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Yankee Conference

The Yankee Conference was a collegiate athletic conference, with members located in New England. Massachusetts was a charter member of the conference.

The league formed in 1946, and dissolved for basketball in 1976, although the conference continued as football-only until 1997. In basketball, Massachusetts went from the Yankee Conference to the ECBL (Eastern Collegiate Basketball League), which transformed into the Eastern 8 and ultimately into the Atlantic 10.

Massachusetts won nine Yankee Conference championships in men's basketball: 1961-62, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1969-70, 1970-71, 1972-73, 1973-74, 1974-75, 1975-76. All of those were regular-season championships, as the league did not hold a post-season tournament.

Boston University was a full member from the 1971-72 season until the conference abandoned basketball after the 1975-76 season. BU continued in the league playing football.

Men's Basketball charter members

The Yankee Conference aligned 6 schools into one division.

SchoolLocationAfter Yankee Conference
MassachusettsAmherst, MAJoined the ECBL, which evolved into the Atlantic 10.
ConnecticutStorrs, CTPlayed as an independent until the Big East was formed.
MaineOrono, ME
Played as an independent before joining the ECAC-North, which evolved into the America East.
New HampshireDurham, NH
VermontBurlington, VT
Rhode IslandKingston, RIPlayed as an independent until joining the ECAC-North, then joined the Atlantic 10 for the 1980-81 season.
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