Friday, May 11, 2012

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Above, Cornell's Barton Hall in 2012 (top) and 1925 (bottom).  Barton Hall was once the home arena of Cornell's varsity basketball program and is today the home of Cornell's varsity indoor track as part of the Department of Athletics and a facility utilized by the separate Department of Physical Education for classes and intramural sports.  Below, some news and notes for Friday...
RED BANK, N.J. -- The Ivy League announced today that its directors of athletics have decided not to move forward with proposals for postseason tournaments in men's and women's basketball.
"After careful consideration of these proposals, the athletics directors decided that our current method of determining the Ivy League Champion and our automatic bid recipient to the NCAA Championship is the best model moving forward," said Robin Harris, Ivy League Executive Director.
In men's and women's basketball, the Ivy League plays a 14-game, double round-robin schedule where each team plays each other home and away. The team with the best conference record in each sport is awarded the Ivy title and the League's NCAA Tournament automatic bid.
The Ivy League athletics directors discussed the proposals at their annual meetings, which concluded Thursday afternoon in Red Bank, N.J.
  • As Cornell's graduating seniors ponder potential professional careers overseas, Drew Ferry has some personal highlight videos posted.


Anonymous said...

I am glad there is not going to be a tournament. We already play everyone twice.

Anonymous said...

Amen - There is enough hypocracy in NCAA basketball (one and out; $$ for players;/league jumping for TV $$; etc.) Lets try to keep the Ivy's as student-athletes, and compete with our own benefits (education first - life after sport). A league tournament is of no benefit.

Anonymous said...

The current format makes it so the best team makes the tournament more often. That hurts when your team isn't the top team, but it is probably the fairest way to do it.

Anonymous said...

You tweeted that the Ivy attendance leaders are Penn, Princeton and Cornell.

Our third place position is even more impressive when you consider that the top teams Harvard, Princeton and Penn draw heavily from the local alumni base of the visiting team. That is not true of Cornell because of our location; everybody in Newman is rooting for the Big Red.

One might expect a bigger home court advantage for Cornell as ours is the only gym where almost all fans are supporting the home team. Instead, Princeton statistically has the greatest home court advantage, probably due to the unusual shooting background behind each basket.

Harvard almost certainly would have topped last season's average attendance list, but they can't fit more fans into their high-school-sized gym.

Steven Gray said...

The Current format is the best way to do it. It is the most fair to the athletes who work hard