The Bulldogs won't have their best player Makai Mason, who suffered a season-ending foot injury, which deals a serious blow to their bid to repeat as Ivy League champions and return to the NCAA tournament.

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Scouting report: Yale.
Game info: 4 p.m. (PT) Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000).

TV: Pac-12 Networks (Aaron Goldsmith and Mike Montgomery).
Radio: KOMO 1000 AM and FM 97.7 (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).

Last season’s record: 23-7, 13-1 Ivy League (1st).
RPI/SOS: 44th and 162nd.
Stats/schedule: Click here.

Coach: James Jones is 254-239 (.515) entering his 18th season – all with the Bulldogs. His 141 Ivy victories and 254 overall wins are tied for the third most in league history. Jones, the longest tenured coach in the Ivy League, is has the most wins in school history. He won a second straight Ivy League Coach of the Year award following the 2015-16 season.

Prediction: Picked to finish third in the eight-team Ivy League in a preseason media poll.

Series: Washington leads 3-0 in a series that began in 1957. The Huskies are 1-0 at home and 2-0 at a neutral site.

Last meeting: The Huskies won 68-62 on Dec. 27, 1980.

Previous game: In last year’s NCAA tournament, No. 12-seed Yale pushed No. 4 Duke to the limit before falling 71-64 in the round of 32 game held in Providence, R.I.
Point spread: No early line.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

  • Anthony Dallier, a 6-foot-6 and 190-pound senior guard, started 10 games last season, which is the most of anyone on the team. He averaged 5 points while shooting 60 percent from the field and 37.3 percent on three-pointers. He also averaged 3.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 19.9 minutes. Dallier is the team captain.
  • Sam Downey, a 6-9 and 230-pound senior forward, started three games last season and was one of five players to see action in all 30 games. He averaged 5.7 points, which is the most for returning Bulldogs. Downey also averaged 3.4 rebounds and 14.5 minutes.

OVERVIEW:

  • First-team All-Ivy point guard Makai Mason will likely miss the rest of the season due to a broken foot suffered during a closed scrimmage against Boston University on Nov. 5. The standout junior was the Bulldogs’ only full-time returning starter who averaged a team-leading 16 points and 3.8 assists. He earned national acclaim with a 31-point performance over Baylor – the most ever by a Yale player in the NCAA tournament.
  • Yale had a historic season in 2015-16 when the Bulldogs won 23 games (the most in school history since 1907), captured a second straight Ivy League championship and upset No. 5 seed Baylor in the NCAA tournament (the first-ever NCAA tourney win). The Bulldogs lost 71-64 to Duke in the round of 32. It had been 54 years since Yale made the NCAA Tournament before last season’s breakthrough.
  • The 2015-16 team lost three of its four leading scorers (forwards Justin Sears and Brandon Sherrod and guard Nick Victor ’16) to graduation. The trio accounted for 47.4 points (55 percent of the team’s scoring) and 25.8 rebounds (64 percent of its rebounding). Sears was a two-time Ivy Player of the Year winner.
  • Last season, Yale averaged 74.9 points while allowing opponents 76.7. The Bulldogs attempted an average of 56.5 shots per game and 30 percent of those shots are three-pointers. They shoot 36.3 percent behind the arc.
  • Yale’s plays a challenging 2016-17 nonconference schedule that includes games at Virginia, Pittsburgh and Temple.
  • This season the Ivy League debuts a four-team conference tournament, which sends the champion to the NCAA tournament. The Ivy League had been the last conference without a conference tourney.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP:

Pos. Name Ht./Wt. Yr. PPG RPG APG MPG FG% FT% 3FG%
G  Trey Phils 6-2/185 So. 1.2 0.8 0.3 6.1 25.8 75.0 8.3
G  Alex Copeland 6-3/170 So. 2.3 0.7 0.5 4.6 47.8 60.0 66.7
G Anthony Dallier 6-6/190 Sr. 5.0 3.2 1.3 19.9 43.1 60.0 37.3
F  Blake Reynolds 6-7/220 So. 2.3 1.7 0.4 7.6 44.2 71.4 27.8
F Sam Downey 6-9/230 Sr. 5.7 3.4 0.4 14.5 61.7 82.9 40.0