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2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 6

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 6

Welcome to the 2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 6 edition! Yet again, it was a slow week for the Ivy League with only 8 games played. Here is a look back at Week 5’s power rankings.

 

Week 5 (12/14 – 12/20)
Rank Team Record Previous Week
1 Yale 9-4 1
2 Harvard 7-1 2
3 Columbia 6-3 3
4 Cornell 5-4 4
5 Brown 5-6 5
6 Dartmouth 5-5 6
7 Princeton 4-8 7
8 Penn 3-5 8

 

In Week 5, there was no change in the rankings due to the small amount of games played. Even with the teams that did play, they did not do enough to move up (or down). Five teams are now at or above .500 with Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, and Brown as the teams to reach that mark. Dartmouth dropped below .500 but they are within a game of getting back to even. Only Yale did not play a game in the last week. Here are the 2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 6:

1. Yale Bulldogs (9-4) – As previously mentioned, Yale was inactive for the week and their only real danger of losing the top spot was if Harvard beat Virginia on the road, but that did not happen.

2. Harvard Crimson (7-2) – As mentioned above, Harvard faced Virginia in their only game of the week. And it was horrendous for Harvard. They scored 8 points in the first half and 27 for the game. They made 1 bucket in that first half out of 20 attempts (5%). It was a terrible showing for Harvard and the Ivy League. Harvard faces Arizona State on Sunday, December 28 in trying to save face.

3. Columbia Lions (6-4) – Columbia played on game, which was against Connecticut in Bridgeport. The Lions played well against UConn for most of the game until a late surge by the Huskies made it an 80-65 win. Maodo Lo continued his excellent season with 24 points. Lo has scored at least 20 points in 5 of his last 6 games while Columbia is 3-2 in those 5 games.

4. Cornell Big Red (6-5) – The only team to play multiple games was Cornell and they split their two games. They lost to Radford 74-61 in the first game with their second worst shooting game of the season (32.7%). They rebounded to defeat Siena with a big second half in their other game. Cornell still looms dangerous to the top three if they have a poor showing in the conference portion of the season.

5. Brown Bears (6-6) – After a two-week hiatus, Brown followed up their big upset win over Providence with a win over Central Connecticut State on the road. The Bears built a 15 point halftime lead before winning 67-55. They Bears were not great in the win with 21 turnovers, but they got the job done.

6. Dartmouth Big Green (5-6) – The Big Green played one game against Penn State and their poor first half led them to defeat. They were out-scored 41-16 in the first half and made only 7 of 24 buckets (29.2%). The hot-shooting of Penn State in that half (57.7%) ended up being the difference. The Big Green looked better in the second half, but the hole they dug was too much to get out of.

7. Princeton Tigers (5-8) – Princeton played one game against Liberty and they were solid. They recorded a season high 7 blocks and recorded their second highest steals in a game with 10. The Tigers have progressed nicely after a poor 1-5 start to the season.

8. Penn Quakers (3-6) – Penn had a 13 day break since playing Marist on December 9. They traveled to face Vanderbilt on December 22 and played arguably their worst game of the season in a 79-50 loss. They shot a season low 34.6% from the field and recorded only 24 rebounds, also a season low. The loss also snapped a three game win streak for the Quakers.

Here are the Week 6 Power Rankings:

Week 6 (12/21 – 12/27)
Rank Team Record Last Week
1 Yale 9-4 1
2 Harvard 7-2 2
3 Columbia 6-4 3
4 Cornell 6-5 4
5 Brown 6-6 5
6 Dartmouth 5-6 6
7 Princeton 5-8 7
8 Penn 3-6 8

 

Here is the weekly ranking for each team going back to the preseason. (The table is sortable).

 

TeamPreseasonWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6
Yale Bulldogs3221111
Harvard Crimson1112222
Columbia Lions2333333
Cornell Big Red8444444
Brown Bears6656555
Dartmouth Big Green4767666
Princeton Tigers7575777
Penn Quakers5888888

 

 

Please feel free to comment below and come back next Sunday for the Week 7 rankings!

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/22/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/22/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Monday, December 22, 2014. Five teams – Brown, Dartmouth, Princeton, Columbia, and Penn were in action with only Princeton playing at home.

 

Brown Defeats Central Connecticut State On The Road

Brown had an excellent first half on both ends of the court to propel them to a 67-55 win over Central Connecticut State. Steven Spieth had 19 points and 10 rebounds while Tavon Blackmon finished with 16 points.

It took the Bears a while to put their stamp on the first half, as the game was 14-12 in favor of Brown midway through the first half. The Bears got going in the final 10 minutes with 8 points from Cedric Kuakumensah to close the half on a 22-7 run to lead 36-21 at the break.

Kuakumensah led Brown with 13 points in the first half on 6 of 8 shooting. The Bears shot 50% from the field and hit 4 of 10 three pointers (40%). They also committed 7 turnovers in the first half. Matt Mobley scored 11 points for the Blue Devils, but it was tough going for them as a team. They shot 29.6% from the field, made 2 of 5 three pointers (40%), and committed 9 turnovers.

