December 18 Power Rankings

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 for the Quakers, but in the end Harvard was the only Ivy team to win this week.

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1. Penn (3-4) 1 Missing Steve Danley, Penn made a stirring comeback late against third-ranked Villanova, drawing within four points in the final minutes. The defense has been stifling, ranking 13th in the nation against the fourth-toughest schedule in the land.
2. Harvard (7-3) 3 The Crimson takes over the second spot after grabbing a pair of double-digit wins without Brian Cusworth. Saturday’s win at America East favorite Albany was particularly impressive, with Harvard also missing Jim Goffredo due to a staph infection.
3. Columbia (6-2) 2 The Lions face their toughest challenge of the season on Friday at Notre Dame. They need to come up with a better performance than what we saw at Wagner, or Sporting News Radio will be broadcasting an ugly game throughout the metro area.
4. Yale (4-4) 5 Dominick Martin’s return is a huge boost and should have a steadying effect on a Yale team that had been up and down without him. With Martin back, the Bulldogs rolled over a bad Hampton team at home, like a first-division Ivy team should.
5. Brown (2-5) 7 Brown rose two spots not because of anything the idle Bears did, but because of what Cornell and Princeton did this past week. Now Glen Miller’s crew needs to justify this ranking with home wins this week over a terrible UMES team and 2-4 Navy.
6. Dartmouth (1-4) 8 Any other week, falling behind 15-2 and getting pounded on a neutral court would be cause for a stay in the eighth spot, but this wasn’t any ordinary week. And besides, Hofstra might be the toughest opponent faced by an Ivy team on Saturday.
7. Cornell (3-6) 4 The Big Red plummets this week after laying a total egg in its post-exam debut at Bucknell, losing 83-39. Now Bucknell is a very good team, but a 44-point loss is inexcusable and is the latest reason to think the great start was a fluke.
8. Princeton (2-6) 6 Joe Scott called Wednesday’s 21-point debacle against Monmouth an “aberration.” When you’ve played 16 halves of basketball and you scored under 20 points in seven of those halves, the only aberrant thing is that two of them came in the same game.

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