December 6, 2013

New Hampshire Visits Saturday

Final Game Before Nine Day Break For Exams

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs play their second home game of the week when New Hampshire visits the John J. Lee Amphitheater on Saturday. Tipoff is slated for 4:30 p.m. following the Yale women's game against Army which starts at 2 p.m. It's Heroes Day so all ROTC, Color Guard, active and retired military personnel and veterans receive free admission.

Yale (4-4) is coming off a 72-64 loss to Bryant on Wednesday that snapped a two-game winning streak. Javier Duren paced the Bulldogs with 17 points and Justin Sears added 10. Duren and Sears have each scored in double figures in all eight games this season. The two are also among the Ivy League's leading scorers – Sears is third at 16.6 ppg., while Duren is fifth at 15.4 ppg.

Rebounding has been the key statistic for Yale early in the season. In their four victories, the Bulldogs are at a +8.8 rebounding margin, but in their four losses are –2.0.

Following Saturday's game, Yale takes a nine-day break for final exams. The Bulldogs then play three straight games against teams that reached the post season last year – Providence (NIT) on Dec. 17, Albany (NCAA) on Dec. 20 and Saint Louis (NCAA) on Jan. 4. Yale won't be back at Lee Amphitheater until Jan. 8 against Vermont.

3 KEYS FOR YALE

Rebound – See above. Yale is at its best when it controls the glass. New Hampshire also is a strong rebounding team. The Wildcats have a +5.6 rebounding margin on the season.

Three-Point Shooting – The Bulldogs struggled from beyond the arc Wednesday night against Bryant, going 3-for-21. Based on the early season results, that was probably an aberration. Nevertheless, 21 attempts are probably more than head coach James Jones would like to see. It might be wiser for the Bulldogs to work the ball inside before settling for a three.

Avoid Early Foul Trouble – With games being called tighter this year, fouls have been piling up. On a couple of occasions, Yale players have picked up two quick fouls, sending them to the bench for long stretches which takes them out of their rhythm.

WHO'S HOT

Jesse Pritchard continued his hot shooting from three-point range, making 2-of-3 Wednesday against Bryant. For the season, he is now shooting .550 (11-of-20) from beyond the arc, which is fourth in the Ivy League.

• Three Yale players are ranked in the top six in the league in steals. Nick Victor and Justin Sears are tied for third with 13 apiece. Javier Duren is tied for fifth with 12.

HISTORY LESSONS

Yale and New Hampshire are playing for the second straight year and 19th time overall. Last year in Durham, Ferg Myrick scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lift the Wildcats to a 64-56 victory. That was the first meeting between the New England rivals since 1998. The Bulldogs have won the last two games played in New Haven and lead the overall series 12-6.

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE

The Wildcats (2-5) are playing their second straight game in Connecticut. UNH dropped a 65-56 decision at Central Connecticut on Wednesday night, despite the first career double-double from freshman Jacoby Armstrong, who scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Chris Pelcher (13.7 ppg., 11.8 rpg.) leads the team in scoring and rebounding. Four of UNH's five losses have been by nine points or less, including 58-53 at Marquette. Yale head coach James Jones shares a bond with UNH coach Bill Herrion. Both have brothers that are currently coaching at other Division I schools. Jones' brother, Joe, is in his third year at Boston University, while Herrion's brother Tom leads the Marshall program.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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