November 19, 2008

Bulldogs Visit Portland Friday

Nov. 19, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs make their first trip to the state of Oregon since 1968 to play a pair of games, starting Friday at the University of Portland. Tipoff at the Childs Center is slated for 7 p.m. PST. Pay-per-view video, Audio, and Live Stats are all available from portlandpilots.com.

Yale then heads to Corvallis to meet Oregon State on Monday. One of the pleasant surprises of the early season has been the play of Garrett Fiddler, who scored a career high 11 points in Tuesday's loss to Vermont. After scoring only 25 points in his entire rookie season, Fiddler is averaging 9.0 points in the first two games this year. Ross Morin, who leads the team in scoring (12.5 ppg.) had 13 points against the Catamounts. He was 5 of 7 from the field and added four rebounds and three steals. The Bulldogs opened the season by hosting Stanford and dropped a hard-fought 75-67 decision before a sellout crowd of 2,532 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. Yale led by three early in the second half before the Cardinal went on a 20-8 run to take command. Alex Zampier paced the Bulldogs with 15 points.

HISTORY LESSONS
Yale and Portland are playing for the second time. The teams played last year at the John J. Lee Amphitheater, an 88-70 Bulldog victory. Yale made 16 of 22 shots from the field in the second half and shot a sizzling 63.3 percent from the field in the game. The highlight of the night came when Eric Flato '08 scored the 1,000th point of his career midway through the first half. Caleb Holmes '08 paced the Bulldogs with 15 points. Robin Smeulders led the Pilots with 22 points off the bench.

SCOUTING PORTLAND
The Pilots (1-1) opened the season with an impressive 80-74 victory over Washington. Robin Smeulders and Nik Raivio combined for 39 points and 13 rebounds. All five Portland starters scored in double figures. Smeulders was named the WCC Player of the Week for his 20-point, six-rebound performance. The Pilots fell to Portland State 81-76 on Tuesday night. Raivio scored 19 points and Smeulders added 16 points and six rebounds. Eric Revino is in his third year at the helm of the Pilots program.

YALE PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
Yale was picked to finish third in the Ivy League preseason media poll, released during a media teleconference on Oct. 21. Defending champion Cornell was the unanimous first-place selection. The Big Red return four starters and four All-Ivy picks from a team that went undefeated in league play last year. Penn was picked second. Harvard was fourth followed by Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth and Princeton. The Bulldogs, who finished 13-15 overall and 7-7 in Ivy play last year, lost four players to graduation, but return a pair of second team All-Ivy selections in seniors Ross Morin and Travis Pinick.

2008-09 Ivy League Men's Basketball Preseason Media Poll
1. Cornell - 128 points (16 first-place votes)
2. Penn - 110
3. Yale - 80
4. Harvard - 77
5. Brown - 75
6. Columbia - 45
7. Dartmouth - 33
8. Princeton - 28

YALE PLAYERS PLAYING PROFESSIONALLY
Four Yale players are currently playing professional basketball in Europe. Edwin Draughan '05 is in his first season with FOS Ouest Provence in France after playing in Switzerland. Dominick Martin '06 is a member of Plasencia in Spain after playing for Real Madrid. Matt Kyle '08 signed with Galitos FC in Barreiro, Portugal, after graduating last May, and Caleb Holmes '08 is coaching and playing for UMFH, a team in Iceland's first division.

GILBRIDE JOINS YALE STAFF
Mark Gilbride, who spent last year as an assistant coach at Stonehill College, has joined James Jones' staff this year. Stonehill won 18 games and reached the semifinals of the Northeast-10 Tournament during his tenure. Gilbride also spent one season at Amherst, helping the Lord Jeffs capture the NCAA Division III national championship, and three years at his alma mater, Bowdoin.

2008-09 YALE SCHEDULE NOTES
• The 2008-09 schedule features 11 home games and 17 road contests. Nine of the first 11 games are away from home.
• The Stanford game marked the first time a Pac-10 school played the Bulldogs in New Haven. The last opponent from a major conference to play in Lee Amphitheater was Penn State of the Big Ten in 2000-01. Yale hosted ACC foe Wake Forest at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport in 2003-04.
• When the Bulldogs face Oregon State on Nov. 24, former Brown head coach Craig Robinson will be guiding the Beavers. Robinson, the brother-in-law of Barack Obama, was 2-2 against Yale in his two seasons at Brown.
• Yale plays its first game against Alabama on Dec. 28. The Crimson Tide is coached by Mark Gottfried. Gottfried and James Jones served as assistant coaches to Villanova's Jay Wright for the 2007 USA Basketball Men's Pan American Games Team. Among the players the two coached are Georgetown's Roy Hibbert, Michigan State's Drew Neitzel and Indiana's D.J. White.
• A familiar face will be on the sidelines when Yale visits Bryant on Jan. 2. Tim O'Shea, who was named Bryant's head coach on June 23, spent two years as an assistant coach at Yale under Dick Kuchen.
• Alabama and Bryant are two of three first-time opponents for the Bulldogs. Yale plays at NJIT on Jan. 7.
• The 14-game Ivy League season begins on Jan. 16 at Brown. First-year Brown head coach Jesse Agel and Yale Associate Head Coach Curtis Wilson worked together on Tom Brennan's staff at Vermont.
• Five of Yale's first six Ivy League games are on the road.
• The Bulldogs play defending Ivy champion Cornell on Jan. 31 in Ithaca and host the Big Red on Feb. 20 at Lee Amphitheater.

FREE VIDEO STREAMS ON YALEBULLDOGS.COM
Free live video is available for all Yale home games that aren't televised. Fans can access the games at yalebulldogs.com by clicking on the Yale All*Access logo in the top right corner. An e-mail address and password are required to subscribe to the service. WYBC (1340 AM) provides audio.

FINAL THOUGHTS
James Jones, who is in his 10th year at Yale, is the longest tenured coach in the Ivy League. His younger brother Joe is the head coach at Columbia. The Jones brothers are one of only two active brother duos coaching at the Division I level. Seth and Brad Greenberg are the head coaches at Virginia Tech and Radford... Yale had private scrimmages against Army and Stony Brook... Senior Brandon Rose has joined the roster after serving as the team manager for the last two years. Rose was a second team All-Dade County selection as a senior at Palmer Trinity School.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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