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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 26, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: John J. Amphitheater (2,800) -- New Haven, Connecticut. Television: none. Home Record: Brown 5-2, Yale 3-2. Away Record: Brown 2-6, Yale 2-8. Neutral Record: Brown 0-0, Yale 1-2. Conference Record: Brown 1-0, Yale 0-1. Series Record: Yale leads, 99-51.
GAME NOTES: On Saturday, the Yale Bulldogs look to vindicate their loss to the Brown Bears just a week ago in an Ivy League rematch at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
The Bears were at home against the Bulldogs last time out where they earned a 65-51 win. The win was the third in a row for Brown which was coming off a 2-9 slump.
Although Yale has had two 100-point performances in their last eight games, the squad is just 3-5 in that time after losing to the Bears. Needless to say, the loss to Brown was not the way the Bulldogs wanted to start league play but they get a chance to recover on their home court.
Yale leads the all-time series 99-51 but after the Bears won the first meeting this season, they will look for their first season sweep since 2005. It won't be easy for Brown, which has lost four of the last five games in New Haven.
Sean McGonagill scored 20 points for the Bears a week ago, earning himself Ivy League Co-Player of the Week honors. McGonagill, along with Matt Sullivan, lead the team in scoring, each tallying 14.9 ppg. They are two of five Brown players that average in double figures. Stephen Albrecht comes off the bench scoring 11.0 ppg, while Tucker Halpern scores 10.3, followed by Rafael Maia, who adds 10.0 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Despite the varied scoring options, the team as a whole averages just 61.8 ppg on 39.4 percent shooting from the field. Brown remains competitive by holding opponents to 63.7 ppg on just 41.4 percent shooting.
Greg Kelley scored 11 points against Brown his last time on the court, marking the second straight game in double digits. Averaging a team-high 11.2 ppg, Austin Morgan is the only player to start all 18 games. Justin Sears adds 10.2 ppg on 48.4 percent shooting from the field and is the only other Yale player with a double-figure scoring average. The team nets 65.8 ppg, shooting 41.3 percent from the field.
Yale, which shot 32.8 percent in the last meeting with Brown, will need to shoot much more efficiently in this one in order to avoid its first 0-2 start in Ivy League play since the 2004-05 season. Yale should be able to even things up, taking full advantage of Brown's struggled on the road (2-6).
Sportsnetwork Predicted Outcome: Yale 66, Brown 63
01/26 10:37:22 ET