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February 21, 2014

Men's Basketball Preview for February 21-23

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Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- It is a weekend of intriguing matchups for Ivy League men's basketball as the frenzy of February gets ready to turn into the Madness of March.

The League experiences one of its busiest broadcast lineups this weekend with the Brown-Cornell and Yale-Columbia games on the NBC Sports Network, the Harvard-Princeton game on ESPN3 with a tape-delayed airing on ESPNU and the remaining five games live on The Ivy League® Digital Network.

The road challenges for Harvard (20-4, 7-1 Ivy League) and Yale (13-9, 7-1) the top the League's slate of game as both teams look to stay on course for a pivotal showdown on March 7 that could decide the Ivy title and the chance to dance come NCAA Tournament time. The conference's top two scoring teams meet Saturday night as the Crimson (72.8 points per game) looks to secure its first road win at Princeton (14-7, 2-5 Ivy) since a 63-57 victory on Feb. 3, 1989.

Yale is poised to keep its recent good fortunes going at Columbia (15-10, 4-4 Ivy). The Bulldogs have won six straight and have taken three of their last four meetings on the Lions' home floor. Both teams feature two of the League's most effective offensive threats this season in Yale's tandem of sophomore forward Justin Sears (15.8 ppg, 4th) and junior guard Javier Duren (12.6 ppg, 9th) and Columbia's combo of junior forward Alex Rosenberg (15.4 ppg, 6th) and sophomore guard Grant Mullins (11.7 ppg, 11th).

Two of the Ancient Eight's most profile scorers will be on display when Brown (13-9, 5-3 Ivy) and Cornell (2-20, 1-7 Ivy) collide in front of a national television audience on the NBC Sports Network. Senior guard Sean McGonagill (17.8 ppg, 2nd) leads the way for the Bears with hopes of keeping pace with the League leaders. Sophomore guard Nolan Cressler (15.5 ppg, 3rd) has been the top offensive option for head coach Bill Courtney's squad.

Princeton and Penn (6-15, 3-4 Ivy) aim to play spoiler and make a push to finish in the top half of the standings, while Dartmouth (9-13, 2-6) targets a milestone weekend. The Tigers have swept the Dartmouth-Harvard weekend four straight years. Just as the Crimson look to end its drought at Jadwin Gymnasium, the Big Green has only three wins in 44 trips to Princeton. If Dartmouth pulls off the weekend sweep, it would be the first season sweep of both teams in the same season during the era of formal Ivy League play (1956-57).

Brown (13-9, 5-3 Ivy) at Columbia (15-10, 4-4)
Date: Friday, February 21 – 7 p.m.
Location: Levien Gymnasium • New York
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Brown-Columbia Series: Columbia leads, 67-65
Last Meeting: Brown 64, Columbia 56 • 2/1/14 • Providence, R.I.
Live Stats | Brown Game Notes | Columbia Game Notes

Yale (13-9, 7-1 Ivy) at Cornell (2-20, 1-7 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 21 – 7 p.m.
Location: Newman Arena • Ithaca, N.Y.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Yale-Cornell Series
: Cornell leads, 110-105
Last Meeting: Yale 61, Cornell 57 • 2/1/14 • New Haven, Conn.
Live Stats | Yale Game Notes | Cornell Game Notes

Dartmouth (9-13, 2-6 Ivy) at Princeton (14-7, 2-5 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 21 – 7 p.m.
Location: Jadwin Gymnasium • Princeton, N.J.
Dartmouth-Princeton Series: Princeton leads, 144-62
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Last Meeting: Dartmouth 78, Princeton 69 (ot) • 2/1/14 • Hanover, N.H.
Live Stats | Dartmouth Game Notes | Princeton Game Notes

Harvard (20-4, 7-1 Ivy) at Penn (6-15, 3-4 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 21 – 7 p.m.
Location: The Palestra • Philadelphia
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Harvard-Penn Series: Penn leads, 129-36
Last Meeting: Harvard 80, Penn 50 • 2/1/14 • Cambridge, Mass.
Live Stats | Harvard Game Notes | Penn Game Notes

Dartmouth at Penn
Date: Saturday, February 22 – 7 p.m.
Location: The Palestra • Philadelphia
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Dartmouth-Penn Series: Penn leads, 148-58
Last Meeting: Dartmouth 67, Penn 58 • 1/31/14 • Hanover, N.H.
Live Stats | Dartmouth Game Notes | Penn Game Notes

Brown at Cornell
Date: Saturday, February 22 – 8 p.m.
Location: Newman Arena • Ithaca, N.Y.
Television: NBC Sports Network
Brown-Cornell Series: Cornell leads, 73-47
Last Meeting: Brown 78, Cornell 66 • 1/31/14 • Providence, R.I.
Live Stats | Brown Game Notes | Cornell Game Notes

Harvard at Princeton
Date: Saturday, February 22 – 8 p.m.
Location: Jadwin Gymnasium • Princeton, N.J.
Television: ESPN3 (Tape-Delayed on ESPNU at 11:30 p.m.)
Harvard-Princeton Series: Princeton leads, 129-42
Last Meeting: Harvard 82, Princeton 76 • 1/31/14 • Cambridge, Mass.
Live Stats | Harvard Game Notes | Princeton Game Notes

Yale at Columbia
Date: Sunday, February 23 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Levien Gymnasium • New York
Television: NBC Sports Network
Yale-Columbia Series: Columbia leads 123-102
Last Meeting: Yale 69, Columbia 59 • 1/31/14 • New Haven, Conn.
Live Stats | Yale Game Notes | Columbia Game Notes