November 29, 2010

Hartford Visits Amphitheater Tuesday

Teams Have Played A Number Of Close Games Over The Years

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - One of the goals for the Yale men's basketball team at the start of the season was to have a balanced scoring attack. That scenario certainly played out on Saturday against Army. All five starters scored in double figures as the Bulldogs knocked off Army 87-79. Yale hopes to keep it rolling when Hartford visits on Tuesday. Tipoff at the John J. Lee Amphitheater is slated for 7 p.m.  The first 100 fans in the door receive a free Yale Basketball/Schedule t-shirt.

Greg Mangano led the Bulldogs' offensive outburst against the Black Knights with 27 points. He was 8-of-14 from the field, including a pair of three-pointers, and made 9-of-12 free throws. In addition, he grabbed 15 rebounds. Yale shot a season-best 54.3 percent from the field. Junior Rhett Anderson had the best game of his career, scoring 12 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out three assists. The Bulldogs made 32-of-40 free throws against Army and leads the Ivy League with a .777 free throw percentage. Individually, Yale has two of the league's top six scorers. Mangano (16.0 ppg.) is tied for third, and Austin Morgan (15.8 ppg.) is sixth. Mangano leads the league in rebounding (9.0 rpg.).

HISTORY LESSONS

Yale and Hartford are playing for the fourth straight season. Last year in West Hartford, Michael Sands' emphatic dunk with two seconds left snapped a 46-46 tie and lifted the Bulldogs to a hard-fought 48-46 victory. Of the 10 meetings between the teams, six have been decided by five points or less. The Hawks lead the series 6-4.

SCOUTING HARTFORD

The Hawks (1-4) have been involved in several close games. Three of their four losses have been by four points or fewer. Hartford's win was a 60-55 decision over St. Francis, Pa., last Wednesday. Morgan Sabia leads the team in scoring (18.2 ppg.) and rebounding (8.0 rpg.). Joe Zeglinski (15.0 ppg.) has a team-high 13 three-pointers. The Hawks, who lost to Dartmouth 71-57 on Nov. 19, host Brown on Thursday. John Gallagher spent two years as an assistant coach at Penn before being named the head coach of the Hawks last summer.

BULLDOGS PICKED 5TH IN IVY LEAGUE PRESEASON

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 were familiar faces on the opposing bench when the Bulldogs played at Boston College. Steve Donahue, who guided Cornell to the 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 was 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 played 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 remained in Boston following the BC game. In addition to taking a tour of Fenway Park, the team attended the Yale-Harvard football game at Harvard Stadium... Alex Zampier '10 has earned a spot on the roster of the New Mexico Thunderbirds of the NBA Developmental League.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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