2010–11 Ivy League men's basketball season

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2010–11 Ivy League men's basketball season
League NCAA Division I
Sport Basketball
Duration January 8
– March 8, 2011
Number of teams 8
Regular season
League co-champions Harvard, Princeton
Season MVP Keith Wright, Harvard
One-game playoff (March 12)
Champions Princeton 63–62
  Runners-up Harvard
Basketball seasons
2010–11 Ivy League men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Princeton 12 2   .857     25 7   .781
Harvard 12 2   .857     23 7   .767
Yale 8 6   .571     15 13   .536
Penn 7 7   .500     13 15   .464
Columbia 6 8   .429     15 13   .536
Cornell 6 8   .429     10 18   .357
Brown 4 10   .286     11 17   .393
Dartmouth 1 13   .071     5 23   .179
As of March 17, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2010–11 Ivy League men's basketball season marks the continuation of the annual tradition of competitive basketball among Ivy League members that began when the league was formed during the 1956–57 season, continuing from the predecessor Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League, which was formed in 1902. Following the annual 14-game round robin home & home schedule, Harvard and Princeton tied as co-champion. Princeton earned the conference's automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in a one-game playoff. Harvard was invited to the 2011 National Invitation Tournament. Both teams lost their first tournament games.

Preseason[edit]

Entering the 2010–11 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, four of the eight teams had coaches entering their first full season as head coach: Columbia's Kyle Smith, Cornell's Bill Courtney, Dartmouth's Paul Cormier and Penn's Jerome Allen (previously interim). Most preseason publications predicted Princeton would finish in first place and Harvard would finish in second place, although the Sporting News projected that Cornell would finish in first followed by Princeton and Harvard.[1] Breaking a three-year streak by Cornell, the Ivy League media poll selected Princeton as the top team with twelve first place votes, Harvard second with four first place votes and Cornell third with one first place vote.[1] It was the first Princeton team to be the preseason selection since the 2004–05 Princeton team.[1]

Season[edit]

Non-conference play began on November 12, 2010.[2] The first conference game took place on January 8, 2011.[3] Although no Ivy League teams appeared in the 2010–11 NCAA Division I men's basketball rankings, for a few weeks during the season Harvard received a vote in the AP Poll.[4][5][6] When Harvard earned its 20th win on February 19, against Columbia,[7] it marked the eighth time that two Ivy League teams totalled 20 wins.[8] On March 7, Harvard received a vote in both the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll.[9] Then, in the final regular season poll on March 13, Princeton received 3 points in the Coaches' Poll.[10]

The conference had two players recognized as Academic All-Americans: Brown senior guard Garrett Leffelman and Cornell junior guard Chris Wroblewski.[11]

Harvard's Oliver McNally concluded his season with a 100 for 108 (92.6%) Free throw percentage mark second to Chris Warren of the Ole Miss Rebels who led with a 168 for 181 (92.8%) mark.[12]

On March 5, Harvard clinched a share of the league championship for the first time since the Ivy League was formed.[13] On March 8, Princeton defeated Penn to force a one-game playoff at the Payne Whitney Gymnasium at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.[14][15] The matchup was widely anticipated in the press.[16][17][18]

Postseason[edit]

Prior to the game both teams received championship trophies.[19] Princeton prevailed in the playoff with a final score of 63–62, on a last-second jump shot from Douglas Davis. This earned them the conference's automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament for being the regular season champion.[19][20] The 2011 one-game playoff was the eighth in Ivy League history. Princeton appeared for the eighth time, and have won at least a share of twenty-six league titles.[14][21]

Entering selection Sunday (March 13), Harvard ranked 35th in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and Princeton ranked 40th.[22] Princeton was a #13 Seed in the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, while Harvard was not selected.[23] Unfortunately, neither of Harvard's quality wins (against Colorado and Boston College) helped them because both teams were left out of the NCAA tournament and relegated to number one seed status in the NIT tournament.[24] As a regular season champion not invited to the NCAA tournament, Harvard earned an at-large selection for the 2011 National Invitation Tournament, where they were seeded #6.[25] On March 15, Harvard was defeated by Oklahoma State by a 71–54 margin in the first round.[26] It was the school's first appearance in the National Invitation Tournament.[27] Princeton lost its opening game against the Kentucky Wildcats by a 59–57 margin on a last second layup.[28][29]

Honors[edit]

In season[edit]

Each week the Ivy League selects a player of the week and a rookie of the week.[30]

Player of the Week Rookie of the Week
' Name School Class Position ' Name School Position
November 15, 2010 Keith Wright Harvard Jr. F Miles Cartwright Penn G
November 22, 2010 Christian Webster Harvard So. G Sean McGonagill Brown G
Austin Morgan Yale So. G
November 29, 2010 Keith Wright Harvard Jr. F Miles Cartwright Penn G
December 6, 2010 Ian Hummer Princeton So. F Laurent Rivard Harvard G
December 13, 2010 Noruwa Agho Columbia Jr. G Steve Fankoski Columbia G
Kareem Maddox Princeton Sr. F
December 20, 2010 Kareem Maddox Princeton Sr. F Gediminas Bertasius Dartmouth F
December 27, 2010 Zack Rosen Penn Jr. G Miles Cartwright Penn G
January 3, 2011 Chris Wroblewski Cornell Jr. G Laurent Rivard Harvard G
January 10, 2011 Noruwa Agho Columbia Jr. G Dockery Walker Brown G
Greg Mangano Yale Jr. C
January 17, 2011 Noruwa Agho Columbia Jr. G Laurent Rivard Harvard G
Greg Mangano Yale Jr. C
January 24, 2011 Greg Mangano Yale Jr. C Jeremiah Kreisberg Yale F
January 31, 2011 Kyle Casey Harvard So. F Miles Cartwright Penn G
Jack Eggleston Penn Sr. F
February 7, 2011 Sean McGonagill Brown G Sean McGonagill Brown G
February 14, 2011 Keith Wright Harvard Jr. F Sean McGonagill Brown G
Greg Mangano Yale Jr. C
February 21, 2011 Peter Sullivan Brown Sr. F Sean McGonagill Brown G
Tyler Bernardini Penn Sr. F
February 28, 2011 Kareem Maddox Princeton Sr. F Jeremiah Kreisberg Yale F
March 7, 2011 Brandyn Curry Harvard So. G Meiko Lyles Columbia G

