Philadelphia, Pa. - The Palestra
7 p.m., ESPN2 (Dave Pasch, Bill Raftery)
Season to Date: Penn enters Tuesday night's contest with a 2-6 record, with wins over two military programs -- The Citadel (93-77) and Navy (71-67). Their losses have been to Drexel (67-59), Loyola (Md.) (89-68), Howard (80-65), Virginia (100-85), Lafayette (81-69) and Villanova (87-61). The Villanova loss was a rout from the get-go, as the Wildcats led 33-6 before opening up a 53-22 halftime lead on Saturday night. The Quakers are allowing their opponents to shoot 45.1 percent from the floor en route to scoring 81.0 points per game.
Plenty of Depth: The Quakers move various players in and out of the lineup, as eight players are averaging 13.1 minutes or more per game, and four more are seeing more than seven minutes per contest. With three starters gone from last season's Ivy League Champion that lost to Texas A&M in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, head coach Glen Miller is giving his bench plenty of opportunities to earn playing time -- 10 different players have started a game this fall.
Offensive Threats: Senior guard Brian Grandieri has provided veteran leadership in the backcourt, averaging 13.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, while freshman forward Tyler Bernardini has done most of his damage from long range, dropping 11.1 points per contest and contributing 10 steals on the season.
Living on the Edge: More than one-third of Penn's attempted field goals have come from behind the three-point line, where the Quakers have connected on 46-of-149 shots for a 30.9 percentage. Tyler Bernardini has made (12) and attempted (30) the most for Miller's squad, but he is by no means the only option from long range -- eight different Quakers have attempted at least 11 three-pointers on the season. Penn connected on 11-of-17 from three-point land in the victory over The Citadel, while making only 4-of-23 in the blowout loss to Loyola.
Turnover Concerns: The Quakers are averaging 18.5 turnovers per game, and only two players on the entire team have a positive turnover-to-assist ratio. Fortunately for Penn, starting point guard Harrison Gaines has been efficient running the offense with 36 assists and 20 turnovers through eight games.
Last Meeting: The Tar Heels beat the Quakers 102-64 at the Smith Center on Jan. 3, 2007. Tyler Hansbrough and Reyshawn Terry scored 19 points apiece, as the Tar Heels used a 27-4 run late in the first half to put the game out of reach after falling behind by 10 points early.
Series History: North Carolina owns a 4-2 record against Penn. These two programs have only played twice since the Quakers' NCAA victory in 1979 (72-71), with the Tar Heels winning in 1987 (113-82) and last season.
Background Location: Philadelphia, Pa. Enrollment: 10,422 Conference: Ivy League Nickname: Quakers Colors: Red & Blue Head Coach: Glen Miller Record at UP: 24-15 Last Year: 22-9
Projected Starters: 22 Harrison Gaines (6-0, 170, Fr.) – 6.9 ppg, 4.5 apg 21 Brian Grandieri (6-4, 210, Sr.) – 13.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg 3 Tyler Bernardini (6-4, 210, Fr.) - 11.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg 24 Jack Eggleston (6-8, 215, Fr.) - 8.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg 41 Justin Reilly (6-8, 230, So.) – 6.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg Key Reserves: 14 Michael Kach (6-4, 195, Sr.) – 8.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg 13 Andreas Schreiber (6-9, 245, So.) – 4.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg 4 Aron Cohen (6-2, 180, Jr.) – 3.3 ppg 42 Brennan Votel (6-7, 225, Jr.) – 1.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg
Bernardini ... Grandieri
Kach ... Gaines
Eggleston ... Reilly
(Photos courtesy UP Athletics)