(WTNH)–Yale men’s basketball is trying to right the ship after losing three straight Ivy League games. The Bulldogs have fallen to 6-4 in the league standings, two games back of second-place Harvard (8-2) and four back of first-place Princeton (10-0).
They’re still in line for a trip to Philadelphia and the first-ever Ivy League confernce tournament, as the top four teams will advance there.
The Elis lost a lot of key pieces from last year’s NCAA Tournament run, and were dealt another blow when point guard and leading returning scorer Makai Mason was lost for the season with a foot injury back in November.
Still, they came out of the gates strong, beating Pac-12 school Washington in Seattle and jumping out to a 14-6 start. But February hasn’t been as kind, as home losses to Harvard, Princeton and Penn have set the Bulldogs back.
Coach James Jones says it’s all just growing pains for a young team.
“You’ve got a young group of guys who have put it together and we’ve kept it together for such a long time now this year,” Jones said. “It started back in November, and now we’re in February, it’s a long time to keep that confidence and belief in yourself.”
Yale takes on Harvard on Friday night in Cambridge. Tip is at 7 p.m.