We’re counting down the top 10 moments in each Ivy school’s history as part of our Ivy League at 60 retrospective. We did Yale next by request of Justin Sears:
— Justin Sears (@Jussears5) July 10, 2015
We all know the 2014-15 Yale men”s basketball season didn”t have a storybook ending. Just four months ago, Harvard edged out Yale at the Palestra, 53-51, in an already legendarily back-and-forth Ivy playoff game after the Bulldogs let a last-second lead literally slip away at Dartmouth that would have clinched the Elis” first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1962. Then the NIT online casino inexplicably slipped away too.
But it was still a magical season, filled with ESPN appearances, All-Ivy recognition and dominating performances. Yale”s 66-52 win at Harvard on March 7 to clinch a share of the Ivy title easily remains one of the most impressive and exciting in-league Ivy victories in recent years. Ivy Player of the Year Justin Sears, character-strong captain Javier Duren, clutch junior Jack Montague, Rhodes Scholar Matt Townsend and company gave Yale fans (and indeed many Ivy League fans) a balanced, thoroughly likable team it could appreciate and support all season long.