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Ivy League Nuggets

-- The top two teams in the Ivy meet for a showdown in New Haven as Yale hosts Princeton. The Tigers (12-5 SU, 9-6 ATS) look to remain perfect in league play after starting 4-0 for the second time in three seasons. Two of those wins came in overtime against Penn and Cornell, while holding three Ivy opponents to 55 points or less in regulation. The Bulldogs (13-4 SU, 9-7 ATS) have yet to lose a home game this season at 6-0, but only one of those victories came in league action against Brown.

Yale has cashed in all three wins, with the lone blemish coming to rival Harvard in a 16-point road setback. Both matchups between Yale and Princeton reached overtime last season with the home team winning each time.

-- Both Penn and Brown have slumped to 1-3 records in Ivy League action through the first two month of league play. The Quakers (13-7 SU, 11-8 ATS) lost a pair of games to Princeton to tip off Ivy play, while finally breaking through the win column in last Saturday’s 72-70 victory at Columbia as 5 -point favorites.

The Bears (13-7 SU, 7-8-3 ATS) brought a six-game winning streak into conference play, but lost a home-and-home set to Yale, followed by a two-point triumph at Dartmouth. Brown was blown out the next day at Harvard, 68-47 but the Bears own a terrific 8-1 home mark this season.

-- The bottom four teams in the Ivy own 1-3 records in the league. Penn and Brown meet on Friday, while Columbia (6-12 SU, 7-8-1 ATS) tries to move towards the top half with a win over Harvard (10-7 SU, 8-8 ATS). The Lions have been competitive so far in Ivy action in spite of only one win as Columbia has lost by one point at Cornell and by two to Penn last Saturday. Columbia has covered in four of the last five opportunities as a road underdog, while splitting two meetings with Harvard last season.

The Crimson rebounded from an 18-point loss at Dartmouth to open Ivy play to win three straight games, all at home. Harvard failed to cover in the revenge win over Dartmouth, but the Crimson are coming off a pair of blowouts over Yale and Brown.

-- Dartmouth felt good about itself after blasting Harvard, 81-63 as 6 -point home underdogs on January 12. However, three losses later and the Big Green (10-10 SU, 8-7-3 ATS) is searching for answers after falling at home to Brown and Yale last weekend. Dartmouth welcomes in Cornell (10-10 SU, 8-10 ATS), who has alternated wins and losses in a 2-2 Ivy start.

The Big Red split a pair of close games with Columbia, followed by a nine-point triumph over Penn as 6 -point underdogs. However, Cornell fell short in overtime to Princeton last Saturday as the Big Red looks to continue its dominance of Dartmouth by winning the last four meetings.
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