The Ivy basketball competition for men and women is about to commence in earnest with the ultimate goal for all teams a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Unfortunately, the focus for too many fans will be the race for fourth place rather than the quest for first.
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The Daily Pennsylvanian asked me to write a piece on the recent controversial decision by Penn to name the Palestra floor “Macquarie Court” and the accompanying disappointment from the Palestra community with this action. Howard Gensler, one of Penn basketball’s most ardent supporters, wrote a column on Philly.com that’s a good read on the changing environment in the Palestra. The DP’s Theodoros Papazekos also wrote a column critical of the decision. I tend to agree with both of them and am concerned that the naming sets an unwelcome precedent.