Q&A with Columbia men’s basketball legend Jonathan Schiller

chiller (Boies Schiller Flexner)

Jonathan Schiller was a three-year letterwinner for Columbia men’s basketball and was a member of the legendary 1967-68 Columbia team. He was inducted into the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006 and named a Legend of Ivy Basketball in 2017. He is a founding partner of the law firm of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP. Ivy Hoops Online recently sat down with him: 

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Why the Ivy League isn’t getting fair NCAA Tournament consideration

Princeton coach Mitch Henderson was asked after the Tigers’ 73-62 win over Yale Saturday night by Asbury Park Press college basketball writer Jerry Carino what it says about the NCAA’s system for selecting NCAA Tournament teams that there’s no hope for an at-large Ivy League bid.

“These guys signed up knowing we’ve got to win the league and we’ve got to win the [Ivy League] Tournament,” Henderson said.

Perhaps Henderson was trying to be politically correct or keep his team’s focus on winning the Ivy tourney. But the discussion about a two-bid Ivy is far from closed.

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Breaking down the NLRB decision finding Dartmouth men’s basketball players are employees

A National Labor Relations Board director ordered a union election for 15 Dartmouth men’s basketball players Monday in a ruling that found the players are employees of the university.

The result could be the first labor union for NCAA athletes.

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Yes, Virginia, there is a two-bid Ivy – but only for Princeton women’s basketball

Two weeks ago, Joe Lunardi of ESPN wrote that the Princeton men’s basketball team was on track to become the first team in history to earn a second Ivy League bid to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.  

“Conceivably, the Tigers could be 27-1 or thereabouts heading into the Ivy League championship game on Selection Sunday,” Lunardi wrote. “What would the committee do if Princeton drops that last game? Could the Ivy League really be a two-bid league? The answer from this seat is clearly ‘yes.’ And the uniqueness of it all is worth watching and even rooting for.”

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Be thankful for Ivy League basketball

It’s Thanksgiving, and our cups runneth over with sumptuous Ivy hoops results.  

Last Monday, the Penn men’s team gobbled up a nationally ranked Villanova team at the Palestra.  A day earlier, the Princeton women’s team visited Middle Tennessee State, the defending Conference USA champions, and pulled the rug on the Blue Raiders’ 49-game home court winning streak.  Five days later, the Tigers came within a whisker of upsetting No. 3 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion.  

Last Saturday, the Columbia men, picked to finish last in the Ivy League, toppled Temple, 78-73, in an upset that virtually no one even seemed to notice.

But wait, there’s more.  The Brown women’s team, picked to finish sixth in the Ivy League this season, lowered the boom on Providence and Georgetown in back-to-back games.  The Bears may not win the Ivy crown, but apparently they are contenders in the Big East.  

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Ancient Nine: Men’s game No. 3

Welcome back to Ancient Nine! You probably know the deal by now: fill in each square with a player from the corresponding team who fits that category. For example, if the row was Yale and the column was Ivy Player of the Year, “Paul Atkinson” or “Miye Oni” would each be a correct answer.

You can play in your head or visit this Google sheet to fill in answers directly (click File -> Make a Copy to get an editable version). Here’s today’s grid, featuring two new teams and two new categories:

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Not just nitpicking over NIT-picking

Dan Gavitt is NCAA senior vice president of basketball and NIT board chair. (MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference)

Editor’s note: Dan Gavitt is the son of the great Dave Gavitt, the driving force behind the creation of the Big East. The younger Gavitt is NIT board chair and NCAA senior vice president of basketball, and he has backed a new NIT policy which eliminates the automatic bid for mid-major conference champions who do not win their conference tournaments.

Dear Dan:

What would your father say?

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Ancient Nine: Women’s game No. 1

Welcome back to a women’s edition of Ancient Nine! If you’ve seen Immaculate Grid or similar games, this works the same way: fill in each square with a player from the corresponding team who fits that category. For example, if the row was Columbia and the column was first-team All-Ivy, “Kaitlyn Davis” or “Abbey Hsu” would each be a correct answer.

You can play in your head or visit this Google sheet to fill in answers directly (click File -> Make a Copy to get an editable version). Here’s today’s grid:

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2023-24 IHO preseason polls and what we’re watching for

With the start of the 2023-24 Ivy League basketball season just nine days away, Ivy Hoops Online presents our contributors’ predicted final standings.

Finishing atop the conference in the regular season has never been less important on the men’s side given the NCAA’s announcement Friday that for the 2024 NIT, conference regular-season champions that don’t win their conference tournament or are not given an at-large slot in the men’s NCAA Tournament will not receive an automatic bid to the NIT.

That news drew pushback from Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris, who criticized not only the decision but how it came to be:

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Ancient Nine: Men’s game No. 2

Welcome back to Ancient Nine! If you’ve seen Immaculate Grid or similar games, this works the same way: fill in each square with a player from the corresponding team who fits that category. For example, if the row was Penn and the column was Ivy Player of the Year, “Jordan Dingle” or “AJ Brodeur” would each be a correct answer.

You can play in your head or visit this Google sheet to fill in answers directly (click File -> Make a Copy to get an editable version). Here’s today’s grid:

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