Quakers Begin Challenging Week With Drexel

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PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania embarks on a daunting week beginning Saturday, facing the challenge of playing four games in a week punctuated by back-to-back games next Friday and Saturday.

GAME 2 -- Penn (1-0) vs. Drexel (3-2)
Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005
Tip Time: 4 p.m. EST
Arena (Capacity): The Palestra (8,722)
Television: None
Radio/Internet: www.pennathletics.com (Brian Seltzer, PBP; Vince Curran, analyst)

Of course, if they are looking for pity, they are barking up the wrong tree by crying to the first of their four opponents. Drexel makes the walk down the street today for the latest installment of this neighborhood rivalry having played four games since Monday -- the most recent coming, you guessed it, less than 24 hours ago. As if that is not enough, three of those games have taken place on the road (although it might be an interesting survey to see who had the longer “trip” today, the Drexel players from their locker room or the Penn players from their respective residences).

Penn has had nearly a week to prep for the Dragons after defeating Siena Monday, 82-77. The Quakers’ backcourt was expected to be a strength this season, and the first game certainly backed that up -- junior Ibrahim Jaaber fell just two points shy of his career high with 24 points and came up with five steals, while sophomore David Whitehurst came off the bench to drain a career-best 18 points. Steve Danley put people on notice, as well, coming up with 14 points and 10 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double to lead the frontcourt effort.

Following this game, the Quakers look forward to three more home games in the next week. Big 12 Conference member Colorado makes its first appearance in The Palestra Tuesday night, and the Quakers and Buffs will meet in the second half of a doubleheader (Saint Joseph’s and Drexel will tip things off that night at 6 p.m.). On Friday, Penn hosts Navy (on the eve of the Army-Navy football game) in a 5 p.m. start here, and then one day later the Quakers participate in the annual Big 5 Classic at The Palestra. La Salle and Drexel will begin the day at noon, followed by Penn and Temple at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The Fun Fact

This season marks the first time in head coach Fran Dunphy’s 17-year tenure that Penn has opened the season with five home games. In fact, the last time it happened was 1982-83 (since then, the longest season-opening home stretch was three, in 1998-99). Prior to 1982-83, the last time the Quakers opened with five home games was 1944-45.

The Series with Drexel

• This marks the 18th meeting between Penn and Drexel in men’s basketball.

• Penn leads the all-time series, 13-4.

• The most recent meeting took place last season here at The Palestra, with the Quakers earning an 81-50 decision on Nov. 23.

• Fran Dunphy is 6-3 all-time vs. Drexel; those meetings have come each of the last nine years, and all of them have been played in The Palestra.

• Penn is 32-7 all-time against the teams that currently make up the Colonial Athletic Association, including a 7-5 mark under Dunphy.
Delaware...16-3 (1-2 under Dunphy)
Drexel...13-4 (6-3)
William & Mary...2-0

• After Monday’s win, Penn improved to 8-9 in season openers under Dunphy, including four wins in the last five years. With a win tonight, the Quakers would be 2-0 for just the second time under Dunphy (the other 2-0 start came in 1996-97).

Download: MBK Notes 02 (Drexel).pdf