Postgame presser: Jerome Allen and Paul Cormier

We spoke to head coaches Jerome Allen and Paul Cormier after Penn's 69-64 loss against Dartmouth. While a disappointed Allen said very little, Cormier was proud of his young team who pulled through at the end for the victory. On Tony Hicks, who scored 23 points tonight, Cormier said, “He’s someone we’re going to have to reckon with for the next three years, and quite frankly, I’m not looking forward to it.”

This Week on 33rd Street: Feb. 8

On its opening weekend of Ivy League play, the Penn basketball team pulled off a big win against Columbia before falling to lowly Cornell the following night, losing Fran Dougherty for the season in the process. Heading into this weekend's tilt, against Yale and Brown at the Palestra, the Red and Blue will also be without Steve Rennard. Senior Sports Editor Mike Tony and Sports Editor Ian Wenik give you their lastest take on the state of the Quakers:

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Postgame presser: Penn at Butler

Here's what coach Jerome Allen, Miles Cartwright and Butler coach Brad Stevens had to say following Wednesday night's game in which the No. 17 Bulldogs topped Penn, 70-57 (see recap):


Anytime you play on the road in Division I basketball, there's a couple things that you gotta make sure you cover if you expect to win, and that's rebounding the ball and taking care of the ball. And Butler's an extremely good team because they don't beat themselves and they play hard, and they cover the little things, they cover the details better than most teams, and for us it couldn't be about a function of effort and enthusiasm and not competing on the backboard, and not taking care of the ball are things we talked about as being essential in us having an opportunity to win and we didn't get it done.

On the defensive strategy and being smaller, missing Fran Dougherty --

Fran's not a tall player in terms of our roster -- I think he may be the third tallest. And it's not about just his absence, I think it's a team sport. Other guys had an opportunity to step up and contribute, and for the most part we got it in spurts. We didn't get it consistently over the course of 40 minutes, and I just think rebounding the basketball on the defensive end is a function of will. I think there are a number of players who have played this game I can document that it's not always about size. Continue reading

Game 12 — Liveblog: Penn basketball at Butler

For the first time in program history, Penn basketball visits Butler at the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Quakers (2-9), who haven't won since Nov. 28, may face their toughest test of the year in the No. 17 Bulldogs (10-2), who are riding a seven-game winning streak.

Game 3: Fairfield — The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Coming off of a Monday night loss to Delaware, the Quakers failed to reverse their momentum, falling to Fairfield on Tuesday night, 62-53, in the consolation game of the NIT Season Tip-Off (see recap). Despite the loss, the Quakers made some changes from Monday night that altered the tone against the Stags.

THE GOOD: Fran, again. The 6-foot-8 big man took leadership of the team from both inside and outside the lane, accounting for 31 of the Quakers’ 53 points. He also led the team with 10 rebounds and attacked the boards underneath, capitalizing on several missed shots by Jamal Lewis (more on that later). Penn’s rebounding was much better overall, as the Quakers outrebounded the Stags, 38-30 and outscored them in the paint, 30-20.

THE BAD: Shooters not named Fran. Penn shot 35.8 percent from the field for the game overall, connecting on just 19 of their 53 shots. Taking Dougherty out of the equations, they hit on just 6-of-32. The Red and Blue were even more dismal from three-point land, hitting just 2-of-14 shots from beyond the arc. Despite numerous attempts, Jamal Lewis could not capitalize on any his four three-pointers and Miles Cartwright had a terrible night, shooting just 2-for-8 from the field. Cartwright didn’t display the same vital leadership on the court he did against UMBC, or even Monday night against Delaware.  With 55.6 seconds left in the game, he fouled out for the second consecutive night — but this time he was the only Penn player to do so.

THE UGLY: Penn's first-half defense. Fairfield sunk three three-pointers in the first half to which Penn defenders responded lackadaisically, jogging back on offense with little display of emotion. The Quakers made all those treys easy too, routinely failing to get their hands up on defense to challenge long-range shots.

THE BETTER, Part 1: Penn’s white uniforms. They proved far less abusive to the eyes and made look Penn slightly more professional than those tacky red monstrosities they sported on Monday night. Shame then, that Fairfield sported jerseys almost identical in color scheme (red background, black lettering) to Penn’s uniforms from last night.

THE BETTER, Part 2: Coach Bowman’s teaching moments from the bench. Bowman emphasized the learning process rather than the loss. As the assistant coach told Cartwright on the bench immediately after he fouled out, “You try, you learn, you move on.”

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:

Penn Football: Program Throwback

On the dawn of Homecoming, many alums will be making their way back to our neck of the woods and reliving their Penn memories. There's no doubt Penn has changed over the years, and the same goes for the sports culture. Leading up to the matchup against Brown this Saturday, we take a look back at a few vintage programs from some of the good ol' days of Penn football.

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The Quakers shutout the Bears, 50-0, in this 1945 matchup (left).








Below is the Penn season program from '06 — 1906 that is.








Penn rendered Brown scoreless in this late October 1961 game:

Game Six Liveblog — Penn football at Yale

I'm here with Karl Bagherzadeh enjoying a beautiful fall day in New Haven, Conn. We had a great drive up this morning and the weather could not be more perfect for some football. Penn (2-3, 2-0 Ivy) takes on Yale (1-4, 0-2)

Keelan Cairns considers back surgery

Sophomore hoops player Keelan Cairns has begun writing for a new blog, The Courtside Collective. It sounds like he seems to make this a recurring gig, and in his first post he recounts his freshman season.

The 6-foot-10 Ireland native had very limited time due to a back injury and said the following in the blog post:

My freshman year didn't go exactly as planned as I suffered an injury during the pre-season, which plagued me all year long and followed me into this year. I went through everything the doctors said without much success. So, this year I'm taking a more drastic approach and I am considering surgery to shave off the bulging disc in my back, releasing the trapped nerve inhibiting me.

We are not given access to the players for interviews until official practices begin next week, so that's all the information we have for now. Stay tuned for more information as soon as we have it.