Dave Zeitlin is the RTC correspondent for the Ivy League.
This season saw an unprecedented three teams reach the 20-win plateau in the Ivy League — a dominant Cornell team headed to the NCAA Tournament (expected); a young, but extremely talented Harvard team (disappointing); and a resurgent Princeton team (surprising). Hopefully the latter two have earned an invite to one of the myriad of lesser post-season tournaments. Here’s a look at the final standings:
- Cornell (13-1, 27-4): The final go-around for 10 seniors proved to be the best. Now the goal for Louis Dale, Jeff Foote, Ryan Wittman et al is to win a game or two in the tournament. A preview of their chances can be found below.
- Princeton (11-3, 20-8): Two tough losses to Cornell sealed their fate, but they earned runner-up honors with a couple of victories over Harvard. A bright future with their top five scorers returning.
- Harvard (10-4, 21-7): Beat everyone except the top two. Jeremy Lin’s loss via graduation will be felt, but in freshmen Brandyn Curry and Christian Webster, the Crimson boast a backcourt that can compete with the best nationally. Next year’s preseason choice.
- Yale (6-8, 12-19): An up and down Ivy season for the Elis. The lone bright spot was All-Ivy senior guard Alex Zampier. He leaves New Haven as the school’s all-time assist leader while scoring over 1000 points.
- Columbia (5-9, 11-17): The Lions earn the fifth spot over co 5-9ers Brown and Penn by virtue of their head-to-head sweep of both teams. Next year’s team will be built around sophomore Noruwa Agho, their only double digit scorer.
- Brown (5-9, 11-20): Little to separate the Bears from the Quakers other than a slightly better overall record, so they get the nod here. Stat machine Matt Mullery (team leader in points, rebounds, and assists) leaves after a fine career.
- Penn (5-9, 6-22): The record was something that Palestra fans (those that showed up) were not used to. Nor were early-season injuries and a mid-season coaching change. Sophomore point guard and Player of the Year candidate Zack Rosen is already a star.
- Dartmouth (1-13, 5-23): Not much to cheer about in Hanover. Hopefully Mark Graupe can breathe some enthusiasm into a program that has pretty much been the league doormat for a while. Most of the top players return.
Without fanfare we present you with the best of the 2009-2010 Ivy League basketball season:
- Ryan Wittman 6-7 Sr F—Cornell
- Matt Mullery 6-8 Sr. F–Brown
- Jeff Foote 7-0 Sr. C–Cornell
- Jeremy Lin 6-3 Sr. G–Harvard
- Zack Rosen 6-1 So. G–Penn
- Alex Zampier 6-3 Sr, G—Yale
- Louis Dale 5-11 Sr. G—Cornell
- Kyle Casey 6-7 F–Harvard
- Tucker Halpern 6-8 F–Brown
- Andrew McCarthy 6-8 F–Brown
- Ian Hummer 6-7 F–Princeton
- Brandyn Curry 6-1 G–Harvard
- Christian Webster 6-5 G—Harvard
- Points per game: Zack Rosen (Penn)–17.7
- FG %: Jeff Foote (Cornell)—62.3%
- FT %: Zack Rosen (Penn)—86.2%
- 3-point FG %: Jon Jaques (Cornell)—48.8%
- Rebounds per game: Jeff Foote (Cornell)—8.2
- Assists per game: Louis Dale (Cornell)—4.8
- Steals per game: Jeremy Lin (Harvard)—2.5
- Blocks per game: Greg Mangano (Yale)—2.0