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  Saturday, October 29, 2005

BX Conf. Preview #18: Ivy League
By Drew Barnette

#18 href=/profile//> IVY href=/profile//> LEAGUE

Traditionally, href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> teams. href=/profile//> Penn href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Princeton href=/profile//> duke href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> title href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> rare href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> anyone href=/profile//> else href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> mix. href=/profile//> Last href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> different; href=/profile//> Princeton href=/profile//> went href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> 6-8 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> play. href=/profile//> That href=/profile//> didnít href=/profile//> mean href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> someone href=/profile//> elseís href=/profile//> turn href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> challenge href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> title href=/profile//> though. href=/profile//> Penn href=/profile//> wrapped href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> easily. href=/profile//> Whatís href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> tournament. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> champion href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> champion. href=/profile//> That href=/profile//> puts href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> ton href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> emphasis href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> because href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> highly href=/profile//> unlikely href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> send href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> dance. href=/profile//>




-1. href=/profile//> PENN. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> blew href=/profile//> through href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> 13-1 href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> finishing href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> ahead href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> majority href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> yearís href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> dominate href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> Tim href=/profile//> Begley, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> starters href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Ibrahim href=/profile//> Jaaber, href=/profile//> Mark href=/profile//> Zoller, href=/profile//> Steve href=/profile//> Danley href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Eric href=/profile//> Osmundson. href=/profile//> Since href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> half href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> style href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> door href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> well, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> put href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> scare href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> name href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> schedule. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> face href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> Duke, href=/profile//> Saint href=/profile//> Josephís href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Villanova href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> Other href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> that, href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> appear href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> winnable. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> stranger href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Ivy href=/profile//> standings, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> special href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> overall. href=/profile//>

-2. href=/profile//> PRINCETON. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> rare href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> does href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> near href=/profile//> it, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> rather href=/profile//> successful href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> showing. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> hot href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> end href=/profile//> though href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> seven. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> starters href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Scott href=/profile//> Greenman, href=/profile//> Noah href=/profile//> Savage href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Luke href=/profile//> Owings. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> Joe href=/profile//> Scottís href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> head href=/profile//> coach, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> hasnít href=/profile//> changed href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> terms href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Princeton href=/profile//> philosophy. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> donít href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> deep href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> bench href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> half href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> offense href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> utilizes href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> combination href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> outside href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> door href=/profile//> cuts. href=/profile//> href=/profile//>

-3. href=/profile//> YALE. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> bulldogs href=/profile//> love href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> utilize href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> inside href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> majority href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> inside href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> boards href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> dependent href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> senior href=/profile//> center href=/profile//> Dominick href=/profile//> Martin href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> bulldogs href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> anyone href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> inconsistent href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> row, href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> lose href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> row, href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> row. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> consistency href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> want href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> successful. href=/profile//> href=/profile//>

-4. href=/profile//> HARVARD. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> crimson href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> underneath href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> leading href=/profile//> scorers href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> rebounders href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> Matt href=/profile//> Stehle href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> center href=/profile//> Brian href=/profile//> Cussworth. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> love href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> inside href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> starters, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> these href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> biggest href=/profile//> contributors href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//>

-5. href=/profile//> CORNELL. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> red href=/profile//> got href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> start href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> tapered href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> toward href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> end. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> starters href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> yearís href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Lenny href=/profile//> Collins href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Ryan href=/profile//> Rourke. href=/profile//> Like href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Ivy, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> focus href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> half href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> rely href=/profile//> heavily href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> precision href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> execution. href=/profile//>

-6. href=/profile//> BROWN. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> bears href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Jason href=/profile//> Forte, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> starters href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> contributors href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> heavily href=/profile//> dependent href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Luke href=/profile//> Ruscoe href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> averaged href=/profile//> 10.3ppg href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> rebounding href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//>

-7. href=/profile//> DARTMOUTH. href=/profile//> After href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> unimpressive href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> green href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> six href=/profile//> straight href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> losing href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> final href=/profile//> two. href=/profile//> Although href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> may href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> caught href=/profile//> somewhat href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> hot href=/profile//> streak, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> little href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> yearís href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> appears href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> though href=/profile//> theyíll href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> losing href=/profile//> ways href=/profile//> rather href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> winning href=/profile//> ones. href=/profile//>

-8. href=/profile//> COLUMBIA. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> long href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> rest href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Matt href=/profile//> Preston, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> graduation, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> final href=/profile//> ten href=/profile//> games href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> donít href=/profile//> appear href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> aspect href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season.

 
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