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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Big weekend ahead for Yale, Quinnipiac

Yale hosts pair

Yale hosts Princeton on Friday. The game can be seen on the YES network.
Yale then hosts Penn on Saturday. Both games start at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs lost to both teams in identical fashion earlier in the month.
Both games were on the road and Yale trailed badly in the first half before mounting big rallies that fell short.
Here's a capsule outlook on the matchups.

Yale's Jeremiah Kreisberg talks about this weekend's games.




PRINCETON, PENN AT YALE
Where: Lee Amphitheater, New Haven

When: Friday vs. Princeton 7. p.m. (YES); Saturday vs. Penn, 7 p.m
Audio: wybc.com.

Records (entering weekend): Yale (12-10, 5-3 Ivy); Princeton (19-4, 7-0); Penn (9-12, 3-4)

Scouting Yale: The Bulldogs enter the crucial weekend series in third place in the Ivy League and clearly need to sweep to stay in the race. Yale is 4-0 at home in league play but has lost at Princeton, Penn and Harvard on the road. All were tight contests. Greg Mangano continues to shine. He leads the league in rebounding (9.7 rpg.) and blocks (2.9 per game) and shares the lead in scoring (16.0 ppg.). His 64 blocks on the season are three shy of Chris Dudley's school record set in 1986-87. Nationally, Mangano is 15th in blocks and 29th in rebounding.
Scouting Princeton: Princeton is one of two league-undefeated teams in Division I men's basketball, alongside Texas (23-3, 11-0 Big 12). The Tigers are 7-0 in Ivy play for the first time since 1999. Princeton leads the league as a team in scoring defense (63.1 ppg), in field goal percentage (.472), in field goal percentage defense (.415), in 3-point field goal percentage (.376) and in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.327). The Tigers have four players averging double figures in scoring, led by Ian Hummer (14.0 ppg.).
Scouting Penn: Ivy League play has proven to be heartbreaking for the Quakers. Penn lost three straight league games in overtime, including a double overtime 83-82 decision to Harvard. Four players average double figures in scoring, led by Zack Rosen (14.5 ppg.). Rosen was a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection last year. Jack Eggleton (14.4 ppg., 8.1 rpg.) is sixth in the league in scoring and third in rebounding. Eggleston (38.3) and Rosen (36.9) are first and second in the league in minutes played. Penn plays at Brown on Friday night.


Quinnipiac wallops Bryant
The Bobcats defeated Bryant 80-60 on Thursday night.

James Johnson scored a game-high 24 points and nailed seven three-pointers. Justin Rutty added his Quinnipiac Division I record 38th double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to push the Bobcats to 18-8 (10-5 NEC). The loss drops the Bulldogs to 9-18 (7-8 NEC).

The seven three-pointers tie Johnson’s season high, also established Dec. 22 at Niagara and Jan. 27 against Robert Morris. Deontay Twyman (Olney, Md.) added 13 points, including 11 in the first half, for the Bobcats. The Bobcats shot 52.5 percent (31-59) from the floor, their second-best shooting performance of the year. Led by Johnson’s seven three-pointers, Quinnipiac shot 47.6 percent (10-21) from long range. The Bobcats also made 8-of-10 free-throw attempts. The Bobcats outrebounded Bryant, 38-26.

The Bobcats return to action Saturday, when they travel to intrastate NEC rival Central Connecticut. Opening tip is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at Detrick Gym.

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