Ranking Men's Basketball's Nonconference Opponents: No. 7

Published by Stephen J. Gleason on November 06, 2017 at 2:52AM
Reeling It In

Junior forward Balsa Dragovic corrals a rebound during the Crimson Madness scrimmage.

In a series that began on Sunday and will continue through the Crimson’s season opener on Nov. 10 against MIT, men’s basketball beat writer Stephen Gleason will look at Harvard’s 13 nonconference opponents. Coming in at No. 7 is Northeastern.

No. 13: MIT

No. 12: Holy Cross

No. 11: Fordham

No. 10: Manhattan

No. 9: Massachusetts

No. 8: Wofford

Northeastern

2017-2018 Matchup: Thursday, November 30 at Matthews Arena, Boston, Mass. (7:00 p.m.)

2016-2017 Record: 15-16 overall, 8-10 Colonial Athletic Association

2016-2017 Matchup: Harvard, 86, Northeastern, 80

Head Coach: Bill Coen (12th season)

Key Returning Players: senior guard Devon Begley (lone senior on roster, started 21 games a season ago, averaged 9.7 points per game and 3.7 assists); sophomore guard Bolden Brace (6’8” wing, made 56 three-pointers a season ago)

Stat to Watch: 86: the number of points that the Huskies conceded to Harvard a season ago. It was the second-most points that Northeastern gave up last season and was the third-most that the Crimson scored in a game.

Overview: Northeastern is a young team that will be searching for its identity after losing its top two players in T.J. Williams and Alex Murphy. The Huskies’ strength will be in their backcourt, which returns three impact players from a season ago (Devon Begley, Bolden Brace, and Donnell Gresham). Juniors Anthony Green and Jeremy Miller (both 6’10”) will need to take steps forward (most likely as starters) to shore up Bill Coen’s frontcourt.

—Staff writer Stephen J. Gleason can be reached at stephen.gleason@thecrimson.com.

Red Card Proves Fatal for Men's Soccer

Published by Eamon J. McLoughlin on November 06, 2017 at 12:46AM

A case of mistaken identity, coupled with tight play-calling, may have helped to put an end to Harvard men’s soccer’s Ivy League hopes.

The Crimson (2-9-4, 1-3-2 Ivy) fell to Ivy League champions Dartmouth (11-3-1, 5-0-1 Ivy) on a wonder-goal that came in the final minute of the game, after senior midfielder Matt Danilack’s bicycle kick found the back of the net.

The Crimson was forced to play the majority of the game with only 10 men, after freshman midfielder Paolo Belloni-Urso was ejected for receiving his second yellow card of the evening. The Delray Beach, Fla., native had previously picked up his penalty for pulling down a Dartmouth player with 25 ticks on the clock, just shortly after coming onto the field. There weren’t many complaints to be had from the Harvard players, as it was a clear pull, and it took place within a few yards of the referee.

Just under 10 minutes later though, the Crimson players, coaching staff, and fans were left puzzled as Belloni-Urso was issued a second yellow card for a late, but tame, challenge on a Dartmouth player around midfield. The referee quickly showed a yellow to the rookie, but hesitated for a very long time before pulling out the red card to send him off the field.

The unusual delay was a fairly obvious indication that the referee did not initially realize that it was Belloni-Urso who made the challenge, which means that the referee could have thought that he was issuing a first yellow card to him. This makes sense, as the second offense may have been worthy of a first yellow card, (even this is debatable) but it was by no means a challenge worth sending him off for. Thus, without meaning to, the referee had sentenced Harvard to playing the game, with a whole hour remaining on the clock, with one less player than its opponent.

Although the Crimson battled well to the end, the man-advantage proved to be too much for it to handle. Harvard spent most of the rest of the game defending, but the contest was not an outrageously one-sided affair. The Crimson definitely had its chances going forward. One can only wonder how the game would have turned out if Harvard had been able to play 11 strong.

The loss on October 28th was enough to eliminate Harvard from Ivy League contention this year. With two games remaining on the schedule, a win would have put the Crimson two points off the top spot, while a tie would have left it four back. In either scenario, the team would have had a lot to play for heading into its last two contests, but as it stands, the Crimson will have to wait until next year for a shot at Ancient Eight glory.

Ranking Men's Basketball's Nonconference Opponents: No. 8

Published by Stephen J. Gleason on November 05, 2017 at 6:44PM
Fein by Me

Junior guard Robbie Feinberg has appeared in four games over his first two seasons in Cambridge.

In a series that began on Sunday and will continue through the Crimson’s season opener on Nov. 10 against MIT, men’s basketball beat writer Stephen Gleason will look at Harvard’s 13 nonconference opponents. Coming in at No. 8 is Wofford.

No. 13: MIT

No. 12: Holy Cross

No. 11: Fordham

No. 10: Manhattan

No. 9: Massachusetts

Wofford

2017-2018 Matchup: Wednesday, January 10 at Benjamin Johnson Arena, Spartanburg, S.C. (7:00 p.m.)

2016-2017 Record: 16-17 overall, 10-8 Southern Conference

2016-2017 Matchup: N/A

Head Coach: Mike Young (16th season)

Key Returning Players: junior guard Fletcher Magee (one of the most prolific scorers that the Crimson will face this season, averaged 18.6 points per game as a sophomore, shot 42.3 percent from three-point land); junior forward Cameron Jackson (the Terriers’ top returning rebounder and shot blocker and second-leading scorer behind Magee)

Stat to Watch: 78.6: the number of points that the Terriers averaged per game a season ago, the second-most of any team that Harvard will play this year (Kentucky)

Overview: Harvard will make the trip to the Palmetto State to cap off its nonconference slate. The two teams met in Cambridge back in 2015, with the hosts winning, 77-57. Sophomore wing Justin Bassey will have his work cut out for him as he will likely be tasked with covering Magee. This one will largely come down to pace, the Crimson will need to slow down the Terriers’ potent offense.

—Staf writer Stephen J. Gleason can be reached at stephen.gleason@thecrimson.com.

Ranking Men's Basketball's Nonconference Opponents: No. 9

Published by Stephen J. Gleason on November 04, 2017 at 6:44PM
McLean On In

Junior guard James McLean has seen action in three games during his time with the Crimson.

In a series that began on Sunday and will continue through the Crimson’s season opener on Nov. 10 against MIT, men’s basketball beat writer Stephen Gleason will look at Harvard’s 13 nonconference opponents. Coming in at No. 9 is UMass.

No. 13: MIT

No. 12: Holy Cross

No. 11: Fordham

No. 10: Manhattan

Massachusetts

2017-2018 Matchup: Sunday, November 12 at Lavietes Pavilion (2:00 p.m.)

2016-2017 Record: 15-18 overall, 4-14 Atlantic Ten

2016-2017 Matchup: UMass, 70, Harvard, 66

Head Coach: Matt McCall (1st season)

Key Returning Players: Jr. C Rashaan Holloway (averaged 10.4 points per game to go along with 5.8 rebounds); So. G Luwane Pipkins (led the team’s returning six players in minutes a season ago, averaged 10.2 points and made 71 three-pointers)

Stat to Watch: 43.3: UMass returns just 43.3 percent of its scoring from last season. For context, the Crimson returns 75 percent.

Overview: The Minutemen will look very different from the squad that topped Harvard a season ago. First-year coach Matt McCall returns just six players from last season’s team. This year’s roster features four transfers who will have to sit out this season per NCAA rules, two true freshmen, one redshirt freshman, a graduate transfer, and a walk-on.

—Staff writer Stephen J. Gleason can be reached at stephen.gleason@thecrimson.com.


Ranking Men's Basketball's Nonconference Opponents: No. 10

Published by Stephen J. Gleason on November 02, 2017 at 6:44PM
Quarterbacking the Offense

Sophomore point guard Bryce Aiken returns from a strong freshman campaign to lead the Crimson.

In a series that began on Sunday and will continue through the Crimson’s season opener on Nov. 10 against MIT, men’s basketball beat writer Stephen Gleason will look at Harvard’s 13 nonconference opponents. Coming in at No. 10 is Manhattan.

No. 13: MIT

No. 12: Holy Cross

No. 11: Fordham

Manhattan

2017-2018 Matchup: Saturday, November 18 at Draddy Gymnasium, Bronx, N.Y. (1:00 p.m.)

2016-2017 Record: 10-22 overall, 5-15 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

2016-2017 Matchup: N/A

Head Coach: Steve Masiello (7th season)

Key Returning Players: Senior guard Zavier Turner (team’s leader in points and assists last season, offense will be run by this Ball State transfer who went to the same Indianapolis high school as Jeff Teague, Courtney Lee, and RJ Hunter); senior forward Zane Waterman (averaged 14.5 points per game and seven rebounds last season, will start alongside fellow 6’9” senior Calvin Crawford)

Stat to Watch: 16.6: Manhattan averaged 16.6 turnovers per contest a season ago, with the high water mark coming against West Virginia, when the Jaspers coughed the ball up 40 times.

Overview: Steve Masiello’s bunch likes to run and returns its top five scorers from last season. While the Jaspers should certainly improve on the 10 wins from a year ago, their defense remains a concern—opponents shot nearly 40 percent from three last season.

—Staff writer Stephen J. Gleason can be reached at stephen.gleason@thecrimson.com.