It’s time for an update on the 2014-2015 Ivy League men’s basketball standings. While Ivy League play hasn’t yet begun, the alma mater of Jeremy Lin is out to a strong start with an 8-3 overall record (and 6-1 at home). Yale University isn’t far behind, with a 10-5 mark, with four of those losses coming on the road. Columbia is off to a strong start as well, at 7-5, with four of their losses on the road too. Brown is an even 7-7, while Dartmouth is as well at 6-6. Five of the Big Green’s losses come on the road. The Ivies haven’t been so hot on the road of late, it seems!
Cornell sits at 6-8, the once storied Princeton program at 5-9, and Penn, a team that represented the Ivy League quite a few times in recent years in March Madness, is a mere 3-7. A few years ago, it was Penn and Princeton at the top of the Ivy League basketball standings. But times have changed indeed for the Quakers and Tigers. And yet it’s still early on in the season. Ivy League play hasn’t even yet begun. Princeton or Penn could still represent the Ivy League in the NCAA Tournament this March, so long as they pull things together in time to take on their Ivy League foes. Anything is possible.
Personally, our favorite player in college basketball isn’t playing in the Ivy League this year. He’s playing for the University of Southern California — Elijah Stewart, a 6’5, 180-pound freshman shooting guard. Eli, a former four-star recruit out of Westchester High School, recently tied a Trojan record set by Taj Gibson (of the Chicago Bulls) by going 10-10 from the field in a win against Boston College. For his performance, Eli was named the Pac 12 player of the week for December 22nd. Congratulations Eli!