Yale (7-8) at Brown (8-7)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 25, 4 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Pizzitola Center (2,800) -- Providence, Rhode Island. Television: None. Home Record: Yale 4-2, Brown 4-2. Away Record: Yale 2-6, Brown 4-5. Neutral Record: Yale 1-0, Brown 0-0. Conference Record: Yale 1-0, Brown 0-1. Series Record: Yale leads, 101-51.
GAME NOTES: For the second time in a week, the Brown Bears and the Yale Bulldogs get together for an Ivy League bout, this time at the Pizzitola Center in Providence.
Last weekend, the teams kicked off the Ivy League schedule against each other in Connecticut, with the Bulldogs posting a 74-67 victory. Yale has now won back-to-back decisions after dropping four in a row and five of the previous six. The squad is still one game under .500 overall at 7-8.
On the other side, the Bears had a two-game win streak come to an end last weekend, but in their case they are a game over .500 on the season at 8-7.
This is a relationship that dates back to the 1904-05 campaign, the Bulldogs now owning a 101-51 advantage over Brown following the victory last week at home in New Haven.
The Bulldogs shot only 39.2 percent from the field last week, including 7- of-18 (.389) behind the 3-point line, but still that was good enough to get the team into the win column in the league opener. What really made the difference was a 27-14 advantage at the free-throw line for a Yale squad that was paced by Justin Sears who scored a game-high 20 points. Armani Cotton accounted for 19 points and nine rebounds, followed by Javier Duren and Brandon Sherrod with 16 and 10 points, respectively.
Sears, one of two players to have started all 15 games for the Bulldogs, heads both the scoring and rebounding list for the program with his 15.1 points and 6.5 boards per outing. Of the unit's 61 blocked shots heading into this weekend, 24 have been credited to Sears as well. Duren puts up another 13.5 ppg and is first on the squad with 46 assists and 27 steals, although his 39.6 percent shooting from the floor is one of the reasons why Yale is coming in at only 42.8 percent overall.
Brown had a number of factors working against it last week on the road, not the least of which was 19 turnovers, compared to only nine miscues for the hosts. Sean McGonagill tallied 17 points and handed out six assists, but he was also charged with six miscues as well. Rafael Maia registered a double- double with 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds before fouling out, while Norman Hobbie pitched in 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting beyond the arc off the bench.
Now fourth on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,392 career points, McGonagill leads the Bears this season with his 18.6 ppg, shooting a solid 40.8 percent behind the 3-point line. McGonagill has knocked down 53 of the program's 114 triples to this point and the only other perimeter threat of any real concern is Hobbie (7.5 ppg), who has another 30 3-pointers as he converts his opportunities at a 44.8 percent clip.
Obviously there is a matter of revenge on the table for the Bears in this meeting, and with being so familiar with each other and having had a week to prepare without any distractions, there's no reason to think the hosts can't come out on top.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Brown 71, Yale 65
01/25 10:23:04 ET