After it was canceled a year ago due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will return this year on March 19. Unfortunately for the Ivy League, there will not be any teams from the Ancient Eight participating in this year’s tournament after the league canceled the winter season. However, there will be a handful of graduate transfers from the Ivy League who will still look to make an impact in March Madness.
Since the 1949-50 season, the Quakers have winning records against six of the seven other Ivy League teams, with the disparities being fairly lopsided. Below is a breakdown of Penn’s all-time matchups with each of the other Ivy League schools, ranked from highest winning percentage for Penn to lowest.
Prior to the Ivy League's announcement granting senior student-athletes graduate eligibility, many Penn athletes solidified transfer plans, in hopes of finishing their careers in action rather than on a practice field. The Daily Pennsylvanian checked in with four former Quakers at their new schools.
Built in 1927, the Palestra acquired its name from Greek professor William N. Bates after the ancient Greek term “palæstra,” a rectangular enclosure connected to a gymnasium in which athletes would compete in front of an audience.
The Northborough, Mass. native is one of the most well-known Penn basketball stars of all time. Since his very first season donning the Red and Blue, he has made an impact. As a freshman he was just one of two players to start all 28 games, and averaged a team-high 30.9 minutes per contest.
This year, Ivy League basketball remained sidelined while every other Division I school is pushing through the COVID-19 pandemic to play games as scheduled. For Penn fans and athletes alike, the whole situation is, simply put, frustrating.
After a four-year career in the Red and Blue was cut short by injury, senior guard Ryan Betley opted to utilize his fifth year of eligibility to play a final season at the University of California, Berkeley.
A seasoned contributor at Penn, Woods had always dreamed of playing basketball at the professional level. Although he did stay at Penn after his NCAA eligibility, Woods constantly kept his eyes to the next level.
Donahue joined the Quakers in 2015, after coaching stints at both Cornell and Boston College. Since taking over, Donahue has become known primarily for his unique offensive approach: the 95 and 5 rule.