Penn announced the hiring of Steve Donahue as its new head men’s basketball coach Monday evening. Donahue, who will be officially introduced at a press conference this afternoon, was a Penn assistant from 1990-2000 before spending a decade as Cornell’s head coach and four years at Boston College.
Three years ago, I sat in the bowels of Jadwin Gym and watched Zack Rosen struggle through the worst press conference of his life.
Throughout the 2014-15 Ivy League season, Harvard and Yale were evenly matched. The co-champions had identical 11-3 league records, split the season series with close games, and ended the regular season a mere four slots apart in KenPom’s national rankings. So it was fitting that Saturday’s playoff was tied heading into the final possession.
The stakes could hardly be higher for Saturday’s Ivy League playoff to determine who advances to the NCAA tournament, but the margins between Harvard and Yale could hardly be smaller. To help break down two evenly matched teams, I solicited predictions from experts around the Ivy League. Here’s what they said:
With the 14-Game Tournament officially wrapped (even though a 15th game is still pending), it’s time for our panel of me, John, and Ray to announce our Ivy League individual awards.
What Happened Last Week: The biggest Ivy League basketball weekend in quite some time. On Friday, Yale beat Harvard to claim its first Ivy championship in a decade. Saturday afternoon, word leaked that Penn will find a new coach after the season. And that night, Yale’s last-second loss at Dartmouth left the Bulldogs tied with […]
There is no separate place for press conferences at Dartmouth’s Leede Arena, so when Yale coach James Jones emerged from the locker room, he was immediately in front of the few cameras and reporters that made the trip to Hanover, N.H. on a Saturday night where there was plenty else going on in the sports […]
After losing to Yale the previous night, Harvard entered Saturday needing a win and a Yale loss to earn a share of the Ivy title. The Crimson’s game tipped an hour earlier, so when they finished a 72-62 victory over Brown, the Bulldogs still had 20 minutes left to play at Dartmouth. With their fate […]
Basketball is a funny sport to analyze. Over the past four months, we’ve all spent countless hours debating Harvard and Yale as championship contenders. This week, Ray and I exchanged 1,500 words previewing Friday’s matchup. And ultimately, the de facto title game — and the biggest Ivy League contest in four years, a college generation — […]
To paraphrase the immortal Jake Taylor, “Yale ain’t won nothin’ yet, they still have one more to go.” Such is the awkwardness of the 14-game Ivy League Tournament that even after a 62-52 win at Lavietes Pavilion over four-time defending Ivy champ Harvard, their job is not quite done yet.
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