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Men's Basketball Preview for March 7-11

Harvard's Siyani Chambers

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- The final installment of the 14-Game Tournament for Ivy League men's basketball peppers the smorgasbord of wall-to-wall college basketball coverage over the next 10 days as teams across the country prepare to be a part of a menu of postseason possibilities.

All but one of the final regular-season games are slated to carried live on The Ivy League® Digital Network. That one game pits the conference's top two teams as Yale hosts Harvard on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the League's finale on the NBC Sports Network.

Harvard (24-4, 11-1 Ivy League) has already sealed a share of its fourth-straight League title, becoming the first Ivy school to register five-consecutive, 20-win seasons since Penn did so a record six times from 1969-70 to 1974-75. The Crimson needs just one win in either of its final two games -- at Yale (15-11, 9-3 Ivy) on Friday night or at Brown (15-11, 7-5 Ivy) on Saturday night -- to capture its third-straight conference crown outright and punch its ticket to the Big Dance for the third time in as many seasons.

With Columbia (18-11, 7-5 Ivy) at 18 wins with two games remaining and Princeton (17-8, 5-6 Ivy) at 17 wins with three games remaining, the League could boast multiple 20-win teams for the fourth time in five years and send multiple teams to the postseason for the third time in four years.

For Harvard to keep sole possession of the Ivy trophy for one more year, sophomore floor general Siyani Chambers (11.0 points per game, 4.6 assists per game and 1.4 steals per game) must continue to play a vital role in the Crimson's recipe for success this season. The Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award finalist has started all 28 games this season and averages 34.1 minutes per contest.

Yale has junior guard Javier Duren (12.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.1 apg) back in its lineup as key ingredient in the Bulldogs' hopes to grab a share of their first League title in 12 years. Head coach James Jones needs just one more victory to tie Hall of Famer Joe Vancisin for the most wins in school history. Vancisin guided the Bulldogs to 206 wins from 1956-75.

With one win this weekend, Columbia can claim its first plus-.500 record in conference play since 1992-93. The Lions are in position to possibly extend their season into the postseason for first time since their NCAA Tournament appearance in 1967-68. Junior forward Alex Rosenberg (16.1 ppg, 3.6 rig) has been the catalyst to the Columbia's climb this year as he looks to become the 26th player in program history to hit the 1,000-point milestone. He enters the weekend with 948 career points.

Brown could also finish with its plus-.500 record since 2007-08 when the Bears finished second and made the League's first-ever postseason appearance in the College Basketball Invitational. Senior guard Sean McGonagill (17.4 ppg, 1.4 spg) hopes to put a final stamp on his stellar career and get his Brown squad back to the postseason for the first time in six years.

Winner of three of its last four games, Princeton has its sights on avoiding a sub.-500 League mark for the first time since that same 2007-08 season. If the Tigers can win out, head coach Mitch Henderson would join Butch van Breda Kolff and Bill Carmody as the only Princeton coaches to win at least 20 games in at least two of his first three seasons. van Breda Kolff won four Ivy titles during his time on Old Nassau, equalling the same number of championships as former Penn head coach Chuck Daly and current Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker.

Dartmouth (10-16, 3-9 Ivy) at Brown (15-11, 7-5 Ivy)
Date: Friday, March 7 – 7 p.m.
Location: Pizzitola Sports Center • Providence, R.I.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Dartmouth-Brown Series: Dartmouth leads, 76-72
Last Meeting: Brown 75, Dartmouth 62 • 2/8/14 • Hanover, N.H.
Live Stats | Dartmouth Game Notes | Brown Game Notes

Penn (7-18, 4-7 Ivy) at Columbia (18-11, 7-5 Ivy)
Date: Friday, March 7 – 7 p.m.
Location: Levien Gymnasium • New York
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Penn-Columbia Series
: Penn leads, 138-86
Last Meeting: Penn 68, Columbia 60 • 2/8/14 • Philadelphia
Live Stats | Penn Game Notes | Columbia Game Notes

Princeton (17-8, 5-6 Ivy) at Cornell (2-24, 1-11 Ivy)
Date: Friday, March 7 – 7 p.m.
Location: Newman Arena • Ithaca, N.Y.
Princeton-Cornell Series: Princeton leads, 140-79
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Last Meeting: Princeton 69, Cornell 48 • 2/8/14 • Princeton, N.J.
Live Stats | Princeton Game Notes | Cornell Game Notes

Harvard (24-4, 11-1 Ivy) at Yale (15-11, 9-3 Ivy)
Date: Friday, March 7 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: John J. Lee Amphitheater • New Haven, Conn.
Television: NBC Sports Network
Harvard-Yale Series: Yale leads, 116-73
Last Meeting: Yale 74, Harvard 67 • 2/8/14 • Cambridge, Mass.
Live Stats | Harvard Game Notes | Yale Game Notes

Harvard at Brown
Date: Saturday, March 8 – 7 p.m.
Location: Pizzitola Sports Center • Providence, R.I.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Harvard-Brown Series: Harvard leads, 95-74
Last Meeting: Harvard 52, Brown 45 • 2/7/14 • Cambridge, Mass.
Live Stats | Harvard Game Notes | Brown Game Notes

Princeton at Columbia
Date: Saturday, March 8 – 7 p.m.
Location: Levien Gymnasium • New York
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Princeton-Columbia Series: Princeton leads, 145-86
Last Meeting: Columbia 53, Princeton 52 • 2/7/14 • Princeton, N.J.
Live Stats | Princeton Game Notes | Columbia Game Notes

Penn at Cornell
Date: Saturday, March 8 – 7 p.m.
Location: Newman Arena • Ithaca, N.Y.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Penn-Cornell Series: Penn leads, 147-74
Last Meeting: Penn 90, Cornell 83  • 2/7/14 • Philadelphia
Live Stats | Penn Game Notes | Cornell Game Notes

Dartmouth at Yale
Date: Saturday, March 8  – 7 p.m.
Location: John J. Lee Amphitheater • New Haven, Conn.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Dartmouth-Yale Series: Yale leads, 108-95
Last Meeting: Yale 67, Dartmouth 54 • 2/7/14 • Hanover, N.H.
Live Stats | Dartmouth Game Notes | Yale Game Notes

Penn at Princeton
Date: Tuesday, March 11  – 7 p.m.
Location: Jadwin Gymnasium • Princeton, N.J.
Live Broadcast: The Ivy League® Digital Network
Penn-Princeton Series: Penn leads, 124-105
Last Meeting: Penn 77, Princeton 74 • 1/11/14 • Philadelphia
Live Stats | Penn Game Notes | Princeton Game Notes