Palestra a potential site for AAC conference tourney

It appears that the old Big East's loss could be the Palestra's gain.

Sources close to the American Athletic Conference recently reported that the Palestra is one of the potential sites for the new conference's basketball tournaments moving forward.

The conference hit the hardest by realignment was, without question, the Big East. One of the premiere basketball leagues in the nation, the Big East was hampered when schools like Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Louisville decided to make the move to the ACC.

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Liveblog: Penn vs. Dartmouth

The Quakers are back at the Palestra for the first time in three weeks to kick off the first of four spring break games. First up is Dartmouth (6-18, 2-8 Ivy), which Penn (7-19, 4-5) has defeated in 30 of the last 32 games. Follow along as we bring you the action live!

A hip-hop video at the Palestra and Franklin Field?

It's not every day that you see a hip-hop music video shot at the Palestra and Franklin Field, but that's where much of the video for OCD: Moosh & Twist's "This High" was filmed.

Moosh & Twist are both Philly natives whose video for the song "City Kids" has gotten nearly 1.5 million YouTube views who recently performed at the Roots Picnic alongside Wiz Khalifa and Nas.

An empty Frank has never sounded so fly.



James Harden at the Palestra

With Penn-Princeton imminent, James Harden of the Houston Rockets stopped by the Palestra earlier today. Penn assistant coach Jason Polykoff posted a photo to his Twitter account earlier today showing Harden posing with the men's basketball team.

"Special visit today from Houston Rocket James Harden. Helping provide some motivation for our @ The Palestra," Polykoff also wrote on Twitter.

Of course, the connection with Harden is Penn assistant coach Scott Pera, who coached and mentored Harden at southern California powerhouse Artesia High School and Arizona State.



Over/Under – Wagner Edition

OverUnderOur second Over/Under focuses on Penn's battle with Wagner. Who's over and who's under?

15 bench points for Penn – Over
Penn has had fewer that 15 points from its bench just three times this season. But Penn's 83-60 loss at Delaware marked the lowest total of the season with just nine. This was due to the fact that Penn lacked three starters and dressed just seven players. The key to bench contribution will be based on how many players are back in uniform. If all three of the suspended starters return, Jamal Lewis, Dau Jok, and Camryn Crocker can move back to the bench where they provide a combined 10.3 points per game. Freshman Tony Hicks, averaging another 5.1 points per contest, would be an important addition to the bench should he be allowed to return. Even if all the suspended players plus the injured Simeon Esprit are again unable to play, Penn needs more of a contribution from the reserves in order to compete and improve upon its average of 62.2 points per game, good for 285th nationally.

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Game Seven: Binghamton — The Good, Bad & Ugly

Penn turned around its five-game losing streak by grabbing a 65-54 win over Binghamton. The Quakers are now 2-5 on the season and hope to take their momentum to State College when they face Penn State this Saturday.


THE GOOD: Dau Jok's career high eight points. Yes, Fran Dougherty had another big night, recording a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. But it was Dau who received the greater applause when the two came off the court in the second half. Jok had a career-high 8 points for the Quakers in 12 minutes. On a night where Penn shot 35% from the field, Jok shined shooting a perfect 3-for-3. I expect to see more of Dau's sweet stroke in upcoming games.

THE BAD: Outrebounded again? Penn was last in the Ivy League in rebounding margin coming into the game and they won't be moving up the rankings after last night. They
were outrebounded 49-39 and registered a pitiful eight offensive rebounds. Other than Fran Dougherty, who had 13 rebounds, no Quaker had more than five. Only one Quaker, freshman Darien Nelson-Henry, had multiple offensive rebounds. If Binghamton center Roland Brown didn't have early foul trouble, the Bearcats may have pulled this one out.
Brown, who fouled out in the second half, had 5 points and 7 rebounds in just 11 minutes of play.

THE UGLY: The Palestra scoreboard. With 1:03 left in the second half and Penn winning 62-50, the scoreboard malfunctioned at the Palestra. Binghamton's players and fans were quick to voice their complaint that their score was off. Binghamton's leading scorer Jordan Reed, a Philadelphia native, was particularly upset that his stat line only showed 15 points when he had earned 16. It took the scoreboard operators a few minutes to fix the problem. A rare complaint by visitors about playing in the Palestra!

Penn-St. Joe’s to be nationally broadcast

Per's Jonathan Tannenwald, Penn basketball's Big 5 tilt with St. Joe's will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2/ESPNU. The Quakers and Hawks are set to square off at the Palestra on Sat., Jan. 19 at 5 p.m.

Penn has a small winning streak going in its series with St. Joe's, having won the contest in each of the last two seasons. The Hawks are the only Big 5 team the Red and Blue have been able to beat since the 2006-07 season.

The Quakers' game against La Salle on Jan. 5 at the Tom Gola Arena will also be televised, but on CBS Sports Network. Penn's other Big 5 matchups — against Villanova on Dec. 8 and Temple on Jan. 23 — have yet to be picked up by a network.

Correction: This post previously stated that the Penn-St. Joe's game would be shown on NBC Sports Network.

US Olympic Gold Medalists to Appear at the Palestra

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USA Swimming's Cullen Jones, Track and Field's Bryan Clay and Paralympic Track and Field's April Holmes are part of the United States Olympic Committee Road Show, which will be making a stop at Penn, according to a Deloitte email.

Fans will be able to hear the stories of the 2008 4 x 200 freestyle relay gold medalist and 2012 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay and 50m individual freestyle silver medalist Jones, 2008 champion in the decathlon, Clay and 2008 100m gold medalist and current bronze medalist at the 2012 games, Holmes.

This is also an opportunity for students to network with Deloitte consultants.

According to Deloitte's website, "by providing strategic insight and professional services, Deloitte helps the USOC ensure that the members of Team USA can direct all of their energy to one goal: performing at their highest level as they represent our country on the world stage."

The Road Show will send a rotating crew of athletes around the country to share their experiences, while also promoting the consulting firm and USOC sponsor.

The Olympians will be at the Palestra Thursday, September 27, from 6-7.

Palestra plays host to A10- ACC Matchup

Prior to Penn’s Saturday night showdown with St. Joe’s — where we hear tickets are almost sold out — the Palestra will play host to a Big Five Basketball matinee. Fran Dunphy will return for a homecoming of sorts, as his Owls take on Maryland Saturday morning.

Those tracking Dunphy will remember Temple’s 78-73 victory over then-No. 3 Duke to kick off the New Year. The upset marked the Owls' fourth-straight year with a win over a top-ten opponent and was Temple’s first over Duke since January 25, 1996 — when Dunphy was still wearing the Red and the Blue.

Since then Temple has dropped two of its last four, while Maryland — under the leadership of first-year coach Mark Turgeon — will enter having won 10 of its last 12 games though the Terps lost to Florida State Tuesday. Each team has identical 12-5 records.

Fortunately for Temple fans, Dunphy has a little bit of Palestra magic on his side. He has a career record of 164-53 (a .756 winning percentage).

Keep an eye on the backcourt battle between Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin, who is coming off a 27-point performance Tuesday and Temple guard Ramon Moore, who has hit double digits ten games in a row.

I’ll be courtside all morning to cover the action, which kicks off at 11 am.

Liveblog: Penn women’s basketball vs. Drexel

The Quakers (5-2) will take on the Dragons (5-3) at noon this afternoon at the Palestra. Last season, the Red and Blue suffered a 31-point loss to their City 6 rival, but with a new and improved defense this year, today's matinee promises to be a much closer contest. Follow along as Mike Wisniewski and Lucas O'Connor bring you the action live: