Harvard's basketball team should gain its third Ivy League victory of the season tomorrow night in the IAB against Brown.
The Bruins have a mediocre 4-6 record this year. They have been clobbered in their three Ivy contests against Penn, Princeton, and Yale. On the basis of comparative scores, Harvard has a decided edge; Brown lost to Springfield 74-68, while the Crimson topped the Maroons by seven points earlier in the season.
Brown's only advantage over the Crimson is a slight superiority in height, with three 6-5 men on their front line. Center Jay Jones is averaging 13 points and 13 rebounds per game, leading the Bruins in both those categories.
Other Brown starters are forwards Dave and Don Tarr, averaging 11 and 5.5 points per game respectively; and guards A1 Milanesi (12.6) and A1 Fishman (12.8).
After its 96-80 win over Dartmouth last Tuesday, the Crimson now has a 7-5 overall record and is 2-1 in the league. Forward Keith Sedlacek is the team's high scorer, and his 25.0 average against Ivy competition is nearly the best in the league.
This is a crucial week in league play. Cornell, which leads the Ivies with a 3-0 record, hosts Penn (2-0) tonight and Princeton (2-0) tomorrow.
The Tigers, with Bill Bradley, are probably too good for Cornell to handle, but if the Big Red comes up with a hot night against Penn as they did against Harvard last weekend, they could upset the Quakers. On January 30, Princeton plays at Penn. Assuming Harvard beats Brown tomorrow and Dartmouth next Wednesday (which is not too big an assumption), the Crimson will be at worst tied for second place in the Ivy League when pre-exam period play ends.