Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ivy League Preview


The Ivy race was never really in doubt last season. Cornell was the heavy favorite heading into the season, and the Big Red cruised to a league title, finishing 13-1. Princeton was 11-3, but the league was essentially decided when the Tigers lost by three to Cornell in late February. With no conference tournament, Princeton did not have a chance to enact revenge after two three-point losses to the Big Red. In the NCAA Tournament, Cornell made a great run to the Sweet Sixteen, knocking off Temple and Wisconsin by a combined 31 points before losing to Kentucky. The Big Red lose several key pieces, potentially opening the door for another team to take the crown.

  • 1. Princeton: The second-place Tigers will look to get back on top of the league behind the guard duo of Doug Davis and Doug Mavraides.
  • 2. Harvard: Jeremy Lin is gone, but Freshman of the Year Kyle Casey and three starters return. Tommy Amaker also brought in an impact recruiting class.
  • 3. Penn: Although the Quakers only won six games last season, it wouldn’t surprise me to see them rocket up the standings. Five starters return.
  • 4. Cornell: The Big Red will take a step back this season, unless Chris Wroblewski, Mark Coury and a host of role players step up in a big way.
  • 5. Brown: Don’t sleep on the Bears this season. They return four starters from last season, led by all-conference forward Peter Sullivan.
  • 6. Columbia: The Lions will look to snap their streak of 17 years without a winning record in the Ivy. Noruwa Agho is one of the league’s best.
  • 7. Yale: Alex Zampier, the team’s leading scorer, is gone from last year, so Michael Sands will need to step up. This team is always competitive.
  • 8. Dartmouth: Coming off a one-win Ivy campaign, former head coach Paul Cormier will look to bring back the golden days for the Big Green.

Player of the Year: Zack Rosen, G, Penn

All-Conference Team:

  • G- Zack Rosen, Penn
  • G- Doug Davis, Princeton
  • G/F- Noruwa Agho, Columbia
  • F- Kyle Casey, Harvard
  • F- Peter Sullivan, Brown

Second Team:

  • G- Dan Mavraides, Princeton
  • G- Chris Wroblewski, Cornell
  • F- Jack Eggleston, Penn
  • F- Michael Sands, Yale
  • C- Mark Coury, Cornell

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