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February 24, 2012

Men's Basketball Weekend Preview for Feb. 24-25

Complete Ivy League Men's Basketball Weekly Release in pdf format

Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The drama of the 2011-12 Ivy League men's basketball season comes down to its final two full weekends, beginning with a matchup of the top two teams Saturday night.

Harvard enters the final weekend of February with a chance to grab at least a share of the regular-season title with big back-to-back games against Princeton Friday night and Penn Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson is looking to re-establish another program milestone and get its 24th win its season mark of 23 just accomplished a year ago.

Harvard can clinch at least a share of the Ivy title with wins over Princeton and Penn. The Crimson can clinch the title outright with wins over Princeton and Penn combined with a Penn loss at Dartmouth Friday night and a Yale loss to either Columbia Friday night or to Cornell Saturday night. 

Harvard's Saturday night clash with Penn will be broadcasted live at 7 p.m. on ESPN3 with Dave Weekley handling the play-by-play and John Celestand providing the analysis.

Princeton comes into the weekend with its Ivy title hopes alive, just sitting two games back in the loss column to Harvard. The Tigers are riding a League-best four-game winning streak and have designs on sweeping the season series with the Crimson for the third time in four seasons.

Penn stands just one game back of Harvard, setting up a potential showdown for the top spot Saturday night. The Quakers are winners of three straight and eight of their last 10 with three games remaining.

Yale's hopes for the League crown are very much alive as well with the Bulldogs hosting Columbia and Cornell. A weekend sweep by Yale would certainly add to the storylines of the final Friday-Saturday of Ivy play over the first weekend in March.

"Inside Ivy League Basketball" returns for its 11th episode on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. Hosted by Dan Loney and Brian Seltzer, "Inside" takes an in-depth look at all the news and notes surrounding Ivy men's and women's basketball on and off the courts during the 2011-12 season. The 12-episode show debuted Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. on BlogTalkRadio.com (blogtalkradio.com/insideivyleaguebasketball) and is available on-demand via BlogTalkRadio and IvyLeagueSports.com.


Cornell (10-14, 5-5 Ivy) at Brown (7-20, 1-9 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 24 – 7 p.m.
Location: Pizzitola Sports Center • Providence, R.I.
Cornell-Brown Series: Cornell leads, 72-46
Last Meeting: Cornell 72, Brown 63 • 2/11/12 • Ithaca, N.Y.
Live Stats | Video
Cornell Game Notes | Brown Game Notes

Columbia (14-12, 3-7 Ivy ) at Yale (17-7, 7-3 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 24 – 7 p.m.
Location: John J. Lee Amphitheater • New Haven, Conn.
Television: YES Network
Columbia-Yale Series: Yale leads, 123-98
Last Meeting: Yale 59, Columbia 58  • 2/11/12 • New York
Live Stats | Video
Columbia Game Notes | Yale Game Notes

Penn (15-11, 7-2 Ivy) at Dartmouth (5-21, 1-9 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 24 – 7 p.m.
Location: Leede Arena • Hanover, N.H.
Penn-Dartmouth Series: Penn leads, 146-56
Last Meeting: Penn 58, Dartmouth 55 • 2/11/12 • Phildelphia
Live Stats | Video
Penn Game Notes | Dartmouth Game Notes

Princeton (15-10, 6-3 Ivy) at Harvard (23-3, 9-1 Ivy)
Date: Friday, February 24 – 7 p.m.
Location: Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, Mass.
Princeton-Harvard Series: Princeton leads, 128-39
Last Meeting: Princeton 70, Harvard 62 • 2/11/12 • Princeton, N.J.
Live Stats | Video
Princeton Game Notes | Harvard Game Notes

Columbia at Brown
Date: Saturday, February 25 – 6 p.m.
Location: Pizzitola Sports Center • Providence, R.I.
Columbia-Brown Series: Columbia leads, 68-60
Last Meeting: Columbia 86, Brown 60 • 2/10/12 • New York
Live Stats | Video
Columbia Game Notes | Brown Game Notes

Cornell at Yale
Date: Saturday, February 25 – 7 p.m.
Location: John J. Lee Amphitheater • New Haven, Conn.
Cornell-Yale Series: Cornell leads, 109-102
Last Meeting: Cornell 85, Yale 84 (ot) • 2/10/12 • Ithaca, N.Y.
Live Stats | Video
Cornell Game Notes | Yale Game Notes

Princeton at Dartmouth
Date: Saturday, February 25 – 7 p.m.
Location: Leede Arena • Hanover, N.H.
Princeton-Dartmouth Series: Princeton leads, 141-61
Last Meeting: Princeton 59, Dartmouth 47 • 2/10/12 • Princeton, N.J.
Live Stats | Video
Princeton Game Notes | Dartmouth Game Notes

Penn at Harvard
Date: Saturday, February 25 – 7 p.m.
Location
: Lavietes Pavilion • Cambridge, Mass.
Television: ESPN3
Penn-Harvard Series: Penn leads, 127-34
Last Meeting: Harvard 56, Penn 50 • 2/10/12 • Philadelphia
Live Stats | Video
Penn Game Notes | Harvard Game Notes