After best season in history, what will Yale men’s basketball do for an encore?

James Jones' Bulldogs will likely see some unwanted scrutiny when they head to China next year after what happened with UCLA. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

(WTNH)–What will the Yale men’s basketball team do for an encore?

James Jones’ Bulldogs are coming off the most successful season in program history, advancing to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament and putting a major scare into Duke.

Jones said Thursday that he expects this year’s team to have another special season. It’ll be tough to top last year’s Ivy League championship, and Jones has some top talent to replace–like Justin Sears and Brandon Sherrod–but the coach is confident this group can deliver.

“I don’t know if we can be as good as we were last year. Getting to that level last year was amazing, and that was the best team, in my mind, that I’ve ever had the privilege of coaching,” Jones said. “But we can be good, and could be special. We’ll see.”

Yale will host Blue Madness on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Payne Whitney Gymnasium. They’ll hold a three-point contest and dunk contest, among other things. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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