FACTS & STATS: Site: John J. Lee Amphitheater (2,532) -- New Haven,
Connecticut. Television: None. Home Record: Cornell 4-6, Yale 4-2. Away
Record: Cornell 5-6, Yale 4-10. Neutral Record: Cornell 2-0, Yale 1-2.
Conference Record: Cornell 3-3, Yale 3-3. Series Record: Cornell leads,
GAME NOTES: The Yale Bulldogs begin a season-long, four-game homestand on
Friday night, as they welcome the Cornell Big Red to John J. Lee Amphitheater
for an Ivy League clash.
Cornell hasn't been able to get into a rhythm this season as it has an 11-12
overall record and 3-3 mark in Ivy League play. The Big Red have alternated
wins with losses in each of the past seven contests, and they fell on the
positive side of a 79-56 decision at home versus Dartmouth on Sunday
Yale (9-14) opened the month of February on a four-game road trip, and while
it lost its first two to Harvard and Dartmouth, it rebounded nicely with
triumphs over Penn (68-59) and Princeton (69-65) late last week to improve to
3-3 in the league. The Bulldogs have played just six games at home this season
but they have impressed at 4-2.
These teams have played each other rather close over their storied histories,
with Cornell holding a 109-103 series advantage. The Big Red have won 10 of
the last 14 matchups, but the Bulldogs claimed the latest outing, 71-40, in
New Haven on Feb. 25, 2012.
The Big Red were fantastic at both ends of the court in their 23-point victory
earlier in the week, as they shot nearly 51 percent from the field while
holding Dartmouth to a meager 28.6 percent. Shonn Miller shot 6-of-11 from the
field for 15 points, and he was also a dominant force at the defensive end
with seven blocks and five steals. Dominick Scelfo shot 5-of-8 from 3-point
range for 15 points, while Nolan Cressler (14 points) and Errick Peck (11
points, seven assists) were also crucial components to the well-rounded
triumph. By Ivy League standards, Cornell boasts a solid offensive attack,
ranking second with 66.3 ppg. It also gives up the most points to its
opponents (69.0), but its spectacular defensive performance against Dartmouth
was certainly a good sign. Miller is one of the league's best forwards,
netting 10.3 ppg, grabbing 6.8 rpg, and adding 1.8 spg and 1.6 bpg on defense.
Johnathan Gray chips in 9.5 ppg thanks in large part to a team-high 41 3-
Yale was able to hand Princeton its first league loss of the season thanks to
an outstanding shooting effort, as it made 54.8 percent of its field goal
attempts (including 7-of-12 from 3-point range) and went 16-of-20 from the
foul line on its way to the four-point win. All nine players who took the
floor for the Bulldogs scored, paced by 13 points from Javier Duren and 11
points apiece from Austin Morgan and Sam Martin. Yale is tied with Cornell for
second in the league with 66.3 ppg, but it isn't exactly used to piecing
together strong showings from the field, as it makes just 41.1 percent from
the floor as a team. Morgan doesn't help much with his field goal percentage
(.350), but he ranks third in the nation in free-throw shooting (.918), which
helps him score a team-high 11.6 ppg. Justin Sears brings stability to the
frontcourt with 10.6 ppg and 6.3 rpg.
Yale found momentum towards the end of its road trip, which will give it new
energy returning home for the first time in three weeks. Against an up-and-
down Cornell squad, the Bulldogs should be able to move above .500 in league