
3/5/04at DartmouthW, 81-59
2/22/03at DartmouthW, 67-52
The Red and Blue on March 4
The Quakers sport a 17-10 record on the fourth day of March. Penn is 11-5 at home on this date, while Coach Dunphy is 1-1. The Red and Blue have gone 1-1 against Dartmouth on this day with each team winning at home.
Up Next ...
Penn takes on Harvard in its final home game of the season before traveling to Princeton for a 7:30 p.m. televised (CSTV) contests against the Tigers.
The Quakers are the first team to punch their ticket to the dance, but they still have to wait until Selection Sunday to find out who they will play and where. Stay tuned to www.pennathletics.com for all your NCAA Tournament ticket information.
Coach Dunphy in February
Head Coach Fran Dunphy finished the month of February with an all-time record of 116-35. The 16-year coach has gone undefeated four times in his career in 1993, 1994, 2000 and 2003. When Coach Dunphy and his Quakers have seven or more wins in February, Penn has won nine Ivy League Championships and finished second four times.
Shooting the Rock
Last weekend, the Quakers shot above 50 percent against Cornell and Columbia. Penn hit 57. 8 percent of their shots against the Lions. Penn hit 26-of-45 shots, while Tim Begley and Ibrahim Jaaber combined for 16-of-26 shooting.
Tim Begley was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District Team. Begley received second-team honors for District III. He was one of six Philadelphia Big 5 players to be named to the All-District III team, but is the only Ivy League player to make the list. He is one of 150 student-athletes from 15 districts who will be eligible for NABC All-American Team at the conclusion of the 2004-05 basketball season.
Picking Pockets, Breaking Records
Ibrahim Jaaber is Penn’s single season leader for steals with 71 stolen balls. Jaaber surpassed Matt Maloney on Feb. 19 when he picked up four steals against Yale to give him 63 stolen balls. The former Ivy League Player of the Year had 62 stolen balls during the 1993-94 campaign, where he averaged 2.21 picked pockets that season. Jaaber currently averages 2.8 steals per game and needs just four more snatches to become the Ivy League leader in steals in a single season.
Welcome to the Starting Five
Freshman David Whitehurst made his first collegiate start on Feb. 25 against Cornell. The guard from Tinton Falls, N.J. scored a career-best eight points in a career-high 27 minutes of action. He also had three rebounds and two assists as a member of the starting five. He made his second start against Columbia the following night.
Shutting Down the Offense
For the fifth time this season, and second against Cornell, the Quakers held their opponent to 50 points or less. The Big Red managed 50 points in their first meeting with the Red and Blue on Feb. 12, but put up only 49 in the second game of the series. Penn also held Drexel (50), Yale (41) and Dartmouth (44) under the half century mark.
Movin’ On Up
Tim Begley became the 32nd member of the 1,000 point club on Feb. 5. With three games left in the regular season, the senior captain, who averages 14.7 ppg., stands 25th all-time in program history with 1,115 points.
Making Ivy History
Tim Begley is currently second all-time in the Ancient Eight in career three-pointers made with 245. His three treys against Columbia on Feb. 26 moved him ahead of Jim Barton of Dartmouth. Brian Earl of Princeton holds the record with 281 trifectas.
Senior Tim Begley leads the team in multiple double-digit games. The senior has 17 games in double figures this season, including six straight and 13 of the last 17 contests. Five other Quakers have had several double figure games - Ibrahim Jaaber (15), Steve Danley (12), Mark Zoller (10), Eric Osmundson (9) and Jan Fikiel (6).
In League Games
Four Quakers are averaging double figures in League games. Senior Tim Begley leads the quartet with 14.5 ppg. Ibrahim Jaaber averages 12.2 ppg. while classmates Steve Danley and Mark Zoller average 11.2 and 10.6 ppg, respectively.
Danley in The Palestra
Danley has been very effective in League action, but he is a real threat at home. In Ancient Eight games in The Palestra, he is averaging 16 ppg. He has scored double figures in four of those five games and added 23 rebounds, 14 assists, six blocks and three steals.
The Quakers have had four different players earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors and three receive Big 5 Player of the Week accolades.
