Postgame presser: Penn at Delaware

Coach Jerome Allen, Fran Dougherty and Greg Louis speak after the Quakers' 83-60 loss to the Blue Hens (see recap), in which five Penn players did not play as a result of a suspension for violating team rules:

Game 10 Liveblog — M. Hoops at Delaware

After a long layoff for finals, the Quakers (2-7) take on Delaware (3-8) at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del. I'm here with now former sports editor Mike Wisniewski and hoops beat writer John Phillips. Follow along and join the conversation as Penn looks for its first win since Nov. 28.

Game 2: Delaware — The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Following a dramatic comeback win over UMBC in the season opener, in which the Penn basketball team erased a 22-point deficit, the Quakers fell flat in their second game: an 84-69 defeat to the hands of Delaware in the opening round of the NIT Season Tip-Off (see recap). Here's a quick rundown of the good, bad and ugly points:

THE GOOD: Fran. Dougherty was the Quakers’ leading scorer on the night, with 21 points.  And hey, he only racked up three personal fouls (more on that later). He also had four assists and took a floor-shaking charge with 2:13 remaining in an attempt to reinvigorate the Quakers’ momentum. Doc made a notable effort to keep control of the ball outside of the lane when the Quakers faced foul trouble at the end of the second half, and he even hit two treys.

THE BAD: Beatdown on the boards. Penn never rebounds, but Monday it was especially atrocious. The big men underneath did nothing to snatch the ball away from Blue Hens, who waited under the basket with open arms. Once again, Fran led in this category with six rebounds, and Henry Brooks and Darien Nelson-Henry followed with three apiece. Box out, men!

THE UGLY: A combined 55 fouls. Miles Cartwright, Tony Hicks and Jamal Lewis all fouled out, and Henry Brooks was one foul away from joining them on the bench.  In fact, a year ago Brooks averaged only 14.3 minutes a game but racked up an average of 3.2 personals per game. The trend continued Monday, when Brooks picked up three fouls in his first three minutes on the floor. Penn committed 31 fouls total, and Delaware was charged with 24. Dougherty called the referees "a bit touchy."

ALSO UGLY: Penn's new red unis. The tacky, poorly designed, bright red mesh the Quakers sported shouldn't be worn again. Maybe the 15-point loss will convince them they're bad luck.

Liveblog — Game 2: Penn vs. Delaware, NIT Opening Round

Following its 80-75 season-opening victory over UMBC, the Penn men's basketball team is ready to kick off the NIT Season Tip-Off against Delaware (0-1). Sports Editor Mike Wisniewski and Associate Sports Editor Mike Tony are at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va., to bring you the action live:

Rob Belcore, a modern-day Plato, err… Aristotle

Rob Belcore has not only become Penn's energizer bunny on the court, he's also become a quote machine off it. He's a sound bite waiting to happen, and the forward gave us some golden material on roommate of four years Zack Rosen after the win over Delaware on Wednesday night.

Asked what it's like to have Zack as a teammate, Belcore responded:

"It’s more fun to have him as a roommate… Zack, he’s like no one I’ve ever met, honestly. Every day in everything he does. In his locker if you go in there, he’s got a Plato quote. I don’t know it off-hand, if you guys want to look it up but it’s 'do excellence every day'…"

"Aristotle," a smiling Jerome Allen corrected.

"Aristotle," Belcore continued. "I was close. But that’s what Zack does. You wanna know Zack Rosen? Follow him through the course of a day. Look at what he does in the morning, gets up and makes his bed every day, gets to every single class. In everything he does, he pursues excellence. It’s something that, as someone who is nowhere near as excellent as him, I really admire. And don’t put that in the paper ’cause I don’t want him to know that."

We'll settle for putting it online because it needs to be read. This is the best example yet to demonstrate not only the special player but the special person that captains Penn basketball. FYI, the real quote reads: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Explains how Rosen has achieved shooting excellence this season, but I still like Belcore's version better.


For those craving a "Good, Bad, Ugly" post, here's a quick version:

Good: Steve Rennard coming through when his number was called, the ultimate sign of a good team (check out Kevin's insightful sidebar for more); the 17-2 run that broke the game open early in the second half; Rosen turning an off shooting night into 29 points; Penn's defense on Devon Saddler, who entered as the nation's second-leading scorer (24.7 ppg) and exited with six points on 2-for-8. Lots of good.

Bad: Allowing 11 offensive rebounds; shooting just 37 percent from the field; allowing UD to climb back in it with a late 8-0 run.

Ugly: Shooting 2-for-12 from three in the first half; getting a combined five points on 3-for-9 shooting from the 5-spot.

Game 9- Delaware: The Good, Bad & Ugly

The Quakers played probably their best game of the season last night, beating Delaware on the road and scoring a season-high 78 points. As always, the full game recap is here. I’m taking over for Cal on this one, since he was airborne for the game. My thoughts:

The good: There are too many things I could put here, but it’s best summarized by Penn’s 52-point explosion in the second stanza. Zack Rosen scored half of those with a ridiculous second-half stat line (7-for-11, 3-for-4 3pt, 9-12 FT) and tied his career high with 30 points. Honorable mentions: Miles Cartwright’s first start; Penn committing just four turnovers; Jack Eggleston scoring his 1,000th point; Mike Howlett returning; two consecutive decisive road wins.

The Bad: For all their offensive prowess, the Quakers notched just six assists in the game. It was a lot of one-man shows and not a lot of ball movement and teamwork. But it’s been a while since they could win that way, so you can’t really complain. Dishonorable mention: The referees, who called 45 fouls in the game (28 on the Blue Hens), many of which were pretty questionable. To be fair, eight of those came in the final two minutes when Penn already had a double-digit lead.

The Ugly: Tyler Bernardini’s facemask. One of the players told me afterwards that Bernardini caught a nasty elbow to the nose in practice this week. Let’s hope it’s not affecting his vision, because he can’t afford another reason to keep shooting so poorly (0-3 3pt Wednesday). Not quite as ugly: Rob Belcore sporting some sunglasses during warmups. We know he likes to roll with some funky styles (read: frohawk), but indoor shades are only for poker tables. We’ll give him be the benefit of the doubt and assume he had a good reason.