Yale Bulldogs men's basketball

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.[2]

Yale Bulldogs
2023-24 Yale Bulldogs men's basketball team
UniversityYale University
First season1896
Head coachJames Jones (25th season)
ConferenceIvy League
LocationNew Haven, Connecticut
ArenaPayne Whitney Gymnasium
(Capacity: 2,532)
Student sectionTBD
ColorsYale blue and white[1]
Home jersey
Team colours
Away jersey
Team colours

Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta champions
1896, 1897, 1899, 1900
Pre-tournament Helms champions
1901, 1903
NCAA tournament Elite Eight
NCAA tournament round of 32
NCAA tournament appearances
1949, 1957, 1962, 2016, 2019, 2022
Conference tournament champions
2019, 2022
Conference regular season champions
1902, 1903, 1907, 1915, 1917, 1923, 1933, 1949, 1957, 1962, 1963, 2002, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2023

History edit

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.[3] 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.[4][5] 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."[6] On January 15, 1970, the NCAA Council placed Yale University on two‐year "full athletic probation" in all sports.[7] 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.[8][9][7][10] The decision impacted 300 Yale students, every Yale student on its sports teams, over the next two years.[11]

The Presidents of the other seven Ivy League schools issued a statement condemning the NCAA's actions in regard to the "Langer Case."[6] The Harvard Crimson called the probation "not only unjust, but intolerable," and urged the Ivy League to withdraw from the NCAA.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15] 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.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1949 Elite Eight
Regional Third Place
L 67–71
L 67–78
1957 First Round North Carolina L 74–90
1962 First Round Wake Forest L 82–92OT
2016 #12 First Round
Second Round
#5 Baylor
#4 Duke
W 79–75
L 64–71
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.

Year Round Opponent Result
2002 First Round
Second Round
Tennessee Tech
W 67–65
L 61–80
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.

Year Round Opponent Result
2012 First Round Fairfield L 56–68
2014 First Round
Second Round
Holy Cross
Murray State
W 69–68
W 71–66
W 72–69
W 75–62
L 57–65

Notable players edit

Chris Dudley

References edit

  1. ^ "Yale Athletics Brand Guidelines" (PDF). December 17, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  2. ^ "Yale" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 23, 2015. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  3. ^ ESPN, ed. (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. New York, NY: ESPN Books. p. 529. ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2.
  4. ^ "Ivies Back Yale On ECAC Ruling," Cornell Chronicle, January 8, 1970.
  5. ^ Gordon S. White Jr. (January 11, 1970). "Yale Gets Delay in N.C.A.A. Hearing on Langer". The New York Times.
  6. ^ a b Eric Siegel (January 17, 1970). "The story of Jack Langer". The Michigan Daily, volume 80, issue 89.
  7. ^ a b "Cross Campus". Yale Daily News. January 15, 2009.
  8. ^ "YALE STORM CENTER QUITS BASKETBALL". The New York Times. October 9, 1970.
  9. ^ Gordon S. White Jr. (January 16, 1970). "RULING TO EXTEND TO ALL ELI SPORTS; Penalty Stems From Yale's Unwavering Stand to Use an Ineligible Player". The New York Times.
  10. ^ President's Commission on Olympic Sports (1977). The Final Report of the President's Commission on Olympic Sports, U.S. Government Printing Office.
  11. ^ “Rationale for the Student-Athletes Bill of Rights”, June 25, 2002.
  12. ^ Bennett H. Beach and John L. Powers (January 17, 1970). "Soaking up the Press". The Harvard Crimson.
  13. ^ "Did you Know?", Harvard Varsity Club, News & Views of Harvard Sports, Vol. 46, No. 3, p. 6, October 30, 2003.
  15. ^ Longman, Jere (March 14, 2015). "Late Shot Extends Harvard's Run and Yale's Drought in Ivy League". The New York Times. Retrieved March 16, 2015.

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