Senseless La Salle trivia
Fifty years ago tomorrow, La Salle beat Penn, 84-73, at the Palestra in the schools' first official Big 5 meeting. Here's what has happened since:
Penn is 22-17 against the Explorers at the Palestra, 0-1 at the Civic Center and 2-1 at Tom Gola Arena. The Quakers won all three meetings played at the Spectrum (92, 94 and 96).
The two teams did not meet in 93, 95, 97 and 99.
Penn is 12-9 against La Salle in the month of January including the last six first-month meetings since 1985. Other months: 9-8 in December and 6-2 in February.
Nineteen contests have been decided by four or fewer points (Penn is 10-9) and three have gone to overtime (2-1, the latest of which being a 81-76 Penn win in 2001).
The Quakers have won the last four meetings, the longest streak in series history.
Penn is 74-114 all time in Big 5 games. La Salle is 77-111 and has lost its last 15 dating back to a 71-67 win over Temple in 2002.