Columbia (10-11) at Yale (9-15)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 16, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: John J. Lee Amphitheater (2,532) -- New York, New York.
Television: ESPN. Home Record: Columbia 4-5, Yale 4-3. Away Record: Columbia
5-6, Yale 4-10. Neutral Record: Columbia 0-1, Yale 1-2. Conference Record:
Columbia 2-5, Yale 3-4. Series Record: Columbia leads, 122-99.
GAMES NOTES: On Saturday night the Columbia Lions will play the second half of
a short road trip against the Yale Bulldogs in an Ivy League battle at John J.
The first contest of the two-game trip for Columbia ended in heartbreaking
fashion as the Lions crumbled in a 58-55 loss to Brown. The setback, which was
the fifth in the last four games for the Lions, dropped them back below .500
overall (10-11) and to 2-5 in Ivy League action. Columbia begins a season-long
four-game homestand next time out against Princeton.
After having won back-to-back games for the first time this season, Yale
kicked off its own four-game homestand with a 68-61 disappointment against
Cornell on Friday night. The Bulldogs are now 9-15 overall on the campaign
while posting a 3-4 mark in conference play. Yale is a mediocre 4-3 at home
this season where it continues against Dartmouth and Harvard in its next two
As with many of the rivalries in the Ivy League, these teams have quite a
history. They have met a total of 221 times previously with Columbia owning
the edge in the all-time series (122-99). However Yale has won seven straight
against the Lions, including a series sweep last season.
Heading into the break against Brown, Columbia looked to be in control as it
led 31-20. The tables turned after the break as the Columbia allowed
the Bears to shoot 61.1 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes.
Columbia did not give up the lead until there were just 10 seconds remaining
when Matt Sullivan nailed a 3-pointer. John Daniels then missed a layup that
would have put the Lions back on top in the waning seconds.
The Lions were without lead scorer Brian Barbour (13.0 ppg, 4.8 apg) and Grant
Mullins (9.9 ppg) in the loss to Brown. Barbour was a late scratch and his
status remains up in the air for Saturday's contest, while Mullins is still
listed as questionable with a sprained ankle. Without Barbour, Steve Frankoski
(10.3 ppg) is the top scoring option, a responsibility he has taken on with
great success after having scored at least 20 points in back-to-back games.
Alex Rosenberg (10.0 ppg) is another player that has double-figure scoring
ability but by shooting just 37.5 percent from the floor hasn't been
Yale's loss to Cornell was a bit more cut and dry. The Bulldogs shot a
superior 46.7 percent from the floor in comparison to the Big Red (.451) but
they had two fewer field goals, turned the ball over 16 times and hit just 12-
of-26 shots from the free-throw line.
Justin Sears (10.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg) made yet another push for the starting
lineup, where he has been in 15 games this season, by scoring a team-high 13
points against Cornell. The 6-foot-8 forward is also the leading rebounder on
a team that features just two players bringing in more than four boards a
contest. Furthermore Sears has scored in double figures in three of his last
four games. Austin Morgan (11.5 ppg) is the leading scorer on the roster but
is a rather one-dimensional player as he relies heavily on his shot from 3-
point range. Morgan has scored in double figures in only three of the last 11
games. Javier Duren (7.2 ppg) is the only other player on the team putting in
more than seven points on a nightly basis.
If Barbour and Mullins are out, Columbia is a severely weakened team. If Sears
can grab a few more minutes and Morgan can improve on his shooting, the
Bulldogs will be able to win on Saturday.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Yale 63, Columbia 60
02/16 10:31:33 ET