CCSU came out in the second half with a 13-6 run to cut the deficit to 8 points at 42-34. The lead was cut to as low as 6 points at 52-46, but Brown went on a 13-2 run to effectively put the game away. CCSU did out-score Brown 34-31 in the second half.

Steven Spieth led Brown in the second half with 13 points and 7 rebounds. The Bears shot 41.7% from the field and hit 5 of 10 three pointers (50%). They out-rebounded CCSU 23-15, but committed 14 turnovers in the final 20 minutes. Matt Mobley had 11 points for CCSU while Faronte Drakeford scored 10 points. They shot 34.3% from the field while hitting only 2 of 8 three pointers (25%). They had only 1 turnover in the second half.

For the entire game, Steven Spieth had 19 points on 7 of 14 shooting (3 of 5 from deep) and collected 10 rebounds. Tavon Blackmon scored 16 points on 4 of 6 shooting and 7 of 8 from the free throw line. Cedric Kuakumensah finished with 13 points and 9 rebounds with Rafael Maia scoring 6 points and grabbing 10 boards. The Bears went 23 of 50 from the field (46%) and hit 9 of 20 three pointers (45%). They went 12 of 16 from the free throw line (75%), out-rebounded CCSU 43-31, blocked 7 shots, and committed 21 turnovers.

Matt Mobley finished with 22 points on 7 of 19 shooting for Central Connecticut State. Faronte Drakeford was the second leading scorer on the team with 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Blue Devils shot 20 of 62 from the field (32.3%) and hit 4 of 13 three pointers (30.8%). They went 11 of 15 from the free throw line (73.3%), had 9 steals, blocked 7 shots, and committed only 10 turnovers.

Brown (6-6) has a break of 6 days before facing Sacred Heart (6-4) at home on December 28. Central Connecticut State (2-9) face in-state Connecticut (5-4) December 28 on the road.

 

Dartmouth Held To 16 First Half Points In 20 Point Loss

Stellar shooting by Penn State and a poor shooting performance in the first half by Dartmouth allowed the Nittany Lions to win 69-49. Penn State led by 25 points at the break.

The game was tied at 7 with 15:24 remaining in the first half before a 20-4 run by Penn State gave them a 27-11 lead. It did not get any better for Dartmouth as they managed to only score 5 points in the final 6:18 of the first half. Penn State led 41-16 at the break.

Connor Boehm led the Big Green with 6 points in the first half. The team shot 29.2% from the field and missed all 9 three point attempts. They were out-rebounded 17-7 and committed 8 turnovers. D.J. Newbill led Penn State with 11 points in the first half on 5 of 7 shooting. The Nittany Lions shot 57.7% in the first half and hit 4 of 10 three pointers (40%). They committed 6 turnovers in first half.

The second half was better for Dartmouth, but the 25 point deficit was far too much to overcome as was Penn State’s quality. The Big Green were unable to chip into the lead with the team still trailing by 20 points or more for nearly all of the second half. The Big Green out-scored Penn State 33-28 in the final 20 minutes.

Alex Mitola led Dartmouth in the second half with 9 points on 3 of 5 shooting. They shot 40% from the field and hit only 2 of 11 three pointers (18.2%). They out-rebounded Penn State 20-17 and committed only 2 turnovers. Brandon Taylor had 8 points in the second half to lead Penn State. The team shot 34.8% and hit 3 of 9 three pointers (33.3%). They committed only 5 turnovers.

For the game Alex Mitola had 13 points to lead Dartmouth. Gabas Maldunas finished with 9 points and 4 rebounds. The Big Green shot 19 of 54 from the field (35.2%) and hit only 2 of 20 three pointers (10%). They hit 9 of 16 free throws (56.2%), had 6 steals, and committed 11 turnovers.

D.J. Newbill led Penn State with 17 points on 7 of 12 shooting. Geno Thorpe scored 12 points, John Johnson scored 10 points, and Brandon Taylor finished with 10 points and 8 rebounds. The Nittany Lions finished hitting 23 of 49 shots from the field (46.9%) and made 7 of 19 from beyond the arc (36.8%). They made 16 of 24 free throws (66.7%), out-rebounded Dartmouth 38-30, had 15 assists, and committed only 11 turnovers.

Dartmouth (5-6) has a bit of break with their next game at Bryant (3-5) on December 31. Penn State (12-1) has won 10 games in a row and their next game is a tough one. They travel to Madison, Wisconsin to face the Badgers (11-1) on New Year’s Eve.

 

Princeton Pulls Away In Second Half To Beat Liberty

A close game at the halftime interval gave way to an 18 point win for Princeton. The Tigers outscored Liberty by 14 points in the second half to win 65-47 on Monday night.

The game was even until a 9-2 run, courtesy of 3 three pointers, put the Tigers up 17-9. Liberty chipped away at the deficit and eventually tied the game at 23 with four and a half minutes to play. Princeton closed on an 8-4 run to lead 31-27 at the break.

