PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team kicks off a very busy week Tuesday night, taking a trip to the Lehigh Valley to meet Lafayette and freshman head coach (and former Penn stars) Michael Jordan. The game is the back end of a Leopards women’s/men’s doubleheader, with the Lafayette women taking on La Salle at 6:00 p.m. and the men’s game starting at around 8:30 p.m
This is the first of four games Penn will play in six days, as the Quakers will also compete in the inaugural Cathedral Classic, taking place Friday through Sunday at The Palestra.
GAME 6 – PENN (1-4) at LAFAYETTE (1-4)
Tuesday, 11/22/2022 | 8:30 p.m
Kirby Sports Center | Easton, Pa.
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Quaker Audio Network (QAN)
Also this season, Penn fans can listen to most of Penn’s men’s basketball games via the Quaker Audio Network, a free Internet-based audio streaming service. Matt Leon will attend the play-by-play call for Tuesday’s game at Easton, with Brad Fadem and Vince Curran offering analysis. To access the Quaker Audio Network, simply type www.pennathletics.com/audio into your computer or device.
The Penn Lafayette series
*One of Quakers’ most regular non-conference opponents for several decades, the teams meet for the 55th time Tuesday.
*Penn leads the overall series 44-10, but the series has been extremely competitive lately as teams tied 7-7 in the last 14 matchups.
*Lafayette won the last meeting played here at the Kirby Sports Center – 86-75 on November 19, 2019 – and is 5-2 in Easton in their last seven games.
*On the other hand, Penn has dominated the last three meetings at The Palestra in Philadelphia, including an 85-57 decision last season.
*Penn is 168-59 all-time against teams currently playing in the Patriot League.
* In Tuesday’s matchup, of course, Penn takes on former Quaker standout Michael Jordan. In fact, Penn’s current head coach Steve Donahue was an assistant to the staff who recruited and trained Jordan at Penn.
*Jordan was part of three Ivy League championship rosters at Penn from 1997-2000 and was the Ivy League Player of the Year as a senior. Last May, he was inducted into the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame as a Class XII member.
*Jordan is one of four Penn graduates to be Division I head coaches, along with Matt Langel (Colgate), Fran McCaffery (Iowa), and Andrew Toole (Robert Morris). On Saturday, the Quakers meet Langel’s Colgate team in the inaugural Cathedral Classic. This event also includes Delaware and Hartford.
Penn voted to win the Ivy League
*Penn was (nearly) selected for first place in the Ivy League preseason media poll, based on votes from two members within each school’s media contingent. The survey was announced on Wednesday October 19th.
*Penn and Princeton both received six of the 16 first-place votes, but the Quakers ended up with 111 vote points while the Tigers had 110. Yale was close behind with 106 vote points, including three first-place votes. Harvard finished fourth with 86 points and eventual first place, while the bottom half consisted of Cornell (54), Brown (53), Dartmouth (31), and Columbia (25).
*This is the first time since the 2006-07 season that Penn has ranked first in Ivy’s preseason media poll. That team, behind Ivy League Player of the Year Ibrahim Jaaber and also All-Ivy first-team Mark Zoller, won the Ivy title with a 13-1 record before beating Texas in the first round of the NCAA tournament A&M lost.
Penn MBB in numbers
2 – All-Ivy players back in the league in 2022-23: Princeton’s Tosan Evbuomwan and Jordan Dingle.
2 – International Penn Players: Seniors Max Lorca Lloyd (Chile) and Michael Moschkowitz (Israel). Notably, Moshkovitz started every game as Israel won FIBA U-20 Euro 2018 in Germany, the first gold by an Israeli team at a FIBA event.
3 – Non-conference opponents selected in the preseason to win their respective leagues: Iona (MAAC), Towson (CAA), and Colgate (Patriot League). Penn was chosen by the Ivy League media to win the Ancient Eight.
4 – Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors won by Junior last season Clark Slajchert (3) and in the second year GeorgeSmith (1); Sophomores like Slajchert were eligible for the award last season as there was no 2020-21 season due to Ivy COVID-19 restrictions.
6 – 30 point games registered by things last year for most in a season in program history (Ernie Beck, 1951-52); In fact, the six games put Dingle fourth on the CAREER 30-point game list behind Beck (13), Keven McDonald (8) and Stan Pawlak (7).
9 – Returning players who had at least two double-digit scoring games in 2021-22, led by things (23), Slajchert (15) and Junior Max Martin (12).
9 – Returnees who made at least one start in 2021/22, led by things who started all 26 games he played in. The other returnees who had double-digit starting totals last year are March (22), Moschkowitz (16), senior Jonah Charles (14) and blacksmith (11), as a senior Luke Monroe made nine starts.
10 – More games Penn will play in November than any other NCAA Division I program; this is the Quakers’ sixth game – fifth away – and they have three more to play before this weekend is over.
10 – rebounds over March Friday in West Virginia when he collected his first college double-double (also 10 points).
11 – Rebounds missed monroe at Drexel; He also had six points, triple his total in Penn’s first three games (2).
11 – On Nov. 11 in Missouri — or 11/11, you might say — Penn went 11 of 11 at the foul line, the third time the Quakers had shot 100 percent at the foul line in the foul line Steve Donahue coaching era.
13 – Consecutive two-digit rating games through things from last year; He missed Penn’s game in West Virginia on Friday due to an injury.
16 – Three-point shots by Penn in Missouri, setting a program record against an NCAA Division 1 program (vs. Harvard 2/21/2003; v. Drexel 1/28/2001); The Quakers hit 17 against Widener on December 21, 2019.
20.8 – things‘s points-per-game average last season, seventh on Penn’s single-season list and the highest by a Penn player since Keven McDonald averaged 22.3 ppg as a senior in 1977-78.
24 – Scored by things in last Sunday’s loss to Towson; all got into the final of the game 18:31 after being kept scoreless in the first half.
78 – Scored by Slajchert in Penn’s last four games (19.5 ppg); After being 1-of-10 on three-point shots in the Quaker’s first two games, he is 10-of-18 past the arc in the last three contests.
88.5 – percentage of Penn’s points returning from last season (1,785 of 2,017); this includes the top four Quaker scorers things (20.8ppg), Slajchert (10.7), March (10.0) and Karl (6.7).
94.3 – Penn’s free throw percentage over a three-game period (33 of 35) before the Quakers hit a season-low in West Virginia with 9 of 18 (50 percent).
959 – Scored by things through four games of his junior year (55 total); Only four players in the program’s history scored more points than Dingle (880) in their first two seasons: Beck (1,154), McDonald (1,021), Ron Haigler (947), and Pawlak (922).