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Princeton Heavy Fave To Win Ivy League Tourney

For the first time ever, the Ivy League will hold a season-ending tournament to determine who to send dancing. Entering the league’s tourney, Princeton finds itself as a heavy -135 favorite.

This shouldn’t be much of a surprise to those paying attention to the Ivy League, as the Tigers went a perfect 14-0 during league play and are riding a 17-game winning streak. Princeton has one of the best scoring defenses in the nation with opponents averaging a mere 62.1 ppg. During league play, Princeton has won by 15-plus points on seven occasions. Offensive depth is a big factor for Princeton’s winning ways as well, with four players averaging double-digit ppg.

The rest of the field comes in far behind Princeton. Harvard has opened at +350 to win the tournament, largely due to their two losses against Princeton coming by a combined five points. The Crimson slumped to end the season, losing their past two, but the freshman duo of Bryce Aiken and Seth Towns may be the best in the league.

Penn and Yale round out the board at +450. Penn looked like a wreck starting league play, but the team has gone 6-2 in the past eight to claw its way into the playoffs. One of the biggest reasons for this turnaround has been the play of freshman Ryan Betley, who has averaged 17.7 ppg in the past seven. Yale has been up and down throughout league play with big winning streaks and losing streaks dictating the schedule. Freshman Miye Oni has been a microcosm of this, as he has gone from 20-point performances to single-digit slumps regularly.

2016-17 NCAAB Ivy League Championship Odds

Odds as of March 10 at BetOnline

  • Princeton -135
  • Harvard +350
  • Penn +475
  • Yale +475

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