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Cornell fulfills its destiny.

After a drama-filled, headline-making season in the Ivy League this year (its most noteworthy season in a decade, easily), the Big Red - preseason conference favorites - finished off proving everyone right last night by defeating Brown 95-76 to clinch the regular-season title. And, as you probably know, since the Ivy League is the only remaining Division I conference without a postseason conference tournament (hooray to this, always), the Andy Bernards take the auto bid. It's their third consecutive appearance in the NCAAs and eighth Ivy League title. Cornell, which went 21-10 last season, upped its record to 26-4 last night and it finishes regular-season play tonight in New Haven, Conn., against Yale.

Player to know: No doubt it is Ryan Wittman, who led the Big Red in scoring for the fourth year in a row playing along four other returning starters from last season. Wittman was the preseason Player of the Year pick and he's probably going to make that choice come to fruition, although Harvard's Jeremy Lin is still a strong candidate as well.

The Vitals:

»Record: 26-4, 12-1 Ivy League
»Team colors: Carnelian and white
»We're thinking: a 12-seed.
»KenPom ranking: 70
»RPI: 46
»Best win: @ Alabama (15-14)
»Worst loss: @ Pennsylvania (5-21)
»Notable stat: Cornell is the best 3-point-shooting team in the country, hitting at a 43 percent clip. It's led by Jon Jaques, a senior shooting 48.7 percent - eighth-best in the nation.
»Most recent tournament history (five total appearances):
-2009 (14-seed): L first round to Missouri, 78-59.
-2008 (14-seed): L first round to Stanford, 77-53.

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