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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Yale basketball games with Florida and Harvard to be televised natiionally

Yale fans all across the country will have two opportunities to catch the Bulldogs this season thanks to the Ivy League television package. Yale’s home game with Florida on Sunday, Jan. 6 will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network at 5:30 p.m. A little more than a month later, on Saturday, Feb. 23, the CBS Sports Network will come to the historic John J. Lee Amphitheater for the Yale-Harvard game at 8 p.m.

Yale and Florida are playing for the second straight year. Last December in Gainesville, the Bulldogs scored the first nine points of the game, before the Gators, ranked No. 10 in the nation at the time, rallied for a 90-70 victory. Both teams put on a shooting display from three-point range. Yale finished 11-of-21 from beyond the arc, while Florida was 12-of-21. The Gators return three starters from a squad that went 26-11 and fell one game shy of the Final Four last year.

Last year’s Yale-Harvard game at Lee Amphitheater was one of the most anticipated Ivy games in recent Yale history. It was sold out well in advance, and the 2,532 fans that packed the Amphitheater saw Harvard escape with a 65-35 victory. The Crimson went on to capture the Ivy League title.

The two games are part of an 11-game television package that includes 10 games on the NBC Sports Network and one on the CBS Sports Network and features all eight schools.

The 11-game package comes on the heels of the Ivy League and the NBC Sports Group announcing a two-year renewal of their national television rights agreement for football, men's basketball and men's lacrosse games last June.

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