With just one weekend of regular season Ivy play left, the Ivy Tournament bracket is more or less solidified. Yale, Harvard, and Princeton have all clinched spots, while Penn, Brown, and Dartmouth are battling for a chance to be the No. 4 seed in the tournament. Yale, Harvard, and Penn have made the tournament in every year of its existence, but the Quakers are in danger of missing it for the first time. Here's how the Ivy League stacks up heading into the last weekend of action before the playoffs.
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Starting strong has never been the issue for the Quakers. Racing out to a 4-2 lead early in the first period was a testament to that. Finishing strong, though, has been another story.
Penn men's basketball dropped two conference matchups in New England this past weekend, setting the team back heading into the final two weeks of the regular season. If the season ended today, the Quakers would miss the Ivy Tournament for the first time in team history. Here's how Penn stacks up against Ivy competition this week.
Penn men's basketball traveled to New England looking to climb up the Ivy standings. Instead, the Quakers put up two disappointing showings and are now on the outside looking in. With four conference games remaining, the Red and Blue sit one game behind Brown for the last spot in the Ivy Tournament. Here's what we learned from a surprising and demoralizing weekend sweep.
Senior forward AJ Brodeur had scored more than 10 points in 43 of his last 44 Division I games. His lone single-digit scoring performance in that span? It came against Dartmouth. And on Friday night, the Big Green had Brodeur's number once again.
Slow progress is better than no progress.
With three weekends remaining in Ivy League action, it's shaping up to be a five-team race for the four Ivy Madness spots. Yale and Princeton are tied for first in the Ancient Eight, but Harvard, Brown, and Penn are just one game back. Here's where all eight schools stand with six games left.
Since the day Steve Donahue was named head coach of Penn men's basketball, a lot has changed. The Quakers posted their first winning season in six years in 2016-17, and they made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008 in Donahue's third season as coach. For a Big 5 squad looking for a return to its form from the early 2000s, Donahue was the solution.
Ivy League men's basketball is getting more competitive. This past weekend, Yale and Princeton — the last undefeated Ivies — dropped close games to Harvard and Cornell, respectively. With four weeks left in conference play, the Ancient Eight is up for the taking. Here's how the Ivy League is stacking up this week.
With another week of Ivy action underway, Ancient Eight competition is heating up. This past weekend saw four teams topple higher-ranked Ivy squads. Here's how Ivy League men's basketball is shaping up.
Defense is becoming a major strength for the Quakers.
Defense is becoming a major strength for Penn men's basketball.
Even after a close win over Big 5 rival Temple, the Quakers knew that they had to show up for conference play. It didn't come easy, but Penn (9-7, 1-2 Ivy) delivered: the Red and Blue outlasted Harvard (13-5, 2-1) 75-72 in overtime. Here are a few takeaways from the game.
Thanks to strong performances from junior forward AJ Brodeur and freshman guard Jordan Dingle, Penn held off Temple in a defensive battle to end non-conference play. The Quakers now sit at 8-7, and they will face Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend as conference play gets back underway.
For the past two years, we've seen two Penn men's basketball teams.
Coming into the season, Penn men's basketball had high hopes. Pundits picked the Quakers to finish second in the Ivy League, and they finished with two first-place votes in the Ivy League preseason poll. Yet 11 weeks into the regular season, Penn sits at 7-7, with a resume consisting of two conference losses to Princeton and a stinging loss to Saint Joseph's. With conference play heating up, here's how the rest of the Ivy League men's basketball teams stack up.
The Quakers' recent losses aren't helping their chances.
Heading into Penn men's basketball's season opener against Alabama, sophomore forward Michael Wang and highly-touted freshman guard Jonah Charles were ruled out for the contest. Both were expected to play large roles for the Red and Blue in nonconference play. The Quakers already had to cope with the departures of several key seniors from last year.
While many Penn students will be spending time with their families, eating turkey, and watching football over the break, Penn men's basketball will hit the hardwood in Anaheim, Calif.
Penn football can breathe a sigh of relief after picking up its first Ivy League victory of the season against Brown on Saturday. The Quakers found themselves in a dog fight against the Bears and came away with a much-needed victory. Here are five takeaways from Saturday afternoon's action.