Crimson Faceoff: Bump, Set, Spike

Published by Martin Kessler on December 13, 2010 at 3:11AM

After two devastating losses at the hands of basketball’s Andrew Van Nest and wrestling champ J.P O’Connor, Crimson sportswriter Martin Kessler enlisted the help of fellow writer Marjorie Gullick for the third edition of Crimson Faceoff.

In the latest contest, the pair challenged volleyball standouts Matt Jones and Taylor Docter to a two-on-two matchup. Could Gullick’s monstrous kills save team Crimson from suffering its third straight defeat? Check out the video to see how the duo fared against the pair of hard-hitting volleyball stars.

Women's Hoops Riding the Rollercoaster

Published by Brian A. Campos on December 11, 2010 at 3:11AM
Jasmine and Aladdin

Sophomore Jasmine Evans and the Harvard women's basketball team hope to put together consecutive wins for the first time since the season's second game.

The Harvard women’s basketball team has literally had a season of ups and downs.

The Crimson (5-3) has alternated wins and losses over the past seven games after starting the campaign with an encouraging win at Maine. Harvard then traveled to the Navy Classic where the Crimson won the first game against Oral Roberts and then dropped its matchup against host Navy. The road trip continued—this time in-state—as Harvard paid a visit to Boston University and snapped out of the one-game losing streak, only to return to it at Holy Cross. Finally, the Crimson enjoyed home-court advantage for the first time this year on Dec. 3 with a comfortable victory over Hartford. But four days later, an aggressive Florida squad handily beat Harvard, which was on the road once again. Yesterday’s home win over New Hampshire followed the same “rollercoaster” pattern that has yet to end.


Vegas Likes the Crimson

Published by Madeleine Smith on December 10, 2010 at 3:11AM

Was your most recent term bill just a little too much to handle?

The Harvard men’s basketball team can help you out…maybe. has the Crimson ranked second among its Ancient Eight counterparts in the website’s overall listing of college basketball betting odds. At 6-2 straight up and 3-1 against the spread, Harvard looks like a pretty safe bet.

BetUS cites last week's close loss to Michigan along with the early struggles of last year’s league-leaders including Cornell as reasons for the Crimson's appeal. The Big Red is only 2-6 SU and 2-3 ATS, earning seventh place in the ranking of Ivy teams. Columbia stands at the top of the list having gone 2-0 ATS. But the Lions have had a relatively easy schedule so far and still managed to drop four of their nine games.

Conference play won’t begin until after the break when Harvard takes on Dartmouth at home on Jan. 22.

That'll leave you with just enough time to cash in all those gift cards you’re bound to get and start placing your bets.

*The Crimson sports board does not promote gambling in any form. We're almost positive those Starbucks gift cards will come in handy when we come back to snowy Cambridge.


Magic of Numbers: Past, Present, and Future

Published by Kevin T. Chen on December 10, 2010 at 3:11AM

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.


3—Number of times Joe Cavanagh ’71 was named an first-team All-American throughout his time as a forward on the Harvard men’s hockey team. Cavanagh was named today as one of the top 50 players ever to play in the ECAC.


Weekend Preview: A Handful of Home Matchups Remain

Published by Steven T. A. Roach on December 10, 2010 at 3:11AM

We’re in the thick of reading and finals period and many of you are probably hibernating to finish writing final papers and studying for exams for which you’ve never cracked open a textbook. It seems that the athletic teams are also undergoing this hibernation period. There’s not much action for Harvard sports teams this weekend, but there are still three home matchups for fans who want to cheer on the Crimson squads.

The men’s basketball team hosts Boston University tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. Going into last weekend, the men’s squad had won five straight games, but the streak ended against Michigan in a three-point defeat. The Crimson rebounded and dominated against Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Wednesday to add another win to its record. Currently 6-2, the men are going to have to work hard to win against Boston University tomorrow. The last time the two teams faced off was in 2008 when the Terriers handed the Crimson its second loss of the season. The team has improved, though, in the past two years and will be sure to give Boston University much tougher competition this time around.