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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