David Andoh led Liberty in the first half with 8 points on 4 of 8 shooting. The Flames shot 47.6% in the first half and missed their only three point attempt. They out-rebounded Princeton 15-11 while committing 8 turnovers. Steven Cook, Amir Bell, and Spencer Weisz led Princeton with 6 points each. The Tigers shot 44% from the field while hitting 7 of 20 three pointers (35%). They had 8 assists and committed 4 turnovers in the first half.

For the fist 10 minutes of the second half, Princeton was unable to shake Liberty. The Flames kept the game between four and nine points. The final 8:34 of the second half was Princeton’s, as they went on a 16-7 run to win the game by 18 points.

James Johnson was the top scorer for Liberty in the second half with 6 points. The Flames shot 26.3% from the field and hit only 1 of 5 three pointers (20%). They also committed 12 turnovers in the second half. Steven Cook finished with 10 points on 2 of 4 shooting and 6 of 6 from the free throw line. The Tigers shot 39.1% and hit only 3 of 12 three pointers (25%). The Tigers were better on the glass with a 16-9 advantage and committed 9 turnovers.

Theo Johnson and David Andoh were joint-top scorers for Liberty with 10 points. The Flames went 15 of 40 from the field (37.5%) and hit 1 of 6 three pointers (16.7%). They made 16 of 21 free throws (76.2%), had 6 steals, and committed 21 turnovers. The Flames did out-rebounded Princeton 30-27.

The Tigers were led by Steven Cook’s 16 points on 4 of 7 shooting and 6 of 6 from the free throw line. Spencer Weisz finished with 13 points while Hans Brase scored 7 points and collected 9 rebounds. Princeton went 20 of 48 from the field (41.7%) and hit 10 of 32 three pointers (31.2%). They went 15 of 19 from the charity stripe (78.9%), had 12 assists, 10 steals, blocked 7 shots, and committed 14 turnovers.

Liberty (5-7) takes on Cincinnati Christian Sunday afternoon at home. Princeton (5-8) has won back-to-back games and faces Wake Forest (6-6) on New Year’s Eve on the road.

 

UConn’s Late Surge Sends Columbia To 15 Point Defeat

Columbia played a solid game against Connecticut, but a late run by the Huskies made the score line look better than it indicated. 20 point efforts from Ryan Boatright and Rodney Purvis led UConn to the 80-65 victory.

Connecticut sprinted out to a 9-0 lead before the Lions clawed their way back into the game with a 17-6 run to lead 17-15. They held that slim advantage until late in the half when Boatright drained a three pointer to give UConn the lead at 34-31. Jeff Coby responded with a three for Columbia, but Boatright scored the final 8 points for the Huskies to give them a 39-36 lead at the break.

Jeff Coby and Maodo Lo both had 9 points for Columbia while Steve Frankoski scored 8 points. The Lions shot 57.1% from the field and hit 4 of 11 three pointers (36.4%). They had 8 assists and committed 5 turnovers. Ryan Boatright scored 14 points while Rodney Purvis had 11 points. The Huskies shot 57.1% as well and also hit 4 three pointers out of 8 (50%). Neither team had the advantage on the glass (1o rebounds apiece) while UConn committed 4 turnovers.

The second half began with both teams trading buckets and the lead. The Huskies claimed the lead for good at 47-46 with 16:18 left to play. Even with 6:26 remaining it was 58-55 in favor of UConn, but the Huskies ended the game on a 22-10 with Columbia going cold from the field. The Huskies outscored Columbia 41-29 in the second half.

Maodo Lo had 15 second half points for Columbia. They shot 33.3% in the second half and hit only 4 of 14 three pointers (28.6%). They committed only 4 turnovers in the final 20 minutes. The Huskies were led by Purvis’ 10 points. Amida Brimah scored 8 points as well. The Huskies shot 57.1% and made 5 of 8 three pointers (62.5%). The Huskies made all 12 of their free throws, had 10 assists, and committed only 6 turnovers.

Maodo Lo led Columbia with 24 points for the game on 10 of 15 shooting and 4 of 9 from deep. Luke Petrasek scored 10 points off the bench. They went 26 of 58 from the field (44.8%) and made 8 of 25 three pointers (32%). They attempted only 7 free throws, making 5 of those (71.4%). They had 13 assists, 6 steals, and committed 10 turnovers.

Rodney Purvis finished with 21 points on 7 of 8 shooting and 4 of 5 from beyond the arc. Ryan Boatright had an excellent all-around game with 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 8 assists. The Huskies shot 28 of 49 from the field (57.1%) and made 9 of 16 three pointers (56.2%). They went 15 of 17 from the free throw line (88.2%), out-rebounded Columbia slightly (28-26), had 18 assists, and committed 10 turnovers.

Columbia (6-4) has lost two of their last 3 games. They face Colgate (3-9) on Sunday afternoon at home. Connecticut (5-4) faces in-state foe Central Connecticut State (2-9) on Sunday afternoon as well.

 

Penn Crushed On The Road By Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt had three players score at least 15 points on their way to a 29 point victory. The Commodores beat Penn 79-50.

The final score does not tell the tale of how the first half went. The Quakers led 15-10 following Tony Hicks‘ three pointer. Vanderbilt ripped off a 15-5 run to reclaim the lead at 25-20. The Quakers closed within four at 32-28, but an 8-1 run to end the half made it 40-29 at the break.

