Dartmouth’s loss at Quinnipiac last night dropped the Ivy League’s composite record back down to a season-worst seven games under .500. But help is on the way. After a league-wide trend of tougher games, tonight represents a breather. All four Ivy teams should be favored at home, with Pomeroy predicting all but Yale to win by double digits.
Game of the Week
Harvard (7-3) at #14 Boston College (7-2) – Thursday, December 22, 7:00 pm
This is Harvard’s one shot at non-league glory in 2005. The two teams last met three years ago, with very similar records. A senior-laden Harvard team rallied to trail by just two points with under three minutes remaining, but couldn’t complete the comeback, falling 84-77,
This weekend it was the Ivy League’s two most famous brands carrying the banner for the league on the hardwood with a pair of easy victories. Princeton suffered another under-20 half after a good first half at Wake and lost by 19, while Dartmouth couldn’t recover from a huge early deficit against a good Hofstra team at The Garden. And then there was Cornell getting pantsed at Bucknell…
It wasn’t a particularly good week for the league, which went 2-6 and saw Princeton and Cornell both suffer ugly losses. Penn playing #3 Villanova tough was another pleasant surprise, but in the end Harvard was the only Ivy team to win this week.
Either Hartford is better than we think, or Yale lost a game by 16 last night that it should have won. True, the Hawks are 4-2, but they’re responsible for Brown’s only win of the season and their other three wins are over teams with a combined record of 5-14.