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The Lions closed out their season with a bang, taking three out of four games from the Penn Quakers to finish with a 21-24 overall record and a 12-8 record in Ivy play. Despite having the fourth-best record of all eight Ivy teams, the Lions finished in third place in the Lou Gehrig division, behind Cornell and Princeton.
It was a good season for the Lions, overall, as they finished with 20-plus wins for the third time in the last five seasons. Of course, the team would have preferred to be playing next weekend in the Ivy League Championship Series, but with so few Ivy contests, each one is so important to determining the eventual division winners. So with that, let’s take a look back on this past weekend with the final “three quick thoughts” of the season. More »
Playing at home has been quite sweet for the Lions in Ivy play, as they won three out of four games this weekend against the Princeton Tigers. The three wins brought the Lions’ record to 17-22, 9-7 in Ivy play. In a way, the three wins avenged last year’s series with the Tigers, where Princeton took three out of the four games to take Columbia out of contention for the Lou Gehrig division title. In much the same way, the Light Blue’s three wins this weekend combined with Cornell’s three wins mean that Princeton will have to take all four from the Big Red next weekend to claim the division.
Unfortunately, the aforementioned Big Red wins also mean that the Lions have been eliminated from winning the division title. But regardless, it was great to see the Lions string those wins together after struggling at Cornell. So let’s go back over some of those highs of the weekend in this week’s “three quick thoughts.” More »
Disappointment was the word of the weekend, as the Lions dropped three of their four games to the Cornell Big Red this weekend up in Ithaca. Despite strong starting pitching, the Lions’ bats weren’t able to heat up until late in the day on Sunday, rendering some of those great performances inconsequential.
The three wins pushed Cornell’s stellar Ivy record to 10-2, and dropped the Lions to 6-6—good for third place in the Lou Gehrig division. Now that it’s back to the drawing board, let’s take a look-see at what happened the last few days and what it means for the Lions going forward in this week’s “three quick thoughts.” More »
It was a so-so weekend for Lion baseball as they traveled to Harvard and Dartmouth, and split both series to go 2-2 over the holidays. That mark brings them to 5-3 for their Ivy season, and 12-16 overall. There’s an adage in Major League Baseball that goes: If you’re well above .500 at home, and about .500 on the road, then you’re most likely having a successful season. Unfortunately, due to the 20-game Ivy schedule, that adage definitely doesn’t apply to the Light Blue. So what does this 2-2 weekend mean? Click past the jump for “three quick thoughts” on the weekend and the road ahead. More »
This weekend kicked off the beginning of the Ivy season for the baseball team, and they nearly had as good of a weekend as you can get. The Light Blue swept its doubleheader against Yale on Saturday and split the two games against Brown yesterday, to bring their overall record up to 9-14 and their Ivy record to 3-1. Definitely not a bad way to start off the Ivy season, as the Lions are tied with last year’s Ivy Champion, Princeton, in the Lou Gehrig Division with their 3-1 records. In the first three games, pitching and defense kept the Lions going, but in the last game, it was all about offense. Click past the jump to see three quick thoughts on the team’s fast start to Ivy play. More »
That’s right, friends, we’re down to four teams in this year’s NCAA Tournament—Kansas, Ohio State, Louisville, and Kentucky. For all those who had these teams as the Final Four in your bracket pool—which I suspect is a fairly small percentage—kudos to you. I, for one, didn’t think Ohio State would beat Syracuse, and I definitely didn’t think we’d be seeing Louisville anywhere close to this Final Four. But here we are, with Kentucky the only No. 1 seed still in the hunt. And while there still haven’t been any buzzer-beaters in this year’s tourney, there were certainly upsets abound this past weekend. So follow the jump for three quick thoughts on this past weekend and what lies ahead for the Final Four in New Orleans. More »
With its final two games in the books, the 2011-2012 chapter of Columbia men’s basketball has come to a close. With their 77-70 overtime loss to Harvard and a solid win over Dartmouth on Senior Night, the Lions finish the season in sixth place with an Ivy record of 4-10 and an overall record of 15-15.
While the Lions did not improve on their Ivy record from last year (6-8), they did progress in plenty of other areas. With many core players returning to the team next season, there’s a lot to look forward to for next season.
But before we go there, let’s take a look back at this past weekend with three quick thoughts after the jump. More »
While one Light Blue team celebrated an Ivy Championship, and another team got its first Ivy win of the year, men’s basketball couldn’t match its Ivy opponents this weekend—the Light Blue lost 75-67 to Yale on Friday night and 94-78 to Brown on Saturday. This 0-2 weekend leaves the Lion record at 14-14 overall and 3-9 in Ivy play.
With so many close Ivy losses, this weekend was the time for the Lions to show if they could take another step forward, but instead some defensive lapses and poor shooting proved that it wasn’t meant to be. But where does all this leave the Lions now? Follow the jump for three quick thoughts on these two games and the final two coming up this weekend.
There’s an old saying that goes something like, “You have to learn how to lose before you know how to win.”
Sometimes I find that saying to be a cheap cop-out, but in the case of the men’s basketball team, I’m starting to think that it might have some merit. They say the “numbers never lie,” and if we’re talking purely statistically, then the Lions have undoubtedly been one of the top Ivy teams this season. But the numbers that really don’t lie are the W’s and L’s, and right now those are not in the Lions’ favor.
With losses to Princeton and Penn over the weekend, the Lions are now sixth in the Ivy League with an Ivy record of 3-7. With just four games left to play, the Ivy crown for this team has fallen out of reach. That said, the Lions still have plenty to play for in these next four games. Follow the jump for some analysis of what happened the last few days, and what’s ahead for the Lions. More »
There’s a Stevie Wonder song called “Rocket Love,” and I feel like some of its lyrics are a perfect way to describe the weekend for men’s basketball. The song’s refrain is, “You took me riding in your rocket, gave me a star. But at a half a mile from heaven you dropped me back down to this cold, cold world.”
How else can you describe a weekend where the Lions dominated Brown by a score of 86-60 Friday night, then led Yale by 21 points with 11:30 left to go in the game last night, but ended up losing 59-58?
On the surface, the Lions’ 1-1 record for the weekend isn’t so bad considering where the Light Blue falls in the standings in comparison to the two teams it played. However, it’s undeniable that the weekend could have resulted in a better Ivy season record for the Lions than 3-5. But let’s see what we can make of it all in this week’s three quick thoughts. More »