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Writing the Pine: Ivy League Postseason Basketball

Usually the end of March Madness brings with it nothing but a longing for more high intensity sports action that is only somewhat whetted by the start of spring baseball. This year things are different. This year Letterman retired. This year we, Hank and Fish, will rise like a phoenix (Jobin) from the ashes of The Dartmouth Sports section. We are bringing you raw, uncut, generally bad and poorly thought-out arguments on sports topics interesting to very few (perhaps only us, perhaps not even us). Welcome to Writing the Pine with Hank and Fish. Stressed to impress, for our first topic we got to asking ourselves the tough questions. There are 32 conferences in Division I basketball. Each of these conferences receives one “automatic bid” into the postseason NCAA tournament. Thirty-one of these conferences award their “automatic bid” to the winner of a postseason single-elimination conference tournament. Only the Ivy League awards it differently, giving the “automatic bid” to the regular season champion, without holding a conference tournament at all. Supporters of the Ivy League system argue that the lack of a conference tournament allows student-athletes to focus on their work at an important juncture while also ensuring that only the best… Read more »

Beilein joins men’s basketball coaching staff

Zach Ingbretsen / The Dartmouth Senior Staff

Patrick Beilein, current graduate manager at University of Michigan, was hired by newly-instated head coach, Paul Cormier, as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team. Beilein leaves Michigan after two years of working alongside his father and Wolverine head coach, John Beilein.  “I wanted him to go out and experience other coaches and learn from other coaches,” John Beilein told “Patrick wanted to get on the floor.”Graduating in 2006 from West Virginia University, Beilein played for four years for the Mountaineers and finished his career with 1,001 points. Opting to continue playing after graduation, Beilein got a taste of professional basketball after a one-year stint with UCD Marian in Ireland from 2007-2008 before settling to work under his father at Michigan. The assistant coaching position at Dartmouth is Patrick Beilein’s first coaching stint. He will join Cormier in his first season coaching the Big Green after a subpar 2009-2010 campaign that saw former head coach Terry Dunn step down mid-season.

WEEKLY BREAKDOWN: Big Green Basketball

    Doug Gonzalez / The Dartmouth Senior Staff Why there isn’t more chatter about Dartmouth’s Brittney Smith ’11 as the women’s Ivy League Basketball Player of the Year is beyond me. Not only is Smith averaging a double-double on the season with 12.4 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game, she also notched her fifth and sixth double-doubles of the season this past weekend en route to being named Ivy League Co-Player of the Week. Smith helped demolish Cornell with a Dwight Howard-like effort, scoring 22 points, while pulling down 12 rebounds. She also contributed four steals and three blocks. As if that weren’t enough, Smith contributed 18 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and two steals in the tough 72-59 loss to Columbia on Saturday. In other women’s Ivy League basketball news, Harvard had a solid weekend, posting two encouraging victories against Columbia and Cornell. Aided by Co-Player of the Week Emma Markley, the Crimson was able to secure a victory in its home Ivy League opener against the Lions on Friday and fend off the Big Red on Saturday to continue its undefeated season at home. Markley’s weekly honor was well deserved, as she averaged 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks… Read more »

Basketball Star McGuire ’44 dies

    Courtesy Of Hoophall.Com For­mer mem­ber of the Big Green men’s bas­ket­ball team, Richard J. “Dick” McGuire ’44, and mem­ber of the Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame passed away today at the age of 84. McGuire spent most of his col­le­giate ca­reer with St. John’s Uni­ver­sity in New York but played five games with the Big Green as part of a Navy train­ing pro­gram. Fol­low­ing his ca­reer with the New York Knicks, “Tricky Dick” has his num­ber 15 re­tired in the rafters at Madi­son Square Gar­den, the Knicks’ home. In his 11 sea­sons in the NBA he was an all-star seven times. He still ranks third on the Knicks all-time as­sists list, 2,950. He was in­ducted in the Nai­smith Memo­r­ial Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame in 1993. After play­ing in the NBA as a guard, McGuire re­tired and went into coach­ing for the Knicks. At the time of his death, he was a con­sul­tant with the Knicks or­ga­ni­za­tion and liv­ing on Long Is­land. McGuire is sur­vived by his wife, Teri, four chil­dren and seven… Read more »

Tournament expansion unlikely to benefit Ivy League, Cornell coach says

The Dartmouth The NCAA and its broad­cast­ers have been meet­ing to dis­cuss a po­ten­tial ex­pan­sion of the NCAA men’s bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment from 65 to 96 teams, ac­cord­ing to the Sports Busi­ness Jour­nal. The move would ef­fec­tively in­cor­po­rate the cur­rent Na­tional In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment into the NCAA tour­na­ment, and could re­sult in an ad­di­tional Ivy League team play­ing in March Mad­ness. Under the plan, the top 32 seeds in the tour­na­ment would re­ceive byes, and the 64 ad­di­tional teams would play an extra game be­fore the field is trimmed from 96 to 64. This may be good news to peren­nial also-rans in the ACC or Big 10. Even a die-hard sports fan would be hard pressed to name the win­ner of the NIT this year (Penn State). But even with 96 teams in the tour­na­ment, it is un­likely that the Ivy League would re­ceive a sec­ond tour­na­ment bid. The move is being pushed by power con­fer­ence schools that face strong sched­ules but often miss out on tour­na­ment bids, Cor­nell men’s bas­ket­ball head coach Steve Don­ahue said in an in­ter­view with The Dart­mouth. Don­ahue, whose squad has cap­tured the Ivy League’s au­to­matic bid the past two years, is not a fan of the… Read more »

Ivy Awards: Week of Nov. 30

The Dartmouth After an­other week of bas­ket­ball ac­tion, the Ivy League re­leased its weekly hoops awards on Mon­day. On the men’s side, Player of the Week hon­ors were shared by two play­ers for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive week. The league hon­ored Co­lum­bia sopho­more guard Noruwa Agho (New City, N.Y.), who posted back-to-back 20-plus point games this week. Agho, who is shoot­ing 61.5 per­cent from the field and 73.3 per­cent from three-point range, cur­rently leads the na­tion in three-point field goal per­cent­age. Agho shared this week’s honor with Cor­nell se­nior Ryan Wittman (Eden Prairie, Minn.). Wittman av­er­aged 17.3 points, 4.3 re­bounds, 1.5 as­sists and 1.3 steals as the Big Red went 3-1 over the week­end at the Leg­ends Clas­sic tour­na­ment – good enough to gain him tour­na­ment most valu­able player. Wittman’s week­end ef­forts also helped him grab a new Ivy League record for ca­reer three-point­ers, at 288. Rookie of the Week went to Brown fresh­man guard Matt Sul­li­van (Wil­mette, Ill.), who is av­er­ag­ing 10.3 points per game for the Bears. This week, he scored 12 points against Bryant Uni­ver­sity, and then fol­lowed that ef­fort by con­tribut­ing 11 points and dish­ing out a ca­reer-best seven as­sists against Uni­ver­sity of the Sci­ences. In women’s… Read more »