January 28, 2009

Around the Ivy's: Ivy League Rivals Back On the Court

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The Ivy League men’s and women’s basketball season has just begun, but many teams, including Cornell, have been on the court for some time. As the League season begins, many of the teams have already hit their stride and competition is tight.
Cornell leads the men’s side with two wins against Columbia. On the women’s side the Red is in the middle of the pack with an even 1-1 record.
The Red men have already shown their dominance with solid victories outside of the Ivy League. With their back-to-back wins at Columbia they have asserted their current dominance in the league.
The Red women were League champions last year, tying Dartmouth and Harvard for the title. The team dropped their first game to Columbia but rallied to win the second. The team needs to limit its losses to return to the top of the leaderboard.
The Dartmouth men’s team took an overtime win against Harvard this past weekend. Both teams tied last year for the bottom spots in the Ivy League. Dartmouth only took three wins last season and an early win against Harvard may give the team new confidence as the rest of the season goes on.
Last year’s number two, Brown, lost both of its opening games. The early losses may be tough to bounce back from especially with Cornell looking especially competitive.