Nov. 17, 2008
Playing away from home will be a familiar theme for Yale over the next few weeks. Nine of the Bulldogs' next 10 games will come in hostile environments. A sellout crowd of 2,532 descended on the John J. Lee Amphitheater to watch Yale open the 2008-09 season against Stanford last Friday. The Bulldogs put up a good fight before dropping a 75-67 decision. Alex Zampier paced Yale with 15 points. He was 6 of 8 from the field and added two blocks and two steals. Ross Morin recorded his fourth career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Raffi Mantilla scored 10 points in 17 minutes, both career bests. It was the first time a Pac-10 school had ever come to New Haven to play. The Bulldogs will get another look at a Pac-10 opponent when they play at Oregon State next Monday night.
Yale and Vermont are playing for the 20th time, and the Bulldogs hold a 10-9 advantage in the series. The first meeting was in 1924. The two teams played last year in New Haven, an 86-76 Yale victory. Five players scored in double figures for the Bulldogs, including Ross Morin (11 points, 10 rebounds), Travis Pinick (11 points) and Alex Zampier (12 points, three three-pointers).
The Catamounts (0-1) opened the season with a heartbreaking 80-79 overtime loss to George Mason on Saturday. Darryl Monroe hit a pair of free throws with 0.7 seconds left in overtime to lift the Patriots. UVM's Marqus Blakely led all scorers with 24 points. Vermont, who finished 16-15 overall last year, was picked to finish second in the America East preseason poll. Blakely and Mike Trimboli were both selected to the preseason all-conference team. In addition, Blakely was named to the CollegeInsider.com Preseason Mid-Major All-America Team and the Preseason Mid-Major All-America second team by Collegehoops.net. The Catamounts won a pair of exhibition games, topping Concordia 77-69 and St. Michael's 73-59. Mike Lonergan is in his fourth year as the head coach at UVM.
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. The Bulldogs, who finished 13-15 overall and 7-7 in Ivy play last year, lost four players to graduation, but return a pair of second team All-Ivy selections in seniors Ross Morin and Travis Pinick.
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 PLAYERS PLAYING PROFESSIONALLY
Four Yale players are currently playing professional basketball in Europe. Edwin Draughan '05 is in his first season with FOS Ouest Provence in France after playing in Switzerland. Dominick Martin '06 is a member of Plasencia in Spain after playing for Real Madrid. Matt Kyle '08 signed with Galitos FC in Barreiro, Portugal, after graduating last May, and Caleb Holmes '08 is coaching and playing for UMFH, a team in Iceland's first division.
GILBRIDE JOINS YALE STAFF
Mark Gilbride, who spent last year as an assistant coach at Stonehill College, has joined James Jones' staff this year. Stonehill won 18 games and reached the semifinals of the Northeast-10 Tournament during his tenure. Gilbride also spent one season at Amherst, helping the Lord Jeffs capture the NCAA Division III national championship, and three years at his alma mater, Bowdoin.
2008-09 YALE SCHEDULE NOTES
The 2008-09 schedule features 11 home games and 17 road contests. Nine of the first 11 games are away from home.
The Stanford game marked the first time a Pac-10 school played the Bulldogs in New Haven. The last opponent from a major conference to play in Lee Amphitheater was Penn State of the Big Ten in 2000-01. Yale hosted ACC foe Wake Forest at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport in 2003-04.
When the Bulldogs face Oregon State on Nov. 24, former Brown head coach Craig Robinson will be guiding the Beavers. Robinson, the brother-in-law of Barack Obama, was 2-2 against Yale in his two seasons at Brown.
Yale plays its first game against Alabama on Dec. 28. The Crimson Tide is coached by Mark Gottfried. Gottfried and James Jones served as assistant coaches to Villanova's Jay Wright for the 2007 USA Basketball Men's Pan American Games Team. Among the players the two coached are Georgetown's Roy Hibbert, Michigan State's Drew Neitzel and Indiana's D.J. White.
A familiar face will be on the sidelines when Yale visits Bryant on Jan. 2. Tim O'Shea, who was named Bryant's head coach on June 23, spent two years as an assistant coach at Yale under Dick Kuchen.
Alabama and Bryant are two of three first-time opponents for the Bulldogs. Yale plays at NJIT on Jan. 7.
The 14-game Ivy League season begins on Jan. 16 at Brown. First-year Brown head coach Jesse Agel and Yale Associate Head Coach Curtis Wilson worked together on Tom Brennan's staff at Vermont.
Five of Yale's first six Ivy League games are on the road.
The Bulldogs play defending Ivy champion Cornell on Jan. 31 in Ithaca and host the Big Red on Feb. 20 at Lee Amphitheater.
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Yale fell to 60-53-1 in season openers and had won three straight prior to falling to Stanford... 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... Yale associate head coach Curtis Wilson spent five years as an assistant coach at Vermont... Yale had private scrimmages against Army and Stony Brook... Senior Brandon Rose has joined the roster after serving as the team manager for the last two years. Rose was a second team All-Dade County selection as a senior at Palmer Trinity School.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity