Complete Ivy League Men's Basketball Weekly
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Photos courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- It’s another big weekend for Ivy League men’s basketball as teams continue to jockey for prime position in the standings.
Off to its best Ivy League (6-0) and overall (20-2) start in school history, Harvard hits the road for a crucial back-to-back at Penn Friday night and at Princeton Saturday night in a game that will be televised live on ESPNU. Last season, Harvard and Penn played a double-overtime thriller at The Palestra while Harvard and Princeton split their season series en route to share of the League championship.
Yale sits one game behind the Crimson in the loss column and has two key road games on its own, heading to the Empire State to take on Cornell and Columbia. The Bulldogs have rebounded from its Jan. 27 loss to the Crimson to put together a three-game winning streak going into the weekend.
"Inside Ivy League Basketball" is back for its eighth
episode on Wednesday, Feb. 8, featuring interviews with Yale men's
basketball head coach James Jones and Princeton
junior forward Niveen Rasheed.
"Inside Ivy League Basketball" is hosted by Dan Loney and Brian Seltzer and takes an in-depth look at all the news and notes surrounding Ivy men’s and women’s basketball on and off the courts during the 2011-12 season. The 12-episode show debuted Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. on BlogTalkRadio.com (blogtalkradio.com/insideivyleaguebasketball) and is available on-demand via BlogTalkRadio and IvyLeagueSports.com.
Each episode is packed with highlights, statistics and expert analysis in its 'Around the League' segment. With its interview segments 'Program Profile,' 'Student-Athlete Spotlight' and 'Alumni Focus,' the show will visit with past and present players, coaches and administrators who impact Ivy League basketball.
Fans and alumni can interact with the show via its social media platforms -- Facebook (Inside Ivy League Basketball) and Twitter (@insideivyhoops) -- as well as provide ideas and content for the show’s 'Twitter Talk/Facebook Fodder' segment.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Yale senior center Greg Mangano (Orange, Conn.) delivered in a big way as the Bulldogs’ pulled off a weekend sweep of Penn and Princeton to complete a four-game Ivy homestand. Mangano hit a three-pointer that tied the score at 53 and was the start of a game-ending 10-0 Bulldog run in the win over the Quakers. He also had two huge offensive rebounds off missed free throws and hit a pair of free throws during the run. The next night against Princeton, Mangano posted 20 points and 12 rebounds to pace Yale to a four-point win. Nine of his rebounds came on the defensive end as the Bulldogs held the Tigers to 33.3 percent shooting from the field.
Mangano's Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cornell freshman forward Shonn Miller (Euclid, Ohio) was outstanding in helping the Big Red to a road split over the weekend, averaging 12.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks. Miller posted his second career double-double in the win over Dartmouth, giving Cornell its first road win of the year. He made 7-of-11 shots from the floor for a game-high 15 points and 10 rebounds, adding a block and a steal. Miller also played an active 19 minutes in the loss at No. 23 Harvard, scoring nine points, grabbing a team-high eight rebounds, blocking two shots and collecting two steals.
Miller's Statistics for the Week
Rob Belcore, Penn, Senior, Guard (Lake Forest, Ill.)
17 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals at Brown
11 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists at Yale
4 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists vs. Princeton
Mark Cisco, Columbia, Junior, Center (Chester, N.J.)
18 points, 6 rebounds at Dartmouth
8 points, 5 rebounds at Harvard
Ian Hummer, Princeton, Junior, Forward (Vienna, Va.)
21 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists at Penn
18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks at Yale
9 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists at Brown
Tyler Ponticelli, Brown, Junior, Forward (Northbrook, Ill.)
13 points, 6 rebounds vs. Princeton
10 points, 5 rebounds vs. Penn
Laurent Rivard, Harvard, Sophomore, Guard (Saint-Bruno, Quebec, Canada)
20 points, 3 rebounds vs. Columbia
16 points, 1 rebounds, 3 steals vs. Cornell
Reggie Willhite, Yale, Senior, Forward (Elk Grove, Calif.)
20 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists vs. Princeton
6 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists vs. Penn
Friday, February 10
*Brown at Columbia, 7 pm
*Yale at Cornell, 7 pm
*Harvard at Penn, 7 pm
*Dartmouth at Princeton, 7 pm
Saturday, February 11
*Brown at Cornell, 7 pm
*Yale at Columbia, 7 pm
*Dartmouth at Penn, 7 pm
*Harvard at Princeton, 7 pm [ESPNU]
* Ivy League Contest
ESPNU (DirecTV 208, DISH 141, Verizon FiOS 73 (SD), 573 (HD))