The Ivy League Basketball regular season has played out similarly to what was predicted. The league power rankings suggest that two teams have separated themselves from the rest.
This season, as for the last few years, Ivy League Basketball has given us some exciting conference battles. The teams that prevail in this league have often gone onto the NCAA Tournament as a trendy upset pick. The truth is, the Ivy League has established itself as one of the strongest mid-major conferences in NCAA Basketball.
Heading into this year, it was thought that three teams would be in a tough battle. It was clear that both Yale and Harvard would be back and competitive, but Pennsylvania, with its tough front court and great senior leaders, was poised to make things interesting. Now, Penn has not played up to those expectations, and the slugfest for first place is very similar to what it was last year.
The battle at the top last season was between Yale and Harvard. After falling to Harvard twice in the regular season, Yale managed to finally get a victory over the Crimson in the conference championship.
This year, Yale is hungry to win the conference yet again, but Harvard is out for sweet revenge and to make it back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015.
In their first meeting, Harvard went into Yale and defeated the Bulldogs 78-77. Their next meeting, which will most likely be the game that decides who will be crowned as the Ivy League basketball regular season champ, will be played on Saturday, March 7th.
With these two taking the top two places in this edition of the Ivy League Power Rankings, let’s see where the rest of the conference stacks up against them.