Men’s Hoops Hit Empire State for Columbia (Friday), Cornell (Saturday)

PHILADELPHIA CREAM – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team begins the final half of the Ivy League schedule with what has traditionally been the toughest road trip on the Ancient Eight slate – the swing of the Empire State. The Quakers will travel to New York on Friday to meet Columbia, then cross the state overnight for a Saturday night whistleblower with Cornell.

MATCH 21 – PENN (8-12, 5-2 Ivy League) at COLUMBIA (4-14, 1-5)
Friday, February 4, 2022 | 7 p.m.
Gym Levien | New York City

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Penn Game Notes | Columbia Play Notes
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MATCH 22 – PENN at CORNELL (11-6, 3-3)
Saturday February 5, 2022 | 6 p.m.
Newman Arena | Ithaca, NY

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Quaker Audio Network (QAN)

Again this season, Penn fans can listen to most Penn men’s basketball games through the Quaker Audio Network, a free Internet audio streaming service. Matt Leon will be on the play-by-play call for this weekend’s games, with former COO Brad Fadem offering analysis. To access the Quaker Audio Network, simply type www.pennathletics.com/audio on your computer or device.

The Columbia-Cornell Road Weekend

• Penn has made that swing across the Empire State 61 times before. The Quakers have swept the trip 24 times, split it 27 times and been swept 10 times (most recently in 2008-09).

• The Quakers have swept this trip three of the last four times they have done so. That includes sweeps from each of the last two times they started the trip Friday in New York and then traveled to Ithaca for Saturday’s game. In 2020, the Quakers won at Columbia, 76-67, then won the following night at Cornell, 79-73.

The series with Columbia

• The Quakers have a 145-93 record over the Lions. That said, Columbia’s 93 wins are second among Ivy against Penn programs; only Princeton has more, with 118.

• Penn had won six of eight meetings going into the 2021-22 season, but Columbia struck first this season with a 73-69 victory at The Palestra on January 8.

• In the victory, Ike Nweke of the Lions scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds while teammate Patrick Harding grabbed 21 rebounds. Cameron Shockley-Okeke had 19 points for Columbia. Penn was led by Max Martz and george smithwho had 14 points each, while Clark Slajchert marked 11.

• Penn swept the 2019-20 series, taking a 76-67 decision in New York and closing the campaign with an 85-65 loss at The Palestra.

The series with Cornell

• The Quakers have a 160-75 lead over the Big Red and have dominated the series in recent years, winning four straight and 17 of the last 19 meetings.

• Penn won the first meeting of the season, taking a 79-65 decision at The Palestra on 7 January. The teams were tied, 56-56, before the Quakers scored seven straight and the Big Red could not recover. Clark Slajchert led Penn with 19 points, while Jordan Dingle was 17. Michael Moshkovitz (13 points/8 rebounds) and Lucas Monroe (10 points/9 rebounds) both flirted with the double-double.

• Penn swept the series in 2019-20 with a 79-73 victory at Ithaca on February 9 and a 78-64 victory the final weekend of the season at The Palestra.

Dingle Wins Second Consecutive Weekly Big 5 Honor

Second year guard Jordan Dingle was named Philadelphia’s Big 5 Player of the Week for the second week in a row after his 31-point game at Harvard last Friday.

Penn MBB by the numbers
0 • Penn lost games this season giving up less than 70 points (6-0 in such games).

1 • Penn player who started every game this season: Fifth-year senior co-captain jelani williams; quite an achievement, considering that when Williams started the season opener at Florida State, it was his first game in 1,789 days, dating back to his senior year at Sidwell Friends when he tore an ACL before Christmas. .

3 • 30-point games this season as a sophomore Jordan Dingle (31 vs. Utah State, Yale and Harvard); the last Penn player with three such games in the same season was Bruce Lefkowitz in 1986-87.

4 • Penn players who have at least one 20-point game this season: DingleSenior Michael Wangsecond Clark Slajchertand freshman george smith.

6 • Double-digit consecutive games scored by Slajchert entering the weekend (12.3 points per game), the longest current streak by a Penn player.

6 • Different players who have led Penn in the last eight games: williams; junior Jonah Charles; second year students Slajchert and Max Martz; first-year student Black-smith; and Dingle (who led Penn in scoring in 10 of his first 12 games to start the season).

6.6 • Points-per-game difference between Ivy League games (9.1) and non-conference games (2.5) for juniors Michael Moshkovitz.

6.9 • Points-per-game difference between Ivy League games (9.7) and non-conference games (2.8) for Black-smith; he’s hit double figures four times in the last seven games, with another nine points in that span.

seven • Consecutive games in which Penn used the same starting lineup at the start of the weekend, after using 12 different players as starters in the first 13 games of the season.

9 • Bounces by Moshkovitz in each of Penn’s last two games, a season/career high for the junior transfer.

ten • Penn players who have at least one double-digit game this season heading into the weekend.

12.4 • Martzaverage points per game in the last five games; the second is shooting 67.6 percent from the field over that streak (23-34) and has made six of nine 3-pointers in Penn’s last four games.

13 • Combined total of three-pointers made by Penn in his last two games (3 at Princeton, 5 against Yale, 5 at Harvard); in fact, the Quakers — who had 14 at La Salle on Dec. 11 — have hit eight treys or fewer in seven straight games since facing the Explorers.

15 • Penn’s 19-player roster includes players from 12 different states, the District of Columbia and two foreign countries (China and Israel).

19.3 • Dinglethe overall starting-weekend points-per-game average, second among Ivy League players behind Yale’s Azar Swain (19.4); Dingle has hit double numbers in 16 of 19 games this season and nine points in each of the other three.

47 • Years since a Penn player had consecutive 30-point games, like Dingle made the past two weekends against Yale and Harvard (making him the first player in program history with consecutive 30-point games in the Ivy Game); Keven McDonald scored 35 points against Tennessee and 32 a day later against Ohio State in the 1975 Sugar Bowl Classic.

45 • Three point baskets by Charles so far this season, against just five two-pointers.

85.0 • Penn’s free throw percentage in each of its last two games (17-20 in both).

93.3 • DingleFree throw percentage in the Ivy League (28-30), highest among Ivy players.

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