Complete Men's Basketball Weekly Release in pdf format
Photos courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications, Penn Athletics Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League men's basketball goes into the stretch run with a chance for clarity or confusion with the top two teams set to do battle in their second meeting of the season in front of a national television audience.
Harvard (17-7, 9-1 Ivy League) and Princeton (14-9, 7-2 Ivy) collide Friday night on ESPNU with the Crimson looking to get an elusive win at Jadwin Gymnasium and potentially avoid tangling with the Tigers for a third time this year with the League's NCAA Tournament bid on the line. Princeton has owned Harvard on its home floor, winning 23 straight in a streak that dates back to the 1988-89 season. The Crimson's last win on Old Nassau was a 63-57 victory on Feb. 3, 1989. Both teams come into the matchup after having road sweeps last weekend to set up the highly-anticipated rematch.
Regardless of Friday night's outcome, Penn (7-19, 4-5 Ivy) could play a role in determining which team hoists the trophy at season’s end. The Quakers host Harvard on Saturday night and then welcome the archrival Tigers to The Palestra on Tuesday, March 12 in the final game of the regular season.
Cornell (13-14, 5-5 Ivy) and Yale (11-16, 5-5 Ivy) sit just a half game ahead of Penn and are in position to finish above .500 in conference play and close out the year in the top half of the standings. The two squads meet Saturday night at Newman Arena with the Bulldogs seeking to avenge a seven-point loss to the Big Red two weekends prior.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Harvard sophomore guard/forward Wesley Saunders (Los Angeles) helped the Crimson remain in first place with two wins at Brown and Yale. Saunders averaged 15.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 68.4 percent from the field in the two victories. He scored 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting and came down with nine rebounds at Brown and then he tallied 14 points and have five boards and four assists at Yale.
Saunders' Statistics for the Week
Princeton senior forward Ian Hummer (Vienna, Va.) guided the Tigers to their first road Ivy League weekend sweep since the 2010-11 season with wins at Columbia and Cornell. Hummer filled the box score again Columbia with 17 points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals. He followed that with his fifth 20-point game of the season with 23 points at Cornell, adding seven boards, three assists and two blocks.
Hummer's Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn freshman guard Tony Hicks (South Holland, Ill.) led the Quakers in scoring in both games at Cornell and Columbia. Hicks' 29 points at Cornell were not only nearly double his previous career high, but the most by a Penn freshman in a game since current head coach Jerome Allen dropped 31 at Cornell on March 7, 1992. Hicks' 19 points at Columbia would have been a career high, if not for the night before.
Hicks' Statistics for the Week
Miles Cartwright, Penn (Jr., G - Van Nuys, Calif.)
15 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals at Cornell
9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals at Columbia
Siyani Chambers, Harvard (Fr., G - Golden Valley, Minn.)
14 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals at Brown
14 points, 1 rebound, 7 assists, 3 steals at Yale
Maodo Lo, Columbia (Fr., G - Berlin, Germany)
15 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists vs. Princeton
11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists vs. Penn
Shonn Miller, Cornell (So., F - Euclid, Ohio)
15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals vs. Penn
23 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals vs. Princeton
Alex Mitola, Dartmouth (Fr., G - Florham Park, N.J.)
Career-high 27 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists at Yale
8 points, 4 rebounds at Brown
Matt Townsend, Yale (So., F - Chappaqua, N.Y.)
7 points, 3 rebounds vs. Dartmouth
15 points, 5 rebounds vs. Harvard
Friday, March 1
*Brown at Cornell, 7 pm
*Dartmouth at Penn, 7 pm
*Harvard at Princeton, 7 pm [ESPNU]
*Yale at Columbia, 7 pm
Saturday, March 2
*Dartmouth at Princeton, 6 pm
*Harvard at Penn, 6 pm [NBCSN]
*Brown at Columbia, 7 pm
*Yale at Cornell, 7 pm
*Ivy League Contests