Yale played in first college basketball game

The 1962 Yale men’s basketball team was not expected to contend for the Ivy League title, but ended the regualar season with nine straight victories to win the league.YALE ATHLETICS



The Yale men’s basketball team has gained national attention with its stunning upset of fourth-seeded Auburn.



The Yale program is far from a blue blood in college basketball, but there are some fascinating old blue connections to the sport. Here’s a look at some noteworthy connections:



Yale played in first college basketball game


Yale is credited with playing the first 5 on 5 college basketball game against Pennsylvania on March 20, 1897 in New Haven. Yale, coached by Dr. Henry S. Anderson won 32-10, about six years after Dr. James Naismith is credited with inventing the game, originally played with nine on a side, in Springfield, Mass.


Yale has won 6 national championships


The Bulldogs have been named national champion for college basketball six times: 1896, 1897, 1899, and 1900 by the Premo-Porretta Power Poll and in 1901 and 1903 by the Helms Athletic Foundations.The rankings, both of which were done retroactively for seasons from 1895-1948, are recognized in the “ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men’s Game.”



Gideon Canice

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