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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A full weekend of Ivy League basketball is on tap for the Bulldogs. Yale hosts No. 23 Harvard on Friday and then gets a Saturday visit from Dartmouth. Tipoff on both nights is slated for 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs, who began league play with a pair of victories over travel partner Brown, are seeking their first 3-0 Ivy start since 1999-2000, James Jones' first year as head coach. Yale (12-4) has won four straight games and 10 of its last 12. Both Yale and Harvard return a large majority of the players who took part in a pair of memorable games last year. The Crimson won the first 78-75 in Cambridge in a game that featured 11 ties and 13 lead changes. The final tie was at 70 with 1:37 remaining. Yale took the rematch 70-69 in New Haven. Jeremiah Kreisberg's layup with 41 seconds left was the winning basket. Harvard had a couple of opportunities in the final seconds but couldn't capitalize. Yale senior Greg Mangano is on the cusp of another milestone. He needs just three points to become the 24th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points and the first since Alex Zampier in 2010. Mangano leads the Ivy League in scoring (19.4 ppg.), rebounding (10.3 rpg.) and blocks (40). He is already Yale's all-time leader in blocks (188) and with 620 career rebounds is close to moving into the school's all-time top-10.

Yale Student Ticket Pick-up Procedure For Harvard Game:

  • Tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Ray Tompkins House Ticket Office (20 Tower Pkwy.) starting at 9am on Friday, January 27.
  • Present valid Yale Student ID to receive one ticket (dependent on availability
    • One guest ticket available (per ID) for $3
  • Yale ID's cannot be transferred/shared
  • Student ticket must be presented for admittance into game, and Yale student section

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE

The Bulldogs are 6-0 in the friendly confines of Lee Amphitheater. Yale has outscored its opponents 496-365 and has +21.8 scoring margin... The expected sellout for the Harvard game will be the first since the 2008-09 season opener against Stanford... The Bulldogs are hosting a top-25 ranked opponent for the first time since Jan. 9, 1998 – a 69-58 loss to No. 15 Princeton.

LEAGUE LEADERS

The Bulldogs leads the Ivy League in scoring offense (75.4 ppg.), assists (14.8 per game) and rebounding margin (+7.1). Yale is second in blocks (73) and field goal percentage (.453) and fourth in free throw percentage (.708).

WHO'S HOT

Greg Mangano is averaging 23.8 points and 12.5 rebounds during Yale's four-game winning streak... Reggie Willhite is shooting 61.8 percent (21-of-34) from the field in the last four games... Austin Morgan is second in the nation in free throw percentage (.936, 44-of-47). He has made 27 straight dating back to the Hartford game in November.

BROWN WEEKEND NOTES

•   The Bulldogs swept the season series from the Bears for the second straight year and the third time in the last four years. Yale has won four straight at the Pizzitola Center.

•   Jesse Pritchard scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds, both career highs, in the game in Providence.

•   Yale's bench outscored Brown's 27-11 in the two games.

SCOUTING HARVARD

The Crimson (16-2, 2-0 Ivy) is ranked 23rd in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. Harvard's only losses are to UConn and Fordham. Keith Wright (10.8 ppg.) and Kyle Casey (10.8 ppg.) share the team lead in scoring. Harvard leads the league in scoring defense (54.1 ppg.) and field goal percentage defense (.393).

SCOUTING DARTMOUTH

Dartmouth (4-14, 0-2 Ivy) plays at Brown on Friday night. The Big Green is getting significant contributions from freshmen. Gabas Maldunas (9.3 ppg.) leads the team in scoring and Jvonte Brooks (7.8 ppg.) is third.

HISTORY LESSONS

Yale has 115 victories all-time over Harvard, the most against any opponent. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 115-69.

Yale and Dartmouth are playing for the 199th time, and the Bulldogs hold a 104-94 advantage. Yale has won five straight and nine of the last 10 meetings with Dartmouth.