Tony Hicks led Penn with 14 first half points (48.2% of the Quakers’ total points in the first half). Penn shot 39.3% from the field and hit 4 of 10 three pointers. They had 5 steals, but committed 7 turnovers. Vandy was led by 13 points from Damian Jones and 11 points from James Siakam. The Commodores shot 56.5% from the field and hit 2 of 6 three pointers (33.3%). They made 12 of 15 free throws (80%), out-rebounded Penn 21-9, had 9 assists, and committed 10 turnovers.

The second half began with the game getting out of hand quickly. Vanderbilt went on a 13-3 run to build their lead to 21 points at 53-32. From that point it was just a matter of how much. Vandy led by as much as 33 before winning 79-50. They out-scored Penn 39-21 in the second half.

Darien Nelson-Henry had 6 second half points to lead Penn. The Quakers shot 29.6% from the field in the second half while making only 1 of 9 three pointers (11.1%). They committed 10 turnovers in the second half as well. Vandy was led by 10 points from Wade Baldwin IV. They shot 57.7% and hit 3 of 6 three pointers (50%). They had 7 steals while committing 6 turnovers.

For the game, Penn was led by Tony Hicks’ 16 points on 6 of 13 shooting. Matt Howard scored 11 points while Darien Nelson-Henry finished with 9 points. The Quakers went 19 of 55 from the field (34.5%) and hit 5 of 19 three pointers (26.3%). They made 7 of 13 free throws (53.8%), had 7 steals, and committed 17 turnovers.

Vanderbilt got 17 points and 8 rebounds from James Siakim on 7 of 8 shooting. Wade Baldwin IV scored 16 points and Damian Jones finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Shelton Mitchell scored 5 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished out 7 assists. The Commodores went 28 of 49 from the field (57.1%) and made 5 of 12 three pointers (41.7%). They hit 18 of 25 free throws (72%), out-rebounded Penn 39-24, had 17 assists, had 9 steals, and committed 16 turnovers.

Penn (3-6) saw their three game win streak broken with the loss and face La Salle (6-5) on December 30. Vanderbilt (8-3) has won three of four and faces St. Louis (8-4) on New Year’s Eve.

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 5

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 5

Welcome to the 2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 5 edition! It was a slow week for the Ivy League with only 7 games played, but there were some very close and thrilling games (Yale at Vermont  on Thursday and Northern Illinois at Dartmouth on Friday). Before we reveal the Week 5 power rankings, let’s take a look back at the Week 4 Power Rankings.

Week 4 (12/7 – 12/13)
Rank Team Record Previous Week
1 Yale 8-3 1
2 Harvard 7-1 2
3 Columbia 5-3 3
4 Cornell 5-4 4
5 Brown 5-6 6
6 Dartmouth 3-4 7
7 Princeton 3-8 5
8 Penn 3-5 8

 

We finally have more than 4 teams at or above .500 this week. Five teams are at that point with another team, Brown, just a game below the .500 mark. With only 7 games this past week, that means at least one team did not play. In fact, there were four teams who did not play a game; Harvard, Cornell, Brown, and Penn. Below are the week 5 Power Rankings.

 

1. Yale Bulldogs (9-4) – Yale played two games and split them with a win at Vermont on Thursday and a loss on Saturday to Albany at home. Matt Townsend’s late jumper beat Vermont, but the Bulldogs could not hold on to a late 7 point lead in the loss to Albany. Yale does not play again until December 30 with a road game at Sacred Heart.

2. Harvard Crimson (7-1) – Harvard did not play in the past week, but they have a big game on Sunday, December 21 at Virginia. A win there would probably vault them back into the top spot.

3. Columbia Lions (6-3) – Columbia played in just one game and it was far from a typical performance. They needed their offense to show up against Hofstra and it did with Maodo Lo scoring 29 points. The Lions posted season highs in points (82),  three pointers made (13), and assists (17). It is scary to think about the Lions potential in 2014-15 if they are able to score a lot of points and play stifling defense.

4. Cornell Big Red (5-4) – The Big Red have not played a game since December 6 when they faced UMass Lowell at home. They will play two games in the next week (Dec. 21 and Dec. 23) as they get back on the court after a break.

5. Brown Bears (5-6) – Yet another team that was not in action in the past week. They play on Monday afternoon at Central Connecticut State.

6. Dartmouth Big Green (5-5) – It was a busy week for Dartmouth as they played three games in a five day span. They started with a loss on the road to Jacksonville State (79-67) before rebounding to win their last two games at Mercer (67-51) and Northern Illinois at home (58-55). Despite going 2-1, the Big Green do not move up because of how they blew a double digit lead in regulation. Both Gabas Maldunas (27 points and 10 rebounds against Jacksonville State) and Alex Mitola (18 points against NIU) had big games this week.

7. Princeton Tigers (4-8) – The Tigers played one game and destroyed Lipscomb at home 77-55 on Friday night. Princeton hit a season high 14 three pointers with Clay Wilson scoring a season high 19 points on 5 of 6 three pointers. The Tigers face Liberty on December 22 at home.

