Quakers Set to Host Navy in the First of Back-to-Back Games

Penn-Navy Game Notes in PDF Format

PHILADELPHIA - Ivy League weekends just do not happen in December, and certainly in the first three days of that month. No, most years you can be pretty certain that Penn’s conference slate will take place well after the calendar has been turned to a new year.

However, this weekend bears a distinct Ivy feel. Why? The Quakers will play Friday and Saturday, much as they do when, say, Dartmouth and Harvard come to town in one weekend.

Penn hosts Navy Friday evening, in a game with an unusual 5 p.m. start. The early start is to allow Navy fans and dignitaries to move on to the gala events surrounding Saturday’s Army-Navy football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Fans of Penn basketball, unfortunately, will not be able to make that game—they will be too busy settling back into their Palestra seats to see the Quakers take on Temple, less than 24 hours after tipping off with the Midshipmen.

Penn is looking to bounce back from Tuesday night’s loss to Big 12 member Colorado. The Quakers and the Buffs were tied, 37-37, at the half, but Colorado was able to take advantage of some cold shooting by Penn in the second stanza to win going away.

The Quakers will look to get more from Ibrahim Jaaber in Friday’s contest; the junior led Penn with 16 points against Colorado, but had foul trouble and only played 27 minutes—more than 12 below his average through the first two games.

Navy, meanwhile, comes to The Palestra still looking for its first win of 2005-06; the Mids have lost their first three games. Most recently, Navy lost to Air Force 64-55 Sunday afternoon in Annapolis.

Saturday’s game with Temple is part of the Big 5 Classic and will be the second half of a doubleheader at The Palestra. La Salle and Drexel will tip off the day with a noon start, followed by the Quakers and the Owls at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The Fun Fact
When Penn head coach Fran Dunphy looks down to the Navy bench tonight, he will see a face that used to sit right next to him on the home bench—John Krikorian. The second-year Navy assistant spent two years as an assistant under Dunphy at Penn, including the 2001-02 season when the Quakers went 25-5, won the Ivy title and went to the NCAA Tournament. Krikorian not only coached at Penn; he graduated from Penn in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in systems engineering.

The Series with Navy
• The Dec. 2 meeting between Penn and Navy represents the 76th between the schools in men’s basketball; surprisingly, it is the first matchup since Dec. 4, 1992 (a 78-58 Penn win).

• Penn head coach Fran Dunphy has a 4-0 record against Navy, with the wins coming each of his first four seasons.

• Penn is 152-45 all-time against the schools that currently make up the Patriot League, with a winning record against all but one of them. The mark includes a 43-4 ledger under Dunphy.
American6-0 (4-0 under Dunphy)
Army20-12 (1-0)
Bucknell4-1 (3-0)
Colgate7-1 (4-0)
Holy Cross3-3 (1-1)
Lafayette36-3 (14-2)
Lehigh22-4 (12-1)
Navy54-21 (4-0)

• To say that the Quakers have had success against Patriot League teams would be an understatement; in fact, they have won 19-straight games against the Patriots, with the last loss coming January 27, 1997 at Lafayette. Since the last time Penn played Navy, Dunphy’s teams have gone a combined 30-1 against the Patriot League.

• Penn is starting 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.

Download: MBK Notes 04 (Navy).pdf