Ivy League Basketball: Huge Weekend With Top Two Teams Facing Off

Sam BlumCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 20:  Ryan Wittman #20 of the Cornell Big Red moves against the defense of Fred Washington #44 of the Stanford Cardinal during the South Region first round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament at the Honda Center on March 20, 2008 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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Just two weeks ago in Ithaca, NY, Cornell and Harvard were preparing for what was coined as the biggest Ivy League game in history. The game was determined "the place to be" by ESPN.com's Andy Katz, and was being hyped up by all college basketball junkies. 

Final score: Cornell 86 Harvard 50.

This left many people scratching their heads, and was a huge reason Cornell jumped into the top 25 rankings just two days later. 

However, as Cornell has floated along through the Ivy league schedule winning by no less than 14 on its way to a 6-0 start, one other team has silently crept in their rear view mirror. Princeton, which has won 11 out of their last 12 games will be hosting Cornell in New Jersey Saturday night in what should be a very hyped up match-up. 

Although Princeton hasn't beaten any of the top teams like Cornell has (Alabama, St. Johns), the do have quality road wins at both Harvard and St. Joseph's.

Cornell may have the advantage in experience. They have eight seniors on the roster this year. A few of which, such as Ryan Wittman and Jeff Foote have NBA potential. Princeton is led by Doug Davis and Dan Mavraides who both average in double figures.

One worry that they have at Princeton might be fatigue. This is their first home series since January 24 in a rout against Goucher. It will also be the second game of the weekend, as they will be taking on a quality opponent in Columbia, a team that has struggled in Ivy play due to injuries. Cornell will also be on the second half of their weekend slate, but will be taking on Penn, a team with just three wins to boast.

Princeton however, has seven of their last 10 Ivy games at home, and Cornell six of their last eight on the road. With no conference tournament in the Ivy League, this could have a key role on who goes to the tournament. 

This should be a very interesting game, will Cornell solidify their dominance in the Ivy League, or will Princeton take over first place? Take a break from the power conferences and enjoy some quality basketball from a different league, the Ivies.