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Is Penn beating Cornell the upset of the year so far?

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I'm showing a photo of Penn's logo because there was no national news outlet that sent a photographer to the Palestra tonight for Cornell vs. Penn.

Why would they?

Penn is terrible, after all. It was a double-digit underdog in its own building. It fired its coach earlier this season and only won three games entering tonight's tilt against the Big Red. The Quakers' three previous wins came against opponents with a combined record of 15-55.

But that building in Philadelphia has some magic to it. We saw more a little more history made, as the Quakers pulled quite an unthinkable upset tonight over the favorites to win the Ivy League.

In smartie social circles, Penn 79, Cornell 64 is a score and a game that will live on in infamy — even more so if Cornell manages to rebound from this game and win the Ivy/go on to the NCAA tournament.

So it's a great memory for Penn and one the players and coaches will bathe in for the rest of the season, even if this team doesn't win another game. As for Cornell, it's now 20-4 with a 6-1 record in the Ivy. Its best wins are both on the road but against underwhelming teams: Alabama and St. John's.

Looking further into the Andy Bernards' resume, you see the strength of schedule is at 190 overall. No doubt about it: at-large hopes are officially kapoof with this loss.

And now, this all builds up for a massive game tomorrow night: Cornell at Princeton. The Tigers are the surprise team of the Ivy League, having started the season 4-0 in conference. I go into further detail about that game here.

And to think, this was only one of three big results from last night. What Friday. How did you spend it? By watching the Olympics? Ha!

Matt Norlander is the editor of College Hoops Journal. You can e-mail him at and follow him on Twitter.

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