There has been a movement brewing over the past couple of weeks, mainly on Twitter, regarding the notion of the Ivy League getting two bids for the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Many may see it as a bit far-fetched, but if there was any year to do it then it would be the 2013-14 season.
Harvard continues to teeter the Top 25 and should win 25 games this regular season or more. The other piece of the puzzle is Princeton, who came into today's game with a 7-1 mark with their only loss coming at Butler 70-67. For Princeton's profile to strengthen then they would need to win at Penn State today.
Penn State is trying to make an impression of their own and came into this afternoon at 8-3. Adding to the hype surrounding this game was the fact that it was the first game played at Rec Hall on Penn State's campus in nearly 18 years.
The two bid Ivy dream seemed to be lost at the 14:44 mark of the second half when a D.J. Newbill layup put Penn State up by 20 points. The Nittany Lions would take another 20 point lead with 8:29 remaining before the Tigers finally woke up.
A Ben Hazel three pointer and a run lasting about two minutes and thirty seconds would bring the Tigers within 10 points with 5:16 remaining. Will Barrett would then sink three straight three-pointers to tighten the score at 64-61 with 1:06 left in the game. The Tigers would then make five free throws in the last minute of the game to tie the game at 66 and send this contest into overtime.
Princeton would continue their solid performance from the line and eight made free throws in overtime would solidify a 81-79 win. The Tigers would sink ten three pointers on the afternoon, six from Barrett who finished with 24 points.
The Tigers will now try to keep the two bid Ivy League dream alive as they play another orange and black version of a Tiger, Pacific, in the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic.