Bulldogs Seeking Third Straight Winning Ivy Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The regular season comes to an end with visits from Princeton and Penn this weekend. The Bulldogs host the Tigers on Friday and the Quakers on Saturday. Both games begin at 7 p.m.
Princeton (9-2 Ivy) is in first place in the Ivy League, a half-game ahead of second-place Harvard (9-3). The Bulldogs, who knocked off the Tigers 69-65 on Feb. 9, have a chance to sweep the season series for the first time since 2008. Yale also has a chance to win both games against Penn for the first time since 1967.
The Bulldogs (12-17, 6-6 Ivy) are tied for third place with Brown. Yale has placed fourth or better in league play in each of the last 12 years and is looking to finish with a winning league record for the third straight year and for the fifth time in the last seven years. The Bulldogs were picked to finish sixth in the preseason media poll and seem poised to place higher than projected for the sixth time in the last eight years. The future looks bright as well. The Bulldogs have seven freshmen or sophomores averaging at least 14.1 minutes per game, and players who return next year have scored 1,341 of Yale's 1,929 (69.5 percent) points.
Austin Morgan remains third in the nation in free throw percentage (.908, 89-of-98). Davidson's Nik Cochran (.955) is the Division I leader. The Bulldogs continue to lead the league in rebounding margin (+3.6) and offensive rebounds (12.2 per game).
Three Yale seniors will be making their final appearance in the John J. Lee Amphitheater this weekend. Michael Grace, Sam Martin and Austin Morgan have all made outstanding contributions to the Yale basketball program over the last four years. They will be recognized prior to Saturday's game. Combined, they have played in 319 games, scored 1,770 points and helped the Bulldogs to nearly 50 victories.
• Matt Townsend, who has been named to the Ivy League Honor Roll the last two weeks, is averaging 14.7 points and shooting 65.4 percent from the field in his last three games. He scored a career-high 19 points in last Saturday's victory over Cornell.
• Brandon Sherrod also had a career night against the Big Red. He had 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, all career highs.
• Sam Martin is shooting 53.3 percent (16-of-30) from three-point range in Ivy games.
The Bulldogs have swept the Princeton-Penn home weekend four times during James Jones' tenure as head coach at Yale, including last year.
Yale is 3-2 in its last five home games with Princeton, including a 58-54 victory last year. Overall, the Bulldogs are facing the Tigers for the 227th time. Princeton holds a 144-82 advantage in the series.
The Bulldogs have won two of the last three games with the Quakers at Lee Amphitheater, including a 60-53 victory last year. Penn, though, leads the all-time series 146-71.
Javier Duren scored 13 points to lead three players in double figures as the Bulldogs knocked off the Tigers at Jadwin Gym. All nine Yale players that saw action scored and all but one had at least one rebound. Sam Martin was a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range and finished with 11 points. Austin Morgan also scored 11, and Justin Sears contributed nine points. Nick Victor and Jeremiah Kreisberg each had seven points. Yale's bench outscored Princeton's reserves 34-10. The Bulldogs shot 54.8 percent from the field.
Yale went to what it does best to earn a victory at the Palestra on Feb. 8. The Bulldogs grabbed 21 offensive rebounds and turned them into 19 second-chance points. Yale shot just 33.9 percent from the field in the game, so the performance on the offensive glass was much-needed. Armani Cotton scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures. Matt Townsend added 12 points and Javier Duren and Sears scored 11 each.
The Tigers (16-9, 9-2 Ivy) are led by Ivy League Player of the Year candidate Ian Hummer. Hummer is second in the Ivy in scoring (16.3 ppg), fifth in rebounding (6.6 rpg), fourth in field goal percentage (.532), third in assists (4.0 apg), eighth in free throw percentage (.721), ninth in steals (1.3 spg), seventh in blocks (0.8 bpg), 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4:1), and seventh in minutes (33.7). Princeton leads the league in scoring defense (57.0 ppg.) and field goal percentage defense (.415).
The Quakers (8-20, 5-6 Ivy) play at Brown on Friday. Miles Cartwright (13.4 ppg.) leads the team in scoring. The Quakers are coming off a 75-72 victory over Harvard last Saturday. Tony Hicks, who averaged 23.5 points in two games last weekend, was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week. Hicks has led the Quakers in scoring in four straight games.
The 2013-14 schedule is starting to take shape and it looks to be another challenging one for the Bulldogs. Tentatively, Yale is set to play at UConn, Rutgers, Mercer, Lafayette, Hartford, Providence, Albany and Saint Louis in non-league play. The season will kick off with the Connecticut 6 Classic on Nov. 9. Yale's home opener will be Nov. 20 against Sacred Heart. The Bulldogs also have home dates with Bryant, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Two Yale graduates are playing professional basketball overseas. Edwin Draughan '05 is averaging 15.1 points for Fribourg in Switzerland. He is second on the team in scoring. Draughan started all 113 games of his Yale career and scored 1,413 points. Greg Mangano '12 is with Forca Lleida in Spain's LEB Gold League. After signing in January, Mangano has played in seven games and is averaging 8.1 points and 5.3 rebounds. He was a two-time first team All-Ivy selection for the Bulldogs. The two are part of a long list of players that have earned professional opportunities during James Jones' tenure as the head coach at Yale. Ted Smith (England), Matt Minoff (Israel), Paul Vitelli (Italy), Dominick Martin (Spain), Paul Nelson (England), Matt Kyle (Portugal), Caleb Holmes (Iceland), Ross Morin (Switzerland), Alex Zampier (Argentina) and Eric Flato (England) have all played overseas. Zampier (NBA D-League), Travis Pinick (NBA D-League), Reggie Willhite (NBA D-League) and Neil Yanke (tryout with Los Angeles Lakers) had opportunities in the United States.
NEWTOWN PLAYGROUND FUNDRAISER
The Yale Athletics Department is hosting a raffle and silent auction during Saturday's game with Penn. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to the Newtown Park and Recreation's Dickinson Memorial Playground Gift Fund in honor of the children of Sandy Hook.
The silent auction will take place, before and during the game, on the concourse of Lee Amphitheater.
Silent Auction items as of Monday, March 4th:
• Two (2) seats and a parking pass to the 2013 Yale Harvard Football game
• Two (2) seats and a parking pass to the 2013-2014 Yale men's hockey game vs Harvard at Ingalls Rink
• Two (2) seats and two passes to the Ivy Lounge for the Yale men's basketball game vs. Harvard at JLA
Courtesy of Yale Athletics
• A round of golf for (4) four, carts included during the 2013 Yale Golf Season
Courtesy of The Course at Yale
• Four (4) tickets to a 2013 Red Sox Game Courtesy of Coca Cola, game TBD
• Four (4) tickets to a 2013 Mets game
• Section: 121 Row:9 Seats 13-16
• Game: TBD
• Two (2) tickets to a 2013 Knicks game courtesy of Anheuser Busch, Game TBD
• Overnight accommodations at the Study at Yale for two (2)
• Two (2)Tickets to the May 3rd Performance of American Idiot at New Haven's Shubert Theater
• Dinner for two at the Heirloom, located inside The Study at Yale
Package courtesy of the New Haven Register & The Study at Yale
• Two (2) gift baskets Courtesy of The Shops at Yale