No two teams needed wins more than Brown and Princeton, and both teams got those victories on Saturday. Columbia got back in the win column as well, but struggled more than it should have at home against a weak Lafayette team. The only loss on the day was Harvard’s disappointing showing at Lehigh.
Half the Ivies are in action today, so someone should definitely end the league-wide six-game losing streak that dropped the overall record to 22-27. With Brown probably an underdog at Binghamton and Princeton favored over Wyoming only in Vegas, a sweep will be tough. 3-1 would be a good day, 2-2 is far more likely.
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.
Penn surprised pretty much everyone by keeping things very respectable last night in Durham. The Quakers got the subpar effort from Duke they needed to have a chance at the upset, but the Ivy Leaguers weren’t able to bring their best game either. It sounds strange to say, but if Penn hadn’t committed 26 turnovers — many of which were careless mistakes — it would have have been right there with the top-ranked Blue Devils.
Last night saw Princeton dig itself another early hole when it went to the locker room at intermission with fewer than 20 points for the fourth time in five games. After scoring just 22 points in the game’s first 27 minutes, the home team found itself down 20.