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2013-14 Ivy League Post-Mortem

by - Published May 5, 2014 in Columns, Conference Notes
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As good as the 2013-14 season was in the Ivy League, it might be just the beginning of a great stretch for the league. The results were great, and there is a lot to be optimistic about going forward.

Harvard won the league as expected, then beat Cincinnati in the NCAA Tournament. For the first time since Princeton in 1983-84, an Ivy League team has won an NCAA Tournament game in consecutive years. The Crimson were basically prohibitive favorites, and while Yale was able to hang around late, the Crimson were never behind in the standings.

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Penn is not greater than the sum of their parts

by - Published February 2, 2014 in Columns
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Jerome Allen didn’t have to look far to see what he would probably like this team to become on Saturday night. The unfortunate thing is that it was the team wearing the other jerseys that fit the description.

“They’re a pretty solid team, Harvard,” Allen said after the Crimson thrashed his Quakers by a score of 80-50. “They play probably the best brand of selfless basketball in our league.”

Harvard has the best combination of talent, experience and intangibles in the Ivy League. Still, a big reason for the Crimson’s success is that they are bigger than the sum of their parts. Penn, on the other hand, is decidedly not, and that’s the problem.

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Penn Quakers 2013-14 Preview

by - Published November 6, 2013 in Conference Notes
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Penn Quakers (9-22 overall, 6-8 league)

 

 

 

Projected starting five:

Sr. G Miles Jackson-Cartwright
So. G Tony Hicks
Sr. G Steve Rennard
Sr. F Fran Dougherty
Jr. F Henry Brooks

Important departures:

None

Returning:

100 percent of scoring and 100 percent of rebounding

Additions:

Fr. G Tony Bagtas
Fr. G Matt Howard
Fr. F Dylan Jones
Fr. G Preston Troutt
Fr. C David Winfield, Jr.

Schedule Highlights:

The Quakers have a very challenging non-league slate with seven home games, including Big 5 matchups against Temple, La Salle and Saint Joseph’s, and they also have a visit from Penn State. They will also challenge themselves at Iowa, Villanova, MAAC contender Rider and George Mason. Ivy League play starts with a test of where this team is, as the first three games will be against Princeton and at Dartmouth and Harvard.

Projected finish and outlook:

If Penn can get through their non-league slate in a good place, they could make a leap in the standings. This is a team with good talent and lineup flexibility, allowing them to play several ways. They bring back everyone from last season and add good newcomers led by Bagtas, who could see a lot of minutes right away, and having a healthy Dougherty again will be a welcome sight. The backcourt is solid and won’t garner many headlines, but gives Jerome Allen a lot of options for combinations and ways to play, while Brooks and sophomore Darien Nelson-Henry are solid role players alongside Dougherty. The Quakers got better as the season went along last year, and the first way they can keep that up will be in the possession battle from taking better care of the ball as the Quakers led the league in turnovers last season and rebounding better as they had the worst margin in the league as well.

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Allen tries to guide Penn through a lot of growing pains

by - Published February 16, 2013 in Columns
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Ivy League has two standard-bearing programs that have dominated the league for much of its existence. Penn and Princeton have combined to win 51 of the league’s 65 titles to date in men’s basketball, with Penn claiming 25 of them. The Quakers have often been right there with Princeton in the years the Tigers were champions as well, and they have done it with veteran and young teams alike. They seemed immune to having to rebuild like so many programs must.

So it would surely surprise someone to look up at the Ivy League standings and see Penn with a 5-18 overall record, not to mention 2-4 in the Ivy League. That’s where they stand after Friday night’s 73-54 loss at Harvard. The records have an explanation, but they would surely still surprise many.

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Rosen carries Penn to a big road win

by - Published February 26, 2012 in Columns
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The band stayed around after the game, and why not? They had traveled all the way up from Philadelphia and just saw their team win a big game on the road with first place, and really, the season, on the line. When Zack Rosen walked out and down the stairs from the locker room, he got a hero’s welcome from them, more so than head coach Jerome Allen and other players.

And who can blame them? Rosen had just willed Penn to a 55-54 win at Harvard that kept the Crimson from clinching a tie for the Ivy League title and kept Penn in control of their own destiny.