8. Penn Quakers (3-5) – Penn was inactive this past week and still occupy the cellar in the Ivy League Power Rankings.

 

Here are the Week 5 Power Rankings:

Week 5 (12/14 – 12/20)
Rank Team Record Last Week
1 Yale 9-4 1
2 Harvard 7-1 2
3 Columbia 6-3 3
4 Cornell 5-4 4
5 Brown 5-6 5
6 Dartmouth 5-5 6
7 Princeton 4-8 7
8 Penn 3-5 8

 

Here is the weekly ranking for each team going back to the preseason. (The table is sortable).

 

TeamPreseasonWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6
Yale Bulldogs3221111
Harvard Crimson1112222
Columbia Lions2333333
Cornell Big Red8444444
Brown Bears6656555
Dartmouth Big Green4767666
Princeton Tigers7575777
Penn Quakers5888888

 

 

Please feel free to comment below and come back next Sunday for the Week 6 rankings!

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/19/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/19/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Friday, December 19, 2014. Dartmouth and Princeton were in action with both teams playing their opponents at home.

 

Dartmouth Escapes In Overtime After Losing Double Digit Lead

Dartmouth needed overtime to beat Northern Illinois 58-55 on Friday night. The Big Green led by as much as 14 points before the Huskies used a strong second half to force overtime. Alex Mitola drained a three pointer as time expired to win the game.

It was an even start before a 5-0 run by NIU going into the under 12 timeout made it 13-7 in their favor. The lead did not last long as the Big Green went on 10-4 run to tie the game at 17 with under 7 minutes to play in the first half. The final 7 minutes were dominated by Dartmouth with a 16-2 run to end the first half. Alex Mitola’s 6 points in the final three minutes helped build a 33-19 lead at the break.

The second half was a slow grind for Northern Illinois to get back in the game. With 11:25 remaining, Dartmouth still led 40-31, but the Huskies pushed them with a 5-0 run. Even with 5:22 left in the game it was Dartmouth leading 44-36, but the Huskies held the Big Green to 2 points in the final 5:22 while scoring 10 points themselves. Aaron Armstead’s three pointer with 21 seconds to play tied the game at 46 and the two teams headed to overtime.

Overtime was the Alex Mitola show. He accounted for all 11 points of the Big Green’s overtime points including the game winning three as time expired. 45 seconds earlier, he hit a three pointer to tie the game at 55.

Northern Illinois was led by Aaron Armstead’s 12 points off the bench. Anthony Johnson scored 11 points while Jordan Threloff had 10 points and 10 boards. The Huskies went 18 of 46 from the field (39.1%) and hit 8 of 20 three pointers (40%). They went 11 of 13 from the free throw line (84.6%), had 10 assists, but committed 19 turnovers.

Alex Mitola finished with 18 points on 6 of 15 shooting, but was 5 of 10 from beyond the arc. Gabas Maldunas had 11 points and 7 rebounds while Connor Boehm scored 7 points and grabbed 9 boards. The Big Green went 19 of 56 from the field (33.9%) and hit 9 of 26 three pointers (34.6%). They went only 11 of 21 on free throws (52.4%), out-rebounded NIU 36 to 35, had 15 assists, 12 steals, and committed only 10 turnovers.

Northern Illinois (4-4) travels to face Notre Dame (10-1) on Monday evening. Dartmouth (5-5) travels as well on Monday and they will face Penn State (10-1) at 4 PM Eastern Time.

 

Princeton Crushes Lipscomb At Home

Princeton had a big first half on their way to a 77-55 win over Lipscomb on Friday evening. Clay Wilson was on fire from the perimeter to lead the Tigers with 19 points.

It took a few minutes for the offense to get going, but they did with both teams shooting well. Back-to-back three pointers from Clay Wilson and Hans Brase made it 16-12, but the Bisons kept it close. The final 6:40 saw Princeton go on a 19-8 run to end the half and lead 44-27 at the break.

The second half began with a three pointer from Spencer Weisz to make it a 20 point lead for Princeton before a 9-0 lead by Lipscomb made it an 11 point game at 47-36. The lead got as low as 10 points, but the Tigers were too much for the Bisons. A couple of late spurts by Princeton made it a 20 point game for sure with the final score of 77-55.

Malcolm Smith led Lipscomb with 20 points and 6 rebounds. He went 6 of 11 from the field and hit 8 of 9 free throws. Brett Wishon had 8 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. Lipscomb went 21 of 58 from the field (36.2%) and made only 2 of 16 three pointers (12.5%). They went 11 of 16 from the free throw line (68.8%) and out-rebounded Princeton 38-30. They also had 10 assists, but committed 13 turnovers.

Clay Wilson had 19 points on 5 of 7 shooting with all 5 made buckets from beyond the arc. Hans Brase scored 14 points, Spencer Weisz scored 13 points, and Amir Bell scored 11 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The Tigers went 26 of 51 from the field (51%) and hit 14 of 26 three pointers (53.8%). They went 11 of 16 from the free throw line (68.8%), had 15 assists, 6 steals, 6 blocks, and committed 10 turnovers.

