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13 Home Games Highlight 2010-11 Yale Men’s Basketball Schedule

13 Home Games Highlight 2010-11 Yale Men’s Basketball Schedule

Bulldogs Open Season Vs. Quinnipiac At Connecticut 6 Classic

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 2010-11 Yale men's basketball schedule will have a familiar look. Twelve of the 14 non-Ivy League games will come against opponents the Bulldogs have played at least once in the last four years. The philosophy in determining the schedule also remains the same.

"Our scheduling philosophy has not changed at all in this my 12th season at the helm," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "We want to challenge ourselves so we're prepared for Ivy League competition. Planning a challenging schedule will help expose weaknesses that we can work on before we begin Ivy play."

Thirteen of Yale's 28 games will be played in the friendly confines of the John J. Lee Amphitheater where the Bulldogs have won nearly 65 percent of their games in Jones' tenure. Yale will face teams from the Big East, ACC, Big Ten, Pac 10, NEC, America East and the Patriot League in addition to the challenging Ivy slate.

The 116th season of Yale men's basketball kicks off against Quinnipiac on Nov. 13 in the second Connecticut 6 Classic at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The Bulldogs then face three challenging road games – Providence on Nov. 15, Boston College on Nov. 18 and Illinois on Nov. 23. Yale's home opener is against Army on Nov. 27. Ivy League play begins with a home-and-home series against Brown. The teams meet in Providence on Jan. 15 followed a week later by a matchup in Lee Amphitheater. The regular season concludes on Mar. 5 with a trip to three-time defending Ivy champion Cornell.

Schedule Notes

  • The Bulldogs will face seven teams that reached the post-season last year – Cornell (NCAA), Vermont (NCAA), Lehigh (NCAA), Quinnipiac (NIT), Illinois (NIT), Harvard (CIT) and Princeton (CBI).
  • Yale will play five afternoon home games in Lee Amphitheater – Army (Nov. 27), Sacred Heart (Dec. 19), Lehigh (Dec. 31), Baruch College (Jan. 8) and Brown (Jan. 22). All are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
  • The opener against Quinnipiac is part of the Connecticut 6 tripleheader at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Sacred Heart Plays Fairfield and Central Connecticut meets Hartford in the other two games.
  • There will be familiar faces on the opposing bench when the Bulldogs play at Boston College. Steve Donahue, who guided Cornell to last three Ivy League titles, is in his first season as the head coach at BC. His associate head coach, Joe Jones, was the head coach at Columbia for the last seven years and is the younger brother of Yale head coach James Jones.
  • Boston College is one of six opponents that will have first-year head coaches. Hartford (John Gallagher), Holy Cross (Milan Brown), Columbia (Kyle Smith), Cornell (Bill Courtney) and Dartmouth (Paul Cormier) are the others.
  • Yale will be playing Illinois for only the second time. The first meeting was a 71-67 Illini victory in the 1949 NCAA Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
  • Yale will be playing Stanford for third time in the last four years. The Cardinal became the first Pac 10 to school to play in Lee Amphitheater in 2008.
  • Yale will host a game on New Year's Eve for the first time since 1930. The Bulldogs play Lehigh in a 2 p.m. tip-off.
  • Three of the Bulldogs' first four Ivy games will be on the road.
  • Three-time defending Ivy League champion Cornell visits Lee Amphitheater on Feb. 4.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity