Auburn stunner: 13-seed Yale takes down Tigers – EVOL

Kyle Bonagura, ESPN Staff WriterMar 22, 2024, 07:37 PM ET

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The more Yale coach James Jones studied Auburn this week, the more convinced he was that the Tigers — the No. 7-ranked team in the AP poll — were under-seeded as a No. 4.

That’s why in the moments after Yale secured its second-ever men’s NCAA tournament win, upsetting Auburn 78-76 at Spokane Arena, he was quick to make a bold proclamation about its historical significance.

“I don’t know if that’s the best win in Yale basketball history,” Jones said, “but I will tell you that’s the best basketball team that we’ve beaten in Yale basketball history.

“As far as I’m concerned, Auburn is one of the better teams in the country. I couldn’t believe that they were a 4-seed in terms of what they’ve been able to do with their metrics.”

Most notably, Auburn was the No. 4-ranked team nationally in the well-respected KenPom.com ratings, which rely heavily on advanced statistics. The Tigers came into the game having just won the SEC tournament and having lost to only one team all season that wasn’t eventually among the field of 64.

Despite all

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