Photos courtesy of Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 14-Game Tournament takes center stage in Ivy League men's basketball this weekend with the first of six-straight weekends of Friday-Saturday matchups.
While six teams have played two Ivy games each already, Penn and Princeton enter the League play for the first time, hosting Brown and Yale. Yale comes into the game on a four-game winning streak and looking to start League play with three-straight wins. Penn is looking to use momentum from its win over Saint Joseph's to start League play on a positive note. Friday's Yale-Penn game is the Ivy League Men's Basketball Game of the Week on SIRIUS Satellite Radio and can be heard on SIRIUS Channel 130.
Princeton opens its Ivy schedule against Brown coming off a successful non-conference slate where the Tigers tied a program record with 11 wins against Division I teams. Friday's Brown-Princeton game can be seen on Verzion FiOS 1 in Central and Northern New Jersey.
Harvard rolls into the weekend and its games against Columbia on Friday and Cornell on Saturday as the League's hottest team with a six-game winning streak. The Crimson is undefeated at home (8-0) this season and has tied a program-record 11 consecutive victories at home. Columbia comes into the weekend on a streak of its own, winners of its last four in a row, and is 2-0 in League play for the first time in 11 seasons.
Either Cornell and Dartmouth will get back into the win column on Friday night as Dartmouth hopes to end its five-game losing streak when it hosts Cornell, which has lost its last two contests.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Yale junior center Greg Mangano (Orange, Conn.) was once again dominate in the middle for the Bulldogs’ in their season-sweeping win at home over Brown. Mangano flirted with a triple-double with his impressive stat line of 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks. Eleven of his points and eight of his rebounds came in the first half when Yale built a 10-point lead. His seven blocks were two shy of the Yale single-game record set by Chris Dudley. It was Mangano’s fourth-straight double-double and seventh of season. He averaged 20.0 points, 14.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks in the two games with the Bears.
Mangano’s Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Yale freshman forward Jeremiah Kreisberg (Berkeley, Calif.) had a career game in the Bulldogs’ win against Brown. Kreisberg set a career-high with 13 points and tied a career-high with eight rebounds. Nine of his points came in the first half when Yale built a 10-point lead. Kreisberg has reached double figures in scoring in five of his last six games.
Kreisberg’s Statistics for the Week
Brian Barbour, Columbia, Sophomore, Guard (Alamo, Calif.)
Career-high 23 pts. at Cornell
Tyler Bernadini, Penn, Senior, Guard (Carlsbad, Calif.)
22.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.5 spg
Career-high 27 pts. vs. Saint Joseph’s
R.J. Griffin, Dartmouth, Sophomore, Guard (Middletown, Del.)
16.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg
20 pts., 2 rebs. at Harvard
Tucker Halpern, Brown, Sophomore, Forward (Brookline, Mass.)
18.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg
Career-highs of 26 pts., 12 rebs. vs. Quinnipiac
Kareem Maddox, Princeton, Senior, Forward (Oak Park, Calif.)
21 pts., 12 rebs. vs. College of New Jersey
Oliver McNally, Harvard, Junior, Guard (San Francisco, Calif.)
12 pts., 8 rebs., 3 asts. vs. Dartmouth
Aaron Osgood, Cornell, Senior, Forward/Center (Sammamish, Wash.)
16 pts., 6 rebs. vs. Columbia
Friday, January 28
*Brown at Princeton, 7 pm [Verizon FiOS 1]
*Cornell at Dartmouth, 7 pm
*Columbia at Harvard, 7 pm
*Yale at Penn, 7 pm [The Comcast Network] [SIRIUS]
Saturday, January 29
*Cornell at Harvard, 6 pm
*Yale at Princeton, 6 pm
*Brown at Penn, 7 pm
*Columbia at Dartmouth, 7 pm [SIRIUS]
*Ivy Leage Contest
SIRIUS - SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Channel 130)