No. 13 seed Penn (20-8) vs. No.-4 seed Boston College (24-4)
Thursday, March 17, 2005
Wolstein Center - Cleveland, Ohio
Tip-Off 3 p.m.
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The Ivy League Champion Penn men's basketball team will head to the 2005 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship earned a No. 13 seed and will face No. 4 seed Boston College on Thursday, March 17 at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Penn is playing in the Chicago Regional and the contest is the second of the afternoon doubleheader, which will begin approximately at 3 p.m.
The Penn basketball team finished the regular season on a five-game win streak after defeating Princeton, 64-56, on March 8 in Jadwin Gymnasium. The Red and Blue, who won 16 of their last 17 games, clinched their 23rd Ivy League Championship on Feb. 26 against Columbia.
With Three Games Left
The Quakers clinched the Ivy League title with three games remaining in the regular season to become the first team to earn an automatic bid to the 2005 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. Only two other Ivy League teams have accomplished this feat - the 1979 Quakers and the 1991 Princeton Tigers.
Heading Back to the Dance
Penn is making its eighth trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last 13 years. Only one school has earned its conference’s automatic bid more times since the 1992-93 season, as Kentucky, out of the Southeastern Conference, has gone nine times.
Where the Seeds Fall
This is the second time the Quakers have earned the 13th seed since published seeding began in 1979. The last time was in 2000, when Penn faced No. 4 Illinois in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Red and Blue have been seeded as high as ninth in the NCAA Tournament. That was in 1979 when the Quakers made it to the Final Four.
Against the Eagles
Penn is 2-0 against Boston College. The last time the two teams squared off was on Dec. 20, 1969 in the Holiday Festival in New York City where Penn downed the Eagles, 86-65. The first meeting between the two schools also came in the Holiday Festival on Dec. 29, 1962. Penn won 71-69.
The Ancient Eight in Ohio
No Ivy League team has ever played an NCAA game in Ohio. The only Ivy squad to play Boston College in the NCAA Tournament was Princeton in Corvallis, Ore. in 1983.
Ivy League vs. Big East
An Ivy League school has not faced a Big East opponent in the NCAA tournament since 1992 when Princeton lost to Syracuse in the first round. The last time an Ivy League school beat a Big East opponent in the NCAA tournament was 1979 when the Quakers beat Syracuse, 84-76, in the East Regional Semifinal.
Penn vs. the Big East
The Quakers are 85-107 against the Big East conference. Penn has winning records against five of the 12 conference opponents. The Eagles are the only Big East school Penn has not lost to.
Dunphy Against the Big East
Coach Dunphy sports a 5-11 record all-time against Big East opponents. He sports a 2-0 record against St. John’s and is 0-2 against Providence, 0-1 versus Seton Hall, 3-8 against Big 5 rival Villanova.
Against the Tourney Field
Penn has played three teams who are in the NCAA Tournament this year. All three opponents are in the Syracuse Region - Villanova (No. 5 seed), Wisconsin (No. 6 seed) and Bucknell (No. 14 seed). The Quakers defeated Bucknell, 65-52, but fell to Wisconsin, 77-44, and Villanova, 74-64.
The Quakers and Eagles share three common opponents this season. Both teams faced Villanova, Providence and Yale. Boston College won both games against Providence, but split its conference series with Villanova, winning the first game, 77-67, but falling in the second, 76-70. Penn lost a tough battle to the Wildcats, 74-64. The Eagles won an 82-80 overtime match-up with Yale earlier this season, while Penn split with the Bulldogs. Penn won the first game, 65-41, but fell in the second game of the series, 78-60.
Scouting the Eagles
The Eagles, with a 24-4 record, are ranked seventh in the latest Associated Press poll. The Eagles’ 24 victories were the most in school history. Boston College won 20-consecutive games to start the 2004-05 campaign off. The Eagles are led by Craig Smith who averages 17.9 ppg. Two other Eagles average in double figures - Jared Dudley (16.3) and Sean Marshall (11.0). The Eagles fell to West Virginia in the quarterfinals of the Big East championships.
On the Sidelines
The Eagles are led by Head Coach Al Skinner, who is in his 17th season as a head coach and seventh at Boston College. He’s led Boston College to two Big East regular-season crowns, one BIG EAST Tournament title and five postseason tournament berths. He guided the 2000-01 Eagles to the highest win total (27) and NCAA Tournament seed (No. 3) in school history; that team also captured the BIG EAST regular-season and tournament titles.
BC in the NCAA
This is Boston College's second-consecutive NCAA berth and its 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles are 10-3 in first-round games since their first berth in 1958.
Tim Begley will be making his third start in the NCAA Tournament. The last time the senior captain and the Quakers were in the Big Dance, Begley left at the 7:38 mark of the second half with a game-ending injury and the Red and Blue down by three. The Quakers eventually fell to Oklahoma State, 77-63.
