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Men's Basketball Preview for January 19

Cornell's Shonn Miller won Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors last season.
Cornell's Shonn Miller won Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors last season.

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- It is another travel-partner Saturday in "The 14-Game Tournament" for Ivy League men's basketball as the other four teams get their first taste of conference play on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Columbia and Cornell clash on the NBC Sports Network at 3 p.m. with each team looking for its ninth win of the season. The Lions have won three of the last four meetings between the squads as the two teams split the season series last year. The Lions are 25-31 all-time in Ivy League openers and are 1-1 under the direction of head coach Kyle Smith. Cornell is 20-35 record in previous conference openers, including 15-18 against Columbia and 15-15 at home in League openers.

Brown hosts Yale as the two teams start Ivy play against each other for the eighth-straight season. The Bears come into the game hot from outside the arc as of late, leading the League at 7.9 three-pointers per game. Junior forward Tucker Halpern is one of the nation's leaders in the categories, ranked 29th at 2.91 per contest.

Yale counters with a three-point specialist of its own in senior guard Austin Morgan, who enters the game ranked fourth on the Bulldogs' all-time list with 175 career treys. Sophomore guard Armani Cotton has been pacing Yale over his last four games, averaging 12 points and 6.5 rebounds.

In other action Saturday, Harvard has a tough road challenge for its final non-conference game of the season, facing a Memphis squad that is 13-3 (3-0 in Conference USA) and has won its last seven-straight games. Penn takes on Saint Joseph's at The Palestra in a game where the Quakers will be the road team in their home gym. ESPNU will carry this Philadelphia Big 5 battle live at 5 p.m.

Columbia (8-6, 0-0 Ivy) at Cornell (8-9, 0-0 Ivy)
Date: Saturday, January 19 – 3 p.m.
Location: Newman Arena • Ithaca, N.Y.
Television: NBC Sports Network
Cornell-Columbia Series: Columbia leads, 121-97
Last Meeting: Cornell 65, Columbia 60 • 1/28/12 • Ithaca, N.Y.
Live Stats | Audio
Columbia Game Notes | Cornell Game Notes

Yale (6-11, 0-0 Ivy) at Brown (6-8, 0-0 Ivy)
Date: Saturday, January 19 – 7 p.m.
Location: Pizzitola Sports Center • Providence, R.I.
Yale-Brown Series: Yale leads, 99-50
Last Meeting: Yale 73, Brown 60 • 1/21/12 • Providence, R.I.
Live Stats | Video
Yale Game Notes | Brown Game Notes