March 9 Power Rankings

The final Ivy weekend provided some surprising results and exciting finishes in Philadelphia and Hanover. Tuesday’s regular season finale in Princeton will create a three-way tie either in third or sixth place, but other than that, the only drama remaining involves Selection Sunday, and a possible second postseason invite.

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1. Cornell (22-5, 14-0 Ivy) 1 The Big Red wrapped up its historic season by becoming the first non-P to run the table in the history of the league, but it wasn’t without excitement or controversy. Cornell had to overcome second-half deficits on both nights of the Penn-Princeton trip to stay perfect and now can watch conference tourneys.
2. Brown (19-9, 11-3 Ivy) 2 Brown did what it needed to do to close out its regular season with crucial road victories at Harvard and Dartmouth, surviving a late rally in Hanover on Saturday night. The wins kept the Bears in the hunt for a bid to the NIT or CBI, but Craig Robinson & Co. will have to wait until next Sunday to learn their fate.
3. Penn (12-18, 7-6 Ivy) 4 While the Quakers were smarting over what they felt was an injustice at the end of the Cornell game, the result wasn’t as important as the implications of the close game going into next season. However, Saturday’s win over Columbia was huge for the program, ensuring a third-place finish despite a down year.
4. Yale (13-15, 7-7 Ivy) 5 The Yale seniors deserve credit for picking themselves up after falling to 4-7 in the league, ending the season with three straight wins to preserve the program’s streak of .500-or-better Ivy seasons. The emergence of Travis Pinick is a very encouraging sign for Bulldog fans wondering about next year.
5. Columbia (14-15, 7-7 Ivy) 3 Seemingly poised for a good showing in the final Ivy standings at 7-4, the Lions came apart down the stretch, dropping their final three. On the heels of the very discouraging home loss to Dartmouth, Columbia went out and lost by double-digits to a struggling Princeton squad, then dropped a close one at Penn.
  Dartmouth (10-18, 3-11 Ivy) 6 Home court advantage proved to be a big deal for the Big Green, as it took Yale and Brown down to the wire after getting embarrassed by both teams on the road last month. A last-place finish isn’t what Terry Dunn was hoping for, but he can take encouragement from the way his team played the last five games.
  Princeton (6-22, 3-10 Ivy) 8 The return home did wonders for Princeton, halting a nine-game skid in impressive fashion with a win over Columbia and giving Cornell a battle. Someone forgot to tell the Tigers they weren’t supposed to compete with the talented Lions and Big Red with a rotation full of guys who had been playing JV ball.
8. Harvard (8-22, 3-11 Ivy) 7 Tommy Amaker’s first season at Harvard ended in anticlimactic fashion, as his team failed to recapture the magic of the Princeton-Penn weekend, absorbing a pair of 16-point defeats at home. The program got some more bad news when Frank Ben-Eze de-committed and re-opened his recruitment.

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