No one in the Ivy League has a legitimate chance of stealing the conference's automatic bid from Harvard—the Crimson made their first appearance in the AP Top 25 this week—but Columbia might have had a chance of having a chance with a healthy Noruwa Agho.
Those hopes were shattered in the Lions' second game of the season, a 62-58 loss to Furman. Agho went down late in the game with an apparent knee injury and, later, was diagnosed with a torn patellar tendon.
In all likelihood, Agho will miss the rest of 2011-12.
The senior—a 40 percent career marksman from deep—averaged better than 16 points per game as a sophomore and junior and was the best player on this Columbia team.
Though the Lions are 6-2 without their star, don't be fooled—they've beaten two non-Division I teams, a George Beamon-less Manhattan team and a Loyola Marymount squad without leading scorer Ashley Hamilton.
Without Agho, Columbia is destined for a season of mediocrity.