January 28, 2011

Trip To Penn, Princeton On Tap This Weekend

Bulldogs Looking To Improve On 2-0 Ivy Start

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs, winners of their last four games, head south to face Penn and Princeton this weekend. Yale takes on the Quakers Friday at 7 p.m. at The Palestra and then has a 6 p.m. date with Princeton on Saturday.

After beating Brown twice, the Bulldogs are 2-0 in the Ivy League for the second time in the last three years. A victory Friday at Penn and Yale would be 3-0 in Ivy play for the first time since 1999-2000, James Jones' first year as head coach. Defense was a big reason why Yale swept Brown. In the two games, the Bears were held to 31.2 percent from the field, including 26 percent in last Saturday's 59-51 Yale victory. The Bulldogs lead the Ivy League in field goal percentage defense (.407). Greg Mangano has been on a tear recently, posting double-doubles in each of the last four games. He is averaging a double-double (14.8 ppg., 10.3 rpg.) for the season and is 16th in the nation in rebounding and 18th in blocked shots (43, 2.7 per game). Jeremiah Kreisberg also has been hot, reaching double figures in scoring in five of the last six games, including a career-high 13-point performance in last Saturday's win over Brown. James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball, won his 151st game at Yale last Saturday, tying him with Dick Kuchen for second all-time at Yale. Joe Vancisin is the school's career wins leader with 206.

FOLLOWING THE ACTION

There are a number of ways for fans to follow Friday's Yale-Penn game. It will be televised on the Comcast Network, which is available to every TV distributor - cable, satellite and telco - that serves viewers in the network's territory [roughly defined as the Greater Philadelphia area, including Eastern & Central PA, South NJ and Delaware. The Comcast Network is not available on DirecTV or the Dish Network. For more information visit http://www.csnphilly.com/pages/comcastnetwork. A video stream of the broadcast is available at pennathletics.com. In addition, audio of the game will be featured on SIRIUS Satellite Radio Channel 130. A link to audio can also be found at pennathletics.com. Video of Saturday's Yale-Princeton game is available at goprincetontigers.tv.

YALE SWEEPS IVY AWARDS

Yale's frontcourt played a big role in Saturday's 59-51 victory over Brown on Saturday. Greg Mangano and Jeremiah Kreisberg combined to make 12-of-20 shots from the field and score 30 points. The two were honored by the Ivy League for their performances on Monday. Mangano, who had 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks, was named the Player of the Week, while Kreisberg, who scored a career-high 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds, was chosen Rookie of the Week.

Mangano, who was honored for the third straight week, has been on a tear, posting double-doubles in each of the last four games. His seven blocks were two shy of the Yale single-game school record, and he now has 106 career blocks, which is second all-time at Yale.

In Saturday's victory, Mangano scored 11 points and had eight rebounds in the first half as the Bulldogs built a 30-20 lead.

Kreisberg also had a big first half, scoring nine of his points in the opening 20 minutes. He finished 5-of-7 from the field in his 30 minutes. In his last six games, Kreisberg has reached double figures five times and is shooting 60.6 percent from the field during the stretch. Kreisberg (6.5 ppg., 4.3 rpg.) is second on the team in rebounding and fifth in scoring.

It is believed to be the first time since January 4, 1982, when Tim Daaleman was the Player of the Week, and Jim Petela the Rookie of the Week that Yale swept the Ivy weekly honors.

HISTORY LESSONS

Yale and Penn have split the season series in each of the last two years. Each team won at home last year. The Bulldogs' last victory at The Palestra was 87-79 in 2009. The Quakers lead the all-time series 143-69.

Yale and Princeton have met at least once every year since 1902, which ties the series with Yale-Columbia as the oldest continuous series in Division I. The Tigers have won the last three meetings and lead the series 141-80.

The last time Yale swept the Penn-Princeton road weekend was during the 1986-87 season.

SCOUTING PENN

The Quakers (6-8, 0-0) are playing their Ivy League opener. Penn is coming off a 73-61 Big 5 victory over Saint Joseph's last Saturday. Tyler Bernardini led the way with a career-high 27 points. Zack Rosen (15.4 ppg., 65 assists) is third in the league in scoring and fourth in assists. Three of Penn's losses have come against teams currently ranked in the top-25 - Pittsburgh, Villanova and Kentucky. Penn head coach Jerome Allen was a two-time (1992-93, 1993-94) Ivy League Player of the Year in his playing days with the Quakers. Assistant coach Dan Leibovitz spent four years as the head coach at the University of Hartford.

SCOUTING PRINCETON

   The Tigers, who are 12-4 overall and open Ivy play Friday against Brown, have started league play 2-0 in each of head coach Sydney Johnson's first three seasons. Princeton, the preseason favorite in the Ivy League media poll, has won 10 of its last 11 games. The only loss came at 19th-ranked Central Florida. Johnson was the 1997 Ivy League Player of the Year in his playing days at Princeton.

BULLDOGS 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

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.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Yale coach James Jones and his staff will participate in the Coaches' vs. Cancer® Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend this weekend. The coaches will wear sneakers with their suits for their games to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays... 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 at Yale. Yale's home court, the John J. Lee Amphitheater, is named in his honor... Yale's home game with Princeton will be televised as part of the winter "Yale On Yes" package.

Photo of Porter Braswell by David Silverman (dspics.com)

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity