First NCAA Tournament Berth Goes to Cornell (Ever Heard of It?)

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Cornell clinched the Ivy League championship with its win over Dartmouth tonight. More importantly — from a national perspective, anyway — the Big Red earned the conference’s automatic berth in the 2008 NCAA tournament by improving to 11-0 in the Ivy League, which does not hold a post-season conference tournament.

It will be Cornell’s first appearance in the tournament since 1988, when it was defeated by #1 seed Arizona by a 90-50 count in the round of 64. After the jump, a brief look at Cornell’s season to this point.

CORNELL BIG RED (19-5, 11-0 Ivy League)
Team RPI: 69 (Conf. RPI: 24)
Best Win: 11/25/07 – 83-77 vs. Siena (17-10, RPI 86)
Worst Loss: 12/19/07 – 75-88 at Bucknell (11-17, RPI 212)
vs. Top 25: 0-1
Last Tournament Appearance: 1988 (lost to #1 Arizona in first round)
“Amateur Bracketologist” Projected Seed: 14

School Score W/L RPI/Notes
Lehigh 87-83 W 234
at Ohio 89-102 L 58
Army 93-78 W 237
Siena 83-77 W 86
Binghamton 73-68 W 240
Colgate 73-76 L 185
at Bucknell 75-88 L 212
at Syracuse 64-80 L 50
at Stony Brook 66-50 W 327
at Quinnipiac 86-84 W 197
at Duke 67-81 L 5
Alvernia 91-46 W D3
at N.J.I.T. 64-33 W 341
Columbia 70-64 W 187
at Columbia 72-54 W 187
at Brown 75-64 W 112
at Yale 66-45 W 179
Princeton 72-61 W 330
Pennsylvania 87-74 W 285
at Harvard 72-71 W 307
at Dartmouth 73-63 W 318
Yale 85-65 W 179
Brown 74-65 W 112
Dartmouth 75-59 W 318
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