Lipscomb (4-7) faces Austin Peay (4-7) Monday afternoon on the road. Princeton (4-8) faces Liberty (5-6) at home on Monday evening.

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 4

2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 4

As we approach mid-December, the college basketball season has been full of surprises and that extends to the Ivy League as well. The past week provided a few surprises and a few duds as well. The schedule has become sparse for the Ivy League due to finals, but we still had some great action. Let’s take a look back at week three’s power rankings before we get to the 2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 4.

 

Week 3 (11/30 – 12/6)
Rank Team Record Previous Week
1 Yale 8-2 2
2 Harvard 6-1 1
3 Columbia 5-2 3
4 Cornell 5-4 4
5 Princeton 3-6 7
6 Brown 4-6 5
7 Dartmouth 2-4 6
8 Penn 2-5 8

As noted the last few weeks, the top four teams have been at or above .500 while the bottom four teams are still languishing below that .500 mark. That remains in effect in Week Four’s power rankings as well. It is also worth noting that there were only 8 games played by Ivy League teams this week. The Ivy League went 4-4 in those 5 games. As such, there was not a ton of movement in the Power Rankings. Here are the 2014-15 Ivy League Basketball Power Rankings Week 4.

1. Yale Bulldogs (8-3) – Yale played only one game and it was quite the dud. They went on the road to face the Florida Gators and got obliterated 85-47. Yale was expected to play much better, but the Gators were returning home after losing back-to-back games to North Carolina and Kansas. It was easily Yale’s worst performance, but it was exacerbated by Florida’s hot-shooting of 64% for the game. Yale hangs on to the top spot by virtue of their overall season performance thus far.

2. Harvard Crimson (7-1) – Harvard played only one game as well and they handled Boston University with a big second half from the free throw line. They knocked down 16 of 17 free throws to win 70-56. The Crimson did not do anything to harm their standing overall and continue to limit their turnovers.

3. Columbia Lions (5-3) – As with the top two teams, the Lions also played only one team. They lost, but their loss was impressive given it was on the road against the top ranked Kentucky Wildcats. They played their usual stingy defense and actually led 11-0 before Kentucky was able to score a point. They led at halftime 25-23, but the Wildcats’ talent would show through in the end. Maodo Lo played very well with 16 points and and 7 rebounds. It is clear who the top three teams in the Ivy League are.

4. Cornell Big Red (5-4) – Cornell did not play a game last week, which leaves them in the fourth spot.

5. Brown Bears (5-6) – The biggest win of the week for the Ivy League went to the Brown Bears with their 77-67 victory over Providence on the road. The Bears hit a season high 10 three pointers in the win and were impressive in repelling every run by Providence. The Bears are quickly finding their groove having won 4 of their last 5 games.

6. Dartmouth Big Green (3-4) – The Big Green played one game as well with a win over UMass Lowell, 69-48. They tied a season-high with 9 three pointers and Alex Mitola continued his streak of scoring at least 10 points in every game. He finished with 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting and 5 of 9 from beyond the arc.

7. Princeton Tigers (3-8) – Princeton was the only team to play two games and they lost both of them. The first game against St. Peter’s provided the lowest point total (46), the lowest field goal percentage (30.8%), and the lowest amount of field goals in a game (16) this season. The only reason they are not at the bottom is their game on Saturday evening at California. They looked excellent in the first half by shooting 61.9% and hitting 8 of 14 three pointers (57.1%) while holding a 37-28 lead at the break. They ultimately lost 67-57 after a poor second half, but it was a better performance than their midweek game. Nevertheless, the Tigers are in serious danger of dropping to the bottom if they continue to play poorly.

8. Penn Quakers (3-5) – Penn played one game and won against Marist 59-42. Sam Jones had a season-high 19 points off the bench on 7 of 10 shooting and made 5 of 6 three point shots. The Quakers had only 6 three pointers as a team. The Quakers collected a season-high 45 rebounds plus they had 16 assists. One area of concern for the Quakers is the turnover department. They had 20 turnovers against Marist and their season low is 14. However, the Quakers have a chance to move up if Princeton continues to struggle.

 

Here are the Week 4 Power Rankings:

Week 4 (12/7 – 12/13)
Rank Team Record Last Week
1 Yale 8-3 1
2 Harvard 7-1 2
3 Columbia 5-3 3
4 Cornell 5-4 4
5 Brown 5-6 6
6 Dartmouth 3-4 7
7 Princeton 3-8 5
8 Penn 3-5 8

Finally, there is this sortable table that incorporates each team’s rankings by week.

 

TeamPreseasonWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6
Yale Bulldogs3221111
Harvard Crimson1112222
Columbia Lions2333333
Cornell Big Red8444444
Brown Bears6656555
Dartmouth Big Green4767666
Princeton Tigers7575777
Penn Quakers5888888

 

Feel free to comment below if you agree or disagree with the rankings and check back next Sunday for the Week 5 edition!

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/13/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/13/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Saturday, December 13, 2014. Only one Ivy League team was in action and that was Princeton on the road at California. The recap is below.

