December 5, 2008

On The Road Again; Yale Travels To Wagner

Dec. 5, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs, who have won two of their last three games, are back on the road, traveling to Wagner. Tipoff at the Spiro Sports Center is slated for 2 p.m. (Watch, Listen). Yale is coming off an impressive 76-66 victory over Holy Cross on Wednesday night.

Alex Zampier, who leads the team in scoring (15.3 ppg.), had a career-high 28 points to pace the Bulldogs. He was 10 of 16 from the field and added four rebounds, four steals and three assists in 35 minutes. It was the first time a Yale player scored at least 25 points in a game since Eric Flato had 26 against Columbia in 2007. The bench also made a significant contribution, combining for 10 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots. The 76 points were a season-high for Yale, which also made a season-best seven three-pointers. The Bulldogs held the Crusaders to 37.7 percent shooting from the field and have allowed their last three opponents to shoot just 39.1 percent. Yale plays its next seven games away from home. The Bulldogs don't return to the friendly confines of the John J. Lee Amphitheater until Jan. 3.

HISTORY LESSONS
Yale and Wagner are playing for the eighth time, and the Seahawks lead the series 5-2. Wagner has defeated the Bulldogs in each of the last three years, including a 71-68 decision last year at Lee Amphitheater. The Bulldogs had five players score in double figures, led by Ross Morin, who finished 14 points.

SCOUTING WAGNER
The Seahawks (4-2) saw their four-game winning streak come to an end with an 84-69 loss to Columbia on Wednesday. Wagner has three players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Llewchean Radford (13.7 ppg.). He also tops the team in rebounding (8.0 rpg.). The Seahawks won a school record 23 games last year. Mike Deane is in his sixth year as the head coach at Wagner.

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.

BUTCH GRAVES '84 NCAA SILVER ANNIVERSARY RECIPIENT
Former Yale men's basketball star Earl "Butch" Graves '84 has been selected as one of six recipients of the 2009 NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, presented annually since 1973 to former student-athletes whose collegiate careers ended 25 years ago and who have gone on to excel in their chosen professions. Graves will receive his award at the NCAA Honors and Delegates Celebration on January 15, 2009, during the NCAA Convention in Washington, D.C. Graves, the captain of the 1983-84 Bulldogs, is Yale's all-time leading scorer with 2,090 career points and is one of only four players in Ivy League history to score at least 2,000 points. He was named first team All-Ivy in both 1983 and 1984 and led the league in scoring in Ivy games three times (1982-84). Graves, who received a bachelor's degree in economics from Yale, is the president & CEO of Earl G. Graves Publishing Co., publisher of Black Enterprise magazine. He is responsible for the strategic positioning and overall profitability of the corporation.

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 faced Oregon State on Nov. 24, former Brown head coach Craig Robinson was 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
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FINAL THOUGHTS
Former NBA star Chris Dudley, a 1987 Yale graduate, hosted the team for dinner during the trip to Oregon. Dudley, who lives just outside of Portland, played 16 seasons in the NBA and scored 3,473 points and collected 5,457 rebounds. He was a three-time first team All-Ivy selection at Yale. He spoke to the team in the locker room following the victory over Oregon State... 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