FACTS & STATS: Site: Levien Gym (3,400) -- Manhattan, New York.
Television: None. Home Record: Yale 6-4, Columbia 5-6. Away Record: Yale 4-10,
Columbia 5-7. Neutral Record: Yale 1-2, Columbia 1-0. Conference Record: Yale
5-5, Columbia 3-7. Series Record: Columbia leads, 122-100.
GAME NOTES: Shooting for back-to-back wins for the first time in nearly two
months, the Columbia Lions welcome the Yale Bulldogs to Levien Gym for an Ivy
League showdown on Friday night.
Since stringing together three consecutive victories against the likes of
Manhattan, Colgate and Army, between Dec. 29 and Jan. 5, the Lions have posted
just three more wins. However, that could all change tonight after Columbia
defeated Penn at home last Saturday in a 58-41 final.
Not only did the victory snap a three-game slide in the series with the
Quakers, it also halted a three-game skid overall for the Lions who are now
second-to-last in the Ivy League standings with three wins in 10 tries.
As for the Bulldogs, currently tied with Cornell for fourth place in the
standings with a record of 5-5, they had a two-game win streak come to an end
last Saturday when they fell to Harvard at home, 72-66. Still two games over
.500 (6-4) at home, Yale is just 4-10 in true road games here in 2012-13.
Yale won the first meeting of the season less than two weeks ago with a 75-56
victory at home in New Haven, which means the all-time series now stands at
122-100 in favor of the Lions.
Matt Townsend and Javier Duren both dropped in 15 points for the Bulldogs last
weekend as they hosted Harvard, but it wasn't quite enough as Yale dropped the
six-point decision to the Crimson. Also scoring in double figures for the home
team was Justin Sears who tacked on 12 points off the bench, thanks to his 6-
of-7 effort at the free-throw line, but it was at the charity stripe where the
Bulldogs lost ground as they were outscored by Harvard, 18-11.
Only a freshman, Sears has made a considerable impact in the early going of
his career, knocking down 50.5 percent of his field goal attempts in order to
generate 10.6 ppg, which is second only to Austin Morgan (11.0 ppg) at the
moment. Also responsible for close to six rebounds per game, Sears could be
even more productive if not for the fact that he is averaging slightly more
than 23 minutes per contest and is shooting only 58.4 percent at the free-
Frustrating the Quakers for the better part of 40 minutes, Columbia really
turned up the heat in the second half when it limited the visitors to a grand
total of four field goals on 24 attempts, en route to the 17-point decision.
Grant Mullins gave the Lions a spark off the bench with a team-best 18 points,
followed by starting guards Brian Barbour and Maodo Lo with 12 and 11 points,
A starter in all but one of the 23 games in which he has appeared, Barbour
tends to be the one through which the offense is run, which is why he leads
the group in scoring with 11.9 ppg. However, Barbour is shooting only 35.0
percent from the floor and 28.1 percent behind the 3-point line, something he
is trying to compensate for by converting 87.9 percent at the charity stripe
and handing out a team-best 97 assists. Steve Frankoski checks in with 10.1
ppg thanks to his 58-of-124 (.468) effort out on the perimeter.
Neither one of these programs is a a juggernaut at the offensive end of the
court, so the outcome will be decided by how well the defenses fend off
advancements, and that should work in favor of the Bulldogs this time around.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Yale 66, Columbia 58