 

California Rallies In Second Half To Top Princeton

Tyrone Wallace’s 23 point effort, including 20 points in the final 20 minutes, was enough for California to come back in the second half and beat Princeton 67-57 on Saturday night.

Princeton came out determined by taking a 12-4 lead three minutes into the game. They continued to shoot effectively with back-to-back three pointers from Hans Brase and Amir Bell to take a 20-10 lead just past 5 minutes into the game. The Bears cut the deficit to only 4 points at 20-16, but the three pointers kept falling for Princeton. The Tigers held a 37-28 lead at the break with Spencer Weisz draining a three pointer with a second left on the clock.

Princeton hit 61.9% of their shots in the first half and went 8 of 14 from beyond the arc (57.1%). Hans Brase had 11 points and 5 rebounds to lead the Tigers. California also shot well hitting 60% of their shots, but only attempted 3 three pointers while making 2 of those. Christian Behrens led the Bears with 10 points.

The second half saw both teams cool off considerably, but Princeton more so. The Tigers were able to keep California at bay for the first 10 minutes, but the Bears eventually seized the lead and control of the game. Princeton led 44-42 after 10 minutes, but an 11-2 run gave the Bears a 51-46 lead with 4:06 to play. The final four minutes and change were all about Tyrone Wallace. He scored 14 points in the final 4:06, as the Bears ended the game on a 16-11 run to win 67-57. Princeton was out-scored 39-20 in the second half.

Clay Wilson and Steven Cook were the top scorers in the second half for Princeton with 5 points. The Tigers shot 34.8% from the field and hit only 2 of 11 three pointers (18.2%). California was led by Tyron Wallace’s 20 second half points on 8 of 16 shooting. He also grabbed 6 rebounds. The Bears shot 41.9% from the field and missed all 5 three pointers. Their biggest advantage was from the free throw line where they went 13 of 15 (86.7%) while Princeton went only 2 of 3 in the second half.

Hans Brase led Princeton with 14 points and 9 rebounds while Steven Cook scored 10 points. Amir Bell had 9 points, but also committed 6 turnovers and Clay Wilson scored 8 points off the bench. The Tigers went 21 of 44 from the field (47.7%) and hit 10 of 25 three pointers (40%). They attempted only 9 free throws, making 5 of those (55.6%), had 15 assists, and committed 16 turnovers.

Tyrone Wallace’s 23 points was collected on 9 of 19 shooting and he also made 4 of 7 free throws while grabbing 8 rebounds. Three other players scored in double digits with Christian Behrens and Jordan Mathews both scoring 12 points and David Kravish finishing with 11 points and 5 rebounds. The Bears shot 25 of 51 from the field (49%) and made only 2 of 8 three pointers (25%). They went 15 of 21 from the free throw line (71.4%), out-rebounded Princeton 29-24, had 14 assists, and committed only 9 turnovers.

Princeton (3-8) has lost back-to-back games and 3 of their last 4. The face Lipscomb (4-5) at home on Friday, December 19. California (9-1) welcomes Eastern Washington (8-1) to town on Friday as well.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/10/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/10/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Wednesday, December 10, 2014. Three Ivy League teams were in action – Columbia, Princeton, and Dartmouth. Columbia was the headliner with their road trip to face the Kentucky Wildcats.

 

 Columbia Plays Well In Loss At Number One Kentucky

Columbia put forth a valiant effort against the top ranked Kentucky Wildcats, but UK was too talented in the end after a slow start. Maodo Lo led all scorers with 16 points.

Columbia played very well in the first half against Kentucky. The Lions, yes the Columbia Lions, built an 11-0 lead in the opening five minutes of the game while also having 3 steals. The Lions defense was causing fits for the Wildcats, but UK’s finally got going in the middle of the first half. The cut the deficit to 17-14 on Alex Poythress‘ pointer, but Lo answered right back out of a timeout to make it a 6 point game at 20-14. The final 8 minutes was all about defense with with points at a premium for both sides. Kentucky pulled within one point at 22-21, but Lo hit another three pointer to give Columbia a 25-21 lead. The Lions held a 25-23 lead at halftime.

Maodo Lo led the Lions in the first half with 8 points and 5 rebounds. Columbia shot 37.5% from the field (9 of 24) and hit 5 of 13 three pointers (38.5%). The Lions were also able to limit their own turnovers to just 4. Aaron Harrison led UK with 8 points, as the Wildcats shot 33.3% from the field in the first half (9 of 27). They hit only 1 of 7 three pointers (14.3%), out-rebounded Columbia by a slim margin of 17 to 15, and committed 4 turnovers.

The second half turned into Kentucky’s favor, but it took 10 minutes of game time for that to happen. Maodo Lo and Kyle Castlin scored the 9 points in the first four minutes to help Columbia keep a 34-31 advantage. It took Kentucky until 13:18 was left in the game to grab their first lead at 35-34. By the midway point of the second half, Kentucky went up 44-37 on Willie Cauley-Stein’s dunk. From there it was a matter of how much, which ended up being 10 points after UK led by as much as 15.

