Complete Ivy League Men's Basketball Weekly Release in pdf format
Photos courtesy of Dartmouth Varsity Athletics Communications and Penn Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- One of the most intriguing weekends in recent Ivy League men’s basketball history looms on the horizon as the Ivy title could be claimed by as few as one team or by as many as four teams by the time the regular season comes to a close on Tuesday, March 6.
Only two games in the loss column separate the top four teams. Harvard is in the lead by one-half game but is in a virtual tie with Penn as both teams have two Ivy losses. Either team can win the title outright if combined with other losing two games. If both teams sweep over the weekend and the Quakers can win their final game at Princeton, Harvard and Penn would share the 2011-12 Ivy League title and would then face each other in a one-game playoff to determine the League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.
If Harvard and/or Penn stumble, then Yale or Princeton could also be in position to force a playoff that could involve three teams (two games) or four teams (three games). The Bulldogs sit just one loss behind Harvard and Penn and have a critical matchup with the Quakers on Saturday night at The Palestra. Princeton, with four League losses, is still mathematically alive in Ivy title scenarios involving a three- or four-team playoff. A four team playoff would only occur if Harvard, Penn, Yale and Princeton each end the regular season with identical 10-4 records in Ivy play.
"Inside Ivy League Basketball" returns for its 11th episode on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m. featuring interviews with Penn men's basketball head coach Jerome Allen, Yale senior guard Reggie Willhite and Princeton senior center Devona Allgood.
"Inside Ivy League Basketball" is hosted by Dan Loney and Brian Seltzer and takes an in-depth look at all the news and notes surrounding Ivy men’s and women’s basketball on and off the courts during the 2011-12 season. The 12-episode show debuted Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. on BlogTalkRadio.com (blogtalkradio.com/insideivyleaguebasketball) and is available on-demand via BlogTalkRadio and IvyLeagueSports.com.
Each episode is packed with highlights, statistics and expert analysis in its 'Around the League' segment. With its interview segments 'Program Profile,' 'Student-Athlete Spotlight' and 'Alumni Focus,' the show will visit with past and present players, coaches and administrators who impact Ivy League basketball.
Fans and alumni can interact with the show via its social media platforms -- Facebook (Inside Ivy League Basketball) and Twitter (@insideivyhoops) -- as well as provide ideas and content for the show’s 'Twitter Talk/Facebook Fodder' segment.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Penn senior guard Zack Rosen (Colonia, N.J.) came up with a big-time weekend in big-time situations in wins at Dartmouth and Harvard to put the Quakers squarely in the mix for the Ivy League title. Rosen scored Penn’s last 16 points in the win at Dartmouth, totalling 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting. The next night, with first-place positioning on the line in front of a sold-out crowd, he scored the Quakers’ final nine points in the one-point win at Harvard. Rosen hit two fouls shots with 23.2 seconds remaining to push Penn from 54-53 down to 55-54 up. His free throws ended up being the winning points. He has scored in double figures in 12 straight games, including all 11 Ivy games.
Rosen's Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth freshman guard John Golden (Freehold, N.J.) led the Big Green in scoring in both games, first with 13 points and a perfect 3-for-3 night behind the three-point arc in a near-upset of Penn, then a career-high 21 points in a loss against Princeton. Golden shot 62.5 percent from the floor (10-of-16) and from three-point range (5-of-8) over the two contests, plus was 9-of-13 (.692) at the line while averaging 3.5 rebounds. Against the Tigers, he did all he could to keep the Big Green in the game in the second half, scoring 16 of his 21 points, including 14 of the team’s first 18 in the stanza.
Golden's Statistics for the Week
Brian Barbour, Columbia, Junior, Guard (Alamo, Calif.)
21 points, 1 rebound, 8 assists at Yale
18 points, 2 rebounds, 10 assists at Brown
Kyle Casey, Harvard, Junior, Forward (Medway, Mass.)
20 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals vs. Princeton
12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals vs. Penn
Greg Mangano, Yale, Senior, Center (Orange, Conn.)
22 points, 5 rebounds vs. Columbia
16 points, 10 rebounds vs. Cornell
Patrick Saunders, Princeton, Senior, Forward (Gilford, N.H.)
14 points, 3 rebounds at Dartmouth
12 points, 4 rebounds at Harvard
Dockery Walker, Brown, Sophomore, Forward (Dover, Del.)
23 points, 17 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals vs. Cornell
12 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists vs. Columbia
Chris Wroblewski, Cornell, Senior, Guard (Highland Park, Ill.)
24 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists at Brown
10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists at Yale
Friday, March 2
*Brown at Penn, 7 pm
*Harvard at Columbia, 7 pm
*Dartmouth at Cornell, 7 pm
*Yale at Princeton, 7 pm
Saturday, March 3
*Dartmouth at Columbia, 7 pm
*Harvard at Cornell, 7 pm [ESPN3]
*Yale at Penn, 7 pm
*Brown at Princeton, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 6
*Penn at Princeton, 7:30 pm
* Ivy League Contest
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