Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ivy League Office Weekend Preview

Ivy League Office Weekend Preview

PRINCETON, N.J. -- With Tuesday's Penn-Princeton overtime classic as a prelude, this weekend in Ivy League men's basketball is poised to be another exciting two-day act in the drama that is the 14-Game Tournament.

Princeton and Penn added another memorable game in their rivalry as the League-leading Tigers held off the pesky Quakers for a 62-59 overtime win at Jadwin Gym earlier in the week. The two teams move into an Empire State of mind for the weekend, going on the road to take on Columbia and Cornell. The New York trip has been a difficult one for the Tigers as of late. In its last six Columbia-Cornell road meetings, Princeton has split the series three times and has been swept three times. Last year's win at Columbia's Levien Gym broke a four-game losing streak. This year, the Tigers aim to break a four-game losing streak at Cornell's Newman Arena.

The Penn-Cornell series has ramped up in recent years, as Cornell's three-year run as Ivy champion (2008-10) overtook Penn's three-year run (2005-07) before that. In the last two years, the Big Red has clinched the League title and NCAA Tournament bid at the Quakers' expense at Newman Arena. The Quakers have struggled at Levien Gymnasium in recent history with losses in four (2001, 2006, 2008, 2010) of their last 10 trips to the Big Apple.

Yale embarks on a critical road weekend of its own, facing second-place Harvard on Friday night and Brown Saturday night. The Bulldogs have won of six of their last eight games, including Columbia-Cornell sweep last weekend, and are eager to make a statement as a legit contender for the Ivy title. Yale enters the weekend on both sides of three-game streaks against Harvard and Dartmouth. The Bulldogs look to break a three-game losing streak against the Crimson on Friday night and extend a three-game winning streak against Dartmouth on Saturday night.

Harvard enters the weekend fresh off an emotional weekend at Princeton and Penn. Harvard is looking to build on its double-overtime victory at Penn and its late-game productivity to put together a weekend sweep of Yale and Brown. The Crimson is shooting 56.5 percent from the floor (52-of-92) and 45.7 percent from long distance (16-of-35) in the final five minutes of games this season. Harvard has only been called for 57 fouls in that time span, while drawing 82 fouls by opponents. This bodes well for a Crimson team that ranks second nationally in free throw percentage at 79.4 percent.

The theatrics on the Ivy hardwoods will once again be carried on SIRIUS Satellite Radio with Friday's Princeton-Columbia game and Saturday's Yale-Dartmouth game on SIRIUS Channel 130 as the Ivy League Men's Basketball Games of the Week. Both games tip off at 7 p.m.

Penn (9-10, 3-2 Ivy) @ Cornell (5-15, 1-5 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 11 – 7 p.m.
Location: Newman Arena • Ithaca, N.Y.
Penn-Cornell Series: Penn leads, 143-71
Last Meeting: Cornell 68, Penn 48 • 2/27/10 • Ithaca, N.Y.
Live Stats | Video | Audio
Penn Game Notes | Cornell Game Notes

Princeton @ Cornell
Date: Saturday, February 12 – 7 p.m.
Location: Newman Arena • Ithaca, N.Y.
Princeton-Cornell Series: Princeton leads, 134-78
Last Meeting: Cornell 50, Princeton 47 • 2/26/10 • Ithaca, N.Y.
Live Stats | Video | Audio
Princeton Game Notes | Cornell Game Notes

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