Maodo Lo had 16 points and 7 rebounds while going 6 of 17 from the field and 4 of 10 on three pointers. Kyle Castlin chipped 8 points for the game. The Lions went 18 of 48 from the field for the game (37.5%) and went 8 of 25 from the three point line (32%). Columbia shot only 4 free throws, made two of them, and committed just 10 turnovers against UK.

Aaron Harrison led UK with 14 points on 6 of 15 shooting. Willie Cauley-Stein finished with 10 points and 10 boards. The Wildcats went 22 of 60 from the field (36.7%) and hit only 2 of 17 three pointers (11.8%). They went 10 of 17 from the free throw line (58.8%), out-rebounded Columbia 41 to 28, had 6 blocks, and committed only 4 turnovers for the entire game.

Columbia (5-3) has a 10-day break before facing Hofstra (7-2) at home on December 20. Kentucky (10-0) has a massive game at home on Sunday against North Carolina (6-2).

 

Princeton Falls On The Road To St. Peter’s

It was a tale of two halves for Princeton as they fell to St. Peter’s 60-46 on the road. Hans Brase scored 15 first half points before being held to only 2 points in the second half.

The Tigers got out to a 17-8 lead midway through the first half and still held a 22-14 lead with 6:01 after Brase drained a three pointer. From there, it was St. Peter’s who went on an 11-3 run to end the half. Marvin Dominique and Desi Washington accounted for the final 13 points for the Peacocks.

In the first half, Brase had 15 points on 6 of 12 shooting for the Tigers. Princeton shot 35.7% from the field and hit 5 of 12 three pointers (41.7%) while committing only 2 turnovers. St. Peter’s wed led by 12 first half points from Washington with Dominique contributing 7 points. They shot 40% from the field and hit 2 of 11 three pointers (18.2%). They committed only 4 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

St. Peter’s slowly built their lead after starting the second half on a 14-4 lead. Princeton was unable to keep pace in the second half making only 6 field goals for the entire 20 minutes. Dominique had 9 second half points while Tyler Gaskins had 8 points. The Peacocks outscored Princeton 35-21 in the second half.

For the game, Princeton was led by Hans Brase’s 17 points. Amir Bell scored 10 points with Pete Miller scoring only 2 points, but grabbing 8 rebounds. The Tigers went 16 of 52 from the field for the game (30.8%) and hit 8 of 26 three pointers (30.8%). They made 6 of 8 free throws (75%) and had 12 turnovers. The Tigers went 6 of 24 from the field in the second half (25%).

Desi Washington led St. Peter’s with 18 points and 6 rebounds. He hit 6 of 10 field goals and went 2 of 5 from beyond the arc. Marvin Dominique scored 16 points and Tyler Gaskins finished with 10 points. The Peacocks went 17 of 42 from the field (40.5%) and hit 7 of 17 three pointers (41.2%). They made 19 of 28 free throws (67.9%), out-rebounded Princeton by a small margin of 33 to 31, and committed 11 turnovers.

Princeton (3-7) will face California (7-1) on the road Saturday evening. St. Peter’s (4-6) takes on Seton Hall (7-1) Sunday.

 

Dartmouth Easily Gets Past UMass Lowell

Dartmouth used a late surge in the first half that carried over into the second half to propel them to a 69-48 win over UMass Lowell. Four Dartmouth players finished in double figures.

Lowell got off to the better start taking an 11-4 lead in the first 7 minutes. Over the next 5 minutes, Dartmouth went on a 14-7 lead to tie the game 18. The game continued to be back and forth until the final four minutes when Dartmouth went on a 13-5 run to go into halftime with a 36-27 lead. Alex Mitola hit 3 three pointers in the final 4:17 to spark the Big Green.

The Big Green continued their surge in the first two and half minutes of the second half. They opened up the half with a 9-2 run with 5 points coming from Mitola. The Big Green led 45-29 with 17:22 left in the game. It was a waltz for the Big Green from that point on as they never led by less than 13 points the rest of the half.

Dartmouth was led by 19 points from Alex Mitola on 7 of 12 shooting and 5 of 9 from beyond the arc. Gabas Maldunas finished with his first double-double of season by scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. He also blocked 5 shots. Connor Boehm and Malik Gill both finished with 10 points. The Big Green went 27 of 62 from the field (43.5%) and hit 9 of 22 three pointers (40.9%). They made 6 of 9 free throws (66.7%), out-rebounded the River Hawks 39-30, recorded 12 steals, blocked 7 shots, and committed 15 turnovers.

UMass Lowell was led by Lance Crawford’s 14 points off the bench. Chad Holley scored 10 points while Marco Banegas-Flores scored 7 points and grabbed 7 boards. The River Hawks went 15 of 43 from the field (34.9%) and hit 5 of 16 three pointers (31.3%). They went a horrid 13 of 24 from the free throw line (54.2%) and committed 17 turnovers.

Dartmouth (3-4) faces Jacksonville State (5-4) Sunday afternoon on the road. UMass Lowell (6-4) has dropped back-to-back games to Ivy League foes after winning six games in a row. The River Hawks face Duquesne (3-2) on December 20.