Cornell's perfect Ivy League record and Siena's perfect Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference mark both took damaging hits Friday night. The Big Red fell to 20-4 and 6-1 in Ivy play in a shocking 79-64 loss at Penn to a 4-15 Quakers team, while the Saints suffered a more respectable, if equally unexpected, 87-74 loss at Niagara.

Cornell remains a strong favorite to win the Ivy League title and an NCAA bid, and it would be a huge upset if Siena (21-5, 14-1) doesn't win the MAAC tournament an NCAA berth. But upsets happen, and the two last night might have killed the chance for an at-large berth by either Cornell or Siena should they fall short of earning the automatic NCAA bid for each league.

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Their losses were similar. Cornell let Penn shoot 56.3 percent from the field, and the Quakers, who had 18 assists, took control with a 15-0 run at the start of the second half for a 47-31 lead that never dropped below five points. Niagara shot 54.1 percent and had 22 assists and pulled away with a 17-1 run in the second half for a 70-53 lead.

Without a doubt, both teams need to bounce back immediately. Cornell faces much tougher opposition tonight at Princeton (14-5, 5-0), which is in first place in the Ivy League for the moment. The Saints are at Canisius (12-14, 7-8) on Sunday. Their next game is a crucial ESPN Bracketbuster matchup a week from today at Butler (22-4, 15-0 Horizon League before its game at Cleveland State today). If the Saints want to have any chance at an at-large NCAA bid, they probably need to defeat Butler.