It’s time to check in on the Ivy League men’s basketball season, to see which university is at the top of the standings. It should be no surprise the school that’s largely been the power in Ivy League basketball over the last few years, the alma mater of Jeremy Lin, has slipped. And it should also be no surprise that Yale University, the alma mater of Chris Dudley, is at the top of the standings, boasting a 13-5 overall record and a 4-0 record in Ivy League play. But Yale is not the only team that is undefeated within Ivy League play. Joining them at the top of the standings is Columbia University, with an identical 4-0 mark. Columbia also happens to be 15-6 overall. It’s quite a year for Columbia!
In third sits Princeton University, the alma mater of former Senator Bill Bradley. Princeton has a 12-5 overall mark and the Tigers are 2-1 in Ivy League play. Cornell University sits in fourth place. Cornell is .500, 9-9 overall and 2-2 in Ivy League play. The once dominant Harvard sits in fifth. Tommy Amaker’s squad is 9-11 and 1-3 in Ivy League play. Dartmouth College and Brown University are also 1-3 in Ivy League play, with Dartmouth’s overall mark at 7-11 and Brown’s overall mark at 6-12. The University of Pennsylvania sits in last place, with a 6-11 record. Upon is the only school that has not yet won an Ivy League basketball contest this season.
Which university do you think will win the Ivy League title and secure the league automatic bid to March Madness? Regular readers of our blog know well that the team that secures the bid, and advances far in March Madness, impacts the school’s admissions statistics the following year. After all, when a school goes far in the NCAA Tournament, more students apply the subsequent fall. It’s a phenomenon that so often impacts, you guessed it, Duke.