Ivies lead Public Recognition Awards

The NCAA released the Public Recognition Awards for the 2009-10 academic year today. 909 athletic teams that were in the top 10 percent of their sport were recognized for academic achievement. What’s not surprising is that Ivy League dominated the awards.

Yale (23 awards), Brown (22) and Dartmouth (21) led the way. All told the Ivy League had 135 teams recognized. College basketball had 40 teams recognized including seven of the Ancient Eight. The only one not there? Dartmouth.

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Jones and Gomez highlight big day in college basketball

Two big pieces of news broke late on Monday night and both could certainly impact the 2011-12 basketball season. First, Arizona’s Lamont “MoMo” Jones is transferring from Arizona. He averaged 9.7 points and 2.4 assists in 26.7 minutes per game last season for the Wildcats. (Adam Zagoria has a bit more.)

Jones is looking to transfer back to the east coast. The early rumors are that he might find a home at St. John’s, but if he’s looking to drop down a level might Manhattan and new head coach Steve Masiello be able to offer him a comfortable landing spot that can guarantee a lot of playing time? (I think it’s a longshot, but new head coaches due tend to bring roster turnover with them.)

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Who’s the man? Machado vs. Glover

If you look at Iona’s tempo-free profile one thing immediately stands out: The impact that juniors Scott Machado and Michael Glover had on the Gaels’ offense. The two of them used 24.4% and 26.3% of Iona’s possessions respectively when they were on the court. For the season their shot percentages were nearly identical at 22.9% and 22.0%.

But there was a big difference in how the team played when one of them got more shots than the other.

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Could one prep school build a competitive Ivy League roster?

Northfield Mount Hermon is a prep school of 630 students. It also happens to be home to a number of future Ivy League athletes. This season 11 former NMH basketball players will be playing on six different Ivy League teams. Only Penn and Princeton won’t be represented. (And the Quakers had one, but Brian Fitzpatrick transferred to Bucknell before last season.)

That group of players includes guys like Harvard’s Laurent Rivard, Dartmouth’s David Rufful and Brown’s Andrew McCarthy. Which begs the question: How competitive would a team composed entirely of NMH alumni be in the Ivy League? Continue reading

Iona featured in ESPN’s offseason coverage

Iona is getting some love in ESPN’s offseason coverage right now. The Gaels weren’t given a long write up in Fran Fraschilla’s post about breakthrough teams, but they were mentioned along with a few other teams as one that could “enjoy postseason success next season.”

Other the other hand, Iona is listed as the MAAC champion in Joe Lunardi’s latest bracket. St. Peter’s isn’t in the bracket, but interestingly it is one of the bubble teams in Lunardi’s “Also considered” list.

The Ivy League’s wide recruiting world

On one hand Ivy League schools have one of the toughest sells in Division I basketball. The schools commit a lot of money to athletics, but not always to college basketball. There are no scholarships, but there is financial aid. Then there are the academic requirements. You might not have to be Bill Gates to play basketball at Harvard, but you can’t be dumb either. They want you to stay in school for four years.

Thankfully, the Ivy League has a way to combat this problem, by offering some of the best “names” in collegiate education. There are only five Top 20 News and World Reports schools that aren’t in the Ivy League and play Division I basketball. (They are: Duke, Northwestern, Rice, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame.) The educational success of the league’s institutions thus gives them national appeal in education, and this year’s recruiting class shows how powerful it is.

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Fordham going to Loyola

Schedule details are leaking out and here’s another one. Fordham is going to be playing at Loyola (Ill.) to christen the Ramblers’ new athletic facility. The game is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 26 in Chicago. In another bit of Loyola scheduling, it appears the Ramblers won’t be coming to Jersey City to return their BracketBuster game from last season with St. Peter’s, so expect to see them in 2012-13.