Brown BearsLast Season: 11-20, 5-9 Ivy Head Coach: Jesse Agel, entering third season, 20-39, 8-30 Ivy Last Ivy League Title: 1985-86 Projected Starters: Sr. F Peter Sullivan So. F Tucker Halpern Fr. G Sean McGonagill Sr. G Adrian Williams So. G Matt Sullivan Non-Ivy highlights: Nov. 12 at Fordham, Dec. 6 at Providence Brown will win if… a relatively strong sophomore class continues its development from last year and provides the necessary support for Peter Sullivan. Brown will lose if… Halpern and sophomore Andrew McCarthy can't grab enough boards to create second-chance points. Last Year: - Jan. 30: With Penn down 54-53 in the final minutes, Dan Monckton grabbed a rebounded shot and stunned Brown with a buzzer-beating 55-54 win. - Feb. 19: Although Zack Rosen scored 29 points, Brown went on a 24-5 run midway through the first half before eventually winning 80-73.
Columbia LionsLast Season: 11-17, 5-9 Ivy Head Coach: Kyle Smith, first season after nine years as an associate head coach at St. Mary's Last Ivy League Title: 1967-68 Projected Starters: Sr. F Brian Grimes Jr. G Noruwa Agho Sr. F Ansenso Ampim So. G Brian Barbour So. G Max Craig Non-Ivy highlights: Nov. 17 at St. John's, Dec. 1 at Bucknell Columbia will win if… Agho can continue two strong years as one of the conference's top scorers. Columbia will lose if… the Lions' so-far inconclusive search for a point guard continues into this season. In 2009-10, Columbia ranked last in the League in assists per game. Last Year: - Feb. 13: Columbia guard Niko Scott hit seven three-pointers and earned 29 total points to help the Lions to a 66-62 victory at the Palestra. - Feb. 26: With Penn leading by one, Grimes hit a turn-around jumper with 2.7 seconds left to give Columbia a 56-55 win.
Cornell Big RedLast Season: 29-5, 13-1 Ivy, and a Sweet 16 appearance Head Coach: Bill Courtney, first season Last Ivy League Title: 2009-10 Projected Starters: Jr. G Chris Wroblewski So. F Errick Peck Sr. F/C Mark Coury Sr. F Adam Wire Sr. G Max Groebe Non-Ivy highlights: Nov. 14 at Seton Hall, Nov. 30 at Syracuse Cornell will win if… playing with one of the best senior classes in Cornell history has rubbed off on the younger players. Cornell will lose if… the team can't replace its four graduated starters — including Jeff Foote, Ryan Wittman and Louis Dale — or move forward after losing coach Steve Donahue to Boston College. Last Year: - Feb. 12: Jack Eggleston earned a career-high 24 points in what was the highlight of Penn's season, a 79-64 upset win over then-No. 22 Cornell. - Feb. 27: Looking to clinch its third straight Ivy title in its last home game of the season, Cornell rolled to a 68-48 victory.
Dartmouth Big GreenLast Season: 5-23, 1-13 Ivy Head Coach: Paul Cormier, first season since coaching from 1984-91, 108-74, 60-38 Ivy Last Ivy League Title: 1958-59 Projected Starters: Sr. G Ronnie Dixon Sr. C Clive Weeden Jr. F David Rufful So. C Matt LaBove Jr. G Jabari Trotter Non-Ivy highlights: Dec. 1 at Vermont, Dec. 19 at Iowa State Dartmouth will win if… Cormier can inspire the same success as he did in his first stint. In Cormier's first two seasons, the Big Green went 20-8 in Ivy play. Dartmouth will lose if… Dixon isn't lights out every night. As a junior, the guard was Dartmouth's leading scorer with 9.3 points per game. Last Year: - Feb. 5: Dartmouth missed four shots at the end of regulation, allowing Penn to hang on for a 53-51 win. - Mar. 6: Jack Eggleston scored 25 points and notched 11 rebounds and four assists, as Penn opened up a comfortable lead en route to a 78-68 win.
Harvard CrimsonLast Season: 21-8, 10-4 Ivy Head Coach: Tommy Amaker, entering fourth season, 43-44, 19-23 Ivy Last Ivy League Title: Never Projected Starters: So. F Kyle Casey Jr. F Keith Wright Jr. G Oliver McNally So. G Christian Webster So. G Brandyn Curry Non-Ivy highlights: Dec. 4 at Michigan, Dec. 22 at Connecticut, Jan. 5 at Boston College Harvard will win if… Amaker's young team continues to develop and shoots 48 percent from the field as it did last year. Harvard will lose if… a roster without a single senior lacks a breakout player to replace Jeremy Lin, who signed with the Golden State Warriors. Last Year: - Feb. 6: Lin led for double-digit scorers for Harvard as the Crimson jmped out to an early lead and didn't look back in their 80-66 victory. - Mar. 5: Up 66-62 with two minutes left, Penn turned the ball over on its final three possessions and allowed a Brandyn Curry three that gave Harvard a 67-66 win.
Princeton TigersLast Season: 22-9, 11-3 Ivy Head Coach: Sydney Johnson, entering fourth season; 41-46, 22-20 Ivy Last Ivy League Title: 2003-04 Projected Starters: Sr. G Dan Mavraides Sr. F Kareem Maddox Jr. G Douglas Davis Jr. F Patrick Saunders So. F Ian Hummer Non-Ivy highlights: Nov. 12 vs. Rutgers, Nov. 14 at Duke, Nov. 28 vs. Siena Princeton will win if… the team's starting five, who cumulatively missed only two games last season, can stay healthy and improve on last year's performance. Princeton will lose if… the Tigers can't find a replacement for Marcus Schroeder, who led the team in assists. Last Year: - Feb. 16: Although Penn shot 16-for-50 from the floor, the Quakers managed to pull within three before falling to the Tigers 58-51. - Mar. 9: With both teams out of title contention, Davis scored 21 points en route to a 68-56 loss that brought the Tigers to a second-place finish in the League.
Yale BulldogsLast Season: 12-19, 6-8 Ivy Head Coach: James Jones, entering eleventh season, 142-168, 83-71 Ivy Last Ivy League Title: 2001-02 Projected Starters: Sr. F Michael Sands Sr. G Porter Braswell Jr. F Greg Mangano So. G Austin Morganok Jr. G Reggie Willhite Non-Ivy highlights: Nov. 18 at Boston College, Nov. 23 at Illinois Yale will win if… Jones finds someone to step into a big-time scoring role and provide the Bulldogs with an offensive punch. Yale will lose if… Mangano, Morgan and Willhite can't pick up the learning curve in their first season starting in the Ivy League or if they lack consistency in close games. Last Year: - Jan. 29: In the Quakers’ first Ivy game of the year, Penn committed 10 turnovers in the first half and Yale cruised to a 61-48 victory. - Feb. 20: With 14 minutes remaining, Rob Belcore hit a three, the first of six straight, as the Quakers coasted 81-69. Comments powered by Disqus
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