Diogenes (Mr. James)
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Date Posted: 19:42:32 06/20/17 Tue
Thank you for those stats. They are undoubtedly correct and illuminating. The question is the relevancy of those stats to the race for fourth place in a weak eight team league.
HYP are, by a wide margin, the class of the league in basketball. That being said, HYP are lower tier D-1 teams when compared to the teams in the Big East, Big Ten, ACC, SEC, Big 12, PAC-10 and even the A-10. That HYP, on a given day, can give top teams a good game and occasionally beat one of them, doesn't mean that HYP are on a level with the top teams.
The bottom five Ivy teams have more in common with each other than they do with HYP. Accordingly, how any of the bottom five fares against HYP is much less pertinent than how the bottom five compete with each other.
Last year, Dartmouth beat Penn twice. Penn was the fourth place team. Dartmouth split with Columbia and Brown. Cornell beat Dartmouth twice. That tells me that, notwithstanding the dreadful statistics you cite, Dartmouth was as competitive as any of the other bottom five in the race for the championship of the bottom five, otherwise known as fourth place.
Dartmouth showed great improvement last season, has the best player in the League, two much improved sophomores, two outstanding incoming forwards and an incoming international point guard.
There is every reason to believe that Dartmouth will be quite competitive in the bottom five and perhaps, with some luck, get one or more wins against HYP.
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