Jan. 17, 2008
Providence, RI -
The 14-game Ivy League playoff begins on Saturday for the Bears, as the Brown men's basketball team travels to New Haven to open its Ivy League season against Yale. Brown completed its non-league season on 1/8/08 with a 72-62 loss at Baylor, finishing with an 8-6 non-league mark. Brown is currently the top rated Ivy League team at #86 in the RPI, its highest ranking ever. Yale (6-8, 0-0 Ivy) is coming off a 92-41 victory over Oberlin a week ago.
Brown is led by the Ivy League's second and third leading scorers, with senior guard Mark McAndrew (Barrington, RI) averaging 16.0 points per game, and senior guard Damon Huffman (Petoskey, MI) close behind at 15.8 points per game.
While most conferences have a post-season tournament to crown its champion, the Ivy League boasts a 14-game regular season playoff, covering seven weeks, to determine its champion and NCAA Tournament qualifier.
The Bears' eight non-league victories are the second most for a Brown team since the Ivy League began play in 1954-1955. Brown's 2001-2002 team (9 wins) is the only Bears' team to have earned more non-league victories than this year's squad.
Brown and Yale have met 139 times, dating back to the 1904-1905 season, with the Elis holding a 91-48 series advantage. The two teams split games last season, with Yale taking a 56-42 decision in Providence, and Brown coming back to grab a 76-71 decision in New Haven.