Author Archives: Kevin Whitaker

Ivy League Weekly Roundup: Home-Court Advantage Holds

Inside this week: The results were rather boring, as home favorites rolled throughout the league. But here are three thoughts on how it transpired: Continue reading

Ivy League Weekly Roundup: Rivalries Turn at The Palestra

Inside this week: Recapping the first week of Ivy action, including two rivalry games at The Palestra that set the tone for this season’s race, and looking ahead to more debuts this weekend. Continue reading

Ivy League Weekly Roundup: Previewing the Openers

Last time, I wrote that this Ivy League season was the most boring one of this decade so far. The very next day, Dartmouth gave Notre Dame a close game and Princeton won at USC. So now I’m going to declare it the worst season of all time and watch what happens this week. Continue reading

Ivy League Weekly Roundup: Rankings Galore

Inside this week: With few games taking place, we’re looking at the big picture: Putting this year’s non-conference slate in historical context; peeking ahead to Ivy League play; and ranking the women’s Ancient Eight. Continue reading

Ivy League Weekly Roundup: Bears Scare, Dunks Galore

Inside this week: A cross-town rivalry heats up; two senior scorers reappear off the bench; and although three-pointers are getting old, #omgivydunx never will.  Continue reading

Navy 73, Columbia 68: Déjà vu for the Lions

When Columbia jumped ahead of Navy 31-13 late in the first half, few at Levien Gymnasium felt the lead would be safe. In three of their previous four games (against UConn, Albany and Stony Brook), the Lions blew a double-digit lead in the second half; in the fourth (vs. Quinnipiac), they had a two-possession lead in the final five minutes but lost that as well.

Sure enough, the Midshipmen reeled off a 29-11 run that sandwiched halftime, tying the game early in the second period. Columbia went back ahead by as many as eight points, but a four-minute scoreless streak down the stretch cost the hosts the lead and the game. Continue reading

Ivy League Weekly Roundup: Winless Weekend; Lions Stir

Inside this week: The Ivy League went 0-7 on Saturday, including losses to nationally ranked Kentucky, Miami and TCU. Harvard’s up-and-down season continued, while Columbia took two strong opponents to the wire. And non-conference play is going much better for the Ivy women. Continue reading

Ivy League Weekly Roundup: Series Streaks and Scoring Stars

Half the league picked up their first wins, but 10 days into the season, no team is above .500 in D-I play. Inside this week: Two weird losing streaks continue, scorers keep scoring, and Penn fans demand cheesesteaks. Continue reading

Manhattan 73, Harvard 69: Jaspers Hold On Again At Home

Heading into Saturday’s game at Draddy Gym, Manhattan’s path to victory seemed to run through its vaunted press. Its opponent, Harvard, was only 42 hours removed from an ugly 23-turnover performance in a loss at Holy Cross, leaving the Jaspers’ defense with an opportunity to feast.

Instead, the Crimson committed just 13 turnovers, only a handful of which were attributed to Manhattan’s pressure. The hosts committed 18 miscues of their own, and they blew a 17-point lead in the second half. Yet they won anyway, getting enough stops and hitting enough tough shots to eke out a 73-69 win. Continue reading