Under the Radar Game of the Day: Harvard at Penn

Harvard at Penn, 7:00 PM Eastern, Ivy League Digital Network

It is the Game of the Year in the Ivy League, and it also may be meaningless, so it is naturally the Under the Radar Game of the Day.  The Ivy League’s top two teams, Harvard and Penn, meet at the Palestra in Philadelphia tonight.  Both teams enter play tied at 10-1 in conference play with only two more regular season games left after tonight.  That means that the winner has the upper hand for the #1 seed in the Ivy League tournament.  Harvard won the first meeting between these two teams back on February 10 by 9 points.  Chris Lewis led all scorers with 25 points for the Crimson in that win, while Penn’s Ryan Betley was one of four Quakers in double figures, scoring a team high 16.  All signs point to a great game tonight.

The above having been said, tonight’s game may also prove to be fairly meaningless.  Even if the winner ends up securing the 1 seed, the conference tournament is played in Philadelphia, no matter who wins, and these two teams should both be prohibitive favorites to win their semifinals and advance to the championship game.  Assuming that Harvard and Penn play again on Sunday, March 11, the game will be for “all the marbles”.  Tonight, at best, we will get a very fun preview of that title game.  No matter what the meaning of the game, we will certainly be watching!

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