Non-conference is officially over: the Ancient Eight are in the house! Tonight marks the annual Friday kickoff for Hoops Nation's brainiest, zaniest, no-postseason-tourney-iest league. Every game counts in the 14-Game TournamentÂ®, and tonight's Palestra tip-off counts more than some others do. Pennsylvania (6-5) is widely presumed to be the team to beat again, seeing that historical co-power Princeton (2-10) is, um, really bad. Cornell (5-9) was picked as the Team To Finish Third, primarily due to the on-paper strength of their frontcourt, so this should serve as a barometer of how competitive the Ivy Odyssey will be. But it's been the Bears' guard play that's been their main strength so far - senior Lenny Collins
(13.1 ppg) and freshman Adam Gore
(12.4 ppg) have provided the . Penn is coming off a 78-63 loss at Fordham's Rose Hill Gym
, while Cornell got rocked at Albany
. Now that they're back in the great big ivory tower of college hoops, it's time to catch Ivy Fever all over again.