Ivy League Southern Swing Starts Four-Game Road Trip
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs (10-15, 4-4 Ivy) begin their second go-round through the Ivy League with a trip to Princeton and Penn. Friday's game at Princeton will be televised by ESPNU. It will be Yale's third appearance on the ESPN family of networks. The Bulldogs played UConn in the 2003-04 season opener on ESPN2, and the 2008 game at Penn was on ESPN Classic. Tip-off at Jadwin Gym is slated for 7 p.m. Saturday's game at the Palestra also begins at 7 p.m. Yale is averaging 74.5 points in its last four games but will be facing the nation's leader in scoring defense in Princeton. Alex Zampier (17.8 ppg.) leads the Ivy League in scoring. He had 32 points in last Friday's overtime loss to Harvard, the third time this season he reached the 30-point mark. The Yale single-season record is five and is shared by Butch Graves (1983-84) and Jim Morgan (1969-70). Zampier also became the school's all-time leader in steals last Friday. He has 160 career thefts. Forward Michael Sands is coming off one his best games. He scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 69-56 win over Dartmouth. Greg Mangano also had a big weekend. In his last three games, he is averaging 14.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.7 blocks. The Bulldogs are currently in fourth place in the Ivy League. Yale has finished fourth or better in each of the last nine years. The Bulldogs were picked fifth in the preseason Ivy poll but have finished higher than projected in three of the last four years.
Yale is 6-4 in its last 10 meetings with Princeton. The Tigers, though, have won two straight, including a 58-45 decision on Jan. 30 in New Haven. Douglas Davis scored nine of his team-high 13 points in the second half to lift Princeton. The Bulldogs rallied from a 10-point deficit to tie the score at 39 midway through the second half, but the Tigers answered with a 9-1 run and led the rest of the way. Michael Sands paced the Bulldogs with 14 points. Yale and Princeton have met at least once every year since 1902, which ties the series with Yale-Columbia as the oldest continuous series in Division I.
The Bulldogs are looking to sweep the season series from Penn for the first time since 1966-67. Yale scored the first 11 points of the game en route to a 61-48 victory over the Quakers on Jan. 29. Porter Braswell matched his career high with 14 points for the Bulldogs, who shot 53.5 percent from the field and held Penn to 35.8 percent.
The last time Yale swept the Princeton-Penn road weekend was during the 1986-87 season.
The Tigers, who beat Penn 58-51 at the Palestra on Tuesday, are 6-1 in Ivy play, a half-game behind first-place Cornell. Princeton topped the Quakers despite having leading scorer Douglas Davis (13.3 ppg.) held scoreless. Dan Mavraides stepped up to score 24 points. The Tigers lead the league in field goal percentage defense (39.3 percent). Princeton averages nearly seven three-pointers a game. In the first meeting with Yale, the Tigers were held to three threes but made 20-of-37 (54 percent) two-pointers. Princeton (15-6) has clinched its first winning overall record since 2005.
The Quakers (4-17, 3-4 Ivy) pulled off the biggest upset of the Ivy season so far when they knocked off then 22nd-ranked Cornell 79-64 last Friday night. Zack Rosen leads Penn in scoring (16.6 ppg.), three-pointers (49), free throw percentage (.859) and assists (86). Jack Eggleston (12.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg.) hurt the Bulldogs in the first matchup, finishing with 13 points and 13 rebounds. The Quakers shoot just 39.7 percent from the field and 30.0 percent from three-point range. Penn was 1-of-18 from three-point range against Yale in the first meeting.
HARVARD, DARTMOUTH WEEKEND NOTES
The state of Connecticut has a rich basketball tradition. A new chapter in that history starts this season with the formation of the Connecticut 6, a partnership between six of Connecticut's Division I schools - Yale, Central Connecticut, Fairfield, Hartford, Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart. The inaugural Connecticut 6 Classic tripleheader was Nov. 13 at the Arena at Harbor Yard. The Classic moves to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville in 2010. In addition to the tripleheader, a preseason All-Connecticut 6 team was selected and there will be a Connecticut 6 Player of the Week chosen each week during the season.
HEAD COACH JAMES JONES
James Jones has made quite an impact on the Yale basketball program. In 10 seasons, Jones has guided Yale to success not seen in New Haven in 40 years. In 2001-02, Jones led the Bulldogs to their first Ivy League title since 1962-63 and the first postseason tournament victory in the 107-year history of Yale basketball. The team won 21 games, the second most in the modern era of Yale basketball, and reached the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. Jones, the longest tenured coach in the Ivy League, earned his 100th victory at Yale when the Bulldogs beat Columbia on Feb. 9, 2007. He is only the fourth coach in school history with at least 100 wins. The Bulldogs have won at least 10 Ivy games twice during his tenure and have had a .500 or better record in league play in each of the last nine years. Three assistant coaches who worked under Jones have gone on to become head coaches - Isaiah Cavaco (Oberlin), Mark Sembrowich (Academy of Arts University) and Mark Gilbride (Clarkson).Jones served as an assistant coach to Villanova's Jay Wright for the 2007 USA Basketball Men's Pan American Games Team.
SIX FORMER YALIES IN PRO RANKS
Six Yale graduates, all coached by James Jones, are currently playing professional basketball. Edwin Draughan '05 (FOS Ouest, France), Dominick Martin '06 (Illescas CLM, Spain), Matt Kyle '08 (Tunisia), Eric Flato '08 (Plymouth Raiders, England) and Ross Morin '09 (SAM Massagno, Switzerland) are playing overseas, while Travis Pinick '09 was was selected in the eighth round of the 2009 NBA D-League Draft by the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
2009-10 SCHEDULE NOTES
• The 2009-10 schedule features 31 regular season games,
including 12 in the friendly confines of the John J. Lee
Amphitheater. It will mark the most games Yale has played in a
season since 2001-02 when the Bulldogs finished 21-11.
• The Bulldogs made their second appearance in the Preseason NIT. Yale fell to No. 1 ranked UConn in the tournament to open the 2003-04 season. The Bulldogs played four games in this year's tournament.
• The game with Quinnipiac on Nov. 21 capped a busy day on the Yale campus. The 126th edition of the Yale-Harvard football game was played at noon at Yale Bowl. Yale and Quinnipiac had met only once before, an 87-69 Bobcat win in 1999 in the Phoenix Classic at the Hartford Civic Center.
• Senior Alex Zampier had a homecoming when the Bulldogs visited Albany on Jan. 3. Zampier, an East Greenbush, N.Y., native, graduated as the second all-time leading scorer at Columbia High School with 1,381 points. Yale head coach James Jones is a 1996 Albany graduate. He played for and coached with the legendary Dr. Richard Sauers, one of only seven coaches to win more than 700 games.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity