Magic of Numbers: Im-Penn-ding Doom

Published by David Franks on November 11, 2010 at 3:11AM

Harvard hopes its swarming defense can repeat its stellar performance against Columbia this weekend at Penn.

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.

2: The number of wins Harvard has on the road against Penn this decade. The Crimson travels to Franklin Field this Saturday to take on the league-leading Quakers.


Men's Hoopsters Face George Mason To Open Year

Published by Timothy J. Walsh on November 11, 2010 at 3:11AM
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Junior co-captain Keith Wright will aim to lead his team to victory against George Mason in his home state of Virginia Saturday.

Men’s basketball tips off its 2010-11 season on Saturday by traveling down to Fairfax, Va., to face George Mason. The Patriots, who are best known for their run to the Final Four in 2006, are ranked No. 16 in the preseason Mid-Major Top 25 poll. Let’s take a quick look at the enemy.

LAST SEASON: The Patriots experienced some success a year ago when they went 17-15 (12-6 CAA). George Mason missed out on the NCAA tournament, but, like Harvard, it received a bid to the CIT, where it bowed out in the first round. The Patriots and the Crimson had three common opponents: Dartmouth, George Washington, and William & Mary. Harvard went 4-0 against the trio, while the George Mason went 1-2.


Women's Hoops All About the Huddle

Published by B. Marjorie Gullick on November 10, 2010 at 2:24AM

When it comes to inspiration in sports, many people tend to focus on the pre-game speech or the build-up before a final touchdown or foul shot. But for the Harvard women’s basketball team, it’s all about the huddle. The huddle offers the chance for the Crimson to discuss its biggest two motivations for the season: banners and rings. Harvard, currently ranked second in the Ivy League, looks to improve upon its 20-win season last year and capture the elusive banner and ring that represent an Ancient Eight title.

"This year, our new favorite phrase for the huddle has become ‘banners and rings,’ to help us remember what our long-term goals are for the season: an Ivy title and championship rings,” sophomore Elle Hagedorn said. “The phrase is just a way to pump us up and keep our mission in mind."

Last season, the Crimson missed a banner and ring to only one team: Princeton, which was picked to win the league title again in 2010-11.  Harvard begins its quest to reclaim the crown on Saturday at Maine. But first, be sure to check out The Crimson’s basketball preseason supplement, on newsstands Friday!

The Full-Court Press: Keith Wright '12

Published by Alex Sopko on November 10, 2010 at 3:11AM

With its first game on Saturday, the men’s basketball team is gearing up for what’s sure to be an eventful season. Keith Wright, the team’s big man on campus, wouldn’t have it any other way. The bear-like junior co-captain is excited to take the court and chase down Harvard’ first Ivy League title. In this exclusive interview, Wright discusses gummies, awkward moments, and Taylor Swift. Naturally. Every week, The Full Court Press gives you the sort of personal scoop that you’re not likely to hear at a typical press conference.

Name: Keith Wright

Year: 2012

Stats: In his freshman year, Wright was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice and scored in double figures in each of the last five games. In his sophomore season, Wright picked up where he left off, averaging 8.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He saved his best for the Crimson’s upset win at Boston College where he poured in 21 points.

Bring on the questions!


Harvard Women Help Beat Canada on Ice

Published by Kate Leist on November 10, 2010 at 3:11AM

In a rematch of February’s Olympic gold-medal game in women’s hockey, the U.S. select team beat Canada, 3-2, in a shootout in the Four Nations Cup opener for both squads last night in Newfoundland.

Though the host Canadians came back to tie the game twice in regulation, American goalie Jessie Vetter stopped all three shots in the shootout to hand her team the win. Wisconsin’s Hilary Knight beat Shannon Szabados for the only goal of the shootout.

Team USA—which is led by Harvard coach Katey Stone and features Crimson skaters Julie Chu ’06-’07, Caitlin Cahow ’07-’08, and sophomore Josephine Pucci—jumped out to a quick lead 11 seconds into the game.