Nearly a month into the 2013-14 college basketball season, the Ivy League has impressed. Only two teams have losing records, and the conference sits at 30-25 overall. Some things have gone as expected: Harvard boasts the league’s top record (7-1) and Cornell its worst (0-9). But, in between, the rest of the league has rejected its script. Here’s how the league has shaken out thus far.
1. Harvard (7-1)
Results: W 68-60 vs. Denver, W 76-64 vs. Green Bay, W 71-50 vs. TCU(all neutral venues)
This week: Wednesday at Northeastern, Saturday at BU.
At times Harvard has looked like a team headed for the Sweet Sixteen. When the Crimson is on — when Laurent Rivard hits from three, when Kyle Casey passes from the high post, when Siyani Chambers pushes the ball, when Wesley Saunders defends the perimeter when Steve Moundou-Missi controls the paint — the team performs at a level it has never before reached. And that’s with Kenyatta Smith and Brandyn Curry nursing injuries. But the Crimson is not without its sloppy stretches, strings of silly fouls and careless turnovers. So far, it has only cost the Crimson one game (at Colorado) but consistency will be key if Harvard is to live up to the hype.
2. Princeton (5-1)
Results: W 71-66 vs. George Mason; W 66-53 at Bucknell
This week: Saturday vs. Farleigh Dickinson
Ian Hummer who? Princeton seems to be adjusting well to the graduation of the Ivy League Player of the Year. The Tigers boast a 5-1 record, their one blemish a three-point loss at Butler without star TJ Bray. After missing the Tigers’ first three games, Bray is back in the Princeton lineup and has posted double-figures in each of Princeton’s last two wins. Sophomore Hans Brase has been a consistent threat for the Tigers, averaging a team-high 7.2 boards and 12.2 points per game.
3. Brown (5-2) (more…)