Ivy League Basketball Showdown at Brown

(Feb. 26, 2001) -- The stage is set for the biggest Ivy League basketball showdown in Providence in 15 years as the Brown men's basketball team hosts perennial Ivy League powers Penn and Princeton on Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, for first place in the Ivy standings. Each game starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

Head coach Glen Miller's team is assured of at least a share of the Ivy League title by winning its final three games. Brown completes its season on March 7th at home against Yale.

Both Brown and Yale trail the Quakers and Tigers in the Ivy standings by a single game, with Brown having the advantage of facing all three teams at home. Penn and Princeton sit atop the Ivy standings with 8-3 records, followed by Brown and Yale at 7-4 in league play.

The Bears are riding a six-game winning streak after opening its Ivy season with a 1-4 record. Brown, 13-11 overall, has swept the last three Ivy League weekends for the first time since 1975, including a difficult road sweep of Cornell (67-65) in Ithaca, NY, and Columbia (67-65) in New York City last weekend.

Brown is led by sophomore sensation Earl Hunt, the Ivy League's leading scorer (20.2 ppg), who is looking to become the first sophomore in Ivy basketball history to score 1,000 career points. Hunt has amassed 945 career points, 18th best in Brown basketball history. Sophomore Alai Nuualiitia is also averaging in double figures for the Bears with 11.4 points per game, and is the Ivy League's top shooter, hitting 57 percent from the field.