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Ivy Tournament Hypotheticals for Saturday's Men's Basketball Games

Calling the Play
Harvard coach Tommy Amaker looks on during the Crimson's game against Yale on Feb. 17.

Heading into the final night of Ivy League regular season play, all four games tonight have major implications for next weekend’s Ivy League Tournament. What we do know is that Harvard and Penn will be the top two seeds (their order will depend on what happens tonight); Yale is locked in as the three seed; either Columbia, Cornell, or Princeton will be the No. 4 seed; and Brown and Dartmouth are just playing for pride.

Below are all 16 possible outcomes for the four games tonight and the seedings for the Ivy League Tournament based on those outcomes. In 12 of the 16 scenarios, Harvard would be the No. 1 seed while Penn would be the top dog in four. Nine of the 16 scenarios have Columbia as the four seed. Princeton qualifies in four of the remaining seven while Cornell gets in with the other three. Simply, with a win, Harvard clinches the No. 1 seed. The Crimson can also qualify if both it and the Quakers lose. Penn gets the top seed with a win and a Harvard loss.

Here we go:

Scenario 1:

Penn beats Brown

Columbia beats Harvard

Cornell beats Dartmouth

Princeton beats Yale

No. 1 seed: Penn

No. 2 seed: Harvard

No. 3 seed: Yale

No. 4 seed: Columbia

Scenario 2:

Penn beats Brown

Columbia beats Harvard

Cornell beats Dartmouth

Yale beats Princeton

No. 1 seed: Penn

No. 2 seed: Harvard

No. 3 seed: Yale

No. 4 seed: Columbia

Scenario 3:

Penn beats Brown

Columbia beats Harvard

Dartmouth beats Cornell

Princeton beats Yale

No. 1 seed: Penn

No. 2 seed: Harvard

No. 3 seed: Yale

No. 4 seed: Columbia

Scenario 4:

Penn beats Brown

Harvard beats Columbia

Cornell beats Dartmouth

Princeton beats Yale

No. 1 seed: Harvard

No. 2 seed: Penn

No. 3 seed: Yale

No. 4 seed: Princeton

Scenario 5:

Brown beats Penn

Columbia beats Harvard

Cornell beats Dartmouth

Princeton beats Yale

No. 1 seed: Harvard

No. 2 seed: Penn

No. 3 seed: Yale

No. 4 seed: Columbia

Scenario 6:

Brown beats Penn

Columbia beats Harvard

Cornell beats Dartmouth

Yale beats Princeton

No. 1 seed: Harvard

No. 2 seed: Penn

No. 3 seed: Yale

No. 4 seed: Columbia

Scenario 7:

Brown beats Penn

Columbia beats Harvard

Dartmouth beats Cornell

Princeton beats Yale

No. 1 seed: Harvard

No. 2 seed: Penn

No. 3 seed: Yale

No. 4 seed: Columbia

Scenario 8:

Brown beats Penn

Harvard beats Columbia

Cornell beats Dartmouth

Princeton beats Yale

No. 1 seed: Harvard

No. 2 seed: Penn

No. 3 seed: Yale

No. 4 seed: Princeton

Scenario 9:

Brown beats Penn

Harvard beats Columbia

Dartmouth beats Cornell

Yale beats Princeton

No. 1 seed: Harvard

No. 2 seed: Penn

No. 3 seed: Yale

No. 4 seed: Cornell

Scenario 10:

Brown beats Penn

Harvard beats Columbia

Dartmouth beats Cornell

Princeton beats Yale

No. 1 seed: Harvard

No. 2 seed: Penn

No. 3 seed: Yale

No. 4 seed: Princeton

Scenario 11:

Brown beats Penn

Harvard beats Columbia

Cornell beats Dartmouth

Yale beats Princeton

No. 1 seed: Harvard

No. 2 seed: Penn

No. 3 seed: Yale

No. 4 seed: Cornell

Scenario 12:

Brown beats Penn

Columbia beats Harvard

Dartmouth beats Cornell

Yale beats Princeton

No. 1 seed: Harvard

No. 2 seed: Penn

No. 3 seed: Yale

No. 4 seed: Columbia

Scenario 13:

Penn beats Brown

Harvard beats Columbia

Dartmouth beats Cornell

Yale beats Princeton

No. 1 seed: Harvard

No. 2 seed: Penn

No. 3 seed: Yale

No. 4 seed: Columbia

Scenario 14:

Penn beats Brown

Harvard beats Columbia

Dartmouth beats Cornell

Princeton beats Yale

No. 1 seed: Harvard

No. 2 seed: Penn

No. 3 seed: Yale

No. 4 seed: Princeton

Scenario 15:

Penn beats Brown

Harvard beats Columbia

Cornell beats Dartmouth

Yale beats Princeton

No. 1 seed: Harvard

No. 2 seed: Penn

No. 3 seed: Yale

No. 4 seed: Cornell

Scenario 16:

Penn beats Brown

Columbia beats Harvard

Dartmouth beats Cornell

Yale beats Princeton

No. 1 seed: Penn

No. 2 seed: Harvard

No. 3 seed: Yale

No. 4 seed: Columbia

—Staff writer Stephen J. Gleason can be reached at stephen.gleason@thecrimson.com.

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