The Yale Bulldogs men's basketball team represents Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, competing in the Ivy League. The team plays home games in the John J. Lee Amphitheater of the Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The team has reached the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament six times, in 1949, 1957, 1962, 2016, 2019, and 2022. Yale’s best finish in the NCAA tournament came in 1949 when they advanced to the Elite Eight. The current head coach is James Jones.
|Head coach||James Jones (25th season)|
|Location||New Haven, Connecticut|
|Arena||Payne Whitney Gymnasium |
|Colors||Yale blue and white|
|Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta champions|
|1896, 1897, 1899, 1900|
|Pre-tournament Helms champions|
|NCAA tournament Elite Eight|
|NCAA tournament round of 32|
|NCAA tournament appearances|
|1949, 1957, 1962, 2016, 2019, 2022|
|Conference tournament champions|
|Conference regular season champions|
|1902, 1903, 1907, 1915, 1917, 1923, 1933, 1949, 1957, 1962, 1963, 2002, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2023|
Yale has been named national champion on six occasions – in 1896, 1897, 1899, and 1900 by the Premo-Porretta Power Poll, which began retroactive selections with the 1895–96 season; and in 1901 and 1903 by the Helms Athletic Foundation, which began retroactive selections with the 1900–01 season. Penn and Yale played in the First College Basketball game with 5 men on a team in 1897.
In 1969 -- against the wishes of the NCAA -- Yale Jewish center Jack Langer played for Team United States at the 1969 Maccabiah Games in Israel. He did so with the approval of Yale President Kingman Brewster, the university said it would not stop him from "what we feel is a matter of religious freedom," and all Ivy League presidents fully endorsed Yale's stand. Thereafter, Yale played Langer in basketball games the following season. A special assistant to the President of Yale, Henry Chauncey, Jr., said: "There is no question that Jack Langer will continue to play basketball. We don't care what they do - Jack Langer will play when the coach wants to use him." On January 15, 1970, the NCAA Council placed Yale University on two‐year "full athletic probation" in all sports. It thereby restricted Yale teams and athletes (not just basketball players) for two years from competing in NCAA tournaments, championships and other postseason competitions, and from receiving any monies for televised events. The decision impacted 300 Yale students, every Yale student on its sports teams, over the next two years.
The Presidents of the other seven Ivy League schools issued a statement condemning the NCAA's actions in regard to the "Langer Case." The Harvard Crimson called the probation "not only unjust, but intolerable," and urged the Ivy League to withdraw from the NCAA. Harvard track and field captain Ed Nosal and two other Harvard athletes, sympathetic to Langer and Yale and disdainful of the absurdity of the NCAA rule, protested at the 1970 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships by standing on the awards stand wearing blue Yale jerseys. In February 1970 Representative Robert N. Giaimo (D-Connecticut) said in the U.S. Congress:
The Yale case, involving basketball player Jack Langer, is tragic. It shows that the NCAA is willing to use any weapon in its continuing power struggle with the Amateur Athletic Union. It shows that the NCAA does not care if it hurts member institutions or individual athletes in the process. It shows once again that the NCAA is ... under the control of a stubborn, dictatorial hierarchy that does not hesitate to use athletes and schools alike as mere pawns in a game of power politics.
Yale has won seven Ivy League championships – 1957, 1962, 1963, 2002, 2016, 2019 and 2020. It also won the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League, the forerunner to the Ivy League, eight times – 1902, 1903, 1907, 1915, 1917, 1923, 1933 and 1949. The Bulldogs captured the first official Ivy League title in 1957 as they finished 12–2 and lost to eventual national champion North Carolina, 90–74, in the NCAA East Regional. The 1962 club finished 13–1 in Ivy play, but lost in overtime to Wake Forest, 92–82, in the East Regional. The 1963 team tied Princeton for the Ivy title with an 11–3 record, but fell to the Tigers in a playoff, 65–53. In 2002, the Bulldogs were part of the first three-way tie in Ivy history. Yale beat Princeton 76–60 in the first Ivy playoff game, but fell to Penn 77–58 in the game to determine the NCAA berth. In 2015, Yale tied Harvard for the Ivy title with an 11–3 record, with a playoff between the two to determine the NCAA automatic bid. Harvard won that playoff game at the Palestra in Philadelphia on March 14, 2015 by a score of 53–51, thus preventing Yale from reaching the NCAA tournament in which the Bulldogs had not appeared in 53 years. The Bulldogs won the Ivy League championship outright in 2016 with a 13–1 conference record to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 54 years.
The team has appeared in six NCAA Tournaments overall (in 1949, 1957, 1962, 2016, 2019, and 2022). On March 17, 2016, Yale defeated the Baylor Bears 79–75 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the school's first Tournament victory. In 2019 Yale beat Harvard, 97-85 to win its first Ivy League Men's Basketball Tournament. Yale won its second Ivy League Men's Basketball Tournament in 2022 when on March 12 the #2 seed Yale outlasted the #3 seed University of Pennsylvania, with a score of 66-64.
Postseason history edit
NCAA tournament results edit
Yale has appeared in the NCAA tournament six times. The Bulldogs' combined record is 1–7.
Regional Third Place
|1957||First Round||North Carolina||L 74–90|
|1962||First Round||Wake Forest||L 82–92OT|
|2019||#14||First Round||#3 LSU||L 74–79|
|2022||#14||First Round||#3 Purdue||L 56–78|
NIT results edit
Yale has been to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) twice. Their record is 1–2.
|2023||First Round||Vanderbilt||L 62-71|
CIT results edit
Yale has been to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) twice. Their combined record is 4–2.
|2012||First Round||Fairfield||L 56–68|
Notable players edit
- Paul Atkinson (born 1999)
- Albie Booth (1908–1959)
- Chris Dudley (born 1965)
- Earl G. Graves Jr. (born 1962)
- Gilmore Kinney (1886–1916)
- Orson Kinney (1894–1966)
- Jack Langer (born 1948/1949)
- Tony Lavelli (1926–1998)
- Paul Maley (born 1966)
- Greg Mangano (born 1989)
- Miye Oni (born 1997)
- Justin Sears (born 1994)
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