2012–13 Ivy League men's basketball season

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2012–13 Ivy League men's basketball season
League NCAA Division I
Sport Basketball
Duration January 12
– March 12, 2013
Number of teams 8
Regular season
Champions Harvard
Runners-up Princeton
Season MVP Ian Hummer, Princeton
Basketball seasons
2012–13 Ivy League men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
x-Harvard 11 3   .786     20 10   .667
Princeton 10 4   .714     17 11   .607
Yale 8 6   .571     14 17   .452
Brown 7 7   .500     13 15   .464
Penn 6 8   .429     9 22   .290
Cornell 5 9   .357     13 18   .419
Dartmouth 5 9   .357     9 19   .321
Columbia 4 10   .286     12 16   .429
As of March 23, 2013; Rankings from AP Poll

x-Ivy League champion

The 2012–13 Ivy League men's basketball season marked the continuation of the annual tradition of competitive basketball among Ivy League members. The tradition began when the league was formed during the 1956–57 season and its history extends to the predecessor Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League, which was formed in 1902. Due to a cheating scandal that involved defending champion Harvard, Princeton was the preseason favorite.[1]

Harvard won the regular season title outright and earned the conference's only postseason bid. Princeton's Ian Hummer earned the Ivy League Men's Basketball Player of the Year after setting records for most single-season and career Ivy League Player of the Week awards. Harvard tied an Ivy League single-season team record with 13 combined Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week Awards. Ivy League records also fell for career games played by Hummer and career free throw percentage (Brian Barbour).

In the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, Harvard earned the school's first ever NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament victory and the conference's first NCAA Tournament victory in three years.

Preseason[edit]

The Ivy League media selected Princeton as the preseason favorite when 16 of 17 voting members (one voter selected Harvard) named Princeton first in the preseason poll.[2] Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports also selected Princeton as his preseason choice with Harvard second, noting that Harvard had been his preseason favorite until the September 2012 Harvard cheating scandal that involved about 125 athletes and students, including Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry who withdrew from school as a result.[3] Casey and Curry had been first-team and second-team All-Ivy selections for the 2011–12 Ivy League men's basketball season, respectively.[4] Both players withdrew in hopes of preserving their final year of athletic eligibility following the investigation.[1]

Season[edit]

Twelve different television networks scheduled a total of 36 Ivy League men's basketball live broadcasts for the 2012–13 season. This includes a 14-game television package, featuring all eight member institutions, with 13 games being broadcast on the NBC Sports Network and one on the CBS Sports Network.[5] The conference endured two one-day postponements due to the February 2013 nor'easter (also known as Winter Storm Nemo). Harvard's contest against Columbia at Levien Gymnasium in Manhattan that was originally scheduled for February 9 at 7:00 PM was postponed until February 10 at 2:00 PM.[6][7] Similarly, Dartmouth's game against Cornell originally scheduled to be played at 7:00 PM on February 9 at Newman Arena in Ithaca, New York was postponed until February 10 at 12:00 noon.[8]

Led by Wesley Saunders' five Ivy League Player of the Week Awards and Siyani Chambers' six Rookie of the Week Awards, Harvard tied the Ivy League team record with thirteen single-season weekly recognitions.[9] Meanwhile Hummer tied the individual career record with nine player of the week awards and set a new single-season record with seven.[9] Two Ivy League career statistical records fell. Columbia's Brian Barbour completed his career with an 89.7% free throw shooting percentage, surpassing Jim Barton of Dartmouth (class of 1989) who tallied 89.5%. Hummer surpassed former teammate Doug Davis' (class of 2012) 122 career games played with 123 games.[10]

Honors and accolades[edit]

Columbia senior guard Brian Barbour was listed among 30 preseason Senior CLASS Award candidates.[11] Cornell's Eitan Chemerinski and Brown's Matthew Sullivan were first team All-District selections from District I placing them among the 40 candidates for the 15-man Academic All-American team.[12] Brown, a third-team selection in 2012, was recognized as a 2013 first-team All-American.[13]

In season[edit]

Each week the Ivy League selected one or more player(s) of the week and one or more rookie(s) of the week.[14]

GGuard
FForward
CCenter
Fr. – Freshman
So. – Sophomore
Jr. – Junior
Sr. – Senior
Player(s) of the Week Rookie(s) of the Week
Name School Class Position Name School Class Position
November 12, 2012 Gabas Maldunas Dartmouth So. F Nolan Cressler Cornell Fr. G
Will Barrett Princeton Jr. F
November 19, 2012 Fran Dougherty Penn Jr. F Rafael Maia Brown So. C
November 26, 2012 Shonn Miller Cornell So. F Grant Mullins Columbia Fr. G
December 3, 2012 Wesley Saunders Harvard So. G/F Siyani Chambers Harvard Fr. G
December 10, 2012 Wesley Saunders Harvard So. G/F Grant Mullins Columbia Fr. G
Ian Hummer Princeton Sr. F
December 17, 2012 Ian Hummer Princeton Sr. F Siyani Chambers Harvard Fr. G
December 24, 2012 Ian Hummer Princeton Sr. F Hans Brase Princeton Fr. F
December 31, 2012 Tucker Halpern Brown Jr. F Jamal Lewis Penn Fr. G
January 7, 2013 Ian Hummer Princeton Sr. F Siyani Chambers Harvard Fr. G
January 14, 2013 Wesley Saunders Harvard So. G/F Siyani Chambers Harvard Fr. G
T.J. Bray Princeton Jr. G
January 21, 2013 Sean McGonagill Brown Jr. G Darien Nelson-Henry Penn Fr. C
Mark Cisco Columbia Sr. C
January 28, 2013 Christian Webster Harvard Sr. G Siyani Chambers Harvard Fr. G
Austin Morgan Yale Sr. G Justin Sears Yale Fr. F
February 4, 2013 Wesley Saunders Harvard So. G/F Rafael Maia Brown So. C
Ian Hummer Princeton Sr. F
February 11, 2013 Javier Duren Yale So. G Nolan Cressler Cornell Fr. G
February 18, 2013 Kenyatta Smith Harvard So. C Cedric Kuakumensah Brown Fr. F
February 25, 2013 Wesley Saunders Harvard So. G/F Tony Hicks Penn Fr. G
Ian Hummer Princeton Sr. F
March 3, 2013 Ian Hummer Princeton Sr. F Tony Hicks Penn Fr. G
March 10, 2013 Gabas Maldunas Dartmouth So. F Siyani Chambers Harvard Fr. G

