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Quakers on the Brink

Penn Quakers are on the brink of 1,700 victories.

Quakers on the Brink

Penn basketball head coach Jerome Allen works with player Fran<br />Dougherty in Weightman Hall Gym on Thursday, November 1, 2012. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Penn basketball head coach Jerome Allen works with player Fran Dougherty in Weightman Hall Gym on Thursday, November 1, 2012. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

With its 65-54 dismantling of Binghamton Wednesday, Penn now needs one win to become the 10th program to notch 1,700 victories all-time.

Those in front of the Quakers represent college basketball royalty and the school immediately behind them is ranked No. 1 in this week's Associated Press poll.

Here's the list:

 Rk.  School  Wins
   1.  Kentucky  2,094
   2.  Kansas  2,075
   3.  North Carolina  2,070
   4.  Duke  1,978
   5.  Syracuse  1,848
   6.  Temple  1,794
   7.  St. John's  1,741
   8.  UCLA  1,733
   9.  Notre Dame  1,723
 10.  Penn  1,699
 11.  Indiana  1,697

 

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