For the second consecutive year, the Baylor Bears were bounced out of the first round of the NCAA Tournament. This time Baylor bows after being upset by the 12th seed Yale Bulldogs. Last year the Bears lost on a go-ahead three pointer by Georgia State’s R.J. Hunter with 2.7 seconds remaining. This time, it was Yale’s Makai Mason‘s career and Yale tournament record-setting 31 points that led to yet another first round upset for Baylor.
The win is Yale’s first ever victory in the NCAA tournament and their appearance in 54 years. Head coach James Jones, who played his college ball at Albany and never had the chance to play in the NCAA tournament, told his team before the game: “I never got this opportunity. Relish the moment.” Yale will face Duke Saturday in the round of 32 and will try to keep the upset streak alive as they look to avenge their 81-60 loss to the Blue Devils back in November.
And it’s a final: Yale 79, Baylor 75. On to the second round and a rematch with Duke. #MarchMadness
— Yale_Basketball (@Yale_Basketball) March 17, 2016