Last Week in the Ivy League: Princeton clinched at least a share of its 27th championship. Columbia kept its postseason hopes alive by beating Penn, throwing the final week into tiebreaker chaos. The Lady Bulldogs got hot, shaking up the other playoff race. Continue reading
After beating NJIT somewhat handily 80-65 Sunday night in the semifinals of the CIT, Columbia coach Kyle Smith talked about how great the Ivy League has been.
“The league’s good. I was really happy for Yale,” Smith said. “I feel like sometimes it’s like ‘if a tree falls in the forest’ thing because that’s how I feel about the Ivy League. I’ve been screaming at the top of my lungs that there’s really good teams and that helps prove that. Princeton got a horrible seeding in the NIT, should not have been on the road, and they almost advanced as it was.”
Columbia’s dream of an Ivy League title died with 5.2 seconds remaining in the first half against Brown on Friday night. Continue reading
The games broke about as well as could be expected for Columbia this past weekend. The Lions held serve at home, soundly defeating both Harvard and Dartmouth, and Princeton beat Yale at Jadwin Gymnasium. Continue reading
Columbia fans at a sold out Levien Gymnasium had their hearts broken not once, but twice on Saturday night. Continue reading
This isn’t how Columbia normally does things. Continue reading
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – There was a time not long ago when the vaunted Yale offense was not so vaunted. In their last two games before Christmas break, the Bulldogs put up 0.94 and 0.89 points per possession in losses to Illinois and USC.
Yeah, those are BCS schools, you say? Well, in the game after finals, Yale posted 0.97 ppp against Central Connecticut, who has spent some time at No. 351 in KenPom this season and whose defense has been in the bottom five in efficiency nationally all season. The Bulldogs still won that game handily and were in the other two thanks to its defense, tops in the Ivy League last season, and by all accounts, the backbone of its Ivy challenge this season.
Flash back to 2013. A loaded Manhattan team was at the beginning of their journey to back-to-back MAAC titles (with the jury still out on more). Steve Masiello’s team took the 1 train down to Manhattan (the borough) and handed Columbia a heartbreaking one-point loss at Levien Gymnasium. Continue reading
What Happened Last Week: The Ivy League got off to a great start: Yale hung with Duke for a half, Penn and Columbia topped solid teams, and Princeton and Harvard beat D-I opponents by D-III scores. But the weekend was brutal for everyone not named Miles Wright. Continue reading
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Kevin Degnan – at 6’8” and mostly a post player – had only seven career three-pointers, but there he was on the wing in front of a Fairfield fast break, picking a low pass off his ankles and drilling a three-pointer anyway. As the intimate crowd roared, Degnan gave a clapping Sydney Johnson a high-five on the way back down the court.
Welcome to the new world order that is Fairfield basketball in the last two weeks. And it claimed another victim Friday afternoon, this time Columbia, 82-81 in overtime, in what has to be considered a mild upset even if it were in the friendly confines of Alumni Gym.
If it were up to Johnson, Fairfield (3-3) would play much more in ancient Alumni Gym, where a holiday crowd of 1,886 made their presence known, with Johnson exhorting them on, almost to midcourt on a couple of big Columbia (3-3) possessions at the end of regulation and the extra session. The Stags will play two more times at Alumni this season, including a MAAC game against Saint Peter’s, but there are no current plans to expand that number.