Liveblog: Penn women's basketball (18-7, 9-2 Ivy) vs. Columbia

Penn women's basketball needs a few wins and some help this weekend to keep it in the race for the Ivy League title. That pursuit continues tonight against lowly Columbia. Follow here:

Live Blog Penn women's basketball (18-7, 9-2 Ivy) vs. Columbia

Live Blog Penn women's basketball (18-7, 9-2 Ivy) vs. Columbia
 


Liveblog: Penn basketball (7-18, 2-9 Ivy) against Columbia

There are only three games left in Penn basketball's season, and it hasn't been pretty for the Quakers. Join us as the Red and Blue try to avoid their first ever 8th-place finish in Ivy play starting tonight against Columbia:

Live Blog Penn basketball (7-18, 2-9 Ivy) vs. Columbia
 


DP Spring Break road trip playlist - choice cuts

6:00, George Washington Bridge - One last update before Penn v. Columbia.

"Jack-Ass" by Beck

"Inside Out" by Spoon

"Doin' It Right" by Daft Punk ft. Panda Bear

5:25, NYC Skyline On Point, Traffic Not So Much - I don't even know at this point.

"You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth" by Meat Loaf

"Step to My Girl" by Souls of Mischief

"Buy U a Drank" by T-Pain

5:00, Still in NJ - Little bit of old school. #TYBG

"Wish You Were Mine" by The Manhattans

"Turd on the Run" by The Rolling Stones

"Papa Was a Rolling Stone" by The Temptations

"Motivation" by LIL B THE BASEDGOD

4:35, The Middle of New Jersey - Salutes to the King of Pop.

"Billie Jean"

"Beat It"

"Pretty Young Thing (PYT)"

4:15, In Transit to NYC - Rocking out. All day, every day.

"Take the Money and Run" by Steve Miller Band

"Shut Up and Dance" by Walk the Moon

"Forces at Work" by The Feelies

2:30, Bethlehem, Pa. - "This is REAL hip hop," the 'real hip hop guy' said.

"One Man Can Change the World" by Big Sean ft. Yeezy

"Go!" by Killer Mike

"6 Man" by Drake

11:45, Bethlehem, Pa. - A lil hip hop on a Friday morn.

"Locked Up" by Akon

"No Regrets" by Pusha T

"Bout It, Bout It" by Dipset

9:00 am, Friday - Penn athletics is all over the place to start Spring Break, so DP Sports is hitting the road to keep up. Of course, one of the keys to any great road trip is the musical selection in the car. Check in here to keep up with what we having bumping in the whip (aka - DP Sports Editor Colin Henderson's the 2009 Camry).



Turn back the clock: Penn rowing's legendary 1955 crew

Penn heavyweight rowing has had some success of late, but it pales in comparison to the accolades achieved by the legendary 1955 crew.

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They were described as being the best in the world, even outright invincible. Sixty years ago, a Penn heavyweight crew made waves across the rowing world after outrowing a Vancouver crew on a sunny summer day in a race on the River Thames. The crew, coached by rowing legend Joseph “Joe” Burk, had won nothing less than the Grand Challenge Cup, the premier race at the annual Henley Royal Regatta.

The 1955 crew that had emerged victorious under Burk — John Weise, Harry Parker, Bart Fitzpatrick, Chuck Shaffer, Tom Friend, Frank Betts, Bruce Crocco, Fred Lane and coxswain J.L. “Fox” DeGurse — would go down in Penn rowing history as one of its finest.

Earlier in the year, they had broken Navy’s 31-race winning-streak in impressive fashion by taking home the Adams Cup. At the Eastern Sprints in the same season, the Quakers had initially been behind, but emerged with the win after a rare watery comeback.

Indeed, the 1955 crew was special. Burk himself captured its character in his description from a quote in Peter Mallory’s "Evolution of the Rowing Stroke."

“There were no stars, no magnificent hulks of manhood, no poetry of motion — just a well-integrated crew with a tremendous desire to win.”

The spirit of the crew and its coach had pushed them to defy the winter that year, and had — rather than rowing indoors in tanks — spent the winter practicing on the frigid Schuylkill.

According to a particularly indicative anecdote shared by Lane, coach Burk once dove into the freezing water in late December to make a point to comfort his rowers, showing that they would be okay should they fall in during practice.

After the academic year was over, Penn's crew headed to England to go oar-to-oar with some of the world’s best at the Royal Henley Regatta.

In the Grand Challenge Cup, the most prestigious race of the lot, the Red and the Blue managed to best the Thames Rowing Club — then considered the top crew in all of the British Isles — in the semifinal. The Quakers had won by a half-length, and the win shocked the crowds of spectators who had gathered to cheer on their national front-runner.

On the other side of the bracket, the combined forces of the Vancouver R.C. and the University of British Columbia had upset the Krasnoe Znamia crew from the Soviet Union after a powerful comeback. A novel, but formidable force, the Vancouver crew would represent Penn’s opposition in the grand final.

