12 Home Dates Set For Lee Amphitheater
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It will be another busy season of travel for the Yale men's basketball team. The Bulldogs will head to all parts of the country during non-conference play, including south to face Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium and Miami at American Airlines Arena. There are also trips to the Midwest (Memphis), the West Coast (Cal State Northridge) and Northern New England (Vermont). And, oh by the way, the season kicks off with a journey to the other side of the world to face California in the Pac 12 China Game in Shanghai.
In all, there are 27 games on the schedule, including 12 in the friendly confines of the John J. Lee Amphitheater. There also is an opportunity for two more as the venerable arena will host the Ivy League Tournament in March.
Here is a closer look at the 2018-19 schedule:
- Six opponents reached the post season last year, including four (Duke, Miami, Iona, Penn) that played in the NCAA Tournament. Vermont and Harvard participated in the NIT.
- The 7,337 miles Yale will travel for the game in China will be the longest for a regular season game in school history. The Bulldogs have taken a foreign tour to China (2011) and have played exhibition games in numerous foreign countries.
- The home opener won't come until Dec. 5 when the Bulldogs host Lehigh.
- Yale's last game with Duke was quite memorable. It came in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence two days after the Bulldogs upset Baylor in the opening round. The Blue Devils built an early 27-point lead before the Bulldogs nearly pulled off the biggest comeback in tournament history. Yale was within three in the final minute, but Duke held on for a 71-64 victory. Earlier that season, the teams met at Cameron Indoor Arena. Yale scored the first nine points of the game and had the lead for much of the first half before Duke pulled away late for an 80-61 victory.
- The date of the game at Memphis is either Nov. 17 or 18. The Tigers share their home arena with the Memphis Grizzlies and the 2018-19 NBA schedule has yet to be released.
- The game with Miami is part of the fourth annual Hoophall Miami Invitational presented by Citi. It is one of four games on Dec. 1 at American Airlines Arena, the home of the Miami Heat. The other games feature Georgia Tech vs. St. John's, North Carolina State vs. Vanderbilt and Texas Tech vs. Memphis.
- The Bulldogs face three schools with first-year head coaches - Anfernee Hardaway at Memphis, Jared Grasso at Bryant and Cal State Northridge's Mark Gottfried. Yale head coach James Jones and Gottfried were assistant coaches under Villanova's Jay Wright for Team USA at the 2007 Pan American Games. Gottfried was then the head coach at Alabama. Grasso is a 2002 Quinnipiac graduate and saw the Bulldogs as an assistant coach at Iona last year.
- Yale's three home games in December all come against top mid-major programs. Lehigh (Dec. 5) has been a perennial contender in the Patriot League, Albany (Dec. 11) has won at least 20 games in five of the last six years and Iona (Dec. 22) has been to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons.
- Kennesaw State, coached by former URI and Boston College head coach Al Skinner, makes its first appearance in New Haven on Jan. 2. The Bulldogs beat the Owls 89-74 last year in Georgia. Three days later, Yale makes its first trip to Northridge, Calif., to meet CSUN.
- For the second straight year, the Bulldogs won't play a game against another Connecticut school.
- Ivy League play kicks off at Brown on Jan. 19. The Bulldogs have three of their first four Ivy games on the road.
- Yale's two dates with Harvard are Feb. 1 in Cambridge and Feb. 23 in Lee Amphitheater.
- Defending Ivy League Tournament champion Penn visits New Haven on Feb. 9. The Bulldogs travel to The Palestra on Mar. 8.
- The Ivy League Tournament will be on the Yale campus on March 16 and 17 with the top four men's and women's teams competing for the right to represent the League in the NCAA Basketball Tournaments.
- Video of all Yale home games and Ivy League road games will be available on ESPN+. Television and other streaming information will be released at a later date.
- Season and individual tickets for Yale's home games will go on sale early this fall. Visit the Yale Ticket website for more information.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity