January 5, 2011

New England Rival Holy Cross Next Up For Bulldogs

Yale Meets Crusaders Wednesday In Worcester

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The final non-conference road game of the season brings the Bulldogs to Worcester, Mass., to meet Holy Cross. Tipoff at the Hart Center is slated for 7 p.m. There is no video available but a link to audio of the game can be found at goholycross.com.

Yale leads the Ivy League in field goal percentage defense (.429). In their last five games, the Bulldogs have been even better, holding opponents to just 38.5 percent from the field. The problem for Yale during its current three-game losing streak has been taking care of the ball. The Bulldogs have committed 54 turnovers during the stretch, including 20 in Friday's 62-57 loss to Lehigh. Yale's seven losses have come against teams that currently have a 62-31 (.667) overall record. The Bulldogs own a victory over Boston College, which is 11-3. Austin Morgan (14.9 ppg.) leads Yale in scoring and is fourth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (.526). Freshman Jeremiah Kreisberg, who made his second career start against Lehigh, is averaging 10.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in his last two games. Greg Mangano (9.3 rpg.) leads the Ivy League in rebounding.

HISTORY LESSONS

The Yale-Holy Cross rivalry dates all the way back to 1903. The Crusaders lead the all-time series 35-29. Yale, though, won the last meeting, 76-66 in 2008. The Bulldogs are just 2-8 all-time in the Hart Center, which opened in 1975.

SCOUTING HOLY CROSS

The Crusaders (1-12) have lost four straight games, the last two by a combined three points. In all, four Holy Cross's losses have come by three points or less. Devin Brown (12.2 ppg.) leads the team in scoring, while Andrew Keister averages 11.0 points and a team-best 7.8 rebounds. Andrew Beinert is the only player to start all 13 games. Yale is the second Ivy League opponent for Holy Cross, which fell to Harvard 72-49 on Nov. 17. Milan Brown is in his first season as the head coach at Holy Cross. He earned his first victory with the Crusaders on Dec. 19, 2010, at Marist. The 16th head coach in the history of the program, he came to Holy Cross after spending the previous seven seasons as head coach at Mount St. Mary's.

BULLDOGS PICKED FIFTH IN IVY LEAGUE PRESEASON 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

FINAL THOUGHTS

Michael Sands has withdrawn from Yale for personal reasons and will not be with the team... Three Bulldogs took an active role in the Yale Athletic Department's annual Holiday Gift Giving Initiative. Alfonso Costa, Michael Grace and Jesse Pritchard visited Augusta Lewis Troup School on Friday, Dec. 10, to distribute gifts collected. Costa, who also plays lacrosse, is chair of Yale's Student-Athlete Community Outreach Committee...Roger Lee, the youngest son of Yale great John Lee '58, attended the Yale-Stanford game. John Lee scored 1,493 points in three seasons in a Yale uniform. He was a member of the Ivy League Silver Anniversary All Star team. Yale's home court, the John J. Lee Amphitheater, is named in his honor.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity