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 current head coach is James Jones.[2]

Yale Bulldogs
2019–20 Yale Bulldogs men's basketball team
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UniversityYale University
First season1896
Head coachJames Jones (19th season)
ConferenceIvy League
LocationNew Haven, Connecticut
ArenaPayne Whitney Gymnasium
(Capacity: 2,532)
ColorsYale blue and white[1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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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
Conference tournament champions
Conference regular season champions
1902, 1903, 1907, 1915, 1917, 1923, 1933, 1949, 1957, 1962, 1963, 2002, 2016, 2019, 2020


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.

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. [4] 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 five NCAA Tournaments overall (in 1949, 1957, 1962, 2016 and 2019). 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.

Postseason historyEdit

NCAA Tournament resultsEdit

Yale has appeared in the NCAA Tournament five times. The Bulldogs' combined record is 1–6.

Year 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 First Round
Second Round
W 79–75
L 64–71
2019 First Round LSU L 74–79

NIT resultsEdit

Yale has been to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) once. Their record is 1–1.

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

CIT resultsEdit

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


  1. ^ "Yale University – Identity Guidelines". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  2. ^ http://www.yalebulldogs.com/sports/m-baskbl/2010-11/files/2010-11_quick_facts.pdf
  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. ^ 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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