Ivies Earn Recognition on the Ice

Published by E. Benjamin Samuels on March 21, 2011 at 3:11AM

The Ivy League may have earned a double-digit seed in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, but the Ancient Eight did better than that in the men’s hockey equivalent.

Yale (27-6-1, 17-4-1 ECAC) earned the No. 1 overall seed after capturing the ECAC title on Saturday, beating Colgate by a resounding 6-0 score.

The Bulldogs had little difficulty closing out the ECAC playoffs, rolling through Colgate twice, St. Lawrence, and the Big Red by a combined score of 19-2.

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Losing, in Three Parts (continued)

Published by Mark J. Chiusano on March 18, 2011 at 3:11AM

Crimson FM Chair Mark J. Chiusano offers the fan's perspective on last Saturday's loss to Princeton.

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When the game is over they get a ladder over to the far hoop so that Princeton can cut the net. First they lower the hoop from behind to attach an Ivy League Banner to the top. You’d think they’d cut the net there where it’s easy, but they raise it back up again and put the orange ladder underneath. Someone says, from behind me, “I’m not staying to watch them cut the fucking thing.” I find myself guilty to be thinking if my pose looks snapshot-worthy of the fan in defeat.

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Losing, in Three Parts (continued)

Published by Mark J. Chiusano on March 16, 2011 at 3:11AM

Crimson FM Chair Mark J. Chiusano offers the fan's perspective on last Saturday's loss to Princeton.

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Sometime in the first half, there is a play when Brandyn Curry, one of the explosive, intensely shouldered guards who has what is called fast-twitch muscles, finds himself hopscotched in the corner, surrounded by Princeton fans all in orange. You can’t see him from the Harvard stands but you can see the Princeton players beginning to collapse on him, sensing fear, and then you see him muscle the ball towards the hoop on a line with one hand, and Kyle Casey is there in midair above the prized Princeton center slamming it in, and at this point it puts Harvard up by five.

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Web Roundup: Was Harvard Snubbed?

Published by Scott A. Sherman on March 15, 2011 at 3:11AM

As often occurs in the days following Selection Sunday, the debate has begun over which teams should and shouldn't have gotten into the NCAA tournament.

For the first time ever, a great deal of the discussion has centered around the Harvard men’s basketball team, whose RPI of 35 was the highest of any squad not to be offered a spot in 2011's Madness.

Many analysts have argued that the Crimson deserved a spot in the 68-team field over squads such as UAB—which did not beat a single team in this year's tournament—and, to a lesser extent, VCU, which finished in third place in the Colonial Athletic Association with an RPI 14 spots lower than Harvard’s. Other bubble teams to make the tournament over the Crimson included Clemson (RPI 57) and USC (67).

In an ESPN poll taken during Selection Sunday, half the country felt the Crimson deserved an invite to March Madness. Here’s a look at what others have said regarding the Crimson and the Dance:

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Losing, in Three Parts

Published by Mark J. Chiusano on March 14, 2011 at 3:11AM

FM Chair Mark J. Chiusano offers the fan's perspective on Saturday's loss.

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Immediately after Princeton hit the shot the first thing our point guard, Oliver McNally, did was drop to the floor to avoid the Princeton fans coming in from the stands. He ducked his head down towards them the way you do when a wave is coming at you, or if you’re a ball-carrier playing football and somebody bigger than you is heading your way; but when no one made direct contact with him—he wasn’t the main source of attraction—he fell out of balance to the floor, and then he lay there, and then he got up.

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