Brown (8-6) at Yale (6-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 18, 2 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lee Amphitheater (2,532) -- New Haven, Connecticut. Television: None. Home Record: Brown 4-2, Yale 3-2. Away Record: Brown 4-4, Yale 2-6. Neutral Record: Brown 0-0, Yale 1-0. Conference Record: Brown 0-0, Yale 0-0. Series Record: Yale leads, 100-51.
GAME NOTES: The Ivy League schedule will tip off on Saturday afternoon at Lee Amphitheater, as the Yale Bulldogs play host to the Brown Bears.
Brown had been losers of four consecutive contests prior to its current two- game winning streak, as it topped New Hampshire on Jan. 7 (72-68) before making easy work of Daniel Webster last Saturday, 91-50. The Bears are 8-6 on the campaign and have held their own on the road, splitting eight games down the middle.
Yale was also victim of a four-game losing streak prior to its most recent win, as it downed Baruch College last Saturday, 88-49. The Bulldogs, which will close out a three-game homestand with this bout, are 6-8 overall and 3-2 at Lee Amphitheater.
In a series that dates back to the 1904-05 season, Yale has a comfortable 100-51 advantage over Brown. The teams split the series in 2012-13, with each squad winning at home.
The Bears did what was expected of them against their inferior competition in their most recent bout, as they outshot Daniel Webster from the field, 53.5 percent to 25.4 percent, on their way to the dominating 41-point victory. Norman Hobbie lead all scorers with 20 points while draining six of the team's 13 3-pointers. Dockery Walker and Leland King both poured in 17 points, while Walker also hauled in nine rebounds. Matty Madigan finished with 12 points, Steven Spieth scored 11 and Sean McGonagill rounded out the balanced effort with 10 points and 12 assists.
Brown's season-to-date production falls well short of its outstanding effort last Saturday, but it has still impressed with 72.9 ppg on 44.2 percent shooting while allowing just 67.1 ppg. McGonagill has proven himself to be one of the Ivy League's most well-rounded players, as he puts up 18.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.5 apg and 1.5 spg. Rafael Maia (10.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and Cedric Kuakumensah (6.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.1 bpg) make up an imposing frontcourt duo, although Maia has missed the last two games.
Much like Brown, Yale was able to make easy work of its lesser competition in their latest contest, as it shot 55.9 percent from the field (including 13- of-21 from beyond the arc) and won the rebounding battle by a dominating 44-23 margin en route to the 39-point triumph over Baruch. Jack Montague made his mark in just 20 minutes off the bench by shooting 5-of-5 from the field (4- of-4 from 3-point range) for 15 points, while adding six assists for good measure. Matt Townsend was the only other player in double figures with 10 points, but Armani Cotton, Greg Kelley and Brandon Sherrod each netted nine points and in total 12 players put up four points or more.
On the season, the Bulldogs score nearly the same amount of points (69.0 ppg) as they allow (69.3 ppg) and have underwhelmed from the field (.431), 3-point range (.329) and the free-throw line (.697). Justin Sears is the unquestioned leader, as he paces the team in both scoring (14.7 ppg) and rebounding (6.5 rpg) while shooting greater than 50 percent from the field. Javier Duren patrols the perimeter with 13.4 ppg, 3.2 apg and 1.6 spg.
Both teams have modest scoring attacks and solid defenses, which should result in a physical game that goes down to the wire. Expect Yale to come out on top on its home floor, especially with Maia questionable for Brown.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Yale 66, Brown 64
01/18 10:26:23 ET