Yale University has earned the right to represent the Ivy League in the 2019 edition of March Madness. Earlier today, the Yale Bulldogs (22-7) beat the Harvard Crimson (18-11) on Yale’s home floor 97-85 to capture its second bid to the NCAA Tournament in four years. Yale had fallen to Harvard twice this season, but a 15-0 Yale run in the second half would prove insurmountable for Tommy Amaker’s Crimson. Led by Alex Copeland’s 25 points in the victory over Harvard, Yale will now look to create a Cinderella story. As our regular readers may remember, Yale upstaged Baylor in the opening round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Is another opening round upset in the cards?
Yale Upstages Harvard
As William McCormack and Cristofer Zillo report for “The Yale Daily News” in a piece entitled “MEN’S BASKETBALL: No. 2 Yale advances to March Madness with 97-85 win over No. 1 Harvard,” “For just the second time in 57 years, Yale men’s basketball is off to the Big Dance. In a 12-point victory over No. 1 Harvard (18–11, 10–4 Ivy) at John J. Lee Amphitheater on Sunday, the Bulldogs (22–7, 10–4) built a second-half lead with a 15–0 run to overcome 38 points from Crimson guard Bryce Aiken and persistent foul trouble for guard Miye Oni ’20. Guard Alex Copeland ’19, named the Most Outstanding Player at Ivy Madness, facilitated Yale’s second-period surge and scored a team-high 25 points to help crown the Elis as the 2019 Ivy League Tournament Champions. Oni added 17, guard Azar Swain ’21 scored 15 with stellar three-point shooting and Yale shot over 60 percent to extend an already memorable postseason run.”
Congratulations to the Yale Bulldogs on their March Madness berth. Here’s to a Cinderella run! And, yes, the further Yale advances in their bracket, the more applications we anticipate the school will receive next fall. It’s how things so often go!