In a highly anticipated weekend, Harvard men’s basketball did exactly what it needed to do, riding to victories over Columbia and Cornell by an average margin of 16 points. In doing so, the Crimson has run it winning streak to eight games and remains atop the Ivy League standings with a 4-0 conference record.
But the Crimson wasn’t the only squad that made a splash over the weekend. In fact, each of the Ancient Eight's clubs played on both Friday and Saturday. And after the dust settled, three teams are undefeated in league play: Harvard and perennial Ivy League powerhouses Penn (8-8, 2-0 Ivy) and Princeton (14-4, 2-0).
It’s that time of the week again…the Weekend Preview is back and many Harvard athletic teams are in action! Here's the lowdown:
The men’s tennis team kicks off its dual season action this afternoon against Northwestern at 2 p.m. at the Murr Center and continues its play against Purdue tomorrow at noon. Both teams hold leads over the Crimson in the all-time series records, but only slight ones. Harvard last beat Northwestern in 2005 and Purdue in 2008. After over two months of not playing a match, the squad returned to action last weekend against George Washington and Marist in a round-robin singles and doubles tournament. Junior Jonathan Pearlman swept his opponents to win the singles, and the duo of junior Alistair Felton and sophomore Andy Nguyen earned the victory in the doubles.
Harvard men’s tennis volunteer assistant coach Eric Butorac was on a quest to end up on top Down Under. Unfortunately his run at an Australian Open Championship came up short, ending just before the finals.
Butorac and his partner Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherland Antilles made it to the Grand Slam’s men’s doubles semifinal after winning their matches in the first four rounds along with a quarterfinal victory over the tournament’s fourth-seeded pair.
With their win in this year’s quarterfinals, Butorac and Rojer were set to play American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan early this morning. The Bryans have dominated international men’s doubles play for several years and have captured the Australian Open title in 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010.
Each Thursday, The Crimson will compile a series of unique statistics about Harvard's sports scene. Welcome to the Magic of Numbers—without the problem sets. We'll do the math for you.
CRIMSON SET TO FACE IVY OPPONENTS
20- Average lead held by women’s basketball during its current three-game winning streak beginning on Jan. 9.
272- Total points scored by the men’s basketball team in its 4-0 run through January.
60- Freshman guard Laurent Rivard’s total contribution in points throughout that streak.
9- The Harvard ski program’s (least) favorite number of the winter. The teams have finished ninth in both contests so far this season.
4- Number of games comprising the women’s ice hockey team's longest winning streak of the season, which they hope to continue on the road this weekend against Brown and Yale.
0- Number of league losses shared between all three swimming and diving teams that will be represented in the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet this Saturday and Sunday in New Haven.
2- Chances to beat Cornell at home this weekend. The men’s basketball game tips off at 6 p.m. on Saturday in Lavietes Pavilion, and the men’s ice hockey game begins an hour later in the Bright Hockey Center.
4- The amount of losses the Crimson’s men’s ice hockey team suffered to Cornell last season, two coming in the second round of the ECAC playoffs.
After drafting Kwaku Nyamekye '10 a little over a year ago, the Columbus Crew finally signed the former Harvard standout this past Monday.
“We needed to add depth in that central position in the back, and he is a player who can provide it for us," Crew coach Robert Warzycha told reporters.
The two stars of 2009-10’s NCAA tournament-qualifying Crimson team, Nyamekye and Andre Akpan '10 took fairly different routes to the MLS following their shared college experience.