Penn Set for this weekend’s opening Cathedral Classic at Palestra

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team will not have time for Thanksgiving leftovers this weekend. After an overtime win in Lafayette Tuesday night, the Quakers are at the Palestra on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as they join Colgate, Delaware and Hartford for the inaugural Cathedral Classic. The four-team round-robin event will feature doubleheaders at 2 and 4:30 each day.

GAME 7 – PENN (2-4) vs. HARTFORD (3-3)
Friday, 11/25/2022 | 4:30 p.m
The Palestra | Philadelphia

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MATCH 8 – PENN vs. COLGATE (4-2)
Saturday, November 26th, 2022 | 4:30 p.m
The Palestra | Philadelphia

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GAME 9 – PENN (1-4) vs. DELAWARE (1-2)
Sunday, November 27th, 2022 | 4:30 p.m
The Palestra | Philadelphia

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Penn Notes | Hartford Notes | Colgate Notes | Delaware Notes

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 be on the play-by-play call all weekend while Brad Fadem offers analysis. To access the Quaker Audio Network, simply type into your computer or device.

Hartford (Friday)

*The Quakers and Hawks meet for the third time, Penn winning the previous two meetings, which took place exactly 10 months apart in 1985 (59-57 on Jan. 26, 70-66 on Nov. 26).

Colgate (Saturday)

*The Quakers and Raiders meet for the tenth time, Penn leads the all-time series 7-2.

*Nevertheless, this is the first meeting in this century between these teams. The last duel was on January 16, 1999 at The Palestra (a 68-50 win over Penn).

*The last time Colgate hit Penn? Try February 21, 1903 (a 28-8 game).

Delaware (Sunday)

*Penn is playing the Blue Hens for the 25th time, somewhat surprising given their relative closeness.

*The last meeting was almost a decade ago when Delaware won 83-60 in Newark on December 21, 2012.

*Penn – who leads the overall series with Delaware, 18-6 – won the last time these two met at The Palestra, a 69-60 win on December 7, 2011.

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* In Saturday’s matchup, of course, Penn meets former Quaker standout Matt Langel, who was part of three Ivy League championship rosters at Penn from 1997-2000. In fact, Penn’s current head coach Steve Donahue was among the staff who recruited and trained Langel.

*Langel is one of four Penn graduates to be Division I head coaches, along with Michael Jordan (Lafayette), Fran McCaffery (Iowa), and Andrew Toole (Robert Morris). Coincidentally, the Quakers beat Jordan’s Lafayette team 74-68 in overtime on Tuesday.

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
0 – Two-point baskets made by Senior this season Jonah Charles; His 24 points come from eight three-pointers.

2 – All-Ivy players back in the league in 2022-23: Princeton’s Tosan Evbuomwan and Jordan Dingle.

2 – Former Penn players meet the Quakers this week. Not just former Quakers, in fact, but former teammates and backcourt mates who wear the red-blues: Michael Jordan (head coach at Lafayette) and Matt Langel (head coach at Colgate).

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).

7 – Penn players with a double-digit scoring game earlier this season; The Quakers brought back nine players who had at least two such games in 2021-22.

8th – Penn’s turnover in Tuesday’s overtime win at Lafayette, a season low and indeed the first time the Quakers have been in the single digits in this category this season.

9 – Rebounds grabbed by sophomore Nick Spinoso in Tuesday’s win at Lafayette; he grabbed her in less than 20 minutes of action.

9 – Scored by things in the extension period on Tuesday; He had the Quakers’ first seven points in the extra session en route to 22nd overall.

10 – Games Penn plays more games in the month of November than any other NCAA Division I program.

28 – Scored by Martz the last two games with 18 rebounds (after having only two boards in Penn’s first four games); Martz had his first college double-double (10pts/10rbs) last Friday in West Virginia.

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.

14 – Consecutive two-digit rating games through things from last year; he missed Penn’s game in West Virginia last 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.

19 – Points needed by things Reach 1,000 for his career. Only three players hit 1,000 faster than Dingle, who made it in his 57th game at Penn: Ernie Beck (50 games), Keven McDonald (50), and Stan Pawlak (52). Ron Haigler and Joe Sturgis hit the mark in Game 58.

19 – Consecutive free throws from things entry into the weekend; In his last two games over the weekend, he went 8-8 at Drexel and at Lafayette.

20.8 – things‘s last season’s scoring average, 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.

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), Martz (10.0) and Karl (6.7).

1,000 – Slajchert‘s free throw percentage so far this season (13-13).