Last year the Ivy League saw one of its most exciting seasons come down to the final shot. This year, the expectation for excitement is no less as the Ancient Eight has one of its deepest conferences ever heading into its first weekend this Friday.
Harvard is certainly expected to be the automatic out of the conference. The Crimson were within one second of an NCAA berth last year before Princeton's Douglas Davis hit a buzzer-beater to give it the win in the Ivy tiebreaker. This year Harvard returns all of its players from last season as the Crimson hope to make their first NCAA tournament ever.
However, there are several contenders. Among the top are Princeton, Yale, Penn and Columbia. Cornell could even make a push if it stays healthy.
The Ivy League is unique in that it has no conference tournament. So whoever wins it in the regular season will advance, making all 14 games very crucial.