Since I practice law by day, let”s enter into a few stipulations:
1. Yale is what we expected Yale to be. The UConn win was no fluke.
2. Harvard is not that good. Losing to Holy Cross, BC and Dartmouth at home just doesn”t work.
3. No team is going undefeated in the Ivies.
4. A three-loss team may casino win the Ivies.
5. Princeton and Columbia will each beat either Yale or Harvard at least once.
6. The home team always has trouble in the Yale-Brown games.
So where are we towards the end of January? Yale edged Brown at home, 69-65, behind 27 points and nine rebounds by the best player in the Ivies, Justin Sears. At the same time, Dartmouth, who hadn”t beaten Harvard in 11 tries, went on a 26-2 run at Harvard to badly beat the enigmatic Crimson, 70-61. Siyani Chambers had another disappointing game, with only 13 in the loss.
Yale-Harvard at Payne Whitney on Feb. 7 won”t involve two undefeated Ivy teams as expected and Yale should be a decided favorite. Who would have believed that in November?