Begley's BC Connection
Tim Begley has a bigger connection to Boston College than just a first round matchup in the 2005 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. His older brother, Matt, graduated from BC in 2001, while his Uncle, Tom, also graduated from the school. Tim also has two cousins that are current students at the college, while his aunt and uncle are staff members in Chestnut Hill.
The Dean of Coaches
The Quakers recorded their 20th win on March 8, 2005 against Princeton. The victory marked Head Coach Fran Dunphy’s eighth 20-win season at Penn and the fifth in the last seven years. A Dunphy team has never advanced to the NCAA Tournament with less than 20 wins.
Player of the Year
Penn’s senior Tim Begley was named Ivy League Player of the Year and was an unanimous First-Team All-Ivy selection. Begley was fifth in the League in scoring (13.7), eighth in rebounds (5.4) and led the conference in assists (4.79), three pointers made (2.54) and assist/turnover ratio (1.54). He was also named Player of the Year for the Ivy League by collegeinsider.com.
The Quakers had four all-conference players in 2004-05. Tim Begley was one of three unanimous First-Team All-Ivy selections, while sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber earned Second-Team honors and classmates Steve Danley and Mark Zoller received Honorable Mention.
Four members of the class of 2005 - Tim Begley, Jan Fikiel, Eric Heil and Nameir Majette - played their last game in The Palestra on March 5, an 85-68 win over Harvard. The quartet combined for an impressive 42-12 record on their home floor.
Regular Season Finale
Four Quakers scored in double figures to lead Penn to a 64-56 win over Princeton on March 8. Sophomores Steve Danley and Ibrahim Jaaber both scored 13 points, while senior Jan Fikiel scored 12 points, going 12-of-14 from the foul line, and grabbed eight boards and classmate Tim Begley scored 10 points, all in the first half. Penn out-rebounded the Tigers, 34-24. The Tigers, who averaged 74.6 percent from the charity stripe, shot only 61.1 percent in their eighth conference loss of the season.
King of Thieves
Sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber set a Penn and Ivy League record for steals in a game on March 4 against Dartmouth. Jaaber snatched away nine balls in the game, including seven in the first half, to break the record of eight which eight former Ancient Eight players shared. Jaaber also established a new Penn and Ivy League single season record for steals with 83 - besting Andrew Gellert of Harvard’s five-year old record of 74 stolen balls.
What A Class
The Class of 2007 made quite an impact on the team this season as starting sophomores Steve Danley, Ibrahim Jaaber and Mark Zoller, along with sixth-man Ryan Pettinella, have combined to average 35.0 points per game, which is almost half of the offensive output of the Quakers.
Ibrahim Jaaber has steals in all but one game this season. He recorded a career-high and new Penn record nine against Dartmouth on March 4. He’s had four or more steals in a game 10 times this season.
Moving up in the RPI
The Quakers current RPI stands at 42 - a season best for the Red and Blue. The last time the Red and Blue went to the NCAA Tournament in 2002-03, the Quakers sported a 36 RPI after a 22-6 overall record and a 14-0 record in conference action.
He Can Score Too
Sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber averaged 11.4 ppg in 2004-05 which was second on the team. He scored a career-high 26 points against Columbia in Penn’s Ivy League title clinching win. Jaaber went 9-for-12 from the floor, including a 3-for-5 effort from beyond the arc.
One Win After Another
Penn went on an 11-game win streak during the season, from Jan. 15 to Feb. 19. The Quakers’ streak was one of the top-10 consecutive undefeated streaks in the country. After falling to Yale on Feb. 19, Penn ended the season with five-consecutive victories.
Penn is making its 21st trip to the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship in 2004-05. Penn's first trip to the Dance was in 1953.
Penn's all-time record in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is 13-22.
The furthest Penn has gone in the tournament was when the 1978-79 Quakers won the East Regional and fell in the Final Four to eventual national champion, Michigan State.
The last time Penn went to the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship was in 2002-03. The Quakers met Oklahoma State in the first round, and fell, 77-63.
Head Coach Fran Dunphy has a 1-7 record in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. His lone win came on March 17, 1994 when the Quakers defeated Nebraska, 90-80, in the first round. Penn then fell to Florida, 70-58, in the second round.
The last time a school from the Ivy League won a first round game was when Princeton defeated UNLV, 69-57, on March 12, 1998.
A Lucky Charm
The Quakers’ last win in the NCAA Tournament came on St. Patrick’s Day in 1994. Penn defeated Nebraska, 90-80, in the first round in Uniondale, N.Y. Penn’s next St. Patrick’s Day match-up comes in 2005 when the Quakers meet Boston College.