Postseason honors[edit]

The league selected its postseason awards on March 9.[31]
Player of the Year: Keith Wright, Harvard (Jr., F, Suffolk, VA)
Defensive Player of the Year: Kareem Maddox, Princeton (Sr., F, Oak Park, CA)
Rookie of the Year: Sean McGonagill, Brown (Fr., G, Brookfield, IL)
All-Ivy League (ALL CAPS: Unanimous)

First Team All-Ivy: Noruwa Agho, Columbia (Jr., G, New City, NY); KEITH WRIGHT, Harvard (Jr., F, Suffolk, VA); Zack Rosen, Penn (Jr., G, Colonia, NJ); KAREEM MADDOX, Princeton (Sr., F, Oak Park, CA); GREG MANGANO, Yale (Jr., C, Orange, CT)
Second Team All-Ivy: Chris Wroblewski, Cornell (Jr., G, Highland Park, IL); Kyle Casey, Harvard (So., F, Medway, MA); Brandyn Curry, Harvard (So., G, Huntersville, NC); Ian Hummer, Princeton (So., F, Vienna, VA); Dan Mavraides, Princeton (Sr., G, San Mateo, CA)
Honorable Mention: Tucker Halpern, Brown (So., F, Brookline, MA); Brian Barbour, Columbia (So., G, Alamo, CA); Christian Webster, Harvard (So., G, Washington, DC); Jack Eggleston, Penn (Sr., F, Noblesville, IN)

Notes[edit]

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  3. ^ "Week 9 * January 3, 2011" (PDF). IvyLeagueSports.com. January 3, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ "2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings - AP Top 25 Week 12 (Jan. 24)". ESPN. January 24, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ "2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings - AP Top 25 Week 13 (Jan. 31)". ESPN. January 31, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ "2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings - AP Top 25 Week 16 (Feb. 21)". ESPN. February 21, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Harvard alone atop Ivy standings following win". ESPN. February 19, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ "2010-11 Highlights" (PDF). IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 7. 
  9. ^ "2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings - Week 18 (Mar. 7)". ESPN. March 7, 2011. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Top 25: Ohio State finishes regular season at No. 1". USAToday. March 13, 2011. Archived from the original on March 15, 2011. Retrieved March 15, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Brown's Leffelman, Cornell's Wroblewski Named Academic All-America in Men's Basketball". IvyLeagueSports.com. February 22, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  12. ^ "NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Player Free-Throw Shooting Statistics - 2010-11". ESPN. March 9, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Harvard tops Princeton 79-67 to share Ivy title". ESPN. March 5, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "Princeton tops Penn, sets up one-game playoff with Harvard". ESPN. March 8, 2011. Retrieved March 9, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Princeton Forces a Playoff for the Ivy's N.C.A.A. Bid". The New York Times. March 8, 2011. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  16. ^ Friedman, Dick (March 11, 2011). "Harvard, Princeton meet in a winner-take-all game for Ivy title". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  17. ^ Pennington, Bill (March 11, 2011). "Ivy Champions to Settle Score at Yale". The New York Times. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  18. ^ Rhoden, William C. (March 9, 2011). "In the Shadow of the Big East, a Spotlight for the Ivy League". The New York Times. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  19. ^ a b Pennington, Bill (March 12, 2011). "Princeton Pauses but Still Beats Buzzer on Way to N.C.A.A. Bid". The New York Times. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Princeton KO's Harvard on last-second jumper to earn NCAA bid". ESPN. March 12, 2011. Retrieved March 12, 2011. 
  21. ^ "2011 Men's Basketball Playoff Information". IvyLeagueSports.com. March 11, 2011. Retrieved March 12, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Men's Basketball - Team RPIs (2010-2011)". RealTimeRPI.Com. March 13, 2011. Archived from the original on March 13, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  23. ^ "2011 NCAA tournament selections". ESPN. March 13, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Playoff Defeat Sends Harvard to the N.I.T". The New York Times. March 13, 2011. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Colorado, Virginia Tech lead NIT field". ESPN. March 13, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Oklahoma State routs Harvard in NIT opener". ESPN. March 15, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  27. ^ "2010-11 Ivy League Men's Basketball Weekly release: Postseason • March 14, 2011" (PDF). Ivy League. March 14, 2011. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 
  28. ^ "Brandon Knight's only basket lifts Kentucky past Princeton in final seconds". ESPN. March 17, 2011. Retrieved March 17, 2011. 
  29. ^ McMurphy, Brett (March 18, 2011). "Pushed by Princeton, Kentucky Wins in Final Seconds". The New York Times. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  30. ^ "2010-11 Ivy League MEN'S BASKETBALL" (PDF). IvyLeagueSports.com. March 7, 2011. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  31. ^ "Men's Basketball All-Ivy -- 2010-11". IvyLeagueSports.com. March 9, 2011. Retrieved March 12, 2011. 

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