Try as they might, the Harvard Crimson just couldn’t hand the Ivy League regular season title to Yale. Harvard first fell Friday night at Cornell, 72-59, then appeared to be in trouble for much of Saturday evening at Columbia.
Somehow, they escaped in overtime as a Lions’ buzzer-beating attempt fell short. Bryce Aiken continued on his absolute tear, scoring 36 points on 6-11 three-point shooting in 42 minutes.
Harvard and Yale finished the regular season with identical 10-4 league records, but the Crimson will be the 1 seed in the four-team conference tournament thanks to a season sweep over the Bulldogs.
That’s the good news for Harvard. Here’s the bad news: The tournament is held at the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven — Yale’s home court.
The Crimson will face Penn in the semifinals, a team that the Crimson beat twice this year but once in overtime and then by only six. Yale will face Princeton for the second game in a row. The Bulldogs dismantled the Tigers, 81-59, on Saturday night.
Semifinals: Saturday, March 16
No. 4 Penn vs. No. 1 Harvard, 12:30 p.m., ESPNU
No. 3 Princeton vs. No. 2 Yale, 3 p.m., ESPNU
Finals: Sunday, March 17
Semifinal Winners, noon, ESPN2