The League’s Best Players
Penn has had 13 Ivy League Players of the Year, which is the most of any Ancient Eight team since the award’s inception in 1975. Tim Begley is the most recent honoree. Ugonna Onyekwe and Jerome Allen were two-time Players of the Year while Michael Jordan, Matt Maloney, Ira Bowman, Perry Bromwell, Paul Little, Tony Price, Keven McDonald and Ron Haigler were also honorees.
Streaking into the Record Book
Penn holds the Ivy League record for consecutive Ancient Eight victories with 48 wins from 1992-96. During that stretch, the Quakers won four Ivy League titles.
Speaking of Streaks
Penn is fifth on the Division I regular season consecutive victories list with 48 (1970-72). The Quakers started on Dec. 30, 1969 and ended on Dec. 18, 1972 by Temple.
Hard Work Pays Off
Freshman David Whitehurst was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week (March 6) for his career performance against Harvard on March 5. The rookie scored a career-best 16 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Whitehurst is the fifth Quaker to earn a conference player of the week honor. Tim Begley, Steve Danley, Ibrahim Jaaber and Mark Zoller all received Ivy League Player of the Week honors in 2004-05.
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 25 of Penn’s 28 games this season.
248 Tim Begley 2002-present
244 Matt Maloney 1993-95
220 Jeff Schiffner 2001-04
201 Matt Langel 1997-00
199 Garrett Kreitz 1995-98
Nationally Recognized (as of March 7)
Sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber is sixth in the nation in steals per game. The guard averages 3.0 steals per game. He led the Quakers and Ivy League in snatches this season with 83.
Penn’s Ibrahim Jaaber is not the only member of his family who will be heading to the Big Dance. Luqman Jaaber, Ibrahim’s older brother will play for Virginia Union in the Division II NCAA Tournament. Luqman and his Panthers went 25-4 this season and won the CIAA Tournament to earn the automatic bid.
Start Your Engines
Senior Tim Begley has only missed three starts in his collegiate career. Begley entered the starting line-up as a freshman in the first game of the season. His three missed starts came during his sophomore campaign. He started in 112-115 games
Penn Success in the Ivy League
The Quakers are 405-99 against the Ivy League since the 1969-70 season. Penn has gone undefeated in Ancient Eight action seven times during that stretch - 1970, 1971, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000 and 2003.
Above the Rest
As a team, the Quakers led the Ivy League in eight of the 19 statistical categories. Penn ranked first in scoring offense (68.5), Scoring Margin (+7.6), Rebounding Offense (37.5), Rebounding Margin (+5.0), Field Goal Percentage Defense (.397), Assists (14.39), Offensive Rebounds (12.36) and Defensive Rebounds (25.14).
Besting the Tigers
The Quakers weren’t the only team to take wins from Princeton this season as the Tigers went 6-8 in conference play and recorded their first losing season in the Ivy League. Princeton had a .500 or above record in the first 49 years of the conference. Penn took both games this season from its archrival, including a come-from-behind win at The Palestra on Feb. 8. Penn leads the all-time series 116-96.
Shooting the Rock
Penn has shot above 50 percent in four of its last five games. The Quakers shot 55.1 percent from the field against the Crimson on March 5. Senior Nameir Majette was a perfect 2-for-2, while freshman David Whitehurst was 5-of-6 from the field. On March 4, sophomore Mark Zoller was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and classmate Ryan Pettinella hit all four of his shots from the floor as well.
At the Line
In Penn’s win over Princeton, the Quakers took 41 shots from the foul lin and hit 73.2 percent of them. Jan Fikiel went 12-for-14 from the charity stripe in the game. The Quakers made the most trips to the charity stripe against Columbia on Feb. 12. Penn took 47 attempts from the foul line and connected on 71.2 percent. In that game, Steve Danley went 14-of-17 from the line.
Sophomore Mark Zoller recorded his fourth double-double of the season against Harvard on March 5. The forward scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Penn’s 85-68 win. Zoller is third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.4 points per game and leads the Red and Blue in rebounding, averaging 6.4 boards. The Blue Bell, Pa. native averages 7.4 rebounds in League games.
Making Your Way to the Top
Freshman David Whitehurst made his way into the starting line-up against Cornell on Feb. 25 and made three more starts since (did not start on Senior Night). The rookie from Tinton Falls, N.J. averaged 7.2 points in his final five games of the season. He hit 42.3 percent of his shots and scored 36 of his 50 points this season in those five contests.
From the Charity Stripe With Love
Senior Jan Fikiel is second on the team in free throw percentage, making 75.4 percent of his shots. He nailed a career-high 12-of-14 attempts from the foul line in Penn’s win at Princeton on March 8. Fikiel was flawless from the foul line nine times this season including a 6-for-6 effort against Columbia in Penn’s Ivy title clinching win.
