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Powerful Ivy League representation at opening game of 2017 NCAA Tournament

The Ivy League hosted their first conference tournament this season, and it was a huge success.

Up until the 2016-17 season, the Ivy League was the only conference to not hold their own tournament prior to Selection Sunday. At season’s end, the team with the best record would be the one with a ticket to the Big Dance.

Since we complain all the time that conference tournaments can end up sending an average team instead of their strongest into the field of 68, you would think the Ivy would have preferred to keep its long-standing selection method.

After all, it has worked rather well for 63 years.   Continue reading Powerful Ivy League representation at opening game of 2017 NCAA Tournament

A look at the Ivy League as the inaugural conference tournament gets underway on Saturday

AJ Brodeur and the Penn Quakers knocked off Harvard on Saturday to earn the final spot in the four-team Ivy League tournament, which opens up this weekend.

By halftime on Saturday night, the Penn Quakers had received word they would control their own destiny.

Thanks to a Columbia loss and Cornell and Princeton both winning big, all the Quakers needed was a win against Harvard to clinch their first ever Ivy League Tournament berth.

On Senior Night, with the game knotted up at 72, Jackson Donahue flashed to the right wing and drained a three with 6.3 seconds left. After the team failed to logically foul the Crimson, Siyani Chambers set up sophomore guard Corey Johnson, a 43 percent shooter from distance, but his shout bounced off the front of the rim and out.

Following Penn’s thrilling victory, the Ivy League’s first four-team conference tournament is all set and scheduled to be played this upcoming Saturday and Sunday. Continue reading A look at the Ivy League as the inaugural conference tournament gets underway on Saturday

Ivy League Power Rankings – February 27th, 2017

Bryce Aiken and the Harvard Crimson have the opportunity to build some extra confidence as the Ivy League tournament approaches when they take on Princeton this weekend.
Bryce Aiken and the Harvard Crimson have the opportunity to build some extra confidence as the Ivy League tournament approaches when they take on Princeton this weekend.

Princeton clinches a share of the Ivy League regular season title.  No top team definitively falls out of Tournament contention.

With only one weekend left in the regular season, teams are settling into their rankings.

Assuming the remainder of the season doesn’t produce any highly unlikely scenarios, three teams will be fighting for the last two seeds. Continue reading Ivy League Power Rankings – February 27th, 2017

Ivy League Power Rankings – February 20th, 2017

Steven Spieth to the Cornell Big Red is one of the eight hypothetical trades that could benefit teams in the Ivy League, if they were allowed to swap players mid-season.
Steven Spieth to the Harvard Crimson is one of the eight hypothetical trades that could benefit teams in the Ivy League, if they were allowed to swap players mid-season.

Teams gear up and make a run at Princeton. Matt Morgan gets a new sidekick. Chris Lewis is headed to Dartmouth.

High transfer rates give college basketball plenty of player turnover each season. A whopping forty percent of men’s college basketball Division I athletes leave or switch schools before the end of their sophomore year. So, seeing players in different jerseys year-to-year is starting to become the norm.

but, it also raises a hypothetical question. What if teams could actually swap players mid-season?

Well, it would allow for a late NCAA Tournament push, or, more generally, movement of assets to orient for future seasons. NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster muses about this annually before the NBA trade deadline.

This week’s Ivy League Power Rankings features a single, strategic (though imaginary) trade for each team in the closing third of League play. See how many of these moves you’d condone, or propose your own in Comments below. Continue reading Ivy League Power Rankings – February 20th, 2017

Ivy League Power Rankings – January 22nd, 2017

A quiet week in the Ivy still features some subtle movements in the rankings.

As previously noted, while one loss used to eliminate teams from NCAA Tournament contention, this year is vastly different.

With the inclusion of the Ivy League post-season tournament, after two, three, or even four losses, everyone is still realistically in the race. Continue reading Ivy League Power Rankings – January 22nd, 2017

Ivy League Power Rankings – January 16th, 2017

Matt Morgan and the Cornell Big Red can string together consecutive strong possessions on offense, but it's their defense that is holding them back in 2016-17. (Source: Cornell Athletics)
Matt Morgan and the Cornell Big Red can string together consecutive strong possessions on offense, but it’s their defense that is holding them back in 2016-17. (Source: Cornell Athletics)

Conference play in the Ivy League play began this week.

While one loss used to eliminate teams from NCAA Tournament contention, this year is vastly different. With the inclusion of the Ivy League post-season tournament, after two, three, or even four losses, everyone is still realistically in the race. Continue reading Ivy League Power Rankings – January 16th, 2017