August 11, 2010
13 Home Games Highlight 2010-11 Yale Mens Basketball Schedule
Bulldogs Open Season Vs. Quinnipiac At Connecticut 6
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 2010-11 Yale men's basketball
schedule will have a familiar look. Twelve of the 14 non-Ivy League
games will come against opponents the Bulldogs have played at least
once in the last four years. The philosophy in determining the
schedule also remains the same.
"Our scheduling philosophy has not changed at all in this my
12th season at the helm," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow,
Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "We want to challenge
ourselves so we're prepared for Ivy League competition. Planning a
challenging schedule will help expose weaknesses that we can work
on before we begin Ivy play."
Thirteen of Yale's 28 games will be played in the friendly
confines of the John J. Lee Amphitheater where the Bulldogs have
won nearly 65 percent of their games in Jones' tenure. Yale will
face teams from the Big East, ACC, Big Ten, Pac 10, NEC, America
East and the Patriot League in addition to the challenging Ivy
The 116th season of Yale men's basketball kicks off against
Quinnipiac on Nov. 13 in the second Connecticut 6 Classic at the
Mohegan Sun Arena. The Bulldogs then face three challenging road
games – Providence on Nov. 15, Boston College on Nov. 18 and
Illinois on Nov. 23. Yale's home opener is against Army on Nov. 27.
Ivy League play begins with a home-and-home series against Brown.
The teams meet in Providence on Jan. 15 followed a week later by a
matchup in Lee Amphitheater. The regular season concludes on Mar. 5
with a trip to three-time defending Ivy champion Cornell.
- 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
- 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.
- The opener against Quinnipiac is part of the Connecticut 6
tripleheader at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Sacred
Heart Plays Fairfield and Central Connecticut meets Hartford in the
other two games.
- 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
- Three-time defending Ivy League champion Cornell visits Lee
Amphitheater on Feb. 4.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity