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The Ivy League is supposed to be the only conference of the 32 participating Division I members that doesn’t hold a tournament to decide who wins the title and goes on to March Madness. But this year, the Harvard Crimson (21-7 SU, 9-13 ATS) and the Yale Bulldogs (22-9 SU, 14-7-1 ATS) each finished with a conference record of 11-3. They’ll meet this Saturday (4:00 PM ET) on neutral ground at The Palestra in Philadelphia for the Ivy League title and the automatic berth into the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
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Harvard backed into this tiebreaker game last Saturday, when Yale lost to the Dartmouth Big Green 59-58 as 3.5-point home favorites. It’ll be interesting to see what happens on neutral ground after the Crimson and the Bulldogs won SU and ATS in each other’s building during the regular season. The NCAAB odds for the title game are pending as we go to press.
Although Yale has the far better record against the spread this year, noted stat guru Ken Pomeroy has the Bulldogs ranked No. 75 overall (No. 117 offense, No. 55 defense) in Division I, just slightly ahead of the Crimson at No. 78 (No. 176 offense, No. 35 defense).
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