The Cornell men's basketball team made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament Sunday with a win over No. 4 seed Wisconsin. The Big Red will face Kentucky, the top overall seed remaining in the tournament, on Thursday night at 9:57 in Syracuse, N.Y. in the Carrier Dome. The winner will face No. 2 seed West Virginia or No. 11 Washington on Saturday for a Final Four bid.
Cornell is the first Ivy League team to advance this far since 1979, when Penn made the Final Four in a 40-team tournament.
Ivy hoops teams finish in postseason
The Princeton men's basketball team also won its first two games to move on to the College Basketball Invitational semifinals after a 74-68 double overtime win over IUPUI.
Three other Ancient Eight teams have bowed out of other postseason tournaments. The No. 11 seed Princeton women were trounced by No. 6 seed St. John's, 65-47, on Saturday in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.
Both Harvard teams lost their opening games. The men fell to Appalachian State, 93-71, on March 17 in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, and the women lost to Syracuse, 87-68, the following day in the Women's National Invitational Tournament.
Cornell on national stage in women's hockey, too
The Cornell women's hockey team fell just short of a national championship, falling to Minnesota-Duluth on Sunday in the championship game, 3-2, on a goal with 33.6 seconds left in the third overtime.
Yale and Cornell look to advance to men's Frozen Four
Two ECAC Hockey teams will shoot for the men's NCAA Championship. In the East Regional, League champion and No. 2 seed Cornell will face No. 3 seed New Hampshire in the semifinals Friday evening in Albany, N.Y. The winner will face Denver or the Rochester Institute of Technology on Saturday for a trip to the Frozen Four.