Print and Go Back ESPN.com: College Basketball Nation [Print without images]

Friday, March 4, 2011
Ivy League wants two-bid consideration

By Diamond Leung

The race for the Ivy League title and the automatic NCAA tournament berth that comes with it is getting attention this week, with Princeton clinging onto first place and Harvard challenging for its first Ivy League title in program history.

Princeton and Harvard face off on Saturday, and with two wins this week the Crimson can force a one-game playoff with the Tigers. It's all exciting stuff in the absence of a conference tournament, but Ivy League executive director Robin Harris told the USA Today that the conversation shouldn't end there.
"We think the team that doesn't win the league deserves consideration," says Harris. "The trend in the Ivy is that the overall level of competitiveness is increasing. We don't think this is pie-in-the-sky. I think we have a realistic chance, and certainly the two should be in the conversation."

The Ivy League getting multiple bids has never happened before, not even last year when Cornell ended up going to the Sweet 16 and Harvard even with a future NBA player in Jeremy Lin just didn't have a good enough résumé.

This year's Crimson team under Tommy Amaker doesn't want to leave it in the hands of the selection committee, of course.

From the New York Times:
Harvard's Rating Percentage Index ranking in the most recent N.C.A.A. release was 44th, highest in the Ivy League.

With one victory this weekend, Harvard will establish a program record for most victories in a season. With two, it will establish a program record for most league wins (12) in a season.

"We've had a vision to have the opportunity to create something to be worthy of the brand of Harvard," Amaker said.