This Week on 33rd Street: Nov. 9, Part I

The 2012-13 Penn basketball season is finally upon us! Friday night, Penn opens for the second straight year against UMBC (see preview), but missing will be familiar faces like Zack Rosen, Tyler Bernardini and Rob Belcore, in addition to a completely revamped coaching staff. How will the Quakers handle the change? Senior Sports Ed. Megan Soisson sits down with her co-editors Alyssa Kress and Mike Tony to discuss what awaits Penn over the weekend and the winter:

Penn basketball schedule: A sneak peak

Penn hasn't officially released its 2012-13 men's basketball schedule yet, but from compiling the schedules that other schools have released, we can figure it out almost in its entirety.

Of course, we do know — officially — that Penn will be participating in the NIT Season Tip-Off in Charlottesville, Va., from November 12-13 (see post), but some other gems on its schedule include Drexel at the Palestra, Penn State on the road and Butler at the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse, which opened in 1928, one year after the Palestra.

Here's a look at what we can infer on the team's non-Ivy schedule so far:

Nov. 9: vs. UMBC
Nov. 12: vs. Delaware (NIT Season Tip-Off)
Nov. 13: vs. Fairfield/Virginia (NIT Season Tip-Off)
Nov. 17: vs. Drexel
Nov. 28: vs. Binghamton
Dec. 1: at Penn State
Dec. 8: vs. Villanova*
Dec. 21: vs. Delaware
Dec. 29: at Wagner
Jan. 2: at Butler
Jan. 5: at La Salle*
Jan. 8: vs. Lafayette
Jan. 12: at Princeton**
Jan. 17: at NJIT
Jan. 19: vs. St. Joe's*
Jan. 23: at Temple*

*Big 5
**Ivy League

Penn basketball to play in NIT Season Tip-Off

For the third time in program history, the men's basketball team will compete in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Penn will play at the John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia, one of four regional sites for the tournament. The Quakers play Delaware on Monday, Nov. 12 at 9:30 p.m., following the opening game between Virginia and Fairfield. Fairfield is, of course, coached by former Princeton player and head coach Sydney Johnson.

The losers from Monday's games will play in a consolation game Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., followed by the championship game.

The winner of the South Regional will go on to play in the semifinal game at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The championship and consolation games will be held Friday, Nov. 23.

Teams that fail to advance out of regional play will participate in third- and fourth-round doubleheaders on Monday, Nov. 19 and Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the three remaining schools with the highest seeds.

The tournament is NCAA-exempt, meaning the Red and Blue will again play 31 games this season rather than 28.

Penn fans who won't be able to make it to see the Quakers in Charlottesville, Va., are in luck, as all the games will be carried on WatchESPN.