-Yale and Penn are tied for first place in the Ivy League. Yale has actually played two more games and is 5-1 to Penn's 3-1, but both are tied in the loss column. Yale actually defeated Penn at home last Saturday, which for the time being puts them in first place via the tiebreaker. This would be interesting seeing as how Princeton and Penn have dominated this league for as long as I can remember. As I'm sure everyone knows, there is no conference tournament, so the regular season champion gets the automatic bid.
Yale is on the road at Columbia and Cornell this weekend. Cornell is just a game out of first place themselves, so this is a big opportunity for them. Penn will face Dartmouth tonight and Harvard tomorrow.
-Another interesting game tonight is Holy Cross at Bucknell. Holy Cross won the first meeting on their home court, but will have a tougher challenge winning this one. It's important, because the conference tournament in the Patriot League is played at the campus sites, so this game could determine who gets home court advantage throughout. Holy Cross has a one game lead in the conference standings, but Bucknell could even the score tonight. Lehigh is in third place, but is three games behind Bucknell, so it's unlikely that any other team will finish in the top two of the league other than Bucknell and Holy Cross.
Loyola, MD is in a tie for first place in the Metro Atlantic with Marist, and is hosting Canisius tonight. The winner of the regular season byes into the semifinals, but that wasn't all that big of an advantage for Manhattan last year, who lost their first conference game to Saint Peter's. If Loyola wins, they're almost assured a #16 seed in the NCAA. Marist has some good wins out of conference and could get into the #15 or #14 range, but if they don't win out they could be looking at a #16 themselves.
Highlighted Games for Sat 2/17: Bracket Buster Edt
Feb 16, 2007, 09:16 pm
Drew Barnette runs down one of the biggest Saturdays of the college basketball regular season. With the Bracket Buster teams being played today, read about who is on the bubble and could really improve their NCAA Tournament resumes with quality wins today. Also read about teams who are favored to win their conference tournaments, and who are facing each other in games that will have an impact on their seeding, and possibly put them in a better position to pull a big upset.
Other big games include Louisville looking for their second big road win in a row as they travel to Marquette, Vanderbilt plays one of their biggest home games of the year as they host Floirda, Georgetown and Villanova Square off in an important Big East showdown,
All that, and much more in a huge Saturday for college hoops...
Mid Major Ramblings on the Eve of the Buster
Feb 16, 2007, 01:20 am
Drew Barnette gives his thoughts and opinions about the upcoming Bracket Buster, talks about how he feels mid-majors are viewed by the media today, looks at tonight's big game between Winthrop and Missouri State, and more...