Preview: Duke (7-0) v. Penn (3-2)

After surviving via a halfcourt miracle shot from Sean Dockery against Virginia Tech, the Blue Devils return to action Wednesday Night against Penn. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 PM EST. The game will be televised on ESPN2.


1/1 Duke (7-0) vs. Pennsylvania (3-2)
Durham, N.C. – Cameron Indoor Stadium
7 p.m., espn2
Dave O'Brien, Play-by-play; Rick Majerus, color analyst
Program Vitals
Conference: Ivy League
Nickname: Quakers
Colors: Red, Blue, & White
Head Coach: Fran Dunphy (17th year)
Career Record at Penn: 293-156
Last Year: 20-9 (NCAA First Round)

Projected Starters: 
   Ibrahim Jaaber (6-2, 170, Jr.)  - 20.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.2 spg
   David Whitehurst (6-3, 195, So.) – 8.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg,
   Eric Osmundson (6-5, 200, Sr.) – 9.2 ppg, 3.2 apg
   Freidrich Ebede (6-6, 190, Sr.) – 4.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg
   Steve Danley  (6-8, 225, Jr.) – 11.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg

Key Reserves: 
   Brian Grandieri  (6-4, 190, So.) – 5.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg
   Mark Zoller  (6-7, 220, Jr.) – 8.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg
   Tommy McMahon  (6-7, 210, Fr.) – 2.6 ppg

Storylines:

Tough Tests: Penn will certainly earn some strength of schedule points in the next week, facing No. 1 Duke on Wednesday and then No. 4 Villanova on Dec 13th.

However, big time college basketball is nothing new to Penn as the Quakers have won nine of the last 13 conference crowns and been to the NCAA Tournament eight times in that time (only Kentucky in the SEC has earned its conference's automatic berth more times during that same period). Penn is the eighth-winningest program in NCAA Division I history, closing in on 1,600 wins (No. 1,595 came Friday vs. Navy).

PTP'er in the Ivy League? Without a doubt. In fact junior guard Ibrahim Jaaber is a big time talent regardless of his team's conference affiliation. Last week Ibrahim led the Quakers in scoring three times last, highlighted by a career-best 31 points in Penn's win over Navy. He also averaged 3.7 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.3 assists. His performances earned him conference player of the week honors.

Ibrahim is the only Penn player to reach double figures in each of the first five games. Jaaber also has 16 steals this season; he needs just 34 to become the program's alltime leader in that category – as a junior. He is shooting 59% from the floor on the year and has shot better than 50% in each game.

- Penn and Duke are meeting for the 14th, with the Blue Devils leading the series, 7-6. Most recently, these teams met four times from 1978-80, including twice in the NCAA Tournament. Duke won all four meetings. Penn head coach Fran Dunphy and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski have never met.

- On the season the Quakers have yet to play a road game. In five home stands they have won three and lost two. One of those wins was over Drexel, who pushed Duke to the wire in the preseason NIT.

- In Penn's only shot at the nation's number one ranked team, the Quakers lost to UMass, 93-60 during the 1995 season.

- Shelden Williams picked up 21 points and 19 rebounds against Virginia Tech to post his second double-double of the year and the 40th of his career ... Williams is the ACC's active leader in career double-doubles ... Williams has now scored in double figures 73 times in his career, reached the 20-point mark 17 times and secured 10 or more rebounds in 45 contests

- J.J. Redick scored 18 points to reach double figures for the 93rd time in his career including all seven games this season ... He has now scored in double digits in 37 straight contests and 44 of his last 46 contests dating back to the 2003-04 season

Redick's 18 points on the night increase his career total to 1,964, and he continues to rank 12th on Duke's career scoring chart ... Redick is 10 points shy of Trajan Langdon, who scored 1,974 points from 1995-99.

- Mike Krzyzewski improved to 728-246 overall and 654-187 at Duke with the win over Virginia Tech. Coach K is just one of nine coaches to win 650 or more games at one school.

- Since the 1997-1998 season, Duke is a remarkable 94-2 against unranked opponents. The Quakers fall into that category.


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