Sunday, November 21, 2010

Week 3 Powerpoll

It was a rough weekend for the league and with a few BCS teams on the docket over the Thanksgiving holiday, this probably won't be the week to put a dent in that four-game below .500 record.

Let's see where each of the Ivies stack up as we head toward the second month of the college basketball season.

8. Penn (7)

The Quakers looked great against Davidson in the opener, and for the first 32 minutes against Manhattan. The next 48 minutes were atrocious - a -38 point differential, including a spanking on its home floor by neighbor Drexel.

7. Dartmouth (8)

No one is going to mistake the Big Green for an Ivy contender, but for one night Dartmouth could do little wrong. Against Hartford, the Big Green shot the ball well, rebounded it well and picked up a double-digit win. The hot streak didn't continue against Loyola (MD), but the Big Green has looked friskier than expected.

6. Columbia (2)

After looking so good for the first three games of the season, the Lions had their first real stinker. Now, Columbia is faced with the unpleasant reality that despite the fact it has looked good at times, it's pretty much the team everyone expected, one which won't be able to compete for the Ivy title.

5. Cornell (5)

The Big Red has been pretty consistent over its opening four games, except for the collapse down the stretch against St. Bonaventure. Until Cornell can prove it's more than just a bunch of bombers, however, it is going to struggle to take that next step toward competitiveness in the league race.

4. Brown (6)

The scalps, Fordham and Sacred Heart, haven't been that impressive. But the Bears have taken care of the business that they've needed to, which is more than can be said for some of their Ivy counterparts.

3. Princeton (4)

The Tigers return to action tomorrow after an eight-day absence with three games in three days (including James Madison and Bucknell) and then Siena on Sunday. That will be a perfect placement test for a Tigers team that is still hard to gauge at this point.

2. Harvard (3)

The turnovers are still troubling, but the Crimson showed good resolve in finishing off a pesky Mercer team on the Bears' homecoming day. With Kyle Casey creeping closer to day-to-day status, Harvard might be ready to hit the ground running when its star comes back.

1. Yale (1)

No change here. The Boston College win keeps the Bulldogs up top for another edition of the powerpoll. Expect Yale to get dealt a dose of reality when it visits Illinois on Tuesday night.

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