Ivy League basketball 2016-17 outlook

What happened last year: A season after Harvard was a hard-fought one and done in the NCAA Tournament and Yale was snubbed by the NIT, the Ivies had a much better go of the postseason in 2016. Yale earned a No. 12 seed in the Big Dance and upset No. 5 Baylor before nearly sustaining an incredible comeback against No. 4 Duke in round two. It made for a memorable narrative – the Elis, absent from the NCAA Tournament, beat the Bears at their own rebounding game, with a meme-friendly moment after the game.

Yale’s win marked the fifth NCAA Tournament win for the Ivy League since 2010, bringing the league to an impressive 5-7 mark (.417) against substantially higher-seeded competition. The Ivy has proven it can hang with high-majors time and time again, and analytic databases such as KenPom have shown that the league should be nabbing higher seeds in the tourney than it has been this decade.

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Ivy League Digital Network now available on Apple TV, Roku

The Ivy League announced on August 24 availability on Apple TV and Roku for its coverage of conference athletics.

ILDN is a nine-channel network, and in-home television viewing of ILDN is now possible for the first time as a result of the new Apple TV and Roku availability.

In-game television viewing of live events on ILDN began last month.

ILDN was launched in 2013 as the league’s first-ever digital sports network, created by the league in partnership with NeuLion as a nine-channel video platform. It consists of eight channels for each individual school and one conference-wide channel which features all available Ancient Eight digital content across more than 30 sports.

In addition to the new in-game television viewing availability, the Ivy League continues its partnership with ESPN to simulcast select ILDN broadcasts on ESPN3 and the ESPN app.

April Fools: Dartmouth hires @DartmouthMBK to be new head coach

The powerhouse that's only a tweet away.
The powerhouse that’s only a tweet away.

Opting to go in a different direction after firing Paul Cormier, Dartmouth Athletic Director Harry Sheehy announced in a press conference in the boxing gym at Leede Arena Friday he was hiring Dartmouth’s Twitter feed to be the Big Green’s new head coach.

Sheehy told excited Ivy basketball reporters that he was impressed by @DartmouthMBK’s Twitter banter with Ivy Hoops Online and other Dartmouth hoops followers, and that that kind of charisma is what it will take to get Big Green basketball a national following beyond Hanover.

“I want to win the hearts and minds of basketball fans across the country, not just in Hanover,” Sheehy said. “Rudy LaRusso may not be walking through that door, but a program-saving Twitter feed sure is.”

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April Fools: Baylor’s Taurean Prince teaches Cornell how to rebound

Cornell Athletics announced Friday it had “hired”* Taurean Prince to teach Cornell how to rebound, a move by Cornell Athletic Director Andy Noel that was widely applauded by Cornell basketball followers since Cornell finished comfortably last in offensive and defensive rebounding among all Ivies last season.

Cornell is in between coaches right now, so Noel took it upon himself to invite Prince, who walked a reporter through the meaning of rebounding a basketball after Baylor lost to Yale in the NCAA Tournament.

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April Fools: Ivy League announces new tournament format for president searches

The Ivy League decided to lead and not follow any other conferences whatsoever Friday, announcing a new tournament format for university president searches in which all eight Ivies must narrow down their searches to a single top candidate after offering at least eight weeks of public input at university forums, and then go back to the top four candidates in their search and pit them against each other in one-on-one basketball games at the Palestra (No. 1 vs. No. 4, No. 2 vs. No. 3), in an attempt to convey that the schools don’t always want the best choice in their search. If there is a tie for the No. 4 slot, Amy Gutmann will flip a coin, put it back in her pocket without showing anyone, and ask the tied candidates why they can’t reach a compromise per her 2012 book The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It, which Ted Cruz and Donald Trump promised to read after their H-O-R-S-E game for the GOP nomination.

Ivy League officials noted that the No. 1 candidate would still be considered the university president but just wouldn’t be able to do anything in that role.

