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Monday, February 11, 2008

It's not over Bulldogs

The Yale basketball team proved last weekend that it did, indeed, have what it takes to win an Ivy League title.

Now, is it too late?

History shows us that the Ivy title usually comes down to the last weekend so anything's possible. But Cornell seems to have a stranglehold on the league title. Only a major injury could stand in their way.
Cornell has already won at Yale, Brown and Columbia and those three look like the trio of teams which will battle for second place in the league.
"I don't necessarily think that the home court will make such a difference," Cornell coach Steve Donahue said. "We don't have too many courts which are that intimidating in this league."
But Donahue's team is loaded and even Yale coach James Jones things speedy guard Louis Dale is a difference-maker.
"I voted for him for Ivy League Rookie of the Year last year," Jones said.
And Cornell snapped an 18-game losing streak against Penn on Saturday to move to 6-0. They also did that in front of a sold out arena at Ithaca, N.Y.
That proves that the school is behind, will give them an edge and inevitably should lead them to the Ivy League title. The Big Red is 14-5 overall and have won 10 of its last 11 games, in t's only loss in the stretch coming at Duke.
No shame there.
Here's a look at what remains on the Big Red's schedule.

Friday - at Harvard
Saturday - at Dartmouth
Feb. 22 - YALE
Feb. 23 - BROWN
March 1- HARVARD
March 7 - at Penn
March 8 - at Princeton

There are still some tough spots there but it looks like the Big Red is in real good shape.
What does that leave for Yale, 3-3 in Ivy League play?
Well, the Bulldogs have plenty of work to do but if it does run the table it would make a pretty strong case for itself for an NIT berth even if Cornell doesn't lose at least three times. A 10-game winning streak to finish the season with wins over Cornell and a sweep of Penn would be mighty impressive.
Sure that's a lot to ask but Yale showed last weekend how truly talented it is. The Bulldogs will get Ross Morin back this weekend, the inside, out game is finally working, and the future is still in their hands.


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