Jones Stresses Depth And Balance In Ivy League Media Teleconference

James Jones. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
James Jones. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Picked Sixth In Preseason Media Poll

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – There will be a different look to the Yale men's basketball team in 2012-13. Last year, Greg Mangano and Reggie Willhite combined to take nearly half of the team's shots. James Jones, the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball at Yale, believes there will be more balance to the Yale offense this season with those two lost to graduation.

"As a collective group, we have a lot of ability," Jones said on Thursday's Ivy League preseason media teleconference. "I expect at some point all 16 guys will get a chance to be on the floor when a game gets decided."

The Bulldogs, who won 19 games last year and were selected to the postseason tournament, were picked to finish sixth in the league's preseason media poll.  

Yale, though, has a history of proving the prognosticators wrong. In five of the last seven years, the Bulldogs have finished higher than projected.

Recent history also suggests a higher finish for Yale, which has been fourth or better in each of the last 12 years.

Princeton is the near unanimous favorite to win the league. The Tigers received 16 of the 17 first-place votes. Defending champion Harvard was picked second followed by Columbia, Cornell and Penn. Brown and Dartmouth round out the poll.

Throughout his 10 minutes on the conference call, Jones stressed his team's depth.

"We have a lot of names that people don't know, but we expect them to step up," he said.

The Bulldogs kick off the 2012-13 season on Nov. 10 against Sacred Heart in the Connecticut 6 Classic at the University of Hartford.


First-Place Votes in Parentheses

Rank School Points
1. Princeton (16)
2. Harvard (1)
4. Cornell 80
5. Penn 74
6. Yale 55
7. Brown 50
8. Dartmouth 20


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Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity