7:00 PM ET, March 8, 2011
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PHILADELPHIA -- There is no early admission to the NCAA tournament for Princeton or Harvard.It's a tie for the title and the brainy Ivy Leaguers are set for their toughest test yet: A one-game playoff for the outright conference championship that automatically puts the winner into the 68-team field.The Tigers forced a share of the championship and the playoff with a 70-58 win over Penn on Tuesday night. Princeton and Harvard will play Saturday at Yale's John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven, Conn., in a one-game playoff for the league's automatic berth to the NCAA tournament."I am loving this moment," Tigers guard Dan Mavraides said. "We're Ivy League champions. We're putting 2011 up on that banner."
O'Neil: Princeton forces playoff
The Ivy League doles out its automatic bid to the NCAA tournament the old-fashioned way: to the regular-season winner. And when there is a tie, the old league reverts to the age-old rules of the playground: one game, winner take all, writes Dana O'Neil. Blog
• This is Princeton's 26th league title and first since 2004, ending a six-season drought that matches the school's longest drought.
• Princeton and Harvard have identical league records of 12-2, so a one-game playoff will be held Saturday at Yale.
• It's the eighth Ivy League playoff, and Princeton has played in all of them.
• Princeton opened the game on 15-4 run, before Penn responded with a 19-4 run to lead by four at halftime. Princeton scored 51 in the second half after 19 points in the first half.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-43 (.488)||20-49 (.408)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-16 (.500)||3-14 (.214)|
|FT Made-Attempted||20-27 (.741)||15-18 (.833)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||20 (0/0)|
Next 5 Games
Ivy League Standings
Harvard will play Princeton for an NCAA berth, Saturday afternoon at Yale. The two schools have a vastly different basketball history. Harvard won its 1st league title this year, while Princeton has a record 26 Ivy championships. The Tigers have played in every Ivy playoff, but this is the 1st for the Crimson. And Princeton has played in 23 NCAA Tournaments, while Harvard hasn't been since 1946.[+]
Historical Tale of the Tape
ESPN Stats & Information