After defeating Columbia on Friday night with Jeremy Lin courtside, the Harvard Crimson look to do their part in clinching the Ivy League Title on Saturday as they face the Cornell Big Red at Newman Arena in Ithaca, NY.
The Crimson (25-4, 11-2 IVY) are currently sitting atop the Ivy League standings with a slim lead over the Penn Quakers. With a win over the Big Red today, Harvard would clinch at least a share of the Ivy League Title with Penn. With Penn set to play Yale this afternoon and Princeton on Tuesday, they could tie Harvard in the standings with wins in both contests. However, if Harvard wins today and they lose one of those two games, the Crimson would be the outright champion.
After scoring 19 point last night against Columbia, Kyle Casey will look to continue his red hot play on Saturday against Cornell. Casey, whose averaging 11.3 points per game this season, had 13 in the two teams' earlier meeting back on Feb. 3 at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson won that game, 71-60.
Sophomore guard Laurent Rivard appears to be the X-Factor for the Crimson in this game, as he led them in scoring last time out against Cornell with a season high 16 points. Senior forward Keith Wright had nine points while reserve forward Steve Moundou-Missi also had nine.
As for the Big Red (12-15, 7-6 IVY), they've had contributions from several different players. As of late, Johnathan Gray has been the star of Cornell, as he had 20 points in Friday's win over Dartmouth. He was notably the high point man for the Big Red against their last meeting against Harvard in February, scoring 14.
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