Princeton or Harvard will be Ivy champion this year. That's for certain. While Princeton holds a half-game lead over Harvard, those two teams go head to head on Saturday night. And for invested Penn fans/not-Princeton fans, Penn also plays Harvard this weekend — and Princeton on Tuesday, so the Quakers will no-doubt have a role in deciding which team gets the Ivy League's automatic NCAA bid.
I'm going into spring break mode, so my brain doesn't currently have the capacity to plot out the mathematical possibilities. But luckily our friends over at the Ivy League Office have done just that:
If Harvard and Princeton both win OR both lose Friday:
• A Princeton win Saturday would clinch the outright Ivy title for the Tigers.
• A Harvard win Saturday would force Princeton to defeat Penn Tuesday, March 8 to necessitate a playoff.
• A Harvard win Saturday, coupled with a Princeton loss at Penn Tuesday, would give the outright Ivy title to the Crimson.
If Harvard wins Friday, Princeton loses Friday:
• A Harvard win Saturday would clinch the outright Ivy title for the Crimson.
• A Princeton win Saturday, coupled with a Princeton win Tuesday at Penn, would clinch the outright title for the Tigers.
• A Princeton win Saturday, coupled with a Princeton loss Tuesday at Penn, would force a playoff.
If Harvard loses Friday, Princeton wins Friday:
• A Princeton win EITHER Saturday OR Tuesday at Penn would clinch the outright title for the Tigers.
• A Harvard win Saturday would only result in a playoff if Princeton loses at Penn Tuesday. Harvard would not be able to have an outright title if it loses Friday and Princeton wins Friday.
To complicate things, when each of these three teams faced each other in the first go-round this season, Penn took both Harvard and Princeton to overtime, and Harvard-Princeton was a four-point game, so there's no clear dominant win between any of these three.
I'll ask two questions for discussion: 1) Who's going to be the champ (or will we have a playoff)? 2) Who would you rather see as champ?
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