Columbia had a season for the ages in 2013-14. The Lions won 21 games, won two games in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, and finished in the top half of the Ivy League. It was the first major step in Kyle Smith’s rebuilding of a program that hadn’t won 20 games in a season since 1969-70.
I was unable to be at Levien Gymnasium for Columbia’s season finale, but Ray Curren (The Mid-Majority’s ambitious traveling writer and Big Apple Buckets contributor) helped us out with this guest post.
One of the most interesting things about the CollegeInsider.com Tournament is that we don’t know the match ups before the prior round finishes. Unlike the NCAA tournament, which is locked into a Dayton-Stanford Sweet 16 game, the CIT reconfigures its bracket after each round.
The postseason came to Levien Gymnasium for the first time ever and it turned out to be a ton of fun.
Almost every team in America was playing today thanks to either the wrapping up of conference season or tournaments. We’ve got tons of coverage from the MAAC tournament and the recap of Wagner’s semifinal loss. Here’s what else happened for New York City teams.
Alex Rosenberg lay back in his chair during Columbia’s postgame press conference. The Lions had just sealed their first winning season in the Ivy League since 1993. Tomorrow they will be playing for their 20th win of the season.
Now that we’re nine or 10 games in for every Ivy League basketball team, it’s time to start thinking about postseason awards. With two full Ivy weekends remaining a group of players have separated themselves from the pack. Like I did in the MAAC and NEC I ran the numbers to see how teams performed […]
As Steve Frankoski stepped behind the three-point line and lined up another attempt, the air was sucked out of Levien Gymnasium. The crowd frozen in time.
As the season goes on New York City has apparently realized there’s something to play for. St. John’s, Iona, Manhattan, Wagner, Stony Brook, St. Francis Brooklyn, Quinnipiac and more are competing for a league title and competing hard. It makes these weekly awards even more difficult. An excellent problem to have.
Columbia, Manhattan and Iona all captured important victories on Friday night. Here are some thoughts from each.