11/29 Ivy League Player of the Week
- Mark Zoller
Big Five Co-Player of the Week
- Mark Zoller
12/6 Ivy League Player of the Week
- Tim Begley
Big Five Player of the Week
- Tim Begley
1/24Ivy League Player of the Week
- Ibrahim Jaaber
1/31Ivy League Player of the Week
- Steve Danley
2/14Ivy League Player of the Week
- Tim Begley
Big Five Player of the Week
- Tim Begley
2/28Co-Ivy League Player of the Week
- Ibrahim Jaaber
Big Five Player of the Week
- Ibrahim Jaaber
Penn finished its 2004-05 non-conference campaign with a 7-7 mark. Six of the Red and Blue’s seven wins were double-digit victories including a 30 point win over Drexel on Nov. 23. Penn picked up wins over Bucknell and Lafayette to win 19 straight games against Patriot League opponents. The Quakers went 2-2 in the Big Five defeating La Salle, 78-67 and Saint Joseph’s, 67-59.
When 24 Equals Perfection
The Quakers are 9-1 when sophomore Mark Zoller scores in double figures. The forward from Blue Bell, Pa. had double-digit numbers against Quinnipiac (10), Drexel, (22), La Salle (11), Seina (18), Saint Joseph’s (13), Yale (14), Dartmouth (12), Brown (14), Yale (22) and Cornell (10)
A Streak is Over
Senior Eric Osmundson hit at least one three pointer in 17-straight games before the Brown game on Feb. 18, where he was held scoreless from long range. The Carlsbad, Calif. native has had three games with four or more trifectas this season. He’s shot 50 percent or better from beyond the arc seven times and ranks fourth in the League in three-point field goal percentage (41.6).
Lending a Hand
Senior Tim Begley tied the program record for assists in a game with 13 helpers against Lafayette on Jan. 18. The record, held by Dave Wohl, C’71, went untouched for 35 years. Begley has 123 helpers so far this season and 412 in his career which ranks third all-time.He surpassed Paul Chambers (1989-1992) who averaged 4.95 helpers in his career. Begley would need 64 assists to move into second place all-time.
Dominating the Glass
Penn has had 40 or more rebounds in nine games this season, including six straight contests - Illinois-Chicago (42), Rider (44), Siena (42), Lafayette (41), Saint Joseph’s (40) and Yale (43). The Quakers grabbed a season-high 51 rebounds against Brown on Feb. 18.
Beyond the Arc
The Red and Blue shot 78.6 percent (11-of-14) from the three-point range against Drexel, breaking the program record for three-point accuracy in a game. The previous record of 75 percent was set against USC on Jan. 11, 2003 when the Quakers went 15-of-20 from beyond the arc. Penn tied the record just 19 days later against Princeton, nailing 6-of-8 trifectas.
One of The Best
The University of Pennsylvania men's basketball program was named the 16th greatest college basketball program of all-time by Street and Smith's Specialty Publications. The Quakers were the first Ivy League and Big 5 institution to appear on the list.
Home Sweet Home
The Red and Blue are 732-314 all-time in The Palestra. Penn has not had a losing season at home since 1984-85 where the Quakers went 4-9. The Quakers have had 19 perfect Ivy League seasons at home and four seasons without a loss in The Palestra.
He’s No. 2
Head Coach Fran Dunphy is second all-time in the Ivy League with 286 career victories. Dunphy is also second in all-time Ivy League wins with 175. He has amassed an overall record of 175-42 against Ivy League opponents in his 16th season at Penn.
Welcome to The Palestra
The Palestra, which was built in 1927, was refurbished in 2000 and reopened amid some hoopla on Dec. 7 as “The Palestra 2000.” Known as college basketball’s most storied gymnasium, The Palestra was renovated into a type of museum of basketball history that includes players, coaches and fans from Penn, the Ivy League, local high schools, national powerhouse colleges, and of course, the Philadelphia Big 5. In an article titled, “A Museum in the Cathedral,” Sports Illustrated's Alex Wolff said “... Old friends - and the new friends The Palestra is making, like the Maryland basketball team, which strolled the halls in December on orders from Coach Gary Williams - regard the temple at 33rd and Walnut as “holier than a mere landmark.”
A Little History Lesson
The University of Pennsylvania has three of the top-five longest running rivalries in NCAA Division I basketball history. Penn and Princeton have met 102 years on the hardwood, which ranks second on the all-time consecutive games played list. Penn’s series with Columbia and Cornell both rank third with 101 consecutive years.
NCAA Longest Running Rivalries
103Columbia vs. Yale1902-2004
103Princeton vs. Yale1902-2004
102Princeton vs. Penn1903-2004
101Columbia vs. Penn1904-2004
101Cornell vs. Penn1904-2004
More Historical Tidbits
The Penn men’s basketball program is among the top-10 winningest program’s in NCAA Division I. The Quakers’ current count of 1,589 all-time victories stand eighth on the list.
All-Time Winningest Teams
(does not include 2004-05)
Kentucky1011876 North Carolina941827 Kansas1061825
St. John’s (NY)971668 Temple1081623 Syracuse1031625