MEN'S BASKETBALL: NCAA Tournament coverage
For the first time in 54 years, the Yale men’s basketball team is dancing in the NCAA Tournament. The News offers continuous coverage of the Bulldogs’ 2016 tournament appearance.
The 2015–16 season of the Yale men’s basketball team featured the end of the second-longest tournament drought in the NCAA, a new record for consecutive field goals made and an upset victory over Baylor that marked the program’s first ever NCAA Tournament win.
And for much of the second half on Saturday afternoon, the Bulldogs had much of the nation wondering if they might add another historic landmark to that list.
Yale’s James Jones is the longest-tenured head coach in the Ivy League, currently in his 17th year at the helm of the Elis’ program. Though Jones has guided the Bulldogs to three Ivy League titles, this year marks his first trip to the NCAA Tournament as well as Yale’s first chance to dance since 1962.
Meanwhile, legendary Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski was hired 36 years ago Friday. During that period, the Blue Devils have gone to the NCAA Tournament 33 times and won five national championships, with the fifth coming just a year ago.
But come today, none of that matters.
The News highlights a few things to know about the Bulldogs’ opponent ahead of their NCAA Tournament Second Round matchup.
Beyond attending institutions known for their academic rigor and prestige, the Yale men’s basketball team’s starting five and the starters for Duke do not share too many similarities.
The emergence of Yale men’s basketball point guard Makai Mason ’18 as a superstar did not suddenly take place on a Thursday afternoon in mid-March.
A look at how No 12 Yale and No. 4 Duke compare across numerous statistics as the two teams prepare for their Round of 32 matchup.
For two precious hours on Thursday afternoon, the nation watched as the Yale men’s basketball team snapped an NCAA Tournament drought of epic proportions in dramatic fashion.
The No. 12-seeded Bulldogs relied on what they have done all season — tight defense, aggressive rebounding and strong play from their starters — to stun the No. 5-seeded Baylor Bears.
The 14-game tournament has come to an end. The postseason awards have been distributed. The Ivy League championship trophy is sitting in New Haven. And after 54 long years, the Yale men’s basketball team is dancing again.
The News highlights a few things to know about the Bulldogs’ opponent ahead of their NCAA Tournament First Round matchup.
A look at how Yale and Baylor compare across numerous statistics.
Fifty-four years after the Yale men’s basketball team last participated in the NCAA Tournament, the wait to determine where, when and what team the Bulldogs will play is over.