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Harvard’s path to the elusive NCAA Tournament bid just got tougher

by - Published February 26, 2012 in Columns, Full Court Sprints
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Harvard is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious institution of higher learning. Many of the brightest young people grow up dreaming of attending the school, unless you’re like me and dreamed of going to MIT (or Cal Tech) because of engineering. The university has produced a number of high achievers in just about every field imaginable.

On the hardwood, it’s been a different story. Harvard has had seasons of 20 or more wins, and they’ve been to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament and NIT the past two seasons. But they have yet to get to the holy grail of college basketball, the NCAA Tournament. That has eluded them, including last year when they went to a one-game playoff against Princeton and lost on a buzzer-beating jumper in New Haven. And after Saturday night, they might be on a path to such a game once more, as Penn came to Lavietes Pavilion and stunned Harvard 55-54 on Senior Night.

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Early Ivy League showdown looms

by - Published February 9, 2012 in Columns
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The stage is now set for a showdown in Philadelphia, at one of the most storied arenas in college basketball. On Friday, Harvard and Penn will battle with first place in the Ivy League on the line, set up in part by Penn bouncing back last Saturday night with a convincing 65-48 win at Brown.

Harvard will enter the weekend alone at the top with a 6-0 mark. Yale will be right behind at 5-1, while Penn is now 4-1. Princeton, thought to be the top contender behind Harvard before the season, is now 2-3 after losing at Yale on Saturday night and needs help. While one can expect the Palestra to be a great place to be on Friday night, the Quakers aren’t looking at it as anything more than the next game on the schedule.

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A Much-Needed Weekend Sweep for Penn

by - Published February 20, 2011 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops

Penn needed to get back in the win column in a big way. To do that, they turned to a surging star who started to look like the player he could be a couple of years ago, then their leader came up big late in their win at Brown. For good measure, they took the positive energy to New Haven and came away with a road sweep as they pulled off a last-second win at Yale a night later.

Penn entered the weekend with a four-game losing streak, with three of those losses coming in overtime. The Quakers had also not won on the road in nearly two months, dating back to a December 22 road win at Delaware. Two losses came by one and three points, and one of the overtime losses was by 11, meaning they were in it but didn’t play well in the extra session.

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Penn: Quakers Ditch Glen Miller After Bad Start

by - Published December 15, 2009 in Newswire

At 0-7, Penn has decided to fire coach Glen Miller, replacing him with assistant coach Jerome Allen, according to a university press release.

After three-plus seasons with the Quakers, Miller finished with a 45-52 record. He took the team to the NCAA Tournament in his first season, but the team has struggled since. Under former coach Fran Dunpy, who left Penn for Temple in 2006, the Quakers were a perennial Ivy League contender. However, they have lost that status to Cornell.

With Allen at the helm, the Quakers hope to return to Ivy League glory. As a Quaker player in the 1990s, Allen led Penn to three consecutive Ivy League titles, and the team was 42-0 in the league during that run. Penn also pulled off a first-round upset against Nebraska in the 1994 NCAA Tournament.

Allen has lots of ties to the Philadelphia community. He founded a charity in the city  and attended high school at nearby Episcopal Academy.

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Conference Coverage

2013-14 Big Ten Post-Mortem

July 8, 2014 by

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The Big Ten had some teams slip as the season went on, but plenty of others picked up the slack in another good year for the conference.

2013-14 Sun Belt Post-Mortem

July 7, 2014 by

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Membership changes have been happening at quite a pace of late in the Sun Belt, and it was a new member that stole the show for much of this past season and seems poised to lead the way in the future.

2013-14 Big Sky Post-Mortem

July 1, 2014 by

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The teams that have led the way in the Big Sky of late were right there again this season. One of them won both the regular season and conference tournament, and also had a nice time with the post-season awards as well.

2013-14 MEAC Post-Mortem

July 1, 2014 by

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The 2013-14 season was N.C. Central’s year in the MEAC, as the Eagles completed their four-year ascent to the top of conference.

2013-14 Big 12 Post-Mortem

June 30, 2014 by

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When it comes to overall depth, the Big 12 this season may have been one of the strongest leagues in a long time. The conference sent seven of its 10 teams to the NCAA Tournament, the first time in 21 years and just the fifth time ever that a league sent 70% or more of its teams to the tourney.

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