November 23, 2010

Bulldogs Get No. 13 Illinois Tuesday

Game To Be Televised On ESPNU

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -  The Yale men's basketball team took a tour of Fenway Park, one of Major League Baseball's most venerable stadiums, last Friday, a day after knocking off ACC foe Boston College. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs will get to play in one of college basketball's most recognizable arenas when they face No. 13 Illinois at Assembly Hall. Tip off is slated for 9:45 p.m. EST and the game will be televised on ESPNU.

The 75-67 victory over Boston College was the sixth time in head coach James Jones' tenure that Yale has knocked off a major conference opponent. The others were Clemson, Penn State (twice), Rutgers and Oregon State. Three-point shooting played a major role in the upset of the Eagles. The Bulldogs were 12-of-21 from beyond the arc. Yale has made 21 treys in its last two games and is shooting 38.2 percent for the season, a big improvement over last year when the Bulldogs made only 29.6 percent of their three-point attempts. Austin Morgan, who scored 25 points in the win over BC, leads the team in scoring (18.0 ppg.) and three-pointers (10). Porter Braswell (13.0 ppg.), Greg Mangano (13.0 ppg.) and Reggie Willhite (10.0 ppg.) also average double figures in scoring.

HISTORY LESSONS

   Yale and Illinois are playing for only the second time. The first meeting was a 71-67 Illini victory at Madison Square Garden in the 1949 NCAA Tournament. Tony Lavelli paced the Bulldogs with 27 points.

SCOUTING ILLINOIS

   The Illini (4-1) is coming off a trip to Madison Square Garden for the 2K Sports Classic. Illinois lost to Texas 90-84 in overtime on Thursday but rebounded to defeat Maryland 80-76 on Friday. The Illini have four players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Demetri McCamey (17.2 ppg.). McCamey was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team. Mike Davis averages 10.4 points and 7.4 rebounds. Illinois is shooting 49.2 percent from the field in its five games. Bruce Weber is in his seventh season as the head coach of the Illini.

BULLDOGS PICKED 5TH IN IVY LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL

Yale was picked to finish fifth in the Ivy League by the select panel of 17 Ivy media representatives. Yale, though, shouldn't put too much stock in those prognostications. The Bulldogs have finished higher than projected in four of the last five years. Princeton, which received 12 of 17 first-place votes, is the preseason Ivy League favorite. The Tigers return their top five scorers and top two rebounders. Harvard got four first-place votes and is second followed by Cornell (one first-place vote) and Penn. Brown, Columbia and Dartmouth round out the poll.

2010-11 IVY LEAGUE PRESEASON MEDIA POLL

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

First-Place Votes in Parentheses

Rank    School                         Points

1.          Princeton (12)          128

2.          Harvard (4)              120

3.          Cornell (1)                96

4.          Penn                        89

5.          Yale                          57

6.          Brown                      55

7.          Columbia                 48

8.          Dartmouth             19

 

MANGANO NAMED TO CONNECTICUT 6 PRESEASON TEAM

 

reg Mangano, who led the Ivy League in blocked shots last year, has been named to the All-Connecticut 6 preseason team. Mangano, a 6-foot-10 junior, tied for fifth in the league in rebounding (5.5 rpg.). In addition, he was fourth on the team in scoring (7.5 ppg.) and tied for second in rebounding.

   Joining Mangano on the All-Connecticut 6 preseason team is Quinnipiac forward Justin Rutty, Central Connecticut guard Shemik Thompson, Fairfield guard Derek Needham, Hartford guard Joe Zeglinski and Sacred Heart guard Jerrell Thompson.

CONNECTICUT 6

   The state of Connecticut has a rich basketball tradition. A new chapter in that history started in 2009-10 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 second annual Connecticut 6 Classic tripleheader was Nov. 13 at the the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. 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 11 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 nine of his 11 years. Four assistant coaches who worked under Jones have gone on to become head coaches - Isaiah Cavaco (Oberlin), Mark Sembrowich (Academy of Arts University), Mark Gilbride (Clarkson) and Ted Hotaling (New Haven).Jones served as an assistant coach to Villanova's Jay Wright for the 2007 USA Basketball Men's Pan American Games Team.

2010-11 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.
  • 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.

FINAL THOUGHTS

   Michael Sands has withdrawn from Yale for personal reasons and will not be with the team... The Bulldogs will remained in Boston following the BC game. In addition to taking a tour of Fenway Park, the team attended the Yale-Harvard football game at Harvard Stadium on Saturday... Senior Raffi Mantilla is the only Illinois native on the Yale roster. He is from Mundelein, a suburb of Chicago.

Photo: The Bulldogs at Fenway Park

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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