Cornell (13-7) at Harvard (18-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 9, 5:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lavietes Pavilion (2,195) -- Cambridge, Massachusetts. Television: NBCSN. Home Record: Cornell 4-10, Harvard 12-1. Away Record: Cornell 7-7, Harvard 6-8. Neutral Record: Cornell 2-0, Harvard 0-0. Conference Record: Cornell 5-8, Harvard 10-3. Series Record: Cornell leads, 90-73.
GAME NOTES: The Harvard Crimson seek at least a share of the Ivy League title on Saturday as they close out the regular season with a matchup against the Cornell Big Red at Lavietes Pavilion in Cambridge.
Harvard, which is currently sitting in first place in the Ivy with a record of 10-3, is one-half game ahead of Princeton which, unlike the Crimson, has two games remaining on the slate and not just one. Last night Harvard snapped a two-game slide by posting a 56-51 home win against Columbia.
With a victory in this meeting the Crimson can clinch at least a share of the Ivy League title, the third in a row for the program. The good news for the hosts is that they are a near-perfect 12-1 in their own building this season.
As for the Big Red, currently just 5-8 in league action, they continued to take themselves out of the picture as a 76-62 loss against Dartmouth on Friday night was the team's fifth straight setback.
Harvard slipped by with a 67-65 victory in the first meeting of the season last month, but still it is the Big Red that controls the all-time series by a count of 90-73.
Cornell was paced by Errick Peck who dropped in a career-high 26 points, adding seven boards, while Nolan Cressler posted 14 points and seven rebounds as well for a team suffered yet another setback last night. Beyond Peck and Cressler, the remaining Cornell players managed to clear only 13 rebounds as the team shot a disappointing 39.6 percent from the floor and 5-of-15 behind the 3-point line on the night.
Part of the problem for the Big Red last night was that it took the floor without leading scorer Shonn Miller (11.5 ppg) who is out of action due to a shoulder injury. Last week the team lost the services of guard Johnathan Gray (10.0 ppg) as well, the only other player on the roster who was scoring in double figures. Peck is now the top active scorer for Cornell with his 9.5 ppg, while his 4.6 rpg are also first among active performers.
Siyani Chambers scored a game-high 16 points as the Harvard Crimson registered the five-point win over the Columbia Lions in Ivy League action at home less than 24 hours ago. Also scoring in double figures for Harvard was Wesley Saunders who tallied 15 points. Kenyatta Smith had a strong effort on the inside with eight points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots for the hosts. Harvard, which outscored the Lions at the free-throw line by a 15-6 margin, recorded a mere five offensive rebounds.
On a team that is putting up almost 70 ppg, Saunders is the top performer for the Crimson with his 16.6 ppg, thanks to his 54.6 percent shooting from the floor. Chambers is another key offensive figure for Harvard as he generates 12.7 ppg, thanks in part to his 42.5 percent accuracy behind the 3-point line these days.
Not only is Harvard getting to play in front of the hometown crowd on Saturday, the squad is also going up against a Cornell squad that is limping to the finish line with far too many key injuries to even think about an upset win this weekend.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Harvard 68, Cornell 52
03/09 10:35:50 ET