Quakers Head to No. 1 Duke For First Road Game of 2005-06

Penn-Duke Game Notes in PDF Format

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania faces arguably the most daunting six-day period in its storied men’s basketball history, taking on not one but two teams ranked in the Top 5 of this week’s Associated Press poll.

GAME 6 - PENN (3-2) AT#1 DUKE (7-0)
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005 * 7 p.m. EST
Durham, N.C. * Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Television: ESPN2
(Dave O’Brien, PBP; Rick Majerus, analyst)
Radio/Internet: WXPN Radio (88.5 FM) and
www.pennathletics.com
(Brian Seltzer, PBP; Vince Curran, analyst)

Such occurences are relatively common in ACC country -- where the Quakers will play the first of those games, against No. 1 Duke Wednesday -- but this is the Ivy League. Penn does not typically face teams like the Blue Devils and No. 4 Villanova in a one-week span.

Of course, Penn is not a typical Ivy League team. The Quakers have won nine of the last 13 conference crowns and been to the NCAA Tournament eight times in that time (only Kentucky in the SEC has earned its conference’s automatic berth more times during that same period). Penn is the eighth-winningest program in NCAA Division I history, closing in on 1,600 wins (No. 1,595 came Friday vs. Navy). And playing in the Philadelphia Big 5 with the likes of Temple, Saint Joseph’s and Villanova, the Quakers can be excused for not regarding next week’s game with the Wildcats as a national game but rather their yearly city tussle.

Penn can also claim a ranking, too -- the Quakers stand 19th in this week’s collegeinsider.com Mid-Major poll, in which a host of mid-major coaches rank teams from the America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Continent, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Sun Belt and West Coast conferences. The No. 1 team in that poll? Gonzaga, no slouch.

Ivy Player of the Week-Penn junior guard Ibrahim Jaaber was named the Ivy League Player of the Week Monday. Jaaber, a second-team All-Ivy selection a year ago, led the Quakers in scoring three times last week, highlighted by a career-best 31 points in Penn’s win over Navy. He also averaged 3.7 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.3 assists.

The Fun Fact - Penn has met just one other Associated Press No. 1 team in history, and it happened in the Fran Dunphy era. On Jan. 14, 1995, he took the Quakers -- in the midst of a 48-game Ivy League unbeaten streak, a four-year run of Ivy titles and four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances -- to the University of Massachusetts to meet the No. 1 Minutemen. UMass prevailed, 93-60, in a nationally televised game.

The Series with Duke
• Penn and Duke are meeting for the 14th time; the Blue Devils lead the series, 7-6.

• Penn head coach Fran Dunphy is matching wits with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski for the first time.

• Most recently, these teams met four times from 1978-80, including twice in the NCAA Tournament. Duke won all four.

• Penn is 1-2 at Duke, including a 50-49 overtime win on Dec. 7, 1971. That win was the second-to-last in a 48-game regular-season win streak that Penn compiled from 1970-72; it remains the sixth-longest such streak in NCAA Division I history.

• Penn is playing on the road for the first time this season; the Quakers started the season with five home games for the first time under Dunphy -- in fact, the last time it happened was the 1982-83 season. Prior to that, you have to go all the way back to 1944-45 to find the last time Penn opened with five games at The Palestra.

• Penn is 36-31 all-time against the schools that currently comprise the ACC, including a 1-6 record under Dunphy.
Boston College2-1 (Dunphy 0-1)
Clemson1-0
Duke6-7
Georgia Tech4-2 (1-0)
Maryland12-2 (0-2)
Miami (Fla.)3-4
North Carolina2-3
N.C. State0-2 (0-1)
Virginia5-7 (0-2)
Wake Forest1-3

Some Notes on No. 1...
• Penn has met just one other AP No. 1 team in history, and it happened in the Fran Dunphy era. On Jan. 14, 1995, he took the Quakers -- in the midst of a 48-game Ivy League unbeaten streak, a four-year run of Ivy titles and four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances -- to the University of Massachusetts to meet the No. 1 Minutemen. UMass prevailed, 93-60, in a nationally televised game.

• The Quakers have played an AP top-10 team on four other occasions under Dunphy, most recently Nov. 29, 2003 when they played No. 3 Michigan State at the Coca-Cola Classic in East Lansing, Mich. (that tournament pitted the teams from the 1979 NCAA Final Four -- Penn, Michigan State, Indiana State and DePaul).

• Penn knocked off No. 7 Temple, 73-70 in overtime, on Nov. 23, 1998; it remains the last time the Quakers beat a top-10 opponent.

• On March 3, 1998, Penn lost in overtime to No. 8 Princeton, 78-72; earlier that season, on Dec. 8, 1997, Penn lost to No. 2 Kansas, 89-71, in Washington, D.C.

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