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artist's rendition of Ivy playoff scenarios

artist’s rendition of Ivy playoff scenarios

If you haven’t heard, this year is the inaugural Ivy League Basketball Tournament, in which four teams will compete in a bracket to determine who will represent the Ivy League in the NCAA tournament. Since the regular season now has a responsibility to assign the top four seeds, instead of just the top one, there are a lot of new tiebreaker scenarios which the Ivy League has to keep track of, especially on the men’s side.

Some of these edge scenarios are downright terrifying.

This morning, the @Ivy_Basketball Twitter account clarified a ruling on tiebreaker rules, sending the league’s team of analysts into a frenzy. Basically, the tweet says that one parameter for breaking ties, the tied teams’ records against other Ivy teams, will refer not just to teams in the tournament, but all eight teams in the league. However, most statistical models were imagining that only the teams who made it into the tournament would matter, so those models became wrong. The league’s tiebreaker incompetence, for its devoted followers, is nothing new.

Here are the rules, per the Ivy League, on who wins a tiebreaker if, for instance, Penn and Columbia end the season tied at 6-8:

  1. Compare the head-to-head record between the tied teams. If one team swept the other, they win.
  2. If still tied, compare the record of each team against the top-ranked team in the league. If that is tied, continue down the list of teams in the league, all the way down to the very last team in the league. Whoever has the better record wins.
  3. If still tied, compare an average of the rankings given to the tied teams by several analytical systems (BPI, RPI, KenPom, Sagarin). Whoever has the better record wins.
  4. If still tied, go to a coin flip.

This new ruling opens up some outs for Columbia. Because of Columbia’s weak out-of-conference performance, they don’t stand a chance to win Tiebreaker 3. But there are scenarios in which Columbia can make the 4-seed, or even the 3-seed, thanks to the new rules. For instance, if the Lions and Penn Quakers both go 2-0 next weekend, and the Yale Bulldogs secure the 3-seed, then Columbia can make the tournament with a Brown win against Cornell. (If you don’t trust me, I encourage you to check out my horrifyingly complex (and poorly formatted) chart of how every scenario works out.)

Here are the basic playoff scenarios that matter to Columbia. For playoff odds not accounting for slightly undefined edge cases, refer to @YaleSportsGroup’s odds:

  • If Columbia does better than Penn this weekend, they’re in the tournament.
  • If Columbia goes 2-0, Penn does not go 2-0, and Yale goes 0-2, the Lions will lock in the 3 seed thanks to their Tiebreaker 2 against Harvard.
  • If Columbia goes 2-0, Penn goes 2-0, and Yale goes 1-1, Penn gets the 4 seed with a Cornell win over Brown, and Columbia gets the 4 seed with a Brown win over Cornell.
  • If Columbia goes 2-0, Penn goes 2-0, and Yale goes 0-2, both Columbia and Penn make the tournament, while Yale falls out. Penn gets the 3 seed unless Dartmouth beats Princeton and Brown beats Cornell (very unlikely).
  • If Columbia beats Brown and loses to Yale, they secure the 4 seed if Penn loses to Harvard, but do not make the tournament if Penn beats Harvard.
  • If Columbia beats Yale and loses to Brown, they secure the 4 seed if Penn loses to Harvard. If Penn defeats Harvard while losing to Dartmouth, things get complicated. Penn gets the 4 if Cornell goes 2-0, and Columbia gets the 4 if Cornell goes 0-2. If Cornell goes 1-1 in this scenario, Penn gets if Princeton beats Dartmouth (likely), and Columbia gets in if Dartmouth beats Princeton.
  • If Columbia and Penn both go 0-2, Dartmouth can secure the 4 seed by beating Princeton. Otherwise, Columbia gets the 4 seed, unless Cornell goes 2-0.

tl;dr – Neither Columbia nor Penn truly control their own destiny. Columbia should try to win, obviously. Beyond that, they want Yale and Penn to lose, they want Brown to beat Cornell, and they want Dartmouth to do well.

But what about some even more confusing scenarios?



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Sick pics.

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or if you have a correction, please let us know in the comments.


  • “Anatomy of the NBA Ecosystem” Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Lerner Hall. Evan Wasch.
  • “Other Russias: Victoria Lomasko’s Graphic Journalism” Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. IAB. Victoria Lomasko.
  • “Nietzsche 13/13: Irigaray and Nietzsche” Thursday, March 2, 6:15 – 9:15 pm. Jerome Greene Annex. Penelope Deutscher, Marianne Hirsch, Kelly Oliver.
  • “POWER TALK with Loretta J. Mester ’80” Thursday, March 2, 7:00 pm. Sulzberger Parlor. Loretta Mester.

More events after the jump!



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Not a castle, but close

In the interest of contrasting her industrial-modern experience from the other day, Bwog Bagel Amara Banks visited The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary. Below are some useful stats as well as her opinion of the library. 

Location: 3041 Broadway, New York, NY, 10027. Right on the corner of 121st and Broadway

Hours: Typically 9am-10pm on weekdays; 10am-5pm on Saturdays; 2pm-10pm on Sundays; check the full schedule here

Contact: (212) 851-5606; burke@library.columbia.edu; Twitter @BurkeLibraryUTS

Seats: ~200 seats total, ~20 computers, 20 comfy chairs, 0 seats for talking


  • Printers: 2 black & white Paw-Print stations
  • Scanners: 3 scanners
  • Chairs: Classic wooden chairs
  • Computers: multiple computer locations throughout the library’s three levels
  • Bathrooms: single-use, gender-neutral bathrooms are located on the first floor
  • Windows: The library’s walls are filled with windows, filling the study spaces with lots of natural light
  • Smoking: The library is located out of Columbia’s main gates so you don’t have to worry about finding a designated smoking area; just go like 20 feet away from the building
  • Books: This is one of the largest Theological libraries in North America. It houses includes the Bonhoeffer Collection, the Gillett Collection of American History and Theology, the Missionary Research Collection, the Sacred Music Collection, and more.

more about Burke Library after the jump



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Ceelo as Oscar golden man at the Grammy’s

The Oscars are important, yes. But, not as important as Bwog, amirite? Who needs the red carpet when you can stomp the zigzagging ramps of Lerner to 505 and meet all the A-listed, definitely-relevant superstars that are Bwog staffers?

Come to Lerner 505 at 7 pm tonight, wear a Valentino full gown, Paul Smith tuxedo or a Givenchy potato sack, and, most importantly, bring your pitches!



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Happening in the world: Long Zhengyang, former assistant chief editor of the Hong Kong Commercial Daily revealed that he was “persecuted” for being supportive of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. (BBC)

Happening in the city (or the state): Rockland County sheriff’s bomb squad removed 2 WWII-era grenades from Tappan Zee Manor Nursing Home. (NBC New York)

Happening on campus: Taiwanese American Student Association and Outreach for Taiwan is holding an interactive workshop on the topic of cross-strait relations under the Trump and Tsai presidencies tomorrow at 2:00 pm in Lerner Broadway Room.

Overheard: *At 116th bus station* “Yeah, it was a good weekend, I’m just glad I don’t go to school here.” *looked up and realized that she was surrounded by Columbia students* “Sorry…”

photo via NBC New York


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