Three Ivy teams return to action after the holidays with Harvard and Brown taking on non-Division I opponents in MIT and Kean College, while Penn travels to North Carolina to take on Davidson.
The Engineers were recently profiled in the Boston Globe after getting off to an 11-0 start and cracking the Division III Top 25. MIT is led by 6’9 Noel Hollingsworth, a sophomore transfer from Brown, where he has lightly used in his rookie season. The Engineers also boast a handful of other 6’8 frontcourt players, who will allow MIT to remain competitive in the paint, where most Division I teams attempt to overpower their Division III opponents.
The Division III Cougars bring a 3-6 record into their matchup with Brown and have lost their last three. Unlike the Engineers, Kean College lacks size with its tallest player barely cracking 6’5 and its leading scorer standing just 5’9. Expect Matt Mullery to have a big day against an undersized frontcourt.
The Wildcats came within a few seconds of knocking off Ivy favorite Cornell at Madison Square Garden behind strong performances from two freshmen, forward Jake Cohen and guard J.P. Kuhlman, and a surprise 5-for-8 three-point outburst from junior Brendan McKillop. But it’s two seniors, Will Archambault and Steve Rossiter, that really anchor the Davidson team on both ends of the floor. The Wildcats’ 2-8 record against Division I opponents has come against the 11th toughest schedule in the nation, leaving Davidson quite the seasoned squad.