February 4, 2009

Weekend Trip Takes Yale Across New England

Feb. 4, 2009

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs (7-11, 2-2 Ivy) are back on the road for a pair of Ivy games this weekend. Yale plays at Harvard on Friday at 7 p.m. (Video | WYBC audio) and then travels to Hanover, N.H., to meet Dartmouth on Saturday at 7 p.m. (Video | WYBC audio). Following these two games, the Bulldogs will have played 15 of their 20 games on the road. Yale won both games on the Harvard-Dartmouth road trip in each of the last two years.

In their first four Ivy League games, the Bulldogs are holding their opponents to an average of just 58.5 points. Opponents are shooting 42.0 percent from the field and only 30.6 percent from three-point range. Senior Chris Andrews was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday. He shot 71.4 percent from the field last weekend against Columbia and Cornell. Andrews and Harvard captain Andrew Pusar were teammates and close friends at Seton Hall Prep. They first met during the summer of eighth grade when they were randomly selected to be roommates at the Eastern Invitational Camp. Ross Morin leads the Bulldogs in scoring (13.1 ppg.). Travis Pinick is the team's leading rebounder.

HISTORY LESSONS
Yale has more victories (112) against Harvard than any other opponent. The Bulldogs lead the series 112-65 and have won six straight. Yale has won six of the last eight games in Cambridge, including an 81-65 decision in last year's season finale. Alex Zampier averaged 15.0 points and shot 71.4 percent from the field in last year's two games with the Crimson. James Jones is 15-3 as the head coach of the Bulldogs against Harvard.

The Bulldogs are 6-2 in their last eight trips to Leede Arena, including a 50-48 victory last year. Travis Pinick scored 12 points and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds in the win. Yale leads the all-time series with the Big Green 98-83, and Jones is 15-3 against Dartmouth.

SCOUTING HARVARD
The Crimson (9-9, 1-3 Ivy) is led by Jeremy Lin, who is the only player in the country to rank among the top 10 players in his conference in points (18.3 ppg.), rebounds (5.6 rpg.), assists (5.0 apg.), steals (2.7 spg.), blocked shots (0.7 bpg.), field goal percentage (.507), 3-point accuracy (.415) and free throw shooting (.752). Harvard's biggest win of the season came over then 17th-ranked Boston College on Jan. 7. It was the school's first victory ever over a ranked opponent. Tommy Amaker is in his second season as the head coach of the Crimson.

SCOUTING DARTMOUTH
The Big Green (4-14, 2-2 Ivy) features the Ivy League's leading scorer in Alex Barnett, who averages 19.2 points. He has had two games this season when he scored at least 30 points. Freshman Jabari Trotter is second on the team in scoring (8.1 ppg.). He and Yale freshman Reggie Willhite were teammates last year at Phillips Exeter. Dartmouth is coming off a 63-60 victory over Penn last Saturday. The win snapped a 23-game losing streak to the Quakers. Barnett led the way with 24 points. The Big Green is second in the Ivy League in blocked shots with 75. Terry Dunn is in his fifth season as the head coach at Dartmouth.

YALE PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
Yale was picked to finish third in the Ivy League preseason media poll, released during a media teleconference on Oct. 21. Defending champion Cornell was the unanimous first-place selection. The Big Red return four starters and four All-Ivy picks from a team that went undefeated in league play last year. Penn was picked second. Harvard was fourth followed by Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth and Princeton.

2008-09 Ivy League Men's Basketball Preseason Media Poll
1. Cornell - 128 points (16 first-place votes)
2. Penn - 110
3. Yale - 80
4. Harvard - 77
5. Brown - 75
6. Columbia - 45
7. Dartmouth - 33
8. Princeton - 28

YALE ON YES
Two Yale men's basketball games will be televised live on the YES Network as part of the Yale on YES package. Both games will be broadcast from the John J. Lee Amphitheater and begin at 7 p.m., starting with the game against Princeton on Fri., Feb. 13. The Yale-Columbia game on Sat., Feb. 21 will also be televised. In addition, YES will show the Yale women's game against Harvard on Fri., Feb. 6.

NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE NOTES
• The Bulldogs travelled nearly 10,000 miles (9,962) for their 10 non-conference road games.
• Yale went 3-1 at home in non-conference play. The only loss came to Stanford, 75-67, in the season opener before a sellout crowd of 2,532 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. The game featured seven ties and 13 lead changes.
• The Bulldogs picked up their first win ever over a Pac-10 school when they edged Oregon State 53-52 on Nov. 24. Yale had dropped its previous 15 games against the conference. In James Jones' tenure as head coach, Yale has now knocked off schools from the Big East (Rutgers), Big Ten (Penn State), ACC (Clemson) and Pac-10 (Oregon State).
• Yale nearly pulled off another upset before falling 66-63 at Alabama on Dec. 28. The Bulldogs were within one point twice in the final minute, but the Crimson Tide made seven of eight free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Alex Zampier scored 28 points, the most by a Bulldog this season, in a 76-66 win over Holy Cross. It was the first time a Yale player scored at least 25 points in a game since Eric Flato had 26 against Columbia in 2007.

BUTCH GRAVES '84 RECEIVES NCAA HONOR
Former Yale men's basketball star Earl "Butch" Graves '84 was one of six recipients of the 2009 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, presented annually since 1973 to former student-athletes whose collegiate careers ended 25 years ago and who have gone on to excel in their chosen professions. Graves received his award at the NCAA Honors and Delegates Celebration on January 15, 2009, during the NCAA Convention in Washington, D.C. Graves, the captain of the 1983-84 Bulldogs, is Yale's all-time leading scorer with 2,090 career points and is one of only four players in Ivy League history to score at least 2,000 points. He was named first team All-Ivy in both 1983 and 1984 and led the league in scoring in Ivy games three times (1982-84). Graves, who received a bachelor's degree in economics from Yale, is the president & CEO of Earl G. Graves Publishing Co., publisher of Black Enterprise magazine. He is responsible for the strategic positioning and overall profitability of the corporation.

FREE VIDEO STREAMS ON YALEBULLDOGS.COM
Free live video is available for all Yale home games that aren't televised. Fans can access the games at yalebulldogs.com by clicking on the Yale All*Access logo in the top right corner. An e-mail address and password are required to subscribe to the service. WYBC (1340 AM) provides audio.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Former NBA star Chris Dudley, a 1987 Yale graduate, hosted the team for dinner during the trip to Oregon. Dudley, who lives just outside of Portland, played 16 seasons in the NBA and scored 3,473 points and collected 5,457 rebounds. He was a three-time first team All-Ivy selection at Yale. He spoke to the team in the locker room following the victory over Oregon State... James Jones, who is in his 10th year at Yale, is the longest tenured coach in the Ivy League. His younger brother Joe is the head coach at Columbia. The Jones brothers are one of only two active brother duos coaching at the Division I level. Seth and Brad Greenberg are the head coaches at Virginia Tech and Radford.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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