Men’s Basketball Opens Ivy League Play Monday Night at Brown

Men’s Basketball Opens Ivy League Play Monday Night at Brown

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team is heading into the new year, heading north to take on Brown in the Ivy League opener for both programs Monday night. This is the first of four road games the Quakers will play in the Ivy competition; their first home game does not come until January 16, when they host travel partner and arch-rival Princeton.

MATCH 15 – PENN (7-7, 0-0 Ivy League) at BROWN (7-6, 0-0)
Monday, January 2, 2023 | 7 p.m.
Pizzitola Sports Center | Providence, RI
Watch live on ESPN+ ($) | Listen live on QAN | Live statistics
Penn Game Notes | Brown Game Notes

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 on Monday, with Brad Fadem providing analysis. To access the Quaker Audio Network, simply type on your computer or device.

The series with Brown
*The Quakers and Bears are meeting for the 141st time in men’s basketball, with Penn holding a 112-28 series lead.

* Penn has won the last three meetings and eight of the last nine clashes, dating back to the 2016-17 season. The Quakers swept last year, but barely…

*Penn won the first meeting at The Palestra, 77-73, exactly one year ago (January 2, 2022). George Smith scored 23 points in the victory, while Jordan Dingle added 20.

*On February 19, the last time the Quakers were at Pizzitola, they escaped with an 89-88 victory. Both teams ran plays in the final seconds, Kino Lilly Jr. hitting a three-pointer with 5.1 to go before Clark Slajchert went all-court and hit a contested jumper in the lane with just 0.4 remaining. Dingle had 31 points in the victory, while Max Martz scored 18 and Slajchert finished with 16.

Rare Jordan
Junior guard Jordan Dingle has put up historic numbers this season…

* His 24.1 ppg average is third nationally, behind only UAB’s Jordan Walker (24.7 ppg) and Detroit Mercy’s Antoine Davis (24.1).

* Scored at least 20 points in his last 10 appearances (25.5 ppg in that streak); the last Penn player to do this was Ernie Beck, who started his senior season (1952-53) with 16 of those games.

* He reached double numbers in 21 straight games, the eighth-longest streak in program history; Zack Rosen is seventh, with 24 such games.

* He scored 120 points in Penn’s four Big 5 games – 28 against SJU, 37 against La Salle, 25 at Villanova, 30 against Temple – a Big 5 record for a single season; the previous mark of 116 was set by SJU’s Cliff Anderson in 1966-67.

Penn MBB by the numbers
1 – Combined three-pointers made by senior Lucas Monroe last season before he hit two in Penn’s win over Temple on Dec. 10; he had more than a trey only one other time as a Quaker, against Widener on 12/21/19.

2 – Ivy League players who were named to the Lou Henson Awards Watch List by on Nov. 22: Princeton’s Tosan Evbuomwan and Jordan Dingle. The Henson Prize is awarded annually to the nation’s best mid-level actor.

3 – Consecutive weeks Dingle was named Ivy League Player of the Week before the exams (11/28, 12/5, 12/12); he is only the second Penn player to accomplish this feat, joining Zack Rosen who was POTW for three consecutive weeks at the end of the 2011-12 season.

3.00 – Penn’s assist-to-rotation ratio over the last two games (39/13); the Quakers were 17/7 against Temple and 22/6 against Wilkes on Wednesday.

3 – Non-conference opponents who were chosen in pre-season to win their respective leagues: Iona (MAAC), Towson (CAA) and Colgate (Patriot League). Penn – who was picked by Ivy League media to win the Ancient Eight – lost to the Gaels and Tigers but defeated the Raiders.

7 – Points scored by junior Andrew Laczkowski in the final six minutes against Temple on December 10; he entered the game with three points for the entire season.

9 – Starting lineups used by Penn this season, across 13 games; the only player who has started every game he has played is Clark Slajchert.

9 – Rebounds picked up by Laczkowski against Temple, a career high; five of them came on the offensive glass.

10 – Penn players with a double-digit game this season, after rookie Cam Thrower scored 13 points against Wilkes; the Quakers are firing nine players who have played at least two such games in 2021-22.

11 – Nov. 11 at Missouri – or 11/11, you might say – Penn went 11 of 11 at the foul line, the third time the Quakers have shot 100% from the foul line at the Steve Donahue’s coaching era.

12.7 – Junior Max Martz’s scoring average over his last nine games (he missed the Saint Joseph 11/30 game due to illness); Martz hit double digits seven times in this run and scored nine runs in the other two contests.

16 – Rebounds of Monroe against Saint Joseph’s; which is tied for most by a Penn player in the Donahue era (AJ Brodeur at Cornell, 02/01/19; Darien Nelson-Henry at Cornell, 02/13/16).

24.1 – Dingle’s scoring average this season, good for third place nationally behind only UAB’s Jordan Walker (24.7 ppg) and Detroit Mercy’s Antoine Davis (24.1).

39 – Assists delivered by second Nick Spinoso in Penn’s last six games against Division 1 competition; he had 11 against Saint Joseph’s, most by a Penn player in the Donahue days – the last time a Quaker had 11 pennies was 3/7/15 (Antonio Woods vs Cornell).

40.9 – Combined average of Dingle (24.1 points per game) and Slajchert (16.8); they are the top performing backcourt at the NCAA Division 1 level.

44 – Second half points scored by Dingle in his last two appearances, out of a total of 55 (23 of 25 at Villanova on 12/7, 21 of 30 against Temple on 12/10).

57 – Games Dingle was expected to reach 1,000 points for his career (he reached the 11/25 mark against Hartford); only three players reached 1,000 points faster than Dingle, and all of them started their college careers in sophomore year: Ernie Beck (50 games), Keven McDonald (50) and Stan Pawlak (52). Ron Haigler and Joe Sturgis scored in Game 58.

102 – Wins at Penn for head coach Steve Donahue; he became the seventh of 20 Penn men’s basketball coaches to reach triple digits in the win column when the Quakers defeated Delaware on November 27, 86-73.



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