Dave Zeitlin is the RTC correspondent for the Ivy League.
- Cornell (6-2): The two-time defending champs have done a very nice job navigating a tricky non-conference schedule thus far.
- Harvard (6-1): Off to its best start in 25 years, the Crimson will look to keep the momentum going against some brutally tough teams.
- Columbia (3-3): Considering the Lions have already faced two Big East squads, a .500 record is nothing to scoff at.
- Princeton (2-4): Tigers have dropped four straight but should have better days on the horizon.
- Brown (4-5): Bears haven’t beaten anyone of note but have shown a lot of fight in a few of their losses.
- Penn (0-5): Injuries to key players and inconsistent play are again coming back to bite the Quakers.
- Yale (3-5): Bulldogs’ schedule hasn’t been as difficult as some of the other Ivy teams.
- Dartmouth (1-5): Big Green’s lone win has come against a poor Hartford team.
COOKED RICE: The story in the league right now has to be Harvard, which with its rout of Rice on Wednesday is off to its best start since 1984-85 (though in that season three of its first eight wins came against non-Division I opponents). Keep in mind, Harvard has never won an Ivy League title – and stealing the crown from Cornell this season will be a monumental task. But Tommy Amaker’s bunch may be, according to the Boston Herald, the best mid-major in New England, which sounds like a compliment.
SEEING RED: I’ll let Ithaca Journal ace reporter Brian DeLaney catch you up on Cornell because he knows more than me and he claims he can slap his hand against a backboard (debatable). One of his messages: Cornell is so loaded this season that it doesn’t even have to play well to win at lot of times. Sounds about right.