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Trip To North Carolina Highlights 2019-20 Schedule

John J. Lee Amphitheater (David Silverman photo)
John J. Lee Amphitheater (David Silverman photo)

11 Home Dates Set For Lee Amphitheater

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – During James Jones' tenure as Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach, the Bulldogs have played many of the iconic programs in college basketball, including Kansas, UCLA and Duke. They will add another this winter. Yale travels to Chapel Hill to meet North Carolina on Dec. 30 in the Dean E. Smith Center. That is one of the highlights of a challenging 2019-20 schedule that awaits the defending Ivy League champions.

In all, the Bulldogs will play 30 regular season games, including 11 in the friendly confines of the John J. Lee Amphitheater where they posted an 11-2 record last season.

The season kicks off on Nov. 5 at Stony Brook, the first of potentially seven opponents that won at least 20 games a year ago. The home opener comes on Nov. 8 vs. Oberlin.

Yale also will participate in the NIT Season Tip-Off, which includes road games at Oklahoma State (Nov. 17) and Penn State (Nov. 23).

Other notes on the 2019-20 schedule:

  • Seven opponents played in the post season last year, including two – Vermont and North Carolina – that reached the NCAA Tournament. Harvard and Clemson were both in the NIT, Stony Brook and Brown played in the CBI, while Cornell participated in the CIT.
  • There are three first time opponents – San Francisco (Nov. 11), Johnson & Wales (Jan. 12) and Howard (Jan. 20).
  • The NIT Season Tip-Off also includes a pair of neutral site games on Nov. 25-26 at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex outside Orlando, Fla. The Bulldogs face Western Michigan on Nov. 25 and then either Seattle or Bucknell on Nov. 26.
  • Vermont visits Lee Amphitheater on Dec. 1. The Bulldogs and Catamounts have each been among the most successful programs in New England in recent years and both played in the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
  • The Bulldogs also will get a visit from another successful mid major when Siena comes to New Haven on Nov. 20. It will be only the third meeting between the teams and the first since 1997.
  • The trip to Clemson on Dec. 22 is a homecoming for Jordan Bruner, a Columbia, South Carolina, native. Bruner was a three-time all-state and all-region selection at Spring Valley High School. He was selected as a South Carolina Top 5 player in each of his four years.
  • Isaiah Cavaco, who will be in his 14th season as the head coach at Oberlin, is a 2001 Yale graduate. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs. This will be the third time he has brought his Oberlin team to New Haven.
  • Yale is playing North Carolina for the first time since 1980 and the eighth time overall. The first meeting in 1921 resulted in Yale's 300th all-time victory – 32-30. The Bulldogs hosted the Tar Heels in Payne Whitney Gym in 1974, a 70-53 UNC victory.
  • Ivy League play kicks off on Jan. 17 at home vs. Brown. The Bulldogs play five of their first six league games in Lee Amphitheater.
  • The first of two meetings with Harvard is set for Feb. 7 in New Haven. The Bulldogs play at Lavietes Pavilion one month later on Mar. 7.
  • Yale hopes to return to Lavietes one week later for the Ivy League Tournament. The top four regular-season finishers qualify for the tournament, which will be Mar. 14 and 15 in Cambridge. The Bulldogs have earned a spot in the tournament in each of the first three years.
  • Game times and television information will be released at a later date.

Yale is coming off a memorable season. The Bulldogs finished with a 22-8 overall record, won both the Ivy League regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, nearly pulling off an upset of No. 3 seed LSU.

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