(caption, Cornell Athletics)Before the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Ivy League titles, before the madness of the 2010 Sweet Sixteen run, Cornell Basketball has had over a century of a proud tradition.
Cornell had its third EIBL title in its grasp during the 1953-1954 season, only having to beat Princeton in the final game of league play. The Big Red, however, lost the game and were forced to play in a one game playoff the next day. Led by coach Roy Greene, Cornell was able to rally to a 46-44 victory and earn the league's automatic bid. The win gave Cornell its first NCAA tournament appearance as the EIBL representative. The Big Red previously won the 1912-1913, 1913-1914, and 1923-1924 EIBL titles. The EIBL is the predecessor to the formalization of Ivy League in basketball. Cornell would also win the 1988 Ivy League title.
Above, the March 12, 1954 Cornell Daily Sun previews Cornell's NCAA Tournament first round game against Navy. Photographed is Cornell's Chuck Rolles ('56), a 5'6" guard and the team's second leading scorer.
Above, an August 1954 article from the Cornell Daily Sun recaps Cornell's 1954 EIBL championship. Below, a Sun article from the fall of 1955.