Ivy League Tournament Preview
This will be the third year of the Ivy League tournament and I love that they finally added it. Yes, the one game playoff scenario was electric, but it didn’t happen often enough for my liking. Now you guarantee that it does in both the semis and the final. For those unaware, the tournament only takes the top 4 teams so it does place emphasis on the regular season still.
2018 Champion: Penn
1-seed Harvard Crimson 17-10 (10-4)
The Crimson fought through injuries this year and were still able to split the regular season title with Yale. Bryce Aiken is the best player in the league and when he’s on this team is tough to beat. Harvard’s biggest issue is turnover, the Crimson give the ball away 16 times a game and they won’t win the league if they keep that up.
2-seed Yale Bulldogs 20-7 (10-4)
Yale has wins over Cal, Miami, and tournament bound Iona this year. The Bulldogs are excellent on the offensive end of the floor scoring 80+ points a game. They have four players averaging double figures lead by junior guard Miye Oni. Yale’s rebounding ability is a difference maker and 2nd chance points will loom large.
3-seed Princeton Tigers 16-11 (8-6)
This team looks completely different with Devin Cannady (their leading scorer) who was dismissed from the team in early January. I think it’s actually pretty simple for Princeton, they need to replace Cannady’s scoring and the guy to do that is highly hyped freshman Jaelin Llewellyn. Llewellyn has struggled from the field but is more than capable of getting hot and carrying this team.
4-seed Penn Quakers 19-11 (7-7)
The Quakers have wins over Miami, Villanova, and Temple, three pretty darn good wins. This was a team that was flirting with a top-25 ranking in late December. Things didn’t go quite the way they had hoped, but they still managed to qualify for the Ivy Tourney. AJ Brodeur is the guy for Penn, he literally does it all.
Harvard over Penn
Yale over Princeton
Harvard over Yale