The Ivy League crowned a champion this weekend, and for the first time in 20 years, it wasn’t Penn or Princeton. The top two teams in the league both managed to sweep, but everyone else slipped up at least once in a weekend in which no games were settled by fewer than seven points.
The weekend’s games firmed up the league picture at the top of the standings, but farther down there’s a lot of movement, primarily because of Saturday night’s results. Home court advantage didn’t seem to matter much in New York State, where the games went the same way they did in the first meetings, but up in New England it was another story entirely.
The gap between the top and bottom of the league proved to be a less pronounced than previously thought — to the point the lines might even have to be re-drawn after a surprising result in Philadelphia on Saturday. All eight games featured tougher-than-expected tests for the road favorites, but it was a shocker that failed to materialize on Friday night in Boston that was the biggest news.
Two weekends in, there’s no denying the clear divide between Ivy League’s first and second divisions. The top four went 8-0 in their games against the bottom half this week, with only one game decided by single digits and an average margin of 17.9 points.
The first weekend of full Ivy play brought provided some surprises. The road trip expected to be the toughest turned out to be no big deal, as visitors went 3-1. Meanwhile, while the traditional killer road trip turned out to be exactly that as the traditional powers both swept the weekend. The result is a pretty significant shakeup in this week’s Power Rankings.