Author Archives: Kevin Whitaker

Columbia Prolongs Princeton’s Nightmare Behind Hot Shooting

Just three weeks ago, Princeton looked like a legitimate contender for the Ivy League title. The Tigers had blown out two of their first three conference opponents, they had won seven of nine D-I games overall, and a team full of shooters gave them the league’s most fearsome offense.

Just a game and a half ago, Princeton looked to be getting back on track. True, the Tigers had lost four straight games, but they had found their shooting stroke to lead Cornell by 22 points midway through the second half. Given the results around the league, they were about to pull back into a tie for fourth place with a good chance to get back to the conference tournament, where who knows what would happen? Continue reading

Unlikely Hero Devon Goodman Leads Penn Past Columbia

In practice leading up to Friday night’s game, Penn point guard Devon Goodman was not high on Columbia’s scouting report.

Goodman’s last competitive playing time had come a very long month ago — coincidentally, against the Lions — when he was scoreless in four ineffective minutes, finally losing his tenuous place in Penn’s rotation. Even in the Quakers’ practices this week, he was playing on the scout team, aping Columbia point guard Mike Smith. Continue reading

Ivy League Weekly Roundup: Cambridge Time

Inside this week: The five-week sprint of full back-to-backs gets off to a rocking start; Desmond Cambridge becomes the Ivy League’s next must-see player; and the injury outlook gets worse for two star point guards. Continue reading

Columbia Tops Harvard in Manhattan Once Again

Harvard entered Friday night unbeaten in Ivy League play and coming off three straight away wins. Its road momentum continued early on, as the Crimson built a 15-point lead midway through the first half. But an offensive barrage from Columbia, plus a few key stops, completed a comeback that left the Lions with an 83-76 victory. Continue reading

Ivy League Weekly Roundup: Contenders Separate

Inside this week: Harvard stays perfect, though not without trouble. The other Ivy contenders struggle to get separation, with Yale, Brown and Columbia each taking losses. And the women’s race heats up, with Harvard pulling ahead and Brown falling into trouble. Continue reading

Ivy League Weekly Roundup: Intrigue Builds

See the weekly analysis below as usual, but don’t miss our takes from Saturday’s games: Ray on how Harvard-Dartmouth got weird once again, John on Columbia’s dismantling of Cornell, and me with three more thoughts from the Empire State blowout. Continue reading

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