It was tough to make heads or tails of the league after another rough week. Other than Penn, no one else stood out as deserving a upper division ranking. But like last season’s standings, someone had to finish second, so here are your Power Rankings for the new year.
Last night’s Penn win at Hawai’i is one of the better road wins by an Ivy team in recent memory. The Warriors were shorthanded and tired from playing five games in ten days, but the Quakers had their own issues with a 15-day layoff and the flight to the Aloha State. In a game that Penn led almost all the way through but never by double digits, three plays late in the game loomed large.
Last night was a real downer for the Ivy League. The highlight of the evening was Dartmouth losing respectably against a borderline-major conference opponent. From Columbia looking totally disorganized to Harvard getting rolled by a mediocre opponent to Brown struggling offensively yet again, it was a dismal evening. And then there was Princeton…
Columbia kicked off the post-holiday Ivy action with a disheartening loss at the Garden last night to a less-than-stellar St. John’s team. Five Ivies play tonight, in games taking place all over the country. Given the matchups, a winning night for the league would be a smashing success.
This was the week of Ivies versus the big boys, with four games against Big East opponents and one against a Pac-10 power. Three of them predictably ended up with the Ivy team on the wrong end of a blowout, but two were respectably close. This is noteworthy in that it wasn’t Penn playing these teams close.