March 5, 2012
Penn plays Princeton tomorrow night for a chance to share the Ivy League title and a shot at a NCAA tournament berth. (Photo courtesy Penn Athletics)
March Madness is starting a little early for Philadelphia college basketball fans.
Tonight, Drexel is playing to be one of the first teams to get an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament when they take on VCU in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship Game. The Dragons are riding a 19-game winning streak and a school-record tying 27 wins.
The Rams of VCU also have 27 wins and are coming off an amazing run in last year’s NCAA tournament, in which they made it all the way to the Final Four. The stakes are huge: the winner gets the Colonial Athletic Association’s automatic tournament berth and the loser may be left out. The game will be televised live on ESPN starting at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, Penn is another local team that is trying to secure an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Quakers play at Princeton tomorrow night (to be broadcast on ESPN3.com) and if they win, they will tie Harvard for the Ivy League title, forcing a one-game playoff later this week to determine the conference’s NCAA Tournament bid.
Go Penn! Go Drexel!
Drexel Vs. VCU – CAA Championship Game
When: Monday, March 5; 7 p.m. on ESPN
More info: www.drexel.edu
Penn Vs. Princeton
When: Tuesday, March 6; 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3.com
More info: www.pennathletics.com
February 8, 2012
It’s not every year that the Ivy League has a team ranked in the Top 25 in the nation. But this year they do. And it’s the Harvard Crimson, who at 20-2 on the season, are now ranked #21 in the country. Harvard is coming to town this Friday night for a showdown with the Penn Quakers at the Palestra. The atmosphere at the Palestra is going to be electric, with Penn’s student section coming out in full force for the big rivalry game. Moreover, the postseason implications: Penn is 4-1 in the Ivy League and needs a win to improve their chances at the Ivy League crown. Tickets are $14. [Penn vs. Harvard]