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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

Ivy League Power Rankings – January 9th, 2017

Bryce Aiken and the Harvard Crimson look like the team to beat once again in the Ivy League this season.
Bryce Aiken and the Harvard Crimson look like the team to beat once again in the Ivy League this season.

Saturday started Ivy League play for half the league, while the other four teams wrapped up their non-conference schedules and will begin later this week.

The newly instituted four-team playoff seems to give every team more hope throughout the season and puts each school only a couple games away from a postseason berth.

In other words, bottom-half teams now have a chance to sneak into postseason play. So at this point, don’t count anybody out. Continue reading Ivy League Power Rankings – January 9th, 2017

Why the second half of the season will be as much fun, if not more, than the first

keene-marcus-22016 is in the rearview mirror. What’s in store the second half of the season?

Freshman dominance, competitive parity, league play, sleeper teams, and the march to the Tournament are five reasons the remaining months will be as much fun as, if not more, than the last ones. Continue reading Why the second half of the season will be as much fun, if not more, than the first

Cornell Showing Mixed Results in 2016-17, But Still Reason for Optimism

Matt Morgan (10) scored 34 points in Cornell's first win of the season, an 82-75 decision over Lafayette.
Matt Morgan (10) scored 34 points in Cornell’s second win of the season, an 80-77 decision over Northeastern.

In this year of transition for the Cornell Big Red, the young team has produced mixed results thus far.

With the semester’s finals week upon them, the players have reached the quarter point of their season. Inconsistent play has been the team’s Achilles heel and has limited them to a 2-5 start. Continue reading Cornell Showing Mixed Results in 2016-17, But Still Reason for Optimism