CIT Game of the Day – March 26

Yale at Columbia, 7:00 PM Eastern,

The Ivy League — one of the oldest and longest existing conferences in the NCAA.  The Ivy has existed since before the NCAA and NIT tournaments began playing in the late 1930s.  And in all those years, never have two teams from the Ivy League matched up head-to-head in a postseason tournament.  Never, that is, until tonight.  Tonight the Yale Bulldogs take on the Columbia Lions in the quarterfinals of the CIT.

Yale enters tonight’s game at 17-13 overall.  The Bulldogs finished 9-5 in conference, good enough for second place behind Harvard.  Columbia, on the other hand, is 21-12 entering play tonight, one of the best season’s for the Lions in a very long time.  The Lions even have a shot, with a CIT championship, to set their team record for wins in a season — a record that stands at 23 set back in 1968.  Columbia was 8-6 in the Ivy League this year, tied with Princeton for third place.

This is the third meeting of the season between these two teams.  Yale won at home back in January, 69-59, but then lost at Columbia in late February, 62-46.  Tonight’s game is both the rubber match of the season for these two teams as well as a chance to advance to next week’s semifinals.  No matter which team wins though, Ivy League history will be made at Levien Gymnasium in New York City tonight.

Other action tonight in the CIT:
7:00 PM – VMI at Ohio University
10:00 PM – San Diego at Pacific

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