Photos courtesy of Brown Athletic Communications, Dartmouth
Varsity Athletics Communications and Harvard Athletic
PRINCETON, N.J. -- With the 2013-14 regular season for Ivy League men's basketball in the books, attentions turn to the postseason as Harvard (26-4, 13-1 Ivy League) and Brown (15-13, 7-7 Ivy) prepare for their next opponents and Columbia (19-12, 8-6 Ivy), Princeton (20-8, 8-6 Ivy) and Yale (15-13, 9-5 Ivy) wait to see what opportunities may come their way.
Harvard is headed back to the Big Dance for a third-straight year after defeating Yale on March 7 to become the first team to qualify for the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. The Crimson is in the postseason for the fifth-straight year -- 2009-10 (CollegeInsider.com Tournament), 2010-11 (NIT), 2011-12 (NCAA), 2012-13 (NCAA) and 2013-14 (NCAA) -- which is the longest streak since Princeton advanced to seven-straight postseasons from 1995-96 to 2001-02. Over that stretch, the Tigers made the NCAA Tournament in 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and 2000-01 and the NIT in 1998-99, 1999-2000 and 2001-02.
Brown is back in the postseason for the first time in six years, accepting a bid to play in the CIT. The Bears return to the postseason for the fifth time in program history -- NCAA Tournament (1938-39 and 1985-86), NIT (2002-03) and College Basketball Invitational (2007-08) -- and will play their first-ever postseason game at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
As conference, the Ivy League boasts multiple teams in the postseason for the fourth time in five years. The last time the League had multiple teams continuing beyond the regular season came in 2011-12 when the conference had a record four postseason teams -- Harvard (NCAA), Penn and Princeton (CBI) and Yale (CIT).
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth sophomore guard Alex Mitola (Florham Park, N.J.) helped the Big Green close the season on a three-game winning streak with wins at Brown and Yale. Mitola provided 17 points with a trio of three-pointers, plus dished out five assists without a turnover, at Brown. The next night at Yale, he carried Dartmouth on offense, draining 9-of-15 field goals, including 5-of-10 from downtown, plus converted all six free throws to post 29 points with four rebounds and two assists.
Mitola's Statistics for the Week
Harvard junior forward Steve Moundou-Missi (Yaounde, Cameroon) was a key factor in the Crimson's sweep at Yale and Brown. Moundou-Missi totaled 16 points, on 6-of-8 shooting, and six rebounds in the victory at Yale to secure Harvard’s NCAA Tournament bid. He contributed his second double-double of the year with 21 points and a career-high 11 rebounds at Brown. His 21 points represented his fourth 20-point outing of the season.
Moundou-Missi's Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown freshman forward Leland King (Inglewood, Calif.) capped off an incredible rookie season by scoring a career-high 27 points, grabbing seven rebounds and blocking four shots in the Bears' overtime loss to Harvard. King’s basket with 32 seconds remaining in regulation against the Crimson sent the game into overtime. The night before against Dartmouth, he scored 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
King's Statistics for the Week
T.J. Bray, Princeton (Sr., G - New Berlin, Wis.)
21 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists at Cornell
25 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists at Columbia
Siyani Chambers, Harvard (So., G - Golden Valley, Minn.)
17 points, 1 rebound, 7 assists at Yale
9 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists at Brown
Nolan Cressler, Cornell (So., G - Pittsburgh)
16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists vs. Princeton
28 points, 5 rebounds vs. Penn
Fran Dougherty, Penn (Sr., F - New Britain, Pa.)
16 points, 7 rebounds at Columbia
14 points, 5 rebounds at Cornell
Sean McGonagill, Brown (Sr., G - Brookfield, Ill.)
16 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists vs. Dartmouth
26 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists vs. Harvard
Cory Osetkowski, Columbia (Jr., C - Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.)
14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists vs. Penn
19 points, 5 rebounds vs. Princeton
Alex Rosenberg, Columbia (Jr., F - Short Hills, N.J.)
22 points, 5 rebounds vs. Penn
14 points, 6 rebounds vs. Princeton
Justin Sears, Yale (So., F - Plainfield, N.J.)
28 points, 13 rebounds vs. Harvard
26 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks vs. Dartmouth
Tuesday, March 11
*Princeton 70, Penn 65 [IVY]
Sunday, March 16
NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Selection Show, 6 pm [CBS]
*Ivy League Contest
IVY – Streamed live on The Ivy League® Digital Network