Without a conference postseason tournament, every game on the Ivy League‘s regular season schedule matters that much more. The regular season winner gets a ticket to March Madness. Harvard (9-1 Ivy) heads to Princeton (7-2) tonight in a battle of the top two teams in the league.
The Crimson took down the Tigers in Cambridge two weeks ago, 69-57.
Harvard is the defending Ivy League champion and head coach Tommy Amaker is doing another fine job this season as the Crimson are the primed for a run towards the tournament.
Thanks to uber-efficient shooting (48.8 FG%, 9th in Division I), the Crimson have gone 15-4 after a rough 2-3 start to the season. Sophomore Wesley Saunders does it all–he scores (16.7 ppg), he rebounds (4.3 rpg) and he dishes to his teammates (3.7 apg). He’s always a threat to score–Saunders has scored at least 10 points in all 24 games this season.
The one knock on Harvard is their inability to rebound, but when you knock down nearly 50 percent of your shots, there aren’t a whole lot of opportunities.
Princeton can also knock down jumpers, shooting a robust 47 percent from the floor but scores about six points less per game than the visitor. Senior forward Ian Hummer leads the team in all offensive categories with 16.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 4.3 apg.
If Harvard can limit his ability to create for his teammates, which they did in the first meeting (2 assists), it should be a solid road win for the conference favorite. If Hummer can score like he did the first time (18 points) and increase his assist total, Princeton has a good shot.
Harvard has proven time and time again they’re the class of the league, and tonight should prove no different.