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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Yale releases men's basketball schedule

Schedule is below.

The following are notes from Yale SID Tim Bennett.
BOLD comments that follow are my thoughts.

The Bulldogs will face seven teams that reached the post-season last year – Cornell (NCAA), Vermont (NCAA), Lehigh (NCAA), Quinnipiac (NIT), Illinois (NIT), Harvard (CIT) and Princeton (CBI).

Good mixture of conferences. Like the fact they play top teams from Patriot and America East. Other good games at Holy Cross, at Stanford and vs. Albany.

Yale will play five afternoon home games in Lee Amphitheater – Army (Nov. 27), Sacred Heart (Dec. 19), Lehigh (Dec. 31), Baruch College (Jan. 8) and Brown (Jan. 22). All are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

Big fan of afternoon games, not only because of deadline, but because you can take your kids. Watching games on ESPN and every other cable channel is fine, but nothing beats the experience of watching games live. That's what I remember as a kid.

The opener against Quinnipiac is part of the Connecticut 6 tripleheader at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. Sacred Heart plays Fairfield and Central Connecticut meets Hartford in the other two games.

The Connecticut 6 is a tremendous idea and I'm glad it's caught on. I believe Quinnipiac and Yale should play every year and have said that for a long time. Even if they're not matched up in this event in future, they need to make that game happen. It's good for the community. Yale also plays Hartford and Sacred Heart this season.

There will be familiar faces on the opposing bench when the Bulldogs play at Boston College. Steve Donahue, who guided Cornell to last three Ivy League titles, is in his first season as the head coach at BC. His associate head coach, Joe Jones, was the head coach at Columbia for the last seven years and is the younger brother of Yale head coach James Jones.

Steve Donahue has always been one of those coaches you watched and knew would go on to a bigger program, even early on when his teams weren't winning Ivy League titles. Boston College is a good game for Yale. Bulldogs have played Eagles tough in past.

Boston College is one of six opponents that will have first-year head coaches. Hartford (John Gallagher), Holy Cross (Milan Brown), Columbia (Kyle Smith), Cornell (Bill Courtney) and Dartmouth (Paul Cormier) are the others.

Paul Cormier returns home. He came to Fairfield from Dartmouth. Also has former UConn standout Ricky Moore as an assistant.

Yale will be playing Illinois for only the second time. The first meeting was a 71-67 Illini victory in the 1949 NCAA Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

Too bad Yale couldn't suit up Tony Lavelli, who played for the Bulldogs on that 1949 team. Lavelli was the top pick of the Boston Celtics that year. If he wasn't such a great musician and decided to pass on basketball, more people would know about him. The guys was the NCAA career leader in points when he graduated, with 1,964, and used to play the accordian at halftime.

This year will be a tall order for Bulldogs, as Illini have five players 6-foot-9 or taller, including 7-1 senior Mike Tisdale, whose not just tall, but good.

Yale will host a game on New Year’s Eve for the first time since 1930. The Bulldogs play Lehigh in a 2 p.m. tip-off.
Will James Jones wear a party hat?

Three of the Bulldogs’ first four Ivy games will be on the road.
If you're going to make a run in the Ivy you need to win on the road, so might as well start early.

Three-time defending Ivy League champion Cornell visits Lee Amphitheater on Feb. 4.

Big Red will miss Donahue.

2010-11 Yale Men’s Basketball Schedule

Nov. 13 vs. Quinnipiac (Connecticut 6 at Mohegan Sun Arena) TBA

15 at Providence 7 p.m.

18 at Boston College 7 p.m.

23 at Illinois TBA

27 vs. Army 2 p.m.

30 vs. Hartford 7 p.m.

Dec. 4 at Vermont 1 p.m.

6 vs. Albany 7:30 p.m.

8 at Bryant TBA

19 vs. Sacred Heart 2 p.m.

28 at Stanford TBA

31 vs. Lehigh 2 p.m.

Jan. 4 at Holy Cross TBA

8 vs. Baruch College 2 p.m.

15 at Brown TBA

22 vs. Brown 2 p.m.

28 at Penn TBA

29 at Princeton 6 p.m.

Feb. 4 vs. Cornell 7 p.m.

5 vs. Columbia 6 p.m.

11 at Harvard 7 p.m

12 at Dartmouth 7 p.m.

18 vs. Princeton 7 p.m.

19 vs. Penn 7 p.m.

25 vs. Dartmouth 7 p.m.

26 vs. Harvard 6 p.m.

Mar. 4 at Columbia 7 p.m.

5 at Cornell 7 p.m.



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