Bulldogs Head North To Face Vermont

Catamounts Have Won Last Two Meetings

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale's offense got rolling in a big way during the recent two-game homestand. The Bulldogs averaged 84 points, shot 52.7 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range in victories over Army and Hartford. Yale will try to keep up that pace when it goes back on the road Saturday to face Vermont. Tipoff at Patrick Gym is slated for 1 p.m.

Head coach James Jones has been relying on his starters more than usual this season. Four of Yale's five starters are averaging nearly 30 minutes. For now, Jones can live with it, but when the back-to-back Ivy League schedule is in full swing in late January he knows he will need a greater contribution from the bench. Tuesday's second half with Hartford showed there is potential. After the Hawks cut a 14-point Yale lead to two, Jesse Pritchard made a pair of key baskets to help extend the margin. When Hartford made another run, Sam Martin stepped up and hit back-to-back three-pointers. In all, Yale's reserves contributed 10 points in the second half and played a vital role in helping to hold off the Hawks.

HISTORY LESSONS

Yale and Vermont are playing for the fourth straight season. The Catamounts have won the last two, including a 72-60 win in New Haven last year. UVM scored the last 10 points to break open a close game. Vermont leads the series 11-10 and has won the last five games in Burlington.

SCOUTING VERMONT

The Catamounts (5-1) are coming off an impressive 80-53 victory over Dartmouth on Wednesday. Joey Accaoui scored 21 points and Evan Fjeld added 20. Fjeld (21.3 ppg.) leads the team in scoring. Accaoui, the team's sixth man, is second at 12.7 ppg. UVM's only loss came to UConn, 89-73 on Nov. 17. Vermont is ranked 21st in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll released on Monday. UVM has wins over Quinnipiac and NJIT, who were both picked to win their respective conferences, and Siena who is coming off three straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. The Catamounts won the America East Tournament last year before losing to Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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… Associate Head Coach Curtis Wilson spent five years as an assistant coach under Tom Brennan at Vermont.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity