Quakers Close 2005-06 Home Slate With Harvard, Dartmouth

Penn Ivy Weekend #5 Game Notes in PDF Format

PHILADELPHIA - On Saturday night, the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team will honor its three outgoing seniors prior to its game against Dartmouth.

Following the game, the Quakers hope to be sending them out with a piece of netting from the Palestra baskets.

Game 24 • Harvard (The Palestra)
Friday, Feb. 24, 2006 • 7 p.m. EST
TV:
None
Game 25 • Dartmouth (The Palestra)
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006 • 7 p.m. EST
TV:
YES Network
Radio/Internet: WXPN (88.5 FM) and www.pennathletics.com
Brian Seltzer, PBP; Vince Curran, analyst

Penn enters the weekend with a two-game lead in the Ivy League standings, and with a little help can end the weekend with at least a share of the Ivy title or even the outright championship and its ninth NCAA Tournament bid since 1993. To get a share, the Quakers must sweep Harvard and Dartmouth, and hope Princeton loses once (or lose once and have Princeton get swept). To get the outright title, Penn must sweep and hope Princeton loses twice and Yale loses once.

About the seniors...

Eric Osmundson, this year’s captain, is one of just two Penn players to start every game this season and the Quakers’ third-leading scorer at 9.9 points per game. He is tied for the team lead with 44 three-point baskets, tied for second among the Quaker players with 54 assists, and among the Ivy League leaders in treys made per game and three-point field-goal percentage. Osmundson entered the weekend with 546 career points, 95 career threes, 137 career assists and 38 career steals. He has 21 career double-figure scoring games, including 12 this season.

Friedrich Ebede has seen the first major minutes of his career this season; he is averaging 19.0 minutes per game, and has made the first 10 starts of his collegiate career. Ebede made a splash against then-No. 3 Villanova, coming up with his only collegiate double-double to date (13 points, 10 rebounds). His other double-figure scoring game came against Yale, when he dropped all of his 11 points in the first half of Penn’s comeback win.

Greg Kuchinski joined the program as a walk-on this season; he has seen time in four games (The Citadel, Lafayette, at Dartmouth, and last weekend at Cornell).

The Series with Harvard
• Friday’s meeting between Penn and Harvard is the 150th; the Quakers lead the series, 122-27, and have won eight in a row (by an average of 19.8 points).

• Penn Head Coach Fran Dunphy is 28-5 all-time against Harvard, including a 14-2 mark at The Palestra.

• Penn defeated Harvard earlier this season in Cambridge, 81-68.

The Series with Dartmouth
• Saturday’s meeting between Penn and Dartmouth is the 191st; the Quakers lead the series, 136-54, and have won 18 in a row (by an average of 18.8 points).

• Penn Head Coach Fran Dunphy is 29-4 all-time against Dartmouth, including a 15-1 mark at The Palestra.

• Penn defeated Dartmouth earlier this season in Hanover, 70-51.

• Under Dunphy, Penn has swept these two teams at home 13 times (including eight straight years) and split three times. The Quakers have never been swept.

The Goods on Penn...
• Fran Dunphy is 164-27 (.859 win percentage) against the Ivy League since the beginning of the 1992-93 season.

• Penn is looking to complete its second-consecutive 7-0 Ivy League home season, and the eighth since 1993; the Quakers’ last conference home loss took place in the 2003-04 season finale, a 76-70 overtime decision to Princeton.

• Since losing its Ivy League home opener in 1991-92, Penn is 93-9 at The Palestra against the Ancient Eight (including a current streak of 12 wins); in that run, the Quakers are 9-5 against Princeton and 84-4 against the rest of the league.

• Since starting the 2003-04 Ivy campaign with two losses, Penn is 31-4 against the Ancient Eight including a 17-2 home record.

• Penn has won six of its last seven, 10 of its last 12, and 13 of its last 16; the Quakers’ last two losses have come by a combined five points.

• In that 16-game stretch, six of the wins have come on the road (Hawaii, BYU-Hawaii, The Citadel, Dartmouth, Harvard, Cornell), the seven home wins have been by an average of 24.3 points, and 11 of the victories have been by double figures.

• All of Penn’s Ivy League wins this season have come by double digits, while the loss came by two points and was lost at the buzzer on a putback.

• Penn entered the week 15th nationally in steals per game (9.8), 24th in scoring defense (59.9 ppg allowed), and 28th in scoring margin (+9.8).

• Penn leads the Ivy League in seven categories overall, as well as when Ivy League-only games are considered (see graphic on page 2 for more info).

• Penn’s average margin of victory in its last nine wins is 22.4 points.

• Penn has committed fewer turnovers than its opponent in 16 of the last 17 games—including four games where the margin was more than 10—compiling a +6.12 turnover margin in that stretch; the one time it did not happen was Feb. 10 at Dartmouth, when Penn had 19 turnovers and the Big Green had 18.

• Penn has had 10 or more steals in 10 of the last 16 games, and nine thefts in three others during that stretch; in the last 14 games, the Quakers are averaging 10.2 steals.

Stuff to “Jaaber” About...
Some things that, when you know them, make Ibrahim Jaaber a really fun player to watch...

• Jaaber entered the week leading the nation in steals per game (3.52).

• Jaaber entered the week 37th nationally in field-goal percentage (.563); he was the only guard listed in the Top 50.

• Jaaber has been the Ivy League Player of the Week four times (Feb. 13, Jan. 16, Jan. 4, Dec. 3).

• Jaaber has 81 steals this season, giving him 198 for his career which makes him the program’s all-time leader (did we mention he is a junior?); on Jan. 25 vs. La Salle, he had five steals to surpass Jerome Allen as the program’s leader.

• Jaaber needs five steals to break his own Penn and Ivy League records for steals in a season; last year, he set the marks with 85.

• Jaaber enters the weekend needing two steals to become just the fourth player in Ivy League history to get 200 for his career; the others are Harvard’s Andrew Gellert (242), Harvard’s Mike Gielen (213) and Columbia’s Gary Raimondo (209).

• Jaaber has combined for 14 steals in his last two games against Dartmouth; he had an Ivy League-record nine last year here at The Palestra, and then had five earlier this season in Hanover.

• Jaaber has seven four-steal games, four five-steals games, one six-steal game and one seven-steal game this season.

• With all the talk about Jaaber and his ever-increasing steal total, what may get overlooked is his point total. Entering the weekend, the Ivy League’s leading scorer has 924 career points; he is on course to become just the 33rd player in Penn history to reach the 1,000-point plateau this season, as a junior.

• Jaaber has hit double figures in scoring in 24 of Penn’s last 25 games, dating back to last season. The only time he was held in single digits was Jan. 28 vs. Saint Joseph’s, when he fell just shy with nine points.

• Overall, Jaaber leads the Ivies in points (18.6) and steals (3.52) per game, and is in the Top 10 in five other categories.

• In Ivy League play, Jaaber leads the conference in four categories—points per game (20.1), field-goal percentage (a ridiculous .653), steals per game (4.00) and assist/turnover ratio (again, ridiculous at 4.14)—and is among the top five in four other categories.

• Jaaber is shooting .551 from the field this season, including a staggering .653 in Ivy play, and .683 (41-of-60) in the last five games; despite the fact that he has taken 10 or more shots in all but one game, he has been better than 50 percent in all but four games.

Download: MBK Notes 24-25 (H-D).pdf