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Huge Ivy League Weekend on Tap As First Place Is Up for Grabs

DURHAM - JANUARY 6:  Louis  Dale #12 of Cornell Big Red looks to move the ball during the college basketball game against the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 6, 2008 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Sam BlumCorrespondent IFebruary 19, 2010

As Friday rolls around again, so too does another Ivy League basketball weekend. This weekend should be a good one as the top three teams are primed to separate themselves from the rest of the pack and duke it out as the conference weekends wane on.

Cornell, yet again is getting ready for Harvard. This game, the most anticipated home game in Harvard history, has been sold out for over a month and with the Cornell loss to Penn last weekend, a Harvard win means a tie for first place. This also creates another interesting situation. 

With the top two teams tied, and no more head-to-head matchups, a win-out scenario for both teams would mean a tie for first place. And in the Ivy Leagues, there are no head-to-head statistics that break up a tie. They will play a game and according to an Ivy League Playoff representative, the game would be played somewhere centrally located, most likely Columbia. 

As far as the game goes, Harvard must think they have a shot. Cornell has looked vulnerable on the road so far in the Ivy season, excluding their 26-point rout at Columbia. Their offense has been off, scoring just 48 in a win over Princeton. 

Cornell will travel to Dartmouth on Saturday, and will most likely pick up an easy win over the win-less Big Green. 

Harvard has a tougher test in Columbia on Saturday, who has stepped up their game in the past few weeks. 

Elsewhere in the Ivies, the Tigers of Princeton have a huge weekend as they host Yale and Brown. The Yale game at home will be nationally televised on ESPNU. This weekend should be a breeze, and with two wins, they will at the very least be tied, if not in the lead for first place. 

Tomorrow night will answer a lot of questions for the Ancient Eight going forward, but my prediction is that Harvard scrapes out a close, high scoring game 83-78.

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