February 12, 2008

Cornell Men’s, Women’s Basketball Teams Remain Atop Ancient Eight Standings

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The good news for second-place Brown is that it won both Ivy League contests this weekend 77-51 over Dartmouth and 71-51 over Harvard. The bad news is Cornell also won both its Ivy League matchups over the weekend against Princeton and Penn, maintaining its two game lead over the Bears in the standings. Although Brown won both games by double digits, Dartmouth and Harvard are in last place in the Ivy League standings with identical 1-5 conference records.
Yale and Columbia were also perfect this weekend in Ivy League action. The Lions defeated the defending champion Quakers, 74-58, followed by a 58-53 victory over the Tigers. The Bulldogs enjoyed an offensive explosion against the worst of the Ivy League, beating Harvard, 83-70, and Dartmouth, 97-58, on consecutive nights.
In women’s basketball, Cornell is also atop the Ivy League standings, tied with Harvard and Dartmouth at 5-1. Similar to the Red, the Crimson and the Green won both league games this weekend. Harvard outlasted Yale, 65-55, and trounced Brown, 70-49. Dartmouth also dominated with a 61-49 victory over Brown and a 73-63 win over Yale.
Cornell was also victorious in its head-to-head match ups against the Bears and the Bulldogs, however, the true test for Harvard and Dartmouth comes this weekend as they both take on Cornell and Columbia on the road. Although Columbia is currently in fourth place, it should not be overlooked as the Red suffered its only loss of the season against the Lions, 76-59.