Yale Bulldogs men's basketball

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Yale Bulldogs
2016–17 Yale Bulldogs men's basketball team
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University Yale University
First season 1896
Conference Ivy League
Location New Haven, CT
Head coach James Jones (18th year)
Arena Payne Whitney Gymnasium
(Capacity: 2,532)
Nickname Bulldogs
Colors Yale 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 appearances
1949, 1957, 1962, 2016
Conference regular season champions
1902, 1903, 1907, 1915, 1917, 1923, 1933, 1949, 1957, 1962, 1963, 2002, 2015, 2016

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 (capacity 2,532). The current head coach is James Jones.[2]


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]

Yale has won six Ivy League championships – 1957, 1962, 1963, 2002, 2015, and 2016. Before the official formation of the Ivy League, there was the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League – the forerunner to the Ivy Group. Yale won eight EIBL titles – 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, preventing Yale from reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time 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 four NCAA Tournaments overall (in 1949, 1957, 1962, and 2016). On March 17, 2016, Yale defeated the Baylor Bears 79–75 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the school's first-ever Tournament victory.

Postseason history[edit]

NCAA Tournament results[edit]

Yale has appeared in the NCAA Tournament four times. The Bulldogs' combined record is 1–5.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
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

NIT results[edit]

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

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

CIT results[edit]

Yale has been to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) twice. Their combined record is 4–2.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
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". Yale.edu. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  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 (14 March 2015). "Late Shot Extends Harvard's Run and Yale's Drought in Ivy League". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 

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