A basketball game that took place today at Yale between the Harvard Crimson and the Princeton Tigers may have an impact on next year’s admissions process. Harvard and Princeton had already earned a share of the Ivy League title this season after both posted identical 12-2 records in the conference. Since the Ivy League is the only Division I league that does not have a tournament to decide the representative of the league to the NCAA Tournament, a playoff was necessary.
The playoff game turned out to be an epic one and it looked as if Harvard was going to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1946. Up by one point with less than a second to go, Princeton’s Douglas Davis launched a 15-footer at the buzzer to secure a victory for Princeton and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, a tournament they haven’t been a part of since 2004. After officials reviewed the play to ensure the shot was released from Davis’ hands in time, Princeton was declared the victor and its fans rushed the court in celebration.
The Ivy League has never in its history been awarded an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament but if there were ever a year when a school deserved one, this is that year. Tommy Amaker’s Harvard squad deserves that chance. It is our hope that the committee gives it to them. But applicants to Princeton (and potentially Harvard) should beware of the fact that the further colleges tend to advance in March Madness, the more applications they receive the subsequent year. So if you’re a high school junior and applying to Princeton next year, as difficult as it may be, you might want to root for their opponent in the first round. You can, of course, root for Princeton every year after that once you earn admission!
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