The Pennsylvania Quakers (22-8) and Harvard Crimson (17-12) tied for the best mark in the Ivy League this season at 12-2. But it is the Quakers who are listed as the favorites to win the second Ivy League tournament at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.
Penn is at -115 (bet $115 to win $100) on the Ivy League tournament odds to advance to March Madness with the conference's automatic bid for the first time since 2007 when the team earned a No. 14 seed and fell to the third-seeded Texas A&M Aggies in the first round.
This year, the Quakers are poised to get back to the Big Dance after winning five of their last six games. That run includes a 74-71 home victory against Harvard on February 24.
The Crimson also beat Penn 76-67 at home two weeks earlier on February 10 and earned the top seed in the four-team tournament by virtue of a tiebreaker because they went 2-0 versus the third-seeded Yale Bulldogs. Harvard has won eight of its last nine games and appears to have some value as the +185 second choice (bet $100 to win $185) to win the league's NCAA tournament bid for the fifth time in seven years.
The Princeton Tigers won last year's Ivy League tournament as the top seed after defeating Yale 71-59 in the championship game following a perfect 14-0 mark in conference play. But the Tigers went 5-9 this season and 13-16 overall to miss out on the tournament, with the Cornell Big Red (12-15, 6-8 Ivy) getting in as the fourth and final team.
The Big Red are the longest shot in the field at +1200 behind the Bulldogs (16-14, 9-5) at +600. Cornell will face the Crimson in the first game on Saturday and lost the most recent meeting 98-88 at Harvard as a nine-point underdog on March 2. The Big Red rebounded with an 86-75 win over the Dartmouth Big Green the next day as a one-point road underdog to clinch the last spot in the Ivy League tournament.
The Crimson are the hottest team of the four right now, covering the spread in five straight games, according to the OddsShark College Basketball Database. Yale is also entering the tournament on a hot streak, covering four in a row.
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