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Username Post: 2017-18 Ivy Performance
mrjames 
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12-10-17 05:44 PM - Post#239931    
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And a bit more on some of the other teams here (who have all played a little more to script thus far):

It is pretty shocking how well Yale has played without Mason and Bruner, especially because this team has been better offensively (149th nationally) than defensively (183rd). Oni and Reynolds have been good, but Copeland taking another step forward in the face of highly-regressable peripherals and Atkinson and Swain having big freshmen years has somehow kept this team afloat until they get Mason back soon.

Yale's struggling with turnovers, much like Harvard, but should improve as well, as Mason should be a steadying force. Also, Yale has flipped its recent 3PT rate script, now taking many more than its opponents, which is great from a style perspective.

With Mason back, could easily see Yale as a fringe Top 100 team.

Penn's been discussed ad nauseam already, but the team has some real regression warning signs defensively, but at the same time it's been a fringe Top 100 defense and the best in the league, so if that 116 DRAT on 3PT possessions keeps rising a smidge, that's not going to change that this is a pretty good defensive unit (maybe 125th-150th nationally). The Quakers' jump shooting has been pretty mediocre, but it's getting enough layups and not turning the ball over that it's scratching together a Top 200 offense. That should be enough to keep Penn around the 150s and, in this Ivy League, in solid Ivy Tourney position.
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