November 17, 2010

Challenging Early Season Schedule Continues At Boston College

Bulldogs Meet Eagles With Familiar Faces On BC Sideline

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's basketball team nearly pulled off a big upset on Monday night, dropping a hard-fought 58-55 decision at Providence. The Bulldogs get another crack at a major conference foe on Thursday when they travel to Boston College. Tipoff at Conte Forum is slated for 7 p.m.

There will be a couple of familiar faces on the BC sideline. Head coach Steve Donahue is in his first year with the Eagles after guiding Cornell to three straight Ivy League titles. Donahue was 9-11 against Yale during his tenure with the Big Red. Donahue's associate head coach is Joe Jones, the younger brother of Yale head coach James Jones. Joe Jones was the head coach at Columbia for the last seven years. James Jones went 9-5 against the Lions during his brother's tenure at the helm. The Bulldogs had a 49-43 lead on Providence with 7:41 remaining before the Friars rallied. Austin Morgan scored 16 points, one shy of his career high, to pace Yale. Porter Braswell added 13 points, and Greg Mangano contributed 11 points and nine rebounds. Mangano (15.5 ppg., 9.0 rpg.) is tied for seventh in the Ivy League in scoring and tied for third in rebounding after two games.

HISTORY LESSONS

   Yale and Boston College are playing for the 12th time and the Eagles lead the series 9-2. The last meeting was a 72-56 BC victory in 2007. BC needed double overtime to top the Bulldogs 82-80 in 2004.

SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE

   The Eagles began the Steve Donahue era in impressive fashion. BC jumped out to a 24-2 lead and cruised to a 79-49 victory over St. Francis (N.Y.) last Friday night. Joe Trapani, a Madison, Conn., native, paced the Eagles with 20 points and eight rebounds. Trapani was named as one of the 50 preseason candidates for the 2010-11 John R. Wooden Award. BC held the Terriers to 27.6 percent shooting from the field in the game. Boston College was selected 10th in the Atlantic Coast Conference's preseason media poll. The Eagles finished with a 15-16 overall record last year.

BULLDOGS PICKED 5TH IN PRESEASON MEDIA POLL

   Yale was picked to finish fifth in the Ivy League by the select panel of 17 Ivy media representatives. Yale, though, shouldn't put too much stock in those prognostications. The Bulldogs have finished higher than projected in four of the last five years. Princeton, which received 12 of 17 first-place votes, is the preseason Ivy League favorite. The Tigers return their top five scorers and top two rebounders. Harvard got four first-place votes and is second followed by Cornell (one first-place vote) and Penn. Brown, Columbia and Dartmouth round out the poll.

2010-11 IVY LEAGUE PRESEASON MEDIA POLL

PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

First-Place Votes in Parentheses

Rank    School                         Points

1.          Princeton (12)          128

2.          Harvard (4)               120

3.          Cornell (1)                  96

4.          Penn                           89

5.          Yale                             57

6.          Brown                         55

7.          Columbia                    48

8.          Dartmouth                 19

MANGANO NAMED TO CONNECTICUT 6 PRESEASON TEAM

   Greg Mangano, who led the Ivy League in blocked shots last year, has been named to the All-Connecticut 6 preseason team. Mangano, a 6-foot-10 junior, tied for fifth in the league in rebounding (5.5 rpg.). In addition, he was fourth on the team in scoring (7.5 ppg.) and tied for second in rebounding. Joining Mangano on the All-Connecticut 6 preseason team is Quinnipiac forward Justin Rutty, Central Connecticut guard Shemik Thompson, Fairfield guard Derek Needham, Hartford guard Joe Zeglinski and Sacred Heart guard Jerrell Thompson.

CONNECTICUT 6

   The state of Connecticut has a rich basketball tradition. A new chapter in that history started in 2009-10 with the formation of the Connecticut 6, a partnership between six of Connecticut's Division I schools - Yale, Central Connecticut, Fairfield, Hartford, Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart. The second annual Connecticut 6 Classic tripleheader was Nov. 13 at the the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. In addition to the tripleheader, a preseason All-Connecticut 6 team was selected and there will be a Connecticut 6 Player of the Week chosen each week during the season.

HEAD COACH JAMES JONES

   James Jones has made quite an impact on the Yale basketball program. In 11 seasons, Jones has guided Yale to success not seen in New Haven in 40 years. In 2001-02, Jones led the Bulldogs to their first Ivy League title since 1962-63 and the first postseason tournament victory in the 107-year history of Yale basketball. The team won 21 games, the second most in the modern era of Yale basketball, and reached the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. Jones, the longest tenured coach in the Ivy League, earned his 100th victory at Yale when the Bulldogs beat Columbia on Feb. 9, 2007. He is only the fourth coach in school history with at least 100 wins. The Bulldogs have won at least 10 Ivy games twice during his tenure and have had a .500 or better record in league play in nine of his 11 years. Four assistant coaches who worked under Jones have gone on to become head coaches - Isaiah Cavaco (Oberlin), Mark Sembrowich (Academy of Arts University), Mark Gilbride (Clarkson) and Ted Hotaling (New Haven).Jones served as an assistant coach to Villanova's Jay Wright for the 2007 USA Basketball Men's Pan American Games Team.

2010-11 SCHEDULE NOTES

  • 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 (CBI).
  • 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.
  • 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 road.
  • Three-time defending Ivy League champion Cornell visits Lee Amphitheater on Feb. 4.

FINAL THOUGHTS

   Michael Sands has withdrawn from Yale for personal reasons and will not be with the team... The Bulldogs will remain in Boston following the game. After practice on Friday, the team is scheduled to take a tour of Fenway Park and then attend the Yale-Harvard football game at Harvard Stadium on Saturday... Freshman Greg Kelley, who has missed the first two games of the season with an injury, is a Newton, Mass., native. He was the Massachusetts Division 1 South Player of the Year as a senior at Newton North High School.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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