SUITS AND SNEAKER WEEKEND

 Yale head coach James Jones and his staff will participate in this weekend's Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Weekend. The coaches will wear sneakers with their suits to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

MANGANO PLAYS FOR TEAM USA AT WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES

Greg Mangano was a part of the 12-player roster that represented the United States in the 2011 World University Games in August in Shenzhen, China. In six games during the tournament, Mangano averaged 3.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. His five blocks were second on the team, and he also contributed four steals. His top performance came against Mexico when he scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds. He added seven points, three rebounds and two blocks in the win over Finland. The team was coached by Purdue's Matt Painter. Joining Mangano on the Team USA roster were: Tim Abromaitis (Notre Dame); Marcus Denmon (Missouri); Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh); Draymond Green (Michigan State); JaMychal Green (Alabama); Scoop Jardine (Syracuse); John Jenkins (Vanderbilt); Orlando Johnson (UC Santa Barbara); Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota); Ray McCallum (Detroit Mercy); and Darius Miller (Kentucky).

KREISBERG COMPETES AT U20 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Jeremiah Kreisberg played for Israel at the Under-20 European Championships in July in in Sarajevo, Bosnia. He appeared in six games (he missed the last two games with a minor injury) and averaged 12.3 points and 5.7 rebounds, while averaging nearly 30 minutes per game. He led the team in rebounding and was second in scoring. Kreisberg headed to Tel-Aviv in June, spent three weeks training with the Israel team and took part in the team's preparation tour through Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia.

CHINA TRIP

Yale got a bit of a head start on the 2011-12 season. The Bulldogs spent 10 days in China last May and played four games, winning three, including a victory over a Chinese professional team. The trip allowed the Bulldogs to bond as a team and work on some things for the upcoming season.

HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION

Mangano and Kreisberg weren't the only players to have interesting off seasons. Austin Morgan spent two months in Mauritius, an island nation off southeast coast of Africa, as an Eli-Africa fellow. He helped run an after school program for local children, teaching a class on health and fitness. Sam Martin was in Washington, D.C., interning for Senator Jack Reed of his home state of Rhode Island. Freshman Armani Cotton founded DOSA (Division One Student Athlete) Basketball Clinic. After gaining approval from the NCAA and the Ivy League, Cotton ran two week-long clinics in New York City and three in Lake Naomi, Pa. Cotton created the program in an attempt to deflate the idea that being valedictorian and a star athlete are mutually exclusive. DOSA focuses on the values of hard work and discipline as well as basketball IQ and Division I skills in order to challenge campers intellectually and physically.

WILLHITE TRAINS WITH LAETTNER, HILL

Reggie Willhite trained with former Duke stars Christian Laettner and Grant Hill earlier this fall. Willhite's father heard an interview with Laettner on the radio. Laettner mentioned he was looking for some Division I players on the East Coast to train. Willhite's father reached out to Laettner, who agreed to train Willhite. Reggie spent two weekends working out with Laettner and Hill. Hill's father is legendary Yale football player Calvin Hill.

YALE PICKED SECOND IVY LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL

Yale was picked second, along with Princeton, by the select panel of 17 Ivy media representatives who voted in the official Ivy League preseason media poll. The Bulldogs received one first-place vote and 103 points. Harvard is the league favorite with 16 first-place votes and 135 points. Princeton also had 103 points followed by Penn (90), Brown (62), Cornell (52), Columbia (50) and Dartmouth (17).

LEE AMPHITHEATER FEATURED IN ESPN THE MAGAZINE

The John J. Lee Amphitheater, the home of Yale Basketball, was featured in ESPN The Magazine's College Basketball preview issue. The title of the feature is Grand Stands, the game marches on, but a dwindling number of college basketball cathedrals can still take us back to when it all began.

The Palestra in Philadelphia, Butler's Hinkle Fieldhouse and Fordham's Rose Hill Gymnasium were the only other venues selected.

 "To walk through these gates and settle into these seats is to remember the game's roots," wrote LaRue Cook. "Because sometimes sports aren't about results – they're about beauty and style and being connected to something bigger than the game."

Lee Amphitheater sits inside historic Payne Whitney Gym, which was constructed in 1931 under the direction of John Russell Pope. Yale's first basketball game was played there on Dec. 18, 1932, and it has been the home of the Bulldogs ever since.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity