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Noah Yates (Steve Musco photo)
Noah Yates (Steve Musco photo)

Bulldogs Travel To Princeton And Penn

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It's back to the road for Yale this weekend. The Bulldogs, who have played 12 of their 20 games away from home, make the southern swing of the Ivy League schedule when they visit Princeton and Penn. Friday's Yale-Princeton game at Jadwin Gym is now a 6 p.m. start, while Saturday's game at The Palestra tips off at 7 p.m. The Ivy League Network has the video of both games. In addition, Friday's game airs on NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus, while the regular NBC Sports Philadelphia carries Saturday's game.

The Bulldogs have fared better than most Ivy schools on the Princeton-Penn trip, earning at least a split in each of the last five years, including sweeps in 2012-13 and 2014-15.

Yale (9-11, 2-2 Ivy) is coming off a 74-64 victory over Dartmouth last Saturday at Lee Amphitheater which earned the Bulldogs a weekend split.

Juniors Alex Copeland and Trey Phills sparked the win over the Big Green. Copeland, who was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday, scored 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting, while Phills added 17 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

Both have been hot of late. In his last three games, Copeland is averaging 20.7 points while shooting 66.7 percent (22-of-33) from the field. He tallied a career-high 26 points two weeks ago at Brown. Copeland is fifth in the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.525) and is 11th in scoring (12.5 ppg.).

Phills has scored in double figures in four straight games and is averaging 17.3 points, nearly 10 more than his season average, during the stretch. He has made 24 of his last 34 shots from the field and is now fourth in the league in field goal percentage (.564).

The Bulldogs, who lead the league in field goal percentage (.472), have three of the league's top five most accurate shooters. First year Paul Atkinson, who is the only player on the team to start all 20 games, is shooting a league best 69.4 percent from the field.

Yale has shot at least 50 percent from the field in four of its last six games.

Miye Oni leads the Bulldogs in scoring (15.8 ppg.), rebounding (5.7 rpg.) and assists (60). He is in the top seven in the league in all three categories and is coming off a 15-point, five-rebound, five-assist performance last Saturday vs. Dartmouth.

Yale also leads the league in assists at 17.3 per game, which was 19th in the nation through games of Wednesday night.

HISTORY LESSONS

Yale and Princeton have met at least once every year since 1902, which ties the series with Yale-Columbia as the oldest continuous series in Division I. The last meeting came in the championship game of the inaugural Ivy League Tournament at the Palestra last March, a 71-59 Princeton victory. The Tigers have won the last four games in the series and hold a 149-87 advantage all-time. Yale's last victory at Jadwin Gym came in 2015, 81-73.

The Bulldogs have won the last five meetings with Penn at the Palestra, including a 68-60 victory last year. Yale's last two losses in the historic arena have both come in the post season, last March to Princeton in the Ivy League Tournament and in a 2015 Ivy playoff game to Harvard. The Bulldogs had their nine-game winning streak over the Quakers snapped when Penn knocked off Yale 71-55 in last year's meeting at Lee Amphitheater. The Quakers lead the all-time series 147-79. The first meeting came in 1897.

SCOUTING PRINCETON

The Tigers (10-8, 2-1 Ivy) have won three straight games since opening Ivy League play with a 76-70 loss at Penn on Jan. 6. They are coming off an 86-50 victory over Rowan last Sunday. Devin Cannady (18.2 ppg.) leads the team in scoring. Myles Stephens (13.6 ppg.) is the only other Tiger averaging double figures in scoring, and he averages a team-best 6.0 rebounds per game. Princeton leads the Ivy League in three-point field goal percentage (.396) and is second to Yale in overall field goal percentage (.467). 

SCOUTING PENN

The Quakers, who host Brown on Friday, are 3-0 in Ivy play for the first time since 2011-12. Penn (13-6 overall) is coming off a 67-56 victory over Saint Joseph's last Saturday in its final non-conference game of the regular season. The Quakers feature a balanced scoring attack led by Ryan Betley at 14.9 ppg. AJ Brodeur (12.2 ppg.) is the only other player averaging double figures in scoring, but there are four more players averaging at least 8.1 points. Penn has played its last seven games at The Palestra heading into this weekend. The Quakers are 5-1 in games decided by six points or less.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity