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Game 47: Harvard vs. Princeton

A one-game playoff for the Ivy League's automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Game 47: Harvard vs. Princeton

Time: 4:00 p.m. EST
Venue: The John J. Lee Amphitheater, New Haven, Conn.
Live Video: ESPN3.com

NEW HAVEN, Conn - For those of us who cover the Ivy League on a regular basis, this day is very special. It is the first time in nine years that the Ancient Eight's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament will be decided by a playoff game.

On one side stands Harvard. The Crimson are full of talent and athleticism, but they carry the burden of having never been to the NCAA Tournament in the Ivy League's 57-year history.

On the other side stands Princeton. The Tigers are senior-laden and steeped in tradition, but they haven't been to the Big Dance since 2004.

Both sides still remember the games played between them this season: a close Princeton win at Jadwin Gym last month, and a rout by Harvard at Lavietes Pavilion a week ago.

So the season series is all square. Today's game will award braging rights, a trip to the NCAA Tournament, and a place in the history books.

I'm pleased to say that I'm joined for this chat by Schuylkill 16 voter Jon Solomon, whose princetonbasketball.com blog is a must read for all fans of Ivy League hoops.

Now the wait is finally over. It's time to crown a champion.

If you're on a mobile device, click here to follow along and send in comments. Also be sure to check out this post from last night featuring interviews with CBS and Turner's NCAA Tournament broadcasters.

Jonathan Tannenwald Philly.com
About this blog
Soft Pretzel Logic is Philly.com's college sports blog, with a primary focus on the University of Pennsylvania. You'll also see coverage of the Big 5, other major college sports events in the region, and the annual Penn Relays track and field meet.

Reach Jonathan at jtannenwald@phillynews.com or 215-854-2330.

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