Yale men’s basketball receives votes in USA Today Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Yale's Makai Mason, center, drives between Duke's Marshall Plumlee (40) and Grayson Allen (3) during the first half in the second-round of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Providence, R.I., Saturday, March 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Yale's Makai Mason, center, drives between Duke's Marshall Plumlee (40) and Grayson Allen (3) during the first half in the second-round of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Providence, R.I., Saturday, March 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale ended the 2015-16 season in the national spotlight after knocking off Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and giving Duke all it could handle in round two. The Bulldogs will start 2016-17 there as well. Yale received six votes in the Preseason USA Today Coaches poll, released last week.

The Bulldogs, who finished with 23 overall wins last year, the most at Yale since the 1906-07 team was 30-7-1, officially open the season on Nov. 13 at the University of Washington, who also received votes.

Duke will start the season as the No. 1 team in the Coaches poll.

Virginia, who the Bulldogs play on Nov. 20, is ranked seventh, while Pittsburgh where Yale plays two days later on Nov. 22, also received votes.

Last year, Yale received a vote in Associated Press preseason writer’s poll. This year’s AP preseason poll has yet to be released.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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