Team preview: Yale

Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2005-06 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: November 3, 2005, 10:37 AM ET
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Coach James Jones didn't sign on at Yale six years ago to build the Ivy League's third-best program. His mind just doesn't work that way. The Bulldogs have finished .500 or better in Ivy League action five straight seasons, a streak last matched in New Haven from 1960-61 to 1964-65. Jones wasn't even born when that run began.

But that impressive fact doesn't excite -- nor even interest -- Jones. Since 2001-02, when Yale piled up a surprising 21 wins and earned an NIT berth, the program has finished 14-13, 12-15 and 11-16.

Last year was without a doubt the most frustrating of those seasons. The Bulldogs lost their season-opener to Radford, 72-71. Two weeks later, they lost to Bucknell in overtime. But neither of games rated anywhere close to the double-overtime defeat at Boston College on Dec. 19, 2004.


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