Who is John Poulakidas? Yale folk hero led upset win over Auburn

Folk heroes appeared out of nowhere during this period, and Yale’s John Poulakidas quickly cemented his status as a legend.

Poulakidas scored 28 points on Friday, a day after Oakland’s Jack Goelke etched his name forever in March Madness history by leading No. 14 Oakland to a takedown for red-hot Kentucky. He led them to the Round of 32 from the same match. Seed line to oust No. 4 Auburn in Spokane.

Before the Bulldogs take on No. 5 San Diego State in the next round, meet the junior guard who joined Princeton as the Ivy League representative for the second straight year and helped advance the Bulldogs to the second round.

Poulakidas was named the “Most Improved” player on the team this year. AP

Polakidas was named the team’s Most Improved Player this season after making 10 of 15 shots overall and 6 of 9 from 3-point range against Auburn.

His 28 points on Friday were more than double his average of 13.1 points per game during the regular season.

“I think the floodgates obviously opened after we hit the first few shots,” said Polakidas, who hit a step-back 3-pointer with 2:10 left to give Yale a 73-72 lead. However, this lead could not be relinquished. “I’m really happy that I had this opportunity and was able to take advantage of it today.

“Our league is very underrated. Obviously everyone saw what Princeton did last year. We came into this building today and played against the top 10 teams in the country and we’re proud of our I’m so proud of everyone in our league for being able to accomplish what we did.” Our locker room. ”

His 28 points on Friday were more than double his average of 13.1 points during the regular season.
Polakidas’ 28 points on Friday were more than double his regular season average of 13.1 points. Getty Images

The 6-foot-6 wing was a three-star recruit coming out of high school in Illinois, choosing Yale over Princeton, Wake Forest and Rutgers, among other Division I programs.

“Because attending this university is not just a four-year decision, it’s a 40-year decision,” Polakidas was quoted on the team’s official website.

“And I feel like that was the best fit for me on and off the court. Not only is Yale an elite institution, but the coaches are [James] Jones and his staff have built a very strong basketball program. ”