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.
The numbers: 1-5 overall, 180th RPI, 248th Sagarin, 260th Pomeroy
The recent results: lost 72-59 to Wagner; lost 64-41 at Holy Cross
The upcoming schedule: at Binghamton (1-5) on Saturday 12/10
Brown’s game notes confirm sophomore James Daniels left the basketball program this week to “pursue his studies.” The 6-2 guard averaged 2.2 points and 7.0 points in 19 games last season and was averaging 2.8 points and 13.2 minutes in the first five games. Daniels was coming off a season-high 19 minutes of action in last week’s loss to Wagner.
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.