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Princeton win forces Saturday playoff for Ivy bid

Posted on: March 8, 2011 9:13 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2011 9:31 pm
 
Kareem Maddox had a huge game to keep Princeton's season alive

Posted by Eric Angevine

Harvard and Princeton are co-champions of the Ivy League. Let’s get that straight from the get-go. Tonight’s 70-58 Tiger win over Penn made that an indelible fact.

Nonetheless, there’s an auto-bid to be decided, so there will be an additional game added to the schedule on Saturday. It’s a one-game playoff, with the winner gaining automatic entry into the NCAA tournament.

The Tigers went with a short bench in the league's final regular-season game, garnering a huge 23 point, 5 board, 5 assist game from senior forward Kareem Maddox in a truly must-win game. Ian Hummer (14 points, 6 rebounds) and Dan Mavraides (10 points, 7 rebounds) were the highest-scoring starters for Princeton.

The playoff will take place on neutral but familiar ground. The league has set the huge finale for Saturday, March 12 at Yale's John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven, Conn. at 4 p.m. ET.

The last time a playoff was needed, it was a fascinating three-way between Yale, Penn and Princeton in 2002. This season's tie makes this the seventh time a tiebreaker game has been required to decide the league's postseason picture.

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Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 10:22 am
 

Princeton win forces Saturday playoff for Ivy bid

The barebones minimum of RPI Top 100 wins to get an at-large berth is 3. Nobody has ever qualified with less. Both Princeton and Harvard have 3. If it were me, Id put them in over some of the other teams on the bubble. This year is extremely rare for the Ivy. All those years that Penn and Princeton were dominating the league, when one won, the other didnt have anywere near an at-large worthy resume. Now, that really doesn mean anything TODAY, or shouldnt. But lets face it, the Ivy isnt exactly the Valley or A-10 here. Should the loser get it? Probably. But I will be VERY surprised if the IVY is a 2 bid league. Even with as weak as most of the bubble teams are this year.




Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 3:51 am
 

Princeton win forces Saturday playoff for Ivy bid

Just hope Va-Tech and Boston College and Michigan State all lose, like Nebraska did, and those bubble teams will fall.  Then, Hopefully, the committee will add both Princeton and Harvard to the field of 68.  Seriously, wasn't one of the reasons to go to 68 was to get more mid-majors in, not more power-6 teams???



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2011 10:10 am
 

Princeton win forces Saturday playoff for Ivy bid

It blows my mind to hear (read) people stating that the Ivy League is a "one bid" league.  Why do people object to the Ivy League getting a second bid, but don't have any problem with the Big East getting 11 (ELEVEN?).  What makes a team that finishes 11th in its conference (think about that for a second) more deserving than a team that finishes tied for first?

And let's keep it 100 here, neither team (Princeton, Harvard or Marquette) have a realistic chance at winning the tournament--so it's not about adding at-large teams that might actually compete for a championship, it's about providing a payday for another Big Conference school (and their conference).





Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2011 4:59 am
 

Princeton win forces Saturday playoff for Ivy bid

As much as Id like to see the Ivy get both teams in, and even feel they're deserving...the Ivy is a 1 bid league. This is their "play-in" game.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 11:09 pm
 

Princeton win forces Saturday playoff for Ivy bid

I think both teams should get in.  They are both 12-2 in conference and have 23 wins on the season.  They have both beat teams from major conferences and have scheduled some other big conference foes.  No doubt that both of these teams should get in.



Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 11:01 pm
 

Princeton win forces Saturday playoff for Ivy bid

I definitely think both teams should be in! They deserve it more than a lot of the bubble teams!



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2011 9:33 pm
 

Princeton win forces Saturday playoff for Ivy bid

Is this league a definite one team league or do you think the committe will possibly put both teams in?


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