All-Ivy[edit]

The following players earned Ivy League postseason recognition with (Class, Position – Hometown):[15]

USBWA[edit]

On March 12, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association released its 2012–13 Men's All-District Teams, based upon voting from its national membership. There were nine regions from coast to coast, and a player and coach of the year were selected in each. The following lists all the Ivy League representatives selected within their respective regions.[16]

NABC[edit]

The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced their Division I All‐District teams on March 26, recognizing the nation's best men's collegiate basketball student-athletes. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, 240 student-athletes, from 24 districts were chosen. The selections on this list were then eligible for the State Farm Coaches' Division I All-America teams. The following list represented the District 13 players chosen to the list.[17]

Other[edit]

Hummer also earned Associated Press honorable mention All-American recognition.[18]

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

On March 21 in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Harvard earned the school's first NCAA Tournament victory[19] and its first victory over a top 10 opponent[20] when it defeated number three seeded New Mexico (10, AP Poll/10, Coaches' Poll). The victory was the conferences first since the 2009–10 Cornell Big Red men's basketball team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.[19] Two days later, the team lost to Arizona, ending its season.[21]

Seed Region School First round Second round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
14 West Harvard Defeated New Mexico 68–62 Eliminated by Arizona 74–51      
Bids W-L (%): 1–0 1.000 0–1 .000 0–0 0–0 Total: 1–1 .500

Other[edit]

Princeton declined any postseason invitation.[22] No other bids were accepted.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Winn, Luke (2012-09-11). "Harvard to be without Casey, Curry in wake of cheating scandal". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  2. ^ "Men's Basketball Picked First in Ivy Preseason Media Poll". GoPrincetonTigers.com. 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  3. ^ Goodman, Jeff (2012-10-22). "College Basketball Previews: Princeton, led by Ian Hummer, is new Ivy League favorite". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  4. ^ "Men's Basketball All-Ivy – 2011–12". IvyLeagueSports.com. 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  5. ^ "2012–13 Ivy League Men's Basketball: Week 1 • November 7, 2012" (PDF). IvyLeagueSports.com. 2012-11-07. p. 9. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  6. ^ "Storm forces postponements, cancellations in college sports". The Boston Globe. Boston.com. 2013-02-08. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  7. ^ "February 2013 Storm Central Update Page". GoCrimson.com. 2013-02-10. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  8. ^ "Men's Hoops Postpones Dartmouth Game To Sunday at Noon". CornellBigRed.com. 2013-02-08. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  9. ^ a b "2012–13 Ivy League Men's Basketball: Postseason #2 • March 22, 2013" (PDF). IvyLeagueSports.com. 2013-03-22. p. 13. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  10. ^ "2012–13 Ivy League Men's Basketball: Postseason #2 • March 22, 2013" (PDF). IvyLeagueSports.com. 2013-03-22. p. 14. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  11. ^ "2012–13 Ivy League Men's Basketball: Week 1 • November 7, 2012" (PDF). IvyLeagueSports.com. 2012-11-07. p. 4. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  12. ^ "Capital One Academic All-­‐District Men's Basketball Teams Released" (PDF). College Sports Information Directors of America. 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  13. ^ "Delaware's Elena Delle Donne, Ohio State's Aaron Craft top Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Basketball Teams". College Sports Information Directors of America. 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2013-02-21. 
  14. ^ "2012–13 Men's Basketball Weekly Releases". IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 2. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  15. ^ "Men's Basketball All-Ivy – 2012–13". IvyLeagueSports.com. 2013-03-12. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  16. ^ "USBWA Names Men's All-District Teams". United States Basketball Writers Association. 2013-03-12. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  17. ^ "National Association of Basketball Coaches Announces 2012–13 Division I All-District Teams" (PDF). National Association of Basketball Coaches. 2013-03-26. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  18. ^ "Hummer Earns Honorable Mention All-America, Third NABC All-District Honor". GoPrincetonTigers.com. 2013-03-26. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  19. ^ a b "14-seed Harvard pulls upset over 3-seed New Mexico". ESPN. 2013-03-21. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  20. ^ Sherman, Scott, A. (2013-03-21). "Harvard Men's Basketball Upsets New Mexico, 68–62, To Win First-Ever NCAA Tournament Game". Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  21. ^ "Arizona opens on 30–9 run, cruises past Harvard". ESPN. 2013-03-23. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  22. ^ Peruffo, Nick (2013-03-15). "Princeton won't accept postseason bid". The Trentonian. Retrieved 2013-03-23. 

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