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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Yale at Providence
When: 4:00 PM ET, Friday, November 28, 2014
Where: Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island

LaDontae Henton and streaking Providence will try to avoid looking ahead when they host Yale on Friday. The 25th-ranked Friars, who rode Henton's career-high 38 points and last-second shot deflection to a 75-74 win over Notre Dame in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic on Sunday, will next visit top-ranked Kentucky. Providence, ranked in a national poll for the first time since the end of the 2004 season, has won 38 straight home games against non-conference opponents.

The Bulldogs, picked to finish second in the Ivy League, have rebounded from a double-overtime loss at Quinnipiac in the opener to win five in a row, the latest an 82-60 home victory over Lafayette on Wednesday. Justin Sears led four players in double figures with 17 points and Yale had a 47-20 advantage on the glass. Providence has won five straight meetings with Yale, including a 76-74 triumph last Dec. 17 when Henton scored a big basket in the final minute to complete a 13-point effort.

TV: 4 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

ABOUT YALE (5-1):
In addition to dominating the boards, the Bulldogs forced 15 turnovers in a solid defensive effort against Lafayette. Opponents have averaged just 54.8 points during Yale's five-game winning streak and all six opponents have been limited to under 70 in regulation. Sears, a steady junior, has shouldered the load on the other end of the floor, scoring at least 12 points against all five Division I opponents.

ABOUT PROVIDENCE (5-0):
Henton was named Big East Player of the Week, the first time he has earned the honor, and it is clear he is eager to assume the role of go-to guy after playing second fiddle to Bryce Cotton last season. Henton is 32-for-48 from the floor over his last three games after going 14-for-19 in a 40-minute effort against Notre Dame. The senior surpassed the 1,500-point mark in the process and will aim to become the seventh Friar in history to finish with at least 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

TIP-INS

1. Friars F Tyler Harris scored 19 points in last season's win over Yale.

2. Bulldogs G Jack Montague is 19-for-30 from beyond the arc.

3. Friars freshman G Kyron Cartwright is 8-of-24 from the floor and has missed all nine of his 3-point tries.

PREDICTION:
Providence 79, Yale 69
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Yale 5-1 W5 2-0 1-1 2-0 3-1 2-0 0-0
Providence 5-0 W5 3-0 0-0 2-0 2-0 3-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Yale Providence
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/17/13 YALE 74 PROV 76 74 22 53.6 76 26 50.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Yale J. Sears 31 81.2 5
Providence B. Cotton 21 57.1 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Yale N. Victor 6 2 4
Providence C. Desrosiers 6 1 5
Assists Player  
Yale J. Duren 6
Providence B. Cotton 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Yale J. Sears 89 47.8 25
Providence L. Henton 117 56.4 20
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Yale J. Sears 53 22 31
Providence L. Henton 29 10 19
Assists Player  
Yale J. Duren 24
Providence K. Dunn 37
Quickchart Matchup
Yale Off vs  Providence Defense
71.2 Points For
56.8 Points Against
43.3 FG%
41.7 FG%
34.4 Reb
25.4 Reb
Providence Off vs  Yale Defense
74.6 Points For
62.2 Points Against
49.1 FG%
43.7 FG%
25.4 Reb
28.2 Reb