PRINCETON, N.J. -- The record-setting
postseason for Ivy League men's basketball continues with another
first in conference history -- two teams playing each other in one
of the four postseason tournaments.
Columbia and Yale are doing just that as the two Ivy foes square off in a CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) quarterfinal matchup on Wednesday, March 26. Both teams have won their first two games to set up this showdown where the two squads are set to meet at Levien Gymnasium in New York for the second time in just over a month. The two teams split their regular-season contests this year as Yale won 69-59 at home on Jan. 31 and Columbia returned the favor at home floor a 62-46 victory on Feb. 23. The Lions lead the all-time series 124-101.
The combined four CIT wins by Columbia and Yale were the
League's first in the CIT and moved the conference's record to 4-2
(.667) in four appearances. Yale is in the postseason for the sixth
time (3 NCAA, 1 NIT, 2 CIT), while Columbia is in the postseason
for the fourth time (3 NCAA, 1 CIT).
In the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, No. 12 seed Harvard answered the predictions of various pundits with a near wire-to-wire win over No. 5 seed Cincinnati in a second-round game in Spokane, Wash. The victory made the Crimson the first Ivy League team to win an NCAA Tournament game in consecutive seasons since Princeton did so in 1983 and 1984 and the first time since the bracket expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Harvard gave No. 4 seed Michigan State all it could handle in the third round, rallying from a 16-point deficit to take a 62-60 lead with 7:12 to play, but the Spartans proved to have the answer down the stretch and escaped with an 80-73 victory to advance to the Sweet 16 at Madison Square Garden.
Over in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), Princeton advanced to the quarterfinals for the third time in five years. The Tigers opened with a 56-55 first-round win at Tulane before dropping a 72-56 decision at Fresno State in the quarterfinals to cap their 21-win season. In the win over the Green Wave, Princeton fought off a 7-0 run in the final 90 seconds to hold on to the one-point victory. In the loss to the Bulldogs, the Tigers began the second half with an inspired rally to climb out of an eight-point deficit but could not sustain that momentum to pull out the victory. League teams now stand with a 5-5 (.500) record in the CBI in five appearances.
Ivy League men's basketball is in the midst of its greatest postseason run in its 58-year history with six total wins so far, thanks to an impressive 4-1 start in its first five games. The Ivy League boasts a record five teams in the postseason and multiple teams in the postseason for the fourth time in five years. The League has three or more teams advancing to postseason play for the fourth time in conference history (2001-02, 2009-10, 2011-12 and 2013-14). The League's previous high was four postseason teams -- Harvard (NCAA), Penn and Princeton (CBI) and Yale (CIT) -- just two seasons ago.
Wednesday, March 26
Yale at Columbia, 7 pm
Tuesday, April 1
CIT Semifinals [CBSSN]
Thursday, April 3
CIT Championship [CBSSN]
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