Friday, February 4, 2011

The Sports Network Previews Cornell at Yale

DATE & TIME: Friday, February 4th, 7:00 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: John J. Amphitheater (2,532) -- New Haven, Connecticut. Television: None. Home Record: Cornell 2-4, Yale 5-2. Away Record: Cornell 1-9, Yale 4-6. Neutral Record: Cornell 1-1, Yale 0-1. Conference Record: Cornell 0-4, Yale 2-2. Series Record: Cornell leads, 107-101.

GAME NOTES: Cornell will try to claim its first conference win this evening when the Big Red battle the Yale Bulldogs in an Ivy League tilt at the John J. Amphitheater.

Last year the Big Red ran through the Ivy League, but so far this season the team has yet to find the win column. Cornell is winless in four conference games up to this point and the season as a whole has been a let down, as the Big Red have claimed just four wins in 18 opportunities.

The Bulldogs fell to 2-2 in conference action thanks to back-to-back losses to Penn and Princeton. The two-game slide halted a four-game winning streak for Yale, but both setbacks came on the road, and now the team is home where Yale is 5-2 on the year.

Like most Ivy League series, the Cornell/Yale history dates back to over a century ago and have seen over 200 games played between the two squads. At the present moment, the Big Red own a 107-101, and have won eight of the last 10 meetings. Cornell has dominated Yale recently, claiming its last five wins in the series by an average of 21.4 ppg.

Cornell's success last season was due to a balanced attack, but that has not been the case this season, and that is largely because the team can not seem to find any momentum at the offensive end of the floor. The Big Red come into this contest netting just 64.9 ppg, and that comes behind and equally poor 39.5 percent shooting effort. Chris Wroblewski has led the way for Cornell for most of the season and even though he is shooting well under 40.0 percent, he comes into this matchup with 15.0 ppg. Drew Ferry is helping out with 11.6 ppg, while Errick Peck is contributing 11.3 ppg. The last time Cornell was in action the team shot 43.1 percent against Harvard, but went to the foul line just three times (made two) and finished just 5-of-16 from long range. Peck was the only player in double-figures in the setback, finishing the game with 15 points.

Rarely does an Ivy League program light up the scoreboard offensively, and that is the case with Yale, which has shown some life in that department at times. Recently the team has struggled though, which is why it has dropped two consecutive games. Yale is producing just 67.8 ppg on the season and is being paced by Greg Mangano's 14.8 ppg and 10.1 rpg. Austin Morgan, who is shooting 44.4 percent from long range, is contributing 12.7 ppg, while Porter Braswell is netting 10.6 ppg. In the team's recent loss to Princeton, the Bulldogs shot a respectable 44.4 percent from the field and also made 6-of-15 attempts from long range, but also finished just 9-of-16 from the foul line and lost the battle on the glass by a 33-24 margin. Reggie Willhite led the way with 13 points, while Mangano added 11 points and eight boards. Morgan also tallied 11 points and dished out six assists, while Braswell chipped in 10 points.

The Bulldogs have struggled over their last two games, but now they are home and are facing a Cornell squad that has been very weak this year. Do not expect a blow out, but look for the Bulldogs to take a bite out of Cornell.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Yale 68, Cornell 63

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