Sophomore Steve Danley was first on the team in blocks with 24 and was seventh in the League, averaging 0.86 blocks per game. Danley had three blocks against Bucknell on Dec. 1, 2004.
Call to Action
Sophomore Ryan Pettinella averages 4.8 point and 3.1 rebounds in 12.5 minutes off the bench for the Quakers. The forward scored a career-high 10 points twice this season - against Villanova (12/31) and Brown (2/18). He hit 6-of-10 from the foul line against Nova and went 3-for-4 from the floor versus the Bears.
Penn played two overtime games this season and both extra period sessions games were in The Palestra. The Quakers lost the first game, 74-68, to Rider on Jan. 12, 2005. Just a little less than a month later, the Red and Blue defeated Princeton, 70-62, on Feb. 8.
Getting to 60
The Quakers scored at least 60 points in all 20 wins this season. Penn lost four games this season when scoring more than 60 points.
For the second straight season, Mark Zoller led the Quakers in field goal percentage. The forward connected on 51.8 percent of his shots this season and shot above 75 percent four times - Siena (77.8), Yale (83.3), Dartmouth (1.000) and Harvard (.750). He reached double figures in all four of those contests.
Love for the Long Ball
Senior Eric Osmundson nailed at least one three pointer in 20 of his 25 games played this season including a streak of 17-consecutive games in which he hit one trey. He shot above 50 percent from beyond the arc seven times.
Junior Friedrich Ebede scored a career-best seven points against Siena in career-high 21 minutes of action. The Cameroon native went 3-for-4 from the field and pulled down five boards.
Keep Your Eyes on the Ball
The Quakers picked up 14 steals against the Big Green on March 4, marking the third time this season the Red and Blue snatched away that many balls. Ibrahim Jaaber had a career-high and record-setting nine steals, while Steve Danley and Mark Zoller had two apiece and Tim Begley picked up one.
Tim Begley was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District Team, receiving 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.
Shutting Down the Offense
The Quakers held their opponent to 50 points or less six times this season. Dartmouth scored only 37 points against the Quakers on March 4 which was the lowest offensive output against the Quakers since Columbia managed only 39 points against the Quakers on March 7, 2003. Penn also held Drexel (50), Yale (41) Dartmouth (44) and Cornell (50, 49) under the half century mark this season.
Movin’ On Up
Tim Begley became the 32nd member of the 1,000 point club on Feb. 5. At the end of the regular season, the senior captain, who averages 13.7 ppg., stands 23rd all-time in program history with 1,146 points.
Making Ivy History
Tim Begley is second all-time in the Ancient Eight in career three-pointers made with 248. 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 20 games in double figures this season, including six straight and 16 of the last 20 contests. Five other Quakers have had several double figure games - Ibrahim Jaaber (16), Steve Danley (14), Mark Zoller (12), Eric Osmundson (9) and Jan Fikiel (6).
Danley in The Palestra
Ten of sophomore Steve Danley’s double-digit games have come in The Palestra. The forward scored a career-high 22 points in his home gym on Jan. 29 just one night after setting his then career-best of 16 points. He led the team in scoring in both those games and as subsequently named Ivy League Player of the Week.
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.
The Quakers are 11-1 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), Cornell (10), Dartmouth (14) and Harvard (19)
Lending a Hand
At the conclusion of the regular season, senior Tim Begley stands third all-time in assists with 423 helpers. In his senior campaign, Begley dished out assists in 26 of 28 games, including 13 against Lafayette which tied the program record for helpers in a game.
Cleaning the Glass
Penn has had 40 or more rebounds in 11 games this season, including six straight contests - Illinois-Chicago (42), Rider (44), Siena (42), Lafayette (41), Saint Joseph’s (40) and Yale (43). The Red and Blue’s most recent 40 rebound effort came against Harvard on March 5 when Penn pulled down 45 boards. Mark Zoller led the team with 12 boards, including 10 defensive rebounds. 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 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 734-314 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.
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 103 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 102 consecutive years.
NCAA Longest Running Rivalries
Yrs. Schools Years
104 Columbia vs. Yale 1902-2005
104 Princeton vs. Yale 1902-2005
103 Princeton vs. Penn 1903-2005
102 Columbia vs. Penn 1904-2005
102 Cornell vs. Penn 1904-2005
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 1,592 all-time victories stand eighth on the list.
All-Time Winningest Teams
(does not include 2004-05)
School Years Wins
Kentucky 101 1876
North Carolina 94 1827
Kansas 106 1825
Duke 99 1737
St. John’s (NY) 97 1668
Temple 108 1623
Syracuse 103 1625
Penn 104 1572
Indiana 104 1554
Notre Dame 99 1548
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