Yale Coach: I Like When Everybody Thinks We're Going To Lose

Yale, which beat Harvard in the Ivy League Championship, faces LSU on Thursday

Taz and the Moose
March 18, 2019 - 10:14 am

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Yale head coach James Jones dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Monday to discuss his team’s season and NCAA Tournament berth, among other topics. 

Yale (22-7) beat Harvard 97-85 in the Ivy League Championship on Sunday, as five Bulldogs scored double figures, including reserve Azar Swain.

“I have seven guys that could be starters,” Jones said on Taz & The Moose. “You can only start five, but we have seven of them.”

Senior guard Alex Copeland led the Bulldogs with 25 points and seven assists. Yale (22-7), seeded 14th in the East Region, will face No. 3 LSU (26-6) on Thursday at 11:40 a.m.

Yale last reached the NCAA Tournament in 2016, when it beat No. 5 Baylor and almost beat No. 4 Duke. 

“The main message we want to send (to our players) is be who we are,” Jones said. “We don’t need to change what we do because of the opponent. It’s hard to play in conference; everybody knows you so well. But when you’re playing a new team, they don’t know what to expect fully. We just want to make sure we stay within who we are and try to beat them with what we’ve been doing all year.”

Still, LSU (26-6) – even without Will Wade – will be a heavy favorite Thursday.

“I like it when we’re the underdog completely and everybody thinks we’re going to lose,” Jones said. “There’s no sneaking up on anybody these days.”

Click below to listen to Jones’ interview in its entirety.