Home » Conference Notes » Currently Reading:

Ivy League Notebook

March 6, 2002 Conference Notes No Comments

Ivy League Notebook

Oy Vey! League
This is why you have postseason tournaments in the first place.

With Penn’s 64-48 win over Princeton at the Palestra on March 5, three teams in the Ivy League finished the regular season with 11-3 records: Penn, Princeton and Yale. Now the league must stage a three-team playoff for the first time in it’s 46-year history.

(Useless trivia: According to ivyleaguesports.com, the last time a team other than Penn or Princeton was involved in any kind of Ivy playoff was March 5, 1968 when Columbia knocked off Penn, 92-74, in Jamaica, Queens, NY. Hah! Take that, Trebek!)

Princeton will face Yale at the Palestra on Thursday night, March 6. The winner will take on Penn on Saturday at neutral-site Lafayette. To the victor gets the dancecard. Penn wins the privelage of a first-round bye due to its 3-1 collective record against Yale and Princeton.

In the Princeton-Penn contest on March 5, Andrew Toole netted 19 points for the Quakers and Ungonna Onyekwe added 16. The losing Tigers were lead by Ahmed El-Nokali’s 18 points.

Who to Watch: Yale-Princeton
The Bulldogs’ Paul Vitelli is the Ivy’s leading rebounder (9 rpg). Vitelli gets help from big man TJ McHugh (5.4 rgp). Both must control the “ugly underneath” and not allow any easy interior buckets – a Princeton specialty. Guards Edwin Draughan and Alex Gamboa are both scoring just over 11 points a game and Gamboa shoots around 44% from behind the arc.

Princeton’s forwards do most of their scoring, but guard Ahmed Al-Nokali has tremendous quickness and endurance and, although he didn’t score a lot this season, the Pittsburgh native had a fine showing in the recent loss to Penn. The Tigers frontcourt of Mike Bechtold (team’s leading scorer at 9.3 ppg), Andre Logan and Konrad Wysocki also don’t put up big numbers, but in John Thompson’s offense, everyone is a solid contributor.

The Rubber Match
Thursday’s Yale-Princeton playoff will be a score-settler. Yale defeated the Tigers on Feb. 9, 60-50, but on Feb. 22, Princeton got revenge, 59-46.

Yikes. I hate doing these. Oh, the pressure! Yale has too much inside and that should be the equalizer. The Bulldogs have their best chance to go to the dance this year and aren’t about to waste this opportunity. Go with the Elis. (Alternative nickname)

Comment on this Article:

Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville


Hoopville Archives

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, the business of college sports, as well as that of sports media, takes center stage. We talk about the layoffs at ESPN, college basketball’s opening night, and Wichita State’s departure from the Missouri Valley Conference. We close with thoughts on a departed friend of the media business as well.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 11, 2017

April 11, 2017 by

In our first off-season edition, we look back on the season that just ended, including redemption for one team and a big development for a conference that has had more questions than success on the hardwood. We also look at players coming and going, as well as big coaching news on a day where there was a lot of it.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2017

April 4, 2017 by

We look back at Monday’s national championship game, which was not a thing of beauty but had plenty of drama. Along the way we share some post-game quotes from both coaches.

College Basketball Tonight – April 2, 2017

April 3, 2017 by

In our Final Four special edition, three head coaches join us to offer their insights on the Final Four, as well as their own programs.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 2, 2017

April 2, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we talk about the national semifinal contests and then look ahead to an intriguing matchup for the national championship that is ahead of us on Monday night.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

April 11, 2017 by

The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale preview

June 24, 2016 by

We look ahead to the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, held at a familiar location in Boston.

At the 2016 Boston Shootout, host BABC has a big day

June 8, 2016 by

Sunday was a big day for the host program at the 44th Boston Shootout