The Ivies are opening their seasons tonight and tomorrow night, so let’s just commence with the game previews already.
The Teams: Yale (0-0) at Quinnipiac (0-0), Friday, 5:30 p.m.
The Skinny: Quinnipiac returns several key pieces from last year’s Bobcats squad that won seven of eight games in February and carried that momentum into a 69-68 CIT opening-round loss to Yale. Still, two of Quinnipiac’s top three scorers from a season ago – Ike Azotam and Umar Shannon – have graduated, leaving senior guard Zaid Hearst to help fill their void. Expect Yale to win this grudge match as Quinnipiac’s offense searches for its identity in its very first game of the season.
The Teams: MIT (0-0) at No. 25 Harvard (0-0), Friday, 7 p.m.
The Skinny: Division III at nationally ranked Division I, anyone? Last season, Harvard blasted MIT, 79-37, so even though MIT returns its top two scorers in senior forwards Matt Redfield and Andrew Acker, the Crimson will win their 10th straight home opener tonight.