These two elite schools have actually never played each other for the Ivy League title, as recorded by pay per head sportsbooks. In fact, no Ivy League school has ever had to play for the title.
Usually as opposed to the other 31 conferences in the NCAA Men’s basketball, the Ivy League awards the team with the best record the win. This year was different because the two teams were in fact tied at 11-3 apiece.
For schools known more for academic prowess than their on the court skills, this is a remarkable time when both are showing that they have more than just brains.
Last year Harvard took the title and this year they’re currently the favorite at -1½ at pay per head sportsbooks.
Under coach Tommy Amaker, Harvard has won the Ivy League title 5 years in a row, and hopes to do the same again Saturday. As we look to this historic game, Amaker intends to keep doing the same things.
“I don’t think we are going to change anything,” Chambers said. “We played very well for certain stretches, not particularly great in other stretches, but if we do what we do and stick to our identity, we will have a chance out there.”
“We expect a battle every possession on the boards,” said Harvard junior point guard Siyani Chambers. “Nobody is going to let up, nobody is going to give in. We are going down there expecting a fight from them and that’s what we are going to bring to the table.”
This will be an interesting game for one Yale player who had actually missed two games earlier in the season due to an interview described as “DNP – Rhodes Scholar Interview”. Matt Townsend did get the scholarship he sought, and if Yale wins the Ivy League title he will be one a few select people that can say they have played in both the NCAA Tournament and are a Rhodes Scholar.