Yale Bulldogs Basketball
The Yale Bulldogs are ready to take to the court for the 2014-2015 college basketball
season and there is plenty of excitement surrounding the team this year. College basketball is a big deal in New Haven and
whether the Bulldogs are taking on an Ivy League rival or another NCAA basketball power you can expect fans to pack the Payne
Whitney Gymnasium in hopes of cheering on Yale to another big win. The Bulldogs always are able to get their fans on their
feet with impressive dunks, lock down defense, clutch three-pointers, and stellar passing and there is not a better place
in the country than the Payne Whitney Gymnasium to catch a game.
Once again the Yale Bulldogs will have to go up against
all of the toughest teams in the Ivy League including the Brown Bears, the Columbia Lions, the Cornell Big Red, the Dartmouth
Big Green, the Harvard Crimson, the Princeton Tigers, and the Penn Quakers as they look to make a big move up the conference
standings in hopes of winning the regular season title and earn an automatic NCAA Tournament bid. Making your way through
the tough Ivy League regular season is quite a daunting task but the Bulldogs seem to have enough talent to make some serious
noise in the conference this year. The Bulldogs will be looking to get all of the support they can from their hometown fans
for big games at the Payne Whitney Gymnasium so be sure to get your tickets from StubHub as soon as possible so you can get
in on all of the excitement.
Yale Bulldogs Basketball History
The history of the Yale Bulldogs basketball
team dates all the way back to 1896 and the team has seen plenty of success over the years. Although it has been more than
50 years since Yale played in the NCAA Tournament, the team has been on an upswing in recent years and head coach James Jones
has brought plenty of excitement to the program. This could well be the year that Yale makes a big run through the Ivy League
and a return to the Tournament.
Yale Bulldogs Basketball Conference
The Yale Bulldogs are part of the
Ivy League, one of the only basketball conferences in the United States that does not have a conference tournament. This means
that the regular season champion earns the conference's automatic NCAA Tournament bid and every game during the regular season
takes on extra importance. There are currently eight teams competing in the Ivy League, the Brown Bears, the Columbia Lions,
the Cornell Big Red, the Dartmouth Big Green, the Harvard Crimson, the Princeton Tigers, the Penn Quakers, and the Yale Bulldogs.
In the 2014-2015 season the Harvard Crimson will be the defending champions after losing only one game in the conference last
season. Harvard has earned a lot of respect for the Ivy League on the hardwood with strong showings in the NCAA Tournament
in recent years and every other team in the conference will be looking to take down the Crimson this season in hopes of showing
that they are also a force to be reckoned with on the national stage.
Attending a top college
basketball game is one of the best experiences to be found in sports. Many of the best student athletes in the world take
the court in college basketball, when this is combined with some of the most passionate fans in all of sports there is an
atmosphere in the arena that cannot be found anywhere else. When you set foot inside Payne Whitney Gymnasium for a Yale Bulldogs
home basketball game this will all be clear. As the teams set up for opening jump ball the fans get on their feet and loudly
cheer for their alma mater and hometown favorites. The game continues full of end to end action, big time shots, and clutch
defensive stops. All of a sudden the clock is winding down in the second half and the two sides are wrapped up in yet another
tight contest. Your palms get sweaty with each trip down the floor and each time a player from your favorite team lets loose
a shot you hold your breath until the ball tickles the twine. This continues until the final buzzer when the Bulldogs' side
erupts after another big win and their fans exit of the arena in jubilation. The moment you leave Payne Whitney Gymnasium
you will want to immediately start planning your next trip to the venue to cheer on the Bulldogs.
Yale Bulldogs have participated in the NCAA Tournament three times, in 1949, 1957, and 1962, with the 1949 team making it
all the way to the Elite Eight. The last postseason appearance for the Bulldogs was in 2002 when they took part in the NIT
and beat Rutgers in the first round before falling to Tennessee Tech in the second round.