Ivy League Preview

All numbers in this post are from the great Ken Pomeroy. 2008-09 ranks are below:

Conference rank: 26 out of 32

Best Team: Cornell (104)

Worst Team: Brown (302)

Last year the Cornell Big Red won their 2nd Ivy League title in a row, and just missed out on being a much higher seed. They were down just 1 at the half to St. Johns, trailed by 4 at the half at Siena, trailed by 6 at the half at Indiana, led Syracuse by 5 at the half, led Minnesota 40-28 at the half, lost by 4 at St. Joes, and trailed by just 4 in their first round NCAA game vs. Missouri. The Big Red did so on the back of the 8th best three point shooting team in the country (40.3%). With a Senior laden team led by Louis Dale and Ryan Wittman, look for Cornell to make their third straight NCAA Tournament.

Things probably won’t go as well in upstate New Hampshire, as Dartmouth somehow went 7-7 in the league, and took Cornell to double overtime, but went just 9-19 overall. And that was with all Ivy player of the year Alex Barnett. Barnett led the league in scoring last year at 19.4 ppg. A big key for Dartmouth will be Sophomore Herve Kouna. Kouna played just 16.2% of the team’s minutes last year as a Freshman, but managed to compile very impressive rebounding numbers: 21.3% defensive and 17.1% offensive.

The main challenger this year looks to be Princeton. The second place finishers from last year return all five starters, including Dan Mavraides, who led the league in three point shooting last year (42.6%). The Tigers had the 21st best defense in the country last year (by effective FG%, they were 207th in efficiency) and if they can improve their offense (268th), they could emerge as a real challenger.

Preseason Awards:

Player of the year: Ryan Wittman (Cornell)

Other first team players:

Louis Dale (Cornell)

Dan Mavraides (Princeton)

Jeremy Lin (Harvard)

Jeff Foote (Cornell)


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