Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Harvard Getting First-Place Pub

Fresh off of their weekend road sweep of Cornell and Columbia which finished with Harvard in a tie for first place (thanks to a Princeotn loss to Brown), the Crimson are seeing some positive press. Following the Columbia win, Harvard basketball was on the front page of ESPN.com's basketball section (image here).

Joe Lunardi of ESPN's "Bracketology" predicts Harvard to be in the field of 68 as a 14-seed facing 3-seed Georgetown in Charlotte, North Carolina in the first round. Meanwhile, Andy Glockner of Sports Illustrated's "Bracket Watch" has the Crimson as a 13-seed facing 4-seed Vanderbilit in Denver, Colorado.

In the rankings, Harvard continues to receive a vote in the Associated Press Top 25. The Crimson's RPI rating is #41, just behind Michigan State and just ahead of Illinois. Here's how all eight Ivy League teams stack up in the RPI:

#40 Harvard Crimson
#54 Princeton Tigers
...and a big drop off to
#165 Yale Bulldogs
#168 Penn Quakers
#174 Columbia Lions
#218 Brown Bears
#244 Cornell Big Red
#297 Dartmouth Big Green.

The KenPom ratings are less kind to the Crimson, as they have Harvard at #80, behind N.C. State and ahead of Providence. Here are the Ivy League teams in the KenPom rankings:

#80 Harvard Crimson
#102 Princeton Tigers
#169 Penn Quakers
#181 Yale Bulldogs
#203 Cornell Big Red
#229 Columbia Lions
#240 Brown Bears
#302 Dartmouth Big Green

Link to ESPN's Bracketology
Link to Sports Illustrated's Bracket Watch

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