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Men's Basketball Preview for February 14-15

Yale's Javier Duren

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League men's basketball reaches the critical midpoint with streaks abound and the stretch run of the 14-Game Tournament on the horizon.

All eight games are slated to be carried live on The Ivy League® Digital Network.

Yale (11-9, 5-1) enters this weekend with hopes the cold weather does not impact its hot streak on the hardwood of four-straight wins. Defense has been one of the keys to the Bulldogs' recent upturn, allowing only 59.2 points per game, which is well below the team's scoring defense average of 67.3 ppg. Offensively, sophomore forward Justin Sears (15.5 ppg, 45.9 percent from the field) and junior guard Javier Duren (10.3 ppg, 40.9 percent from the field) have been Yale's 1-2 punch over the team's last four games.

The two-game winning streak for Penn (6-13, 3-2) has relied on the all-around efforts of senior forward Fran Dougherty as of late. The Quakers' second-leading scorer at 12.6 ppg has been a beast on the boards recently, averaging 8.5 rebounds per game over the team's last 15 games with nine or more boards in 12 of those contests.

The bread and butter for Harvard (18-4, 5-1 Ivy) has been on both ends of the floor as the League's best defensive squad (60.5 ppg) and second-best offensive unit (72.4 ppg). Senior forward Kyle Casey has established a low-post presence on the defensive end for the Crimson with 26 of his last 31 rebounds over four games coming off the defensive glass. On the offensive end, senior guard Laurent Rivard has continued to be an X-factor, having hit at least three or more three-pointers in four of his last six games.

Four teams -- Brown (12-8, 4-2 Ivy), Columbia (14-9, 3-3 Ivy), Princeton (13-6, 1-4 Ivy) and Cornell (1-19, 0-6 Ivy) -- each have one player in forefront of their offensive successes at this juncture in the conference slate.

For the Bears, freshman guard Steven Spieth has developed into complementary scoring option on the perimeter to senior guard Sean McGonagill (18.1 ppg). Spieth is averaging 11.8 points in 30.0 minutes over his last four games.

Junior forward Alex Rosenberg has evolved into the top option for the Lions, reaching double figures in each of his last 18 games. In that span, Rosenberg is averaging 16.7 points on 46.2 percent (78-of-169) shooting from the field and 80.0 percent (116-of-145) shooting from the free throw line.

The Tigers have senior guard T.J. Bray archoring their offense as Mitch Henderson's squad get in position to claw their way back into the Ivy title conversation. Bray has poured in 15 or more points in each of his last eight games, adding 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per contest over the same stretch.

Sophomore guard Nolan Cressler remains the Big Red's bright spot, averaging 21.7 points in his last three games. He has connected on 17 straight free throws over his last four contests.

Dartmouth (9-11, 2-4 Ivy) enters the weekend with designs on getting back to even on the strength of play from junior forward John Golden. Golden has posted 15 or more points in three of his last four outings.

Princeton (13-6, 1-4 Ivy) at Brown (12-8, 4-2 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 14 – 7 p.m.
Location: Pizzitola Sports Center • Providence, R.I.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Princeton-Brown Series: Princeton leads, 97-27
Last Meeting: Brown 80, Princeton 67 • 3/9/13 • Providence, R.I.
Live Stats | Princeton Game Notes | Brown Game Notes

Harvard (18-4, 5-1 Ivy) at Columbia (14-9, 3-3 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 14 – 7 p.m.
Location: Levien Gymnasium • New York
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Harvard-Columbia Series
: Columbia leads, 94-76
Last Meeting: Harvard 56, Columbia 51 • 3/8/13 • Cambridge, Mass.
Live Stats | Harvard Game Notes | Columbia Game Notes

Dartmouth (9-11, 2-4 Ivy) at Cornell (1-19, 0-6 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 14 – 7 p.m.
Location: Newman Arena • Ithaca, N.Y.
Dartmouth-Cornell Series: Tied, 103-103
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Last Meeting: Dartmouth 76, Cornell 62 • 3/8/13 • Hanover, N.H.
Live Stats | Dartmouth Game Notes | Cornell Game Notes

Penn (6-13, 3-2 Ivy) at Yale (11-9, 5-1 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 14 – 7 p.m.
Location: John J. Lee Amphitheater • New Haven, Conn.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Penn-Yale Series: Penn leads, 146-72
Last Meeting: Yale 79, Penn 65 • 3/9/13 • New Haven, Conn.
Live Stats | Penn Game Notes | Yale Game Notes

Penn at Brown
Date: Saturday, February 15 – 6 p.m.
Location: Pizzitola Sports Center • Providence, R.I.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Penn-Brown Series: Penn leads, 103-21
Last Meeting: Penn 66, Brown 64 • 3/8/13 • Providence, R.I.
Live Stats | Penn Game Notes | Brown Game Notes

Princeton at Yale
Date: Saturday, February 15 – 6 p.m.
Location: John J. Lee Amphitheater • New Haven, Conn.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Princeton-Yale Series: Princeton leads, 144-84
Last Meeting: Yale 71, Princeton 66 • 3/8/13 • New Haven, Conn.
Live Stats | Princeton Game Notes | Yale Game Notes

Dartmouth at Columbia
Date: Saturday, February 15 – 7 p.m.
Location: Levien Gymnasium • New York
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Dartmouth-Columbia Series: Columbia leads, 107-97
Last Meeting: Dartmouth 64, Columbia • 3/9/13 • New York
Live Stats | Dartmouth Game Notes | Columbia Game Notes

Harvard at Cornell
Date: Saturday, February 15 – 7 p.m.
Location: Newman Arena • Ithaca, N.Y.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Harvard-Cornell Series: Cornell leads, 90-74
Last Meeting: Harvard 65, Cornell 56 • 3/9/13 • Cambridge, Mass.
Live Stats | Harvard Game Notes | Cornell Game Notes