Category Archives: Ivy League

4th Annual College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket

Zach Collins, Nigel Williams-Goss (5), and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the top seed in our 351 team ultimate bracket.
Zach Collins, Nigel Williams-Goss (5), and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the top seed in our 351 team ultimate bracket.

Every year, teams see their dreams of making the NCAA Tournament come true, while others accept bids into other post-season tournaments.

Last season, 68 teams made the NCAA Tournament, 32 made the NIT, 16 made the College Basketball Invitational, 32 made the CollegeInsider.Com Tournament, and 8 teams took part in the inaugural Vegas 16 tournament. If the math is correct, that leaves 195 teams without a spot in post-season play.

Some teams aren’t even eligible for post-season play due to off-court issues, whether it’s due to low APR scorers or self-imposed bans.

That’s where we come in. We don’t discriminate, and even teams who aren’t eligible in the real world are welcome in our eyes. Living up to the Canadian stereotype of always being nice, we have included all 351 teams into one hypothetical post-season tournament.

For the fourth year in a row, the College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket is back to give a look at what it would be like if every single team in the country took part in the same post-season tournament. Continue reading 4th Annual College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket

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

RECAP: Shawn Anderson Scores 21 Points as Navy Beats Columbia, 69-54

Shawn Anderson scored a game-high 21 points, and was one of three Midshipmen to score in double-figures as Navy topped Columbia on Friday night, 69-54.
Shawn Anderson scored a game-high 21 points, and was one of three Midshipmen to score in double-figures as Navy topped Columbia on Friday night, 69-54.

In their last outing, the Navy Midshipmen overcame a 25-point deficit at halftime to take down the Bryant Bulldogs, 76-74.

Three nights later, the Midshipmen were back on their home floor, this time taking on the Columbia Lions. Led by Luke Petrasek, the Lions would give the Midshipmen everything they could handle on the hardwood.

Columbia took the first lead of the game, a 2-0 advantage on a layup from Petrasek. Navy responded with an 8-0 run, capped off by a layup from Shawn Anderson, and the Midshipmen were off and running once again.

The 2-0 lead was the only one that the Lions would take in the game, and the Midshipmen stretched their lead to as many as 13 points in the opening half. Navy took a 40-30 lead into halftime, and never looked back the rest of the way.

Navy built their lead in the second half, and cruised to the 69-54 win over Columbia. Continue reading RECAP: Shawn Anderson Scores 21 Points as Navy Beats Columbia, 69-54