Monday, November 8, 2010

Week 1 Ivy League Release

Complete Men's Basketball Weekly Release in pdf format

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 2010-11 season marks the 55th season of Ivy League men's basketball with all eight Ivy teams tipping off over the opening weekend.

Coming off a thrilling conclusion to the 2009-10 season that saw Cornell make a Cinderella run to the Sweet 16, the 2010-11 edition of Ivy men's basketball will feature some new faces manning the sidelines in Columbia's Kyle Smith, Cornell's Bill Courtney and Dartmouth's Paul Cormier with Penn's Jerome Allen entering his first full season at the helm after spending half of last season as the Quakers' interim coach. The four new Ivy head coaches are the tied for the second-most in Division I with Big East Conference and Northeast Conference behind the six new mentors in Conference USA.

The preseason prognostications have tabbed this season as potentially one of the most-highly contested battles for the Ivy crown in recent history with Cornell, Harvard and Princeton each being discused as the team to beat with Penn being looked upon as dark horse title contender.

The preseason pick by the Ivy media, Athlon Sports, Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, Lindy's Sports Annuals and, Princeton returns its top five scorers and top two rebounders and will be relying on experience to drive its run to a 26th Ivy title, led by its veteran backcourt of junior Douglas Davis and senior Dan Mavraides. The Tigers are coming off a 22-9 finish last season, the team's most wins since 1999, and a run to the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational.

Harvard is hoping to live up to its preseason hype to accomplish a program first -- win its first League championship and make its first NCAA Tournament appearance. The Crimson will have to achieve this feat without the services of Jeremy Lin, now playing for the NBA's Golden State Warriors. Sophomore forward Kyle Casey, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year, will be leading the Crimson's quest as the team's leading returning scorer (10.2 ppg) and rebounder (5.2 rpg).

Three-time defending champion Cornell will not give up its stranglehold of the Ivy trophy easily; however, the Big Red does have the daunting task of replacing its own version of the "Big 3" -- Louis Dale, Jeff Foote and Ryan Wittman. Junior guard Chris Wroblewski, Cornell's top returning scorer (8.9 ppg), will take over as the face of the team's starting five and will receive plenty of help from experienced frontcourt mates in sophomore forward Errick Peck, senior forward Adam Wire and senior forward/center Mark Coury.

Penn boasts the only returning first-team All-Ivy player from a year ago in junior guard Zack Rosen. The League's leading returning scorer at 17.7 points per game, Rosen will lead a talented Quakers squad along with two seniors, forward Jack Eggleston and forward/center Conor Turley.

Friday, November 12
Columbia at La Salle, 7 pm
Rutgers at Princeton, 7 pm
Cornell at Albany, 7:30 pm
Brown at Fordham, 8 pm

Saturday, November 13
Harvard at George Mason, 4 pm
Davidson at Penn, 7 pm
Dartmouth at Providence, 7 pm
1-Yale vs. Quinnipiac, 8 pm

Sunday, November 14
Cornell at Seton Hall, Noon
2-Princeton at Duke, 5 pm [ESPNU]

*Ivy League Contest

1-Connecticut 6 Classic at Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.)
2-O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic (Durham, N.C. & Harrisburg, Va.)

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