Photos courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications, Princeton Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Intrigue remains as Ivy League men's basketball schedule is down to the final nine games of the regular season.
Yale (20-6, 11-1 Ivy League) and Princeton (20-5, 10-1 Ivy) are in a virtual tie for first place with the Bulldogs needing two more wins to guarantee a share of their second-straight title and the Tigers needing wins in their final three games to earn a share of their first Ivy title in five years.
• Should the regular season end with a tie atop the standings, the Ivy League would conduct a playoff to determine which team receives the conference's automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. The participating teams in a playoff are recognized as Ivy champions.
• Recent history has shown that the team to record the most weekend sweeps in a season will most likely win the Ivy League title. Dating back to the 2010-11 season, Harvard swept four weekends each season during its current five-year title run. Princeton swept four weekends in 2010-11 when the Tigers shared the title with Harvard and went on to defeat the Crimson on a buzzer beater in the one-game playoff to determine the League's NCAA Tournament representative.
• Only 11 teams have swept the Penn-Princeton weekend since the Ivy League went to the Friday-Saturday travel partner series in 1961-62 -- though nine teams have done so in the last eight years after just two did over the first 46 seasons.
• Cornell freshman guard Matt Morgan and Dartmouth freshman forward Evan Boudreaux are in a battle to achieve the distinction as the League's top freshman scorer in conference history. Morgan (18.9 ppg, 473 points) has already set the freshman record, previously held by Brown's Earl Hunt (17.0 ppg, 460 points in 27 games in 1999-2000). Boudreaux is close behind (17.4 ppg, 452 points).
• The regular season closes with all nine games set for live coverage on The Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN). Yale at Cornell caps off the League's 11-game, national television package with live coverage on American Sports Network as well. Princeton at Harvard and Penn at Princeton are also scheduled to be available on ESPN3.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Princeton junior forward Spencer Weisz (Florham Park, N.J.) posted a solid weekend for the Tigers in wins over Columbia and Cornell. Weisz was key in the victory over Columbia with 16 points on an efficient 6-of-9 shooting from the field. Four of those baskets came from three-point range. He also added four rebounds and seven assists in 36 minutes of action. Against Cornell, Weisz toyed with a triple-double with 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists . For the weekend, he dished his 14 assists without a turnover.
Weisz's Statistics for the Week
Yale sophomore guard Makai Mason (Greenfield, Mass.) came up big for the Bulldogs in wins over Harvard and Dartmouth. In the overtime victory over the Big Green, Mason, who injured his leg in the second half, hit the biggest shot of Yale's season, a pull-up jumper with five seconds remaining to tie the score at 63-63 and force overtime in an eventual 76-71 victory that kept the Bulldogs atop the Ivy League standings. He made four free throws in the final 12 seconds of overtime to help seal the win. Mason played a key role in Yale's 59-50 win over Harvard as well, finishing with 16 points and six assists in 36 minutes.
Mason's Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cornell freshman guard Matt Morgan (Concord, N.C.) became the Ivy League's all-time freshman scoring leader after averaging 17.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists and added a block and a steal for the Big Red during the treacherous Penn-Princeton weekend. Morgan opened the weekend with 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting to go along with four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block against the Quakers. He became the conference's freshman scoring leader late in the contest, surpassing Brown's Earl Hunt. Morgan added a game-high 20 points with two rebounds and an assist against the Ivy League-leading Tigers the following day, ending the weekend with 473 points.
Morgan's Statistics for the Week
Connor Boehm, Dartmouth (Sr., F - Winnetka, Ill.)
17 pts., 2 rebs. at Brown
16 pts., 7 rebs., 2 assts., 3 stls. at Yale
Robert Hatter, Cornell (Jr., G - Houston)
31 pts., 4 rebs., 4 assts. at Penn
18 pts., 2 rebs., 2 assts. at Princeton
Cedric Kuakumensah, Brown (Sr., F - Worcester, Mass.)
17 pts., 11 rebs., 2 blks., 2 stls. vs. Dartmouth
19 pts., 14 rebs. vs. Harvard
Maodo Lo, Columbia (Sr., G - Berlin)
20 pts., 5 rebs., 3 stls. at Princeton
15 pts., 4 rebs., 6 assts., 2 stls. at Penn
Darien Nelson-Henry, Penn (Sr., C - Kirkland, Wash.)
16 pts., 11 rebs., 3 blks. vs. Cornell
18 pts., 7 rebs. vs. Columbia
Agunwa Okolie, Harvard (Sr., G/F - Ajax, Ontario, Canada)
11 pts., 4 rebs. at Yale
10 pts., 19 rebs., 4 assts. at Brown
Friday, March 4
*Yale at Cornell, 6 pm [ASN/ILDN]
*Brown at Columbia, 7 pm [ILDN]
*Penn at Dartmouth, 7 pm [ILDN]
*Princeton at Harvard, 7 pm [ILDN/ESPN3]
Saturday, March 5
*Brown at Cornell, 6 pm [ILDN]
*Yale at Columbia, 7 pm [ILDN]
*Princeton at Dartmouth, 7 pm [ILDN]
*Penn at Harvard, 7 pm [ILDN]
Tuesday, March 8
*Penn at Princeton, 8 pm [ILDN/ESPN3]
*Ivy League Contests
ASN – American Sports Network; ESPN3 – ESPN3.com; ILDN – Carried live on The Ivy League Digital Network