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March 16, 2014

Record Five Men's Basketball Teams Advance to Postseason Play

Complete Men's Basketball Postseason Release 1 in pdf format
Brackets: NCAA | CIT | CBI

PRINCETON, N.J.. -- Ivy League men's basketball makes history with a record five teams moving on to the postseason as Harvard returns to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship for the third-straight season, Brown, Columbia and Yale compete in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) and Princeton plays in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).

The Ivy League boasts multiple teams in the postseason for the fourth time in five years and 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.

Harvard is making the 71st NCAA Tournament appearance for an Ivy League team and the 57th for the League since its first official season. The Crimson is in the postseason for the fifth-straight year -- 2009-10 (CIT), 2010-11 (NIT), 2011-12 (NCAA), 2012-13 (NCAA) and 2013-14 (NCAA) -- which is the longest streak since Princeton advanced to seven-straight postseasons from 1995-96 to 2001-02. Over that stretch, the Tigers made the NCAA Tournament in 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and 2000-01 and the NIT in 1998-99, 1999-2000 and 2001-02. Ivy League teams have combined for a 41-80 (.342) record in 70 NCAA Tournament appearances since 1938-39. Since the 1956-57 season, the Ivy League has a 32-60 (.352) record in 56 appearances.

Three teams in the CIT represent a high-water mark for the Ivy League. Yale is back in the postseason for the sixth time (3 NCAA, 1 NIT, 2 CIT), while Brown is back in the postseason for the fifth time (2 NCAA, 1 NIT, 1 CBI, 1 CIT). Both teams are hosting postseason games on their respective home floors for the first time. Columbia is back in the postseason since three NCAA Tournament appearances in 1947-48, 1950-51 and 1967-68. Ivy League teams are 0-2 (.000) in two previous appearances in the CIT.

Princeton returns to the postseason for the 32nd time (24 NCAA, 5 NIT and 3 CBI) and the fourth time in five seasons. Closing the regular season on a five-game winning streak, the Tigers reached the 20-win plateau for the fourth time in five seasons. Ivy League teams are 4-4 (.500) in four previous appearances in the CBI with Princeton responsible for three of those wins -- two in 2009-10 and one in 2011-12.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Monday, March 17
CIT First Round
  Holy Cross at Brown, 7 pm

Tuesday, March 18
CIT First Round
  Columbia at Valparaiso, 8:05 pm

Wednesday, March 19
CIT First Round
  Quinnipiac at Yale, 7 pm
CBI First Round
  Princeton at Tulane, 8 pm

Thursday, March 20
NCAA East Region Second Round
Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Wash.
  (12) Harvard vs. (5) Cincinnati, 2:10 pm [TNT]

Friday-Saturday, March 21-22
CIT Second Round

Saturday, March 22
NCAA East Region Third Round
Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Wash.
  Harvard/Cincinnati vs. (4) Michigan State/(13) Delaware, TBA

Monday, March 24
CBI Quarterfinals

Tuesday-Thursday, March 25-27
CIT Quarterfinals

Wednesday, March 26
CBI Semifinals

Thursday & Saturday, March 27 & 29
NCAA Regionals
    South: FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tenn.
    West: Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif.

Friday & Sunday, March 28 & 30
NCAA Regionals
    East: Madison Square Garden, New York
    Midwest: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

Monday, March 31, Wednesday, April 2 & Friday, April 4
CBI Championship Series

Tuesday, April 1
CIT Semifinals

Thursday, April 3
CIT Championship

Saturday, April 6
NCAA National Semifinals
    AT&T Stadium, North Texas

Monday, April 8
NCAA National Championship
    AT&T Stadium, North Texas

KEY:
TNT – Turner Network Television (DirecTV 245, DISH 138, Verizon FiOS 51 [SD]/551 [HD], AT&T U-verse 108 [SD]/1108 [HD])