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Men's Basketball Weekend Preview for March 4-5

Princeton's Dan Mavraides

Complete Ivy League Men's Basketball Weekly Release

Photo courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- History truly is in the making when looking forward to the final full weekend of Ivy League men's basketball for the 2010-11 season.

The League's top two men's basketball teams, Princeton (22-5, 10-1 Ivy) and Harvard (21-5, 10-2 Ivy), come into one of the most anticipated closing weekends in recent history with chances to create history on each end of the spectrum. For Princeton, it could be adding to its storied history of 25 Ivy titles and 23 NCAA Tournament appearances. For Harvard, it could be moving into position to make history and earn its first-ever League crown and first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1946.

Saturday's sold-out showdown between Princeton and Harvard from Lavietes Pavilion can be seen live on ESPN.com with Anthony Calhoun handing the play-by-play duties and Mark Adams serving as the color analyst. That game can also be heard nationally on SIRIUS Satellite Radio Channel 130, as can Friday night's Princeton-Dartmouth game as the Ivy League Men's Basketball Games of the Week on SIRIUS. Both games tip off at 7 p.m.

The scenarios going into this weekend are as follows:

If Harvard and Princeton both win OR both lose Friday:
• A Princeton win Saturday would clinch the outright Ivy title for the Tigers.
• A Harvard win Saturday would force Princeton to defeat Penn Tuesday, March 8 to necessitate a playoff.
• A Harvard win Saturday, coupled with a Princeton loss at Penn Tuesday, would give the outright Ivy title to the Crimson.

If Harvard wins Friday, Princeton loses Friday:
• A Harvard win Saturday would clinch the outright Ivy title for the Crimson.
• A Princeton win Saturday, coupled with a Princeton win Tuesday at Penn, would clinch the outright title for the Tigers.
• A Princeton win Saturday, coupled with a Princeton loss Tuesday at Penn, would force a playoff.

If Harvard loses Friday, Princeton wins Friday:
• A Princeton win EITHER Saturday OR Tuesday at Penn would clinch the outright title for the Tigers.
• A Harvard win Saturday would only result in a playoff if Princeton loses at Penn Tuesday. Harvard would not be able to have an outright title if it loses Friday and Princeton wins Friday.

The Ivy League conducts a playoff in men's basketball when two or more teams title for the regular-season title. The tied teams share the League championship and the playoff game(s) are conducted merely to determine the team to receive the League's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. While it has been a while, a playoff is not new to the Ancient Eight in men's hoops. The League has conducted seven men's basketball playoffs in its history, the last coming in the 2001-02 season when Penn, Princeton and Yale tied for the Ivy title. Penn won the NCAA Tournament bid by defeating Yale in Easton, Pa., after the Bulldogs had gotten past Princeton two days earlier at The Palestra.

The date, time and location of this year's playoff are yet to be determined. Check back at IvyLeagueSports.com for updates.  

Penn (12-13, 6-5 Ivy) @ Harvard (21-5, 10-2 Ivy)
Date: Friday, March 4 – 7 p.m.
Location: Lavietes Pavlion • Cambridge, Mass.
Penn-Harvard Series: Penn leads, 97-22
Last Meeting: Harvard 83, Penn 82 (2ot) • 2/5/11 • Philadelphia
Live Stats | Video | Audio
Penn Game Notes | Harvard Game Notes

Princeton (22-5, 10-1 Ivy) @ Dartmouth (5-21, 1-11 Ivy)
Date:
Friday, March 4 – 7 p.m.
Location: Leede Arena • Hanover, N.H.
Radio: SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Channel 130)
Princeton-Dartmouth Series: Princeton leads, 139-61
Last Meeting: Princeton 68, Dartmouth 53 • 2/5/11 • Princeton, N.J.
Live Stats | Video | Audio
Princeton Game Notes | Dartmouth Game Notes

Brown (11-15, 4-8 Ivy) @ Cornell (8-18, 4-8 Ivy)

Date: Friday, March 4 – 7 p.m.
Location:
Newman Arena • Ithaca, N.Y.
Brown-Cornell Series:
Cornell leads, 69-45
Last Meeting:
Cornell 91, Brown 79 • 2/5/11 • Providence, R.I.
Live Stats | Video | Audio
Brown Game Notes | Cornell Game Notes

Yale (14-12, 7-5 Ivy) @ Columbia (14-12, 5-7 Ivy)
Date:
Friday, March 4 – 7 p.m.
Location: Levien Gymnasium • New York
Yale-Columbia Series: Columbia leads, 122-97
Last Meeting: Yale 72, Columbia 67 • 2/5/11 • New Haven, Conn.
Live Stats | Video | Audio
Yale Game Notes | Columbia Game Notes

Penn @ Dartmouth
Date:
Saturday, March 5 – 7 p.m.
Location: Leede Arena • Hanover, N.H.
Penn-Dartmouth Series: Penn leads, 144-56
Last Meeting: Penn 78, Dartmouth 57 • 2/4/11 • Philadelphia
Live Stats | Video | Audio
Penn Game Notes | Dartmouth Game Notes

Princeton @ Harvard
Date: Saturday, March 5 – 7 p.m.
Location: Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, Mass.
Television: ESPN3.com
Radio: SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Channel 130)
Princeton-Harvard Series: Princeton leads, 126-38
Last Meeting: Princeton 65, Harvard 61 • 2/4/11 • Princeton, N.J.
Live Stats | Video | Audio
Princeton Game Notes | Harvard Game Notes

Yale @ Cornell
Date:
Saturday, March 5 – 7 p.m.
Location: Newman Arena • Ithaca, N.Y.
Yale-Cornell Series: Cornell leads, 107-102
Last Meeting: Yale 71, Cornell 70 • 2/4/11 • New Haven, Conn.
Live Stats | Video | Audio
Yale Game Notes | Cornell Game Notes

Brown @ Columbia
Date:
Saturday, March 5 – 7 p.m.
Location: Levien Gymnasium • New York
Brown-Columbia Series: Columbia leads, 66-60
Last Meeting: Brown 87, Columbia 79 • 2/4/11 • Providence, R.I.
Live Stats | Video | Audio
Brown Game Notes | Columbia Game Notes