Thursday, March 10, 2016

Ivy League conference recap

This is part 32 of a 32-part series that will take a look at every conference and conference tournament in the country.  We'll recap who's playing and what the stakes are for each team in the conference.

The standings:
Yale 13-1 (22-6)
Princeton 12-2 (22-6)
Columbia 10-4 (21-10)
Harvard 6-8 (14-16)
Penn 5-9 (11-17)
Dartmouth 4-10 (10-18)
Cornell 3-11 (10-18)
Brown 3-11 (8-20)

The stakes:
Yale's shiny RPI doesn't match the rest of its resume.  They should probably take a 13 seed and be glad with it, although they can definitely end up on the 14 line.

Princeton is an interesting NIT case.  RPI 39.  And literally nothing else in the resume says they deserve the NIT.  Just the one top 100 win over Yale.  Their non-con SoS is quite honestly, fraudulent, because they played several conference champs of lesser leagues (albeit winning a few of them).  They'll probably get in the NIT because that's how the RPI works these days, but it's not a slam-dunk case.

Columbia has a resume befitting a CIT team, if they want to play on.

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