Feb. 28, 2008
Providence, RI -
With just four Ivy League games remaining in the regular season, coach Craig Robinson's Brown men's basketball team (15-9, 7-3 Ivy) has plenty to play for. The Bears are still in contention for the Ivy title, despite being three games back with four to go, and are working towards a school record for wins, which is currently 17. With a few more victories, Robinson's squad has potential to compete in the post-season, including the NCAA's, the NIT and the new College Basketball Invitational (CBI).
Brown seniors Damon Huffman, Mark MacDonald and Mark McAndrew will be playing their final home weekend in a Brown uniform. Saturday evening's Senior Day festivities start at 5:59 p.m. prior to the Bears' game vs. Penn, which will also be televised live on Cox - 3.
The Bears remained in sole possession of second place in the Ivy standings after beating Columbia, 67-52 and falling to first place Cornell, 74-65, last week. Brown's win over Columbia last week assured coach Craig Robinson's team of a winning overall record for the first time since 2003-2004, the ninth time since the Ivy League began play in 1955, and the 22nd time in Brown basketball history. The Bears' 15 wins so far are the third highest number of victories ever at Brown. Brown teams won 17 games in 1974, 2002 and 2003, and captured 16 wins in 1939 and 1986.
Two weeks ago, Brown earned its first ever sweep of Penn and Princeton on the road, dealing the Quakers a 66-61 loss to snap Penn's 24 game Ivy League home winning streak, and coming back to beat Princeton, 65-63, in overtime, to complete the historic sweep. Since the Ivy League went to its current travel-partner format in 1956-57, the Quakers and Tigers have hosted 156 Ivy weekends, and in that time, the two had never before combined for a 1-3 weekend record.