Yale (1-3) vs. Western Illinois (2-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 18, 3 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Johnson Center (1,600) -- Oakland City, Indiana. Television: None. Home Record: Yale 0-0, WIU 1-0. Away Record: Yale 0-2, WIU 0-2. Neutral Record: Yale 1-1, WIU 1-0. Conference Record: Yale 0-0, WIU 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: With their first win finally on record, the Yale Bulldogs now try to make it two in a row as they clash with the Leathernecks of Western Illinois in their first-ever meeting as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Johnson Center in Oakland City, Indiana.
Yale's season began with defeats against Sacred Heart in overtime, Saint Joseph's by 26 points and Evansville by double figures on Friday, but at last the Bulldogs were rewarded for their hard play. On Saturday, the team sized up Buffalo and managed to come away with a 63-59 triumph.
As for the Leathernecks, they had won two of their first three games of the season before taking on Evansville last night. The low-scoring affair was much more in-line with how the Purple Aces play, which is why Evansville came away with the 49-44 victory.
Western Illinois didn't make a single shot from three-point range or at the foul line in the first half, and yet the team still stuck to a 26-24 edge at the break against Evansville last night. In the second half, the Leathernecks held the hosts to a mere 29.2 percent shooting from the floor, which in most cases would be more than enough to collect a victory, but with WIU converting a total of only seven field goals and again coming up empty on the perimeter, the luck ran out for the Leathernecks in the five-point final. Nevertheless, Terell Parks still had a huge game for the visitors with his double-double consisting of 21 points and 11 rebounds, both of which were game highs, while Dom McAvoy came up two rebounds shy of his own double-double as he tallied 10 points. Unfortunately, the rest of the roster combined for only 13 points. Scoring at least 12 points in every game thus far, Parks leads the team in scoring with his 16.5 ppg, his 8.5 rpg also pacing the group.
A pair of free throws by Austin Morgan in the final seconds helped the Yale Bulldogs secure the four-point win over the Buffalo Bulls in subregional action of the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Ford Center. Morgan finished the contest with 16 points, shooting just 3-of-9 behind the three- point line and 5-of-13 from the floor overall for the Bulldogs. Leading all scorers was Justin Sears who dropped in 19 points, in addition to clearing seven rebounds. Yale finished the meeting with just 34.0 percent success from the floor, but the team made up for it with a 23-of-30 showing at the free- throw line. Although he scored just four points against Saint Joseph's earlier on the schedule, Morgan is still the top overall scorer for the Bulldogs with his 15.3 ppg, his 3.0 apg also at the top of the charts for Yale right now. The team is posting only 59.0 ppg through four games, shooting a meager 37.7 percent from the field and 31.6 percent behind the three-point line.
Considering how low-scoring both of these teams tend to be, it wouldn't be surprising to see them play a game in the 50s and if that's the case, the Leathernecks might be playing to their strength.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Western Illinois 55, Yale 50
11/18 10:40:42 ET