For the Brown Bears, Saturday played out like a movie. The gritty underdog with just one conference win came in, fell behind early and rallied to win on an overtime field goal.
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The big game on campus today -- the only game, in fact -- was the Penn tennis team's playoff match against Brown to determine which of the Ivy League's co-champions would get an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Though it took place in the relatively out-of-the-way Levy Tennis Pavilion (which is actually quite a nice venue, if you've never been), there was plenty of buzz in the building.
In reply to Jeff Shafer's post below, I would start by saying that Fran Dunphy was no shrinking violet himself. As classy as Dunphy was, he could curse a blue streak quite easily. His predecessor at Temple, John Chaney, even said so himself when Dunphy was introduced as the Owls' new coach.
There's a chance the Ivy League's Lou Gehrig division could end up like last year's NL West nearly did: with a champion with a losing record. That would be good news for Penn, which has already guaranteed itself a mark below .500.
After a month of rumors and speculation, I'm ready to say the dust has settled: Temple has a new basketball coach and Penn will have to find one.
Selection Sunday is here and Penn is all but locked into a No. 15 seed. That is because there have been a dearth of upsets in many of these mid-major conference tournaments this year. The top seeds all seemed to pull it out (which bolsters the argument that an Ivy League tournament might not be such a bad idea).
I admit that I'm not the RPI guru that David is, but I will be paying close attention to the Atlantic 10 Tournament when it gets underway Wednesday at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Four of Penn's opponents from this season are participating, including three of the Quakers' Big 5 rivals. If they advance, that could have a slight effect on Penn's RPI, or at least how the selection committee sees Penn's non-conference strength of schedule. There's also a chance that another A-10 team, George Washington, could line up against the Red and Blue in the NCAA Tournament.
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Penn (15-7, 7-1 Ivy) at Cornell (10-13, 5-4).
In the tradition of the Supreme Court, which has been in the news so much lately, I'm going to concur in part and dissent in part with Jeff's post below.
That was the statement on the question of streamers from the Big 5 this evening at the truly extraordinary Big 5 50th Anniversary banquet. More to come on the night's festvities later from myself and Zachary Levine, but in the short term, the big news is that there will more than likely be streamers for throwing after each team's first basket at the Penn-St. Joe's game.
Fifty years ago tomorrow, La Salle beat Penn, 84-73, at the Palestra in the schools' first official Big 5 meeting. Here's what has happened since: