Odds are — Vegas odds, that is — that the Quakers won't be getting lucky when they play the Wildcats in Lexington, Ky., Monday night. Penn is 24.5 point underdogs against No. 12 Kentucky.
So if you're looking forward to seeing the Quakers on the national stage tonight (televised on ESPNU), you can get in the mood with this preview on thedp.com, or see what Stats/AP is saying here, or read Penn Athletics game notes here.
Aside from that, here are a few notables:
-Penn has never beaten Kentucky in the four game series. For what it's worth, Penn has never beaten Marist either.
-While the Quakers were practicing at Rupp, Penn Athletics tweeted that migraine-ridden Rob Belcore was still wearing his sunglasses all day, though he was practicing with the team and will be a gametime decision. Another tweet indicated the Andreas Schreiber will be out at least a month (the game notes indicate indefinitely) with a hand injury suffered in practice. He and Marin Kukoc did not travel with the team.
-The last time Penn played at Rupp Arena was in March 2007, when the Quakers last made the NCAA tournament. They went just one game, losing to Texas A&M, 68-52. It was the last game for the stellar trio of Ibby Jaaber, Steve Danley and Mark Zoller. You can check out the March 2007 archives of The Buzz for a full account of the DP's trip, but really, all you need to read is right here.
-The last Penn player to hail from the Blue Grass State was Brennan Votel, who graduated in 2009.
-The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU with Rob Stone and Jay Williams giving the commentary, but we'd love if you join Michael Gold and myself right here on The Buzz for our liveblog. Or you could do both!