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Harvard win may force playoff for Ivy auto bid

Posted on: March 5, 2011 9:04 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2011 8:59 am
 
Harvard's Laurent Rivard

Posted by Eric Angevine

Things can get complicated at the end of the Ivy League season. There is no conference tourney to decide the auto-bid to the NCAA tournament. Harvard's 79-67 win on Saturday evening forged a tie atop the conference, which leaves a couple of scenarios still in play to decide which venerable team goes dancing. 

Fortunately, the Ivy League website provides these scenarios:

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.

You read that right. Princeton has some strange outlier of a game with Penn still left on the schedule. Not sure if it was scheduled this way all season long or if it's a postponed game from the big snows of the winter, but it has a huge impact on the postseason hopes of both teams. **UPDATE: I've been informed that Penn-Princeton is always the last game on the Ivy schedule. Thanks, @JohnEzekowitz!**

We're kind of rooting for the playoff here. It's a rare and unique thing, and one of the aspects of the Ivy League, and college basketball, that we'd never want to change. Conformity is for squares.

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Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2011 7:45 pm
 

Harvard win may force playoff for Ivy auto bid

I wonder who told Angevine that the Ivy doesn't have a conference tourney?



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2011 12:13 pm
 

Harvard win may force playoff for Ivy auto bid

Obviously those that posted have received low scores from the author, who probably awards points, does not know what they are writing about and should put down their computer and walk away.



Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2011 8:53 am
 

Harvard win may force playoff for Ivy auto bid

How long have you followed college basketball?

You're not sure if it was scheduled this way all season long or if it's a postponed game from the big snows of the winter?

You shouldn't be writing about the sport if you don't know the answer to this.

CBS continues to employ people that couldn't get jobs anywhere else.



Since: Mar 5, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Harvard win may force playoff for Ivy auto bid

Have things been decided yet as to when and where a playoff game would take place if needed?



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