This is a big weekend in the Ivies, as Cornell must sweep to stay a float and Princeton vies to hold their positioning directly behind Harvard going into the home stretch.
Friday, February 22
Penn (6-18, 3-4 Ivy) at Cornell (13-12, 5-3 Ivy)
Were it not for a 5-seconds violation late in the game at the Palestra, it could be Penn, not Cornell who would have entered into the weekend still in the Ivy race. Cornell has a big match-up against Princeton on Saturday, and could very easily dismiss the Quakers, who hang around and take this one, 66-64, in a game they had no business winning.
Harvard (15-7, 7-1 Ivy) at Brown (9-13, 3-5 Ivy)
This smells like a blowout to me. A sweep would do huge things for Harvard, especially if Princeton falls to Cornell, and this one won't take two overtimes to determine an outcome. Harvard wins big, 75-57.
Princeton (12-9, 5-2 Ivy) at Columbia (10-12, 2-6 Ivy)
Columbia hung around last time, losing by just six, but the Tigers' sense of urgency will be fired up on all cylinders following last week's lost to Harvard. Princeton heats up early, and leaves Columbia in the dust, 68-58.
Dartmouth (6-16, 2-6 Ivy) at Yale (10-15, 4-4 Ivy)
Forget about the fact that Dartmouth won last time these teams faced off. Over the course of the year, we've seen that Yale's not terrible and Dartmouth is. The Elis win, 65-60.
Penn at Columbia
Penn beat Columbia at the Palestra, and while Miles Cartwright won't heat up like he did last time he faced the Lions, the Quakers' defense will come through and limit Columbia's Brian Barbour, just as they did a few weeks ago. It really depends on the outcome of Penn-Cornell, since the Quakers didn't bounce back well from their blowout loss to Harvard, but they take a close one, 60-57.
Princeton at Cornell
The biggest game of the weekend. The Big Red come in playing well, but after facing Yale, Brown and Penn in their last three contests, they haven't seen a team of Princeton's quality in a while. Cornell pushes a little too hard, fails to make its shots, and Princeton wins it, 68-60.
Harvard at Yale
Last time out, the Crimson had a tough time with the Bulldogs, but Harvard has surred up its defense since then, while its youthful offensive prowess only continues to develop. Harvard wins it, 70-60.
Dartmouth at Brown
In what may be the ugliest played basketball game in the Ivy this year, Brown takes it, if only because they're at home. The Bears win, 68-66.