Photos courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Playing in the quarterfinals
of the College Basketball Invitational presented by Zebra Pen
(CBI), Penn and Princeton continue the Ivy League's postseason
presence that has consisted of four teams advancing to postseason
play for the first time in conference history. Last week, Harvard
made its first trip to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball
Championship since 1946 and Yale competed in its first-ever
CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT).
Princeton is making its 32nd postseason appearance (24 NCAA, 5 NIT and 2 CBI) while Penn is making its 25th trip (23 NCAA, 1 NIT, 1 CBI) to postseason play. The Tigers advance to postseason play for a third-straight season and are back in the CBI for the second time in three years. The Quakers return to the postseason for the first time since the 2006-07 season and are hosting its first postseason games at The Palestra since 1978.
The Ivy League boasts multiple teams in the postseason for the fourth time in five years and has at least three teams continuing beyond the regular season for just the third time (2001-02, 2009-10 and 2011-12). Two seasons ago, Cornell went on its Cinderella run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament while Princeton went on a run of its own to reach the CBI semifinals and Harvard made its first postseason appearance of any type in 64 years in the CIT. It marked the first time three Ivy teams were in the postseason since the 2001-02 season when Penn earned the League's bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning a three-team playoff and the other two tri-champions, Princeton and Yale, received bids to the Postseason NIT.
• If Princeton senior guard Douglas Davis is a starter in the Tigers' CBI quarterfinal game at Pittsburgh, he will become the Ivy League's all-time leader in games played with 122, passing Cornell's Ryan Wittman who played in 121 from 2006-10.
• With a start in Penn's CBI quarterfinal game against Butler, senior guard Zack Rosen would earn his 115th career start, which would rank second in League history behind the 119 starts by Cornell's Ryan Wittman from 2006-10.
• In its 79-70 loss to Vanderbilt in an East Region second-round game in Albuquerque, N.M., Harvard made the 69th NCAA Tournament appearance for an Ivy League team and 55th for the League since its first official season (1956-57). Since 1939, Ivy League teams have combined for a 40-79 (.336) record in 69 NCAA Tournament appearances. Since 1957, the Ivy League has a 31-59 (.344) record in 55 appearances.
• In its 68-56 defeat to Fairfield in a CIT first-round game played in Bridgeport, Conn., Yale returned to the postseason for the fifth time and the first time since its 2002 NIT appearance. The Ivy League is 0-2 all-time in the CIT.
Monday, March 19
Princeton at Pittsburgh, 7 pm
Butler at Penn, 8 pm [HDNet]
Wednesday, March 21
Monday, March 26
CBI Championship Series - Game 1
Wednesday, March 28
CBI Championship Series - Game 2
Friday, March 30
CBI Championship Series - Game 3 (if necessary)
HDNet - DirecTV 306, DISH 362, Verizon FiOS 569