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April Fools: Game of H-O-R-S-E between Trump and Cruz at Palestra to decide GOP nomination

Exactly as the Founding Fathers intended.
Exactly as our founders of democracy intended. You know, the Greek ones. That’s why it’s called the Palestra.

The Republican National Committee announced Friday that it’s ditching the rest of the GOP presidential primary campaign in an attempt to stop Donald Trump from winning the party’s nomination for leader of the free world. Instead, the RNC has scheduled a H-O-R-S-E basketball game at the Palestra between apparent Penn alum Donald Trump and Princeton alum Ted Cruz to be held later on April Fools’ Day afternoon so that if Trump wins, the RNC can claim none of this was real.

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April Fools: Harvard’s vaunted recruiting class includes Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant may think Reggie Jackson's celebration is bush league, but he doesn't think Lavietes Pavilion is.
Kevin Durant may think Reggie Jackson’s celebration is bush league, but he doesn’t think Lavietes Pavilion is.

Tommy Amaker has made waves in the past year by putting together a recruiting class that is ranked in the top 10 nationally. Now he is going to add to it. After a nine-year hiatus from college basketball, former Texas forward Kevin Durant will rejoin the NCAA ranks to try and take Harvard back to the top of the Ivy table. Durant, whose impending free agency has been a major storyline in the NBA this season, put all of the speculation to rest Friday via press release. Durant thanked the many teammates he’s played with over the years but announced his intention to pursue a psychology degree at Harvard over the next three years.

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April Fools: Tommy Amaker lectures Mike Krzyzewski, says he’s happy at Harvard

Tommy Amaker ponders how much he enjoys eating fruit salad in the suite at Lavietes Pavilion.
Tommy Amaker ponders how much he enjoys the aura of Lavietes Pavilion.

In a phone call recorded by the Friends of Harvard Basketball and forwarded to Ivy Hoops Online, Harvard coach and Duke alum Tommy Amaker lectured longtime Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and said he was happy coaching the rest of his career at Harvard.

In the wake of Krzyzewski’s apology for comments he made to Oregon’s Dillon Brooks after Duke lost to Oregon in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, Krzyzewski, who coached Amaker at Duke, called Amaker, initially to apologize for trying to convince him not to go to Harvard in 2007.

“You think you know what’s best for everybody, that’s the problem,” Amaker told Krzyzewski. “You couldn’t fathom me coaching at Harvard after I left Michigan because you wanted me back at Duke. You said I was rushing into things. You said I wouldn’t have the staff, the budget, the facilities, or the support I’ve had in other places.”

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April Fools: Drexel takes Penn off the schedule, citing refusal to travel to the building of an inferior opponent

You thought DAC stood for Drexel Ass Can? Well, think again.
You thought DAC stood for Drexel Ass Can? Well, think again.

PHILADELPHIA – Zach Spiker wants to make Drexel basketball great again. And he’ll be doing it without the help of his neighbors.

The Dragons’ new coach, in an effort to put an immediate stamp on the program, announced Friday that he’ll be putting an end to Drexel’s nonconference games with Penn, effective immediately.

“Why would I want our guys to go through the trouble of walking over two blocks just so we can play in a half-empty dump that hasn’t hosted a relevant team since Jimmy Carter was president? It makes no sense,” Spiker said.

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April Fools: Makai Mason wakes from nightmare of Grayson Allen tripping him again

Makai Mason's best friend learns how to stick his foot out.
Makai Mason’s best friend learns how to stick his foot out.
Despite a more national profile after a win in the Big Dance, Yale sophomore guard Makai Mason hasn’t been able to enjoy his time back on campus, according to reports.
According to a source close to the team, Mason has been having consistent nightmares about the Elis’ NCAA Tournament loss to Duke in Providence, R.I., and specifically about Duke sophomore guard and all-around good sport Grayson Allen tripping him in the game.