Penn basketball releases 2014-15 schedule


Nonconference highlights include Big 5 matchups and trip to Vanderbilt


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It's almost basketball season as Penn basketball released its 2014-15 schedule. Coach Jerome Allen's squad will play 14 games outside the Ivy League, including a Dec. 22 trip to Vanderbilt



With fewer than 75 days until the season begins, Penn basketball released its 2014-15 schedule Tuesday.

The Quakers will play 14 games outside of Ivy League play for the second straight year, facing many of the same opponents they matched up against in 2013-14. The team’s nonconference slate is highlighted by a trip to Vanderbilt in December as well as the Red and Blue’s normal Big 5 opponents.

Penn’s first game will be at the Palestra on Nov. 15 against Delaware State, a team that went 9-21 a year ago. The Quakers then will play two home games, against Rider and Lafayette, both teams they lost to last season.

Penn will play eight of its next nine games on the road with games against Big 5 rival Temple, Wagner, Navy and Binghamton. The Red and Blue return home to face Marist on Dec. 9 before going on winter break.

After a 13-day layoff, Penn travels to Nashville to play Vanderbilt and finishes out 2014 with a Dec. 30 trip to La Salle.

The team’s first Ivy game will be at Princeton on Jan. 10 before closing out nonconference play with a game at Niagara and matchups at the Palestra with Villanova, Monmouth and St. Joseph’s.

As the schedule normally shakes out, Penn will play its final 13 games against Ivy opponents, culminating in a home matchup with Princeton on March 10. For the second straight season, the games against Princeton will occur during winter and spring breaks.

Vanderbilt, Navy, Binghamton and Delaware State are the only opponents who were not also on Penn’s schedule last season. Vanderbilt, an SEC squad, is the only team from one of the Power Five conferences, a year after Penn played Iowa and Penn State from the Big Ten.

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