Complete Ivy League Men's Basketball Weekly Release in pdf format
Photos courtesy of Dartmouth Varsity Athletics Communications, Harvard Athletic Communications and Penn Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Once again, the Ivy League men's basketball season comes down to one game between Penn and Princeton.
The I-95 archrivals clash in their traditional Tuesday tussle to close the regular season with Ivy title implications for second-straight season. The shoe is on the other foot this year as it is the Quakers with a chance to clinch a share of the League crown on their opposing team's floor and force a one-game playoff with Harvard to determine the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. The Crimson captured at least a share of its second-straight Ivy title, finishing 12-2 in League play for the second year in a row. A Penn loss to Princeton would give Harvard the title outright and its first trip to the Big Dance since 1946.
For the second-straight year, ESPN3 will carry the Penn-Princeton game live with Scott Graham handling the play-by-play and John Celestand serving as the analyst. The Penn-Princeton game will be the third Ivy-Ivy matchup on ESPN3 this year and the sixth in the past two seasons.
The 12th episode of "Inside Ivy League Basketball" will be Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. "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.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Harvard junior forward Kyle Casey (Medway, Mass.) averaged 15.0 points and 3.5 rebounds, as the Crimson swept Columbia and Cornell to earn at least a share of the team’s second-straight Ivy League title. Casey scored 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting in the overtime win at Columbia with four steals, three assists and four rebounds. In the win at Cornell, he scored seven early points and finished with 11 points, one block and three rebounds.
Casey's Statistics for the Week
Penn senior guard Zack Rosen (Colonia, N.J.) continued his quality play down the stretch for the Quakers, pacing the team in scoring in both games and leading the team rebounding vs. Yale. Against Brown, Rosen scored six of the final nine points of the first half and hit three jumpers late to boost Penn to a 11-point win. Against Yale, he was efficient from the field (5-of-8) and perfect from the free throw line (8-of-8) in addition to grabbing a team-high six rebounds.
Rosen's Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth freshman forward Jvonte Brooks (Santee, Calif.) led the Big Green in scoring and rebounding in each of the final two games to finish the year as the team’s top scorer. A majority of his scoring came from the foul line where Brooks hit nine free throws each night at an 81.8 percent clip combined (18-of-22). In the final minutes at Columbia, Dartmouth went to Brooks repeatedly as he tallied seven points in a 90-second span, twice bringing the Big Green within one point.
Brooks' Statistics for the Week
Brian Barbour, Columbia, Junior, Guard (Alamo, Calif.)
23 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists vs. Harvard
9 points, 1 rebound, 5 assists vs. Dartmouth
Jean Harris, Brown, Senior, Guard (Los Angeles)
16 points, 4 rebounds at Penn
12 points, 4 rebounds at Princeton
Ian Hummer, Princeton, Junior, Forward (Vienna, Va.)
18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 blocks, 3 steals vs. Yale
9 points, 7 rebounds vs. Brown
Greg Mangano, Yale, Senior, Center (Orange, Conn.)
20 points, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks at Princeton
10 points, 5 rebounds at Penn
Chris Wroblewski, Cornell, Senior, Guard (Highland Park, Ill.)
19 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists vs. Harvard
12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists vs. Dartmouth
Tuesday, March 6
*Penn at Princeton, 7:30 pm
Ivy League Playoff (if necessary)
Date, Time and Location TBD
Sunday, March 11
NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Selection Show, 6 pm [CBS]
* Ivy League Contest
ESPN3 – ESPN3.com