In the final, Penn found a comfortable lead early on, and was able to maintain it throughout. Vancouver closed in, but in the last stretches of the race, Penn was once again able to pull ahead. In the end, Pennsylvania — as it was often referred to back then — won by 20 feet in a time of 6:56.

It was a triumph on the Thames for the Red and Blue, in what had been described as a race between the two premier eights in the world.

After the historic win, the rowers and the coach would go on to have successful subsequent careers. Burk would remain as the coach until 1969, and Parker would go on to become one of Harvard’s most successful rowing coaches.

Though both passed away in recent years, they are, along with the others of the crew of 1955, immortalized in not only the history of Penn rowing, but in the history of the sport.



Penn basketball ugly stats: Part III

Another week, another pair of losses for Penn basketball. While these games were undeniably improvements from the double-digit defeats to Yale and Brown two weeks ago, they still provided a few ugly statistics that aren't for those with weak constitutions. Without further ado, here's the summary from yesterday.

  • For just the 2nd time in program history, Penn basketball has been swept in three Ivy doubleheaders in one season. The 1st time was last year.
  • Penn basketball has lost seven straight Ivy games, the worst streak in program history. Penn lost six straight to end 1956-57.
  • This is Penn basketball's worst ever start to Ivy play. The Quakers have never won fewer than three Ivy games in a season.
  • Penn basketball has lost four straight games to Brown. Before this year, Penn had never lost more than two straight to Brown.
  • Prior to 2010, Penn basketball had never finished under .500 in Ivy play in consecutive seasons. It has now happened twice.
  • Penn has been swept by Yale and Brown in consecutive seasons. Penn hadn't been swept by travel partners in two consecutive seasons ever.


Liveblog: Penn basketball (7-17, 2-8 Ivy) at Yale (20-8, 9-2)

It's an Ivy League worst-vs.-first matchup tonight and Penn basketball is on the wrong side of the ledger. Can the Quakers upset heavily-favored Yale? Join me and find out as I give you all the play-by-play and analysis:

Live Blog Penn basketball (7-17, 2-8 Ivy) at Yale (20-8, 9-2)
 


Liveblog: Penn basketball (7-16, 2-7 Ivy) vs. Brown (12-15, 3-7)

The Quakers have lost six of their last seven games and now kick off a tough road trip at Brown. Can Penn get it together? Or are the Red and Blue doomed to a dead-last finish in the Ivy League? Join me for all the play-by-play and analysis as we find out:

Live Blog Penn basketball (7-16, 2-7 Ivy) at Brown (12-15, 3-7)
 


Penn basketball's Nwokedi and Woods earn Rookie of the Week honors once again

Freshman Antonio Woods recently earned his third Rookie of the Week award of the season.

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There’s a youth movement underway for Penn’s basketball programs.

Following standout weekends, freshmen Michelle Nwokedi and Antonio Woods notched Ivy League Rookie of the Week awards. It was Nwokedi’s fifth nod of the season and Woods’ third.

Nwokedi guided the women’s squad to a perfect weekend, averaging 12.5 points, eight rebounds and two blocks per game as the Red and Blue logged a pair of home victories over Harvard and Dartmouth. Nwokedi was actually co-rookie of the week, sharing the honor with Columbia’s Camille Zimmerman.

The Texas native was particularly impressive against the Crimson on Friday, putting up 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in a 71-61 triumph. Nwokedi now has season averages of 8.1 points and 6.3 boards per game despite starting only five games and averaging just 16.1 minutes per contest.

The Rookie of the Week honor was Nwokedi’s fourth nod in the last five weeks.

Despite a disappointing weekend for the men’s squad, Woods was a bright spot in a pair of tough losses for Penn. Given extra playing time in the absence of suspended junior guard Tony Hicks, the Cincinnati native dropped a team-high 12 points in Friday’s loss to Harvard before adding 11 points and six assists the following night in Hanover.

Woods’ play has given the men’s squad optimism for the future as the Quakers find themselves in the Ancient Eight’s cellar. Despite underwhelming seasons from established veterans such as Hicks and junior center Darien Nelson-Henry, Woods has averaged 7.6 points per game — good for fourth on the team — and has totaled a team-high 74 assists.

Both rookie sensations will be back in action this weekend, as the men travel to Brown and Yale while the women play their final home games of the season against the Bears and Bulldogs.



This week in ugly Penn basketball statistics

-The Daily Pennsylvanian

Another week, another flip through the Penn basketball fact book to see how historically bad some of the team's losses have been. Spoiler Alert: Things have only gotten worse since last week. 



Liveblog: Penn basketball at Harvard

Welcome to snowy Cambridge, Mass. as Penn basketball takes on Harvard. The Quakers come in having lost three straight games and with leading scorer Tony Hicks suspended for this weekend's games. On the liveblog will be Kenny Kasper and Tom Nowlan.

Live Blog LIVEBLOG: Penn basketball at Harvard
 


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