How could I forget that a pivotal game takes place Ivy League tonight, with an opportunity for the Harvard Crimson to punch their ticket into the field of 68. The Ivy league doesn’t have a tournament and is solely based on conference record. Both teams are deadlocked with a 10-2 conference record, but the Crimson has a win over the Yale Bulldogs. So, in essence while this a must win for both teams, it’s more so with Yale due to the fact that a loss bounces them from their opportunity of participating in the NCAA tournament. If the Bulldogs win, they will control their destiny, facing the the Dartmouth Big Green on the road in the regular season finale. The Crimson, whom were ranked in the AP’s preseason ranking had a lot of expectations riding into this season, which is due to the fact that they have seven seniors and have made three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
Obviously the favorite in this game and rightly being so at home, the Crimson will look to make it four consecutive appearances. The Yale Bulldogs are no pushover and have beaten several teams on the road, perhaps their best being over the defending champions Connecticut Huskies. In fact, they haven’t lost on the road in conference play yet, which is a big boost. It’s funny that these teams are in this position given to whom they lost to and how. The Crimson lost at home to the Dartmouth Big Green and on the road to the Cornell Big Red, both whom are 5-7 in the conference. The Bulldogs lost both games at home, one to the Crimson as mentioned before and the other to the Columbia Lions who are also 5-7 in the conference. Whatever happened though happened and it’s great because of how big this game is.
As for the prediction, I’m going to go with the senior heavy Harvard Crimson. Tommy Amaker runs a solid program and when it comes to crunch time, Wesley Saunders and Siyani Chambers perform. They know what’s on the line and they have done this three times already. They have more experience then they need and if they can punch their ticket today, they will make for tough opposition for any team in the tournament. The Crimson are one of the best teams defensively and that going to come in play once again today, look for them to go dancing tonight in the Lavietes Pavilion.