Kemba Walker and C.J. McCollum are names every college basketball fan knows. Walker willed him team to an NCAA tournament title, while McCollum was the phenomenon that took down Duke. Continue reading “Heroes Of March”
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Most economists and game theorists are adamant that “house money” is a fallacy. No matter how much of a run you’re on or how much you have exceeded what you started with, it makes no sense to risk what you have blindly with little hope of increasing your lot. Continue reading “Yale To Let It Ride In Showdown With Duke”
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Yale may have a $23 billion endowment (second to Harvard nationally), and if we were playing the Game of Life (still available at a store near you, I think), they would certainly be far from a cute underdog we love so much this time of year.
But if you’re around college basketball enough, you know a big-time program with the budget of a Central American country when you see one. And Yale ain’t it.
Earlier this week, we published our picks for the Ivy League individual awards, and the conference announced its official selections. But I’ve been compiling shot location data for every team throughout Ivy play, which has allowed me to hand out some new extra-special bonus awards. These are the trophies that aren’t awarded in primetime, the small font that scrolls by before the commercial break. Presenting, the Shotties. Continue reading “The Shotties: Miscellaneous Ivy League Awards”
With the Ivy League’s 14-Game Tournament fully complete, it’s officially awards season. Here are our picks for the Ancient Eight’s individual honors, determined by our esteemed panel of Ray, John and me. If you think we’re wrong, tell us why! Continue reading “Big Apple Buckets’ 2015-16 Ivy League Awards”
What Happened Last Week: Amid off-court controversy, Yale swept Cornell and Columbia to finish at 13-1, earning its first NCAA tournament bid in 54 years. The Bulldogs won’t need a playoff, thanks to Patrick Steeves. Continue reading “Ivy League Weekly Roundup: Party Like It’s 1962”
As far back as last August, Yale coach James Jones said he wasn’t thinking about the gut-wrenching way in which the chance for his program to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 53 years was ripped from their clutches on a cold Saturday night in the forests of New Hampshire.
When Yale opened the 2015-16 season by destroying Fairfield, Jones reiterated that last year was gone, these were different players. But as Ivy League play was finally about to begin in January, really, you must be haunted by last year still, James?
What Happened Last Week: Makai Mason and Yale avoided Dartmouth déjà vu, finishing a perfect home regular season. Princeton did the same, essentially ending Columbia’s title hopes. The Bulldogs and Tigers now prepare for long road trips with their seasons on the line. Continue reading “Ivy League Weekly Roundup: A Two-Team Race”
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Dartmouth again? Really?
When a hobbled Makai Mason threw a pass that Miles Wright picked off, there were 11.4 seconds left, Yale trailed 62-61, and Dartmouth – just 9-16 overall and 3-9 in the Ivy – was ready to ruin the entire season again for the Bulldogs. A loss wouldn’t officially end the Ivy race, but with the way Princeton is playing and a trip to Columbia looming next weekend?
PHILADELPHIA – There’s just something about Justin Sears’ game that doesn’t seem to allow him to get the credit he sometimes deserves.
Even from his own coach.
“The thing about Justin is he’s an enigma,” Yale coach James Jones said after Sears tied a career-high with 31 points in Yale’s 79-58 win over Penn at The Palestra Saturday night. “He’s a tremendous player. Sometimes I don’t understand some of the things he does, but he has his own way about him, and his way is a good way. When he’s playing at the top his game, especially in this league, he’s very hard to stop.