Does Harvard Have a Shot? UMass Amherst

Published by Andrew Farber on March 15, 2014 at 11:15PM
Saunders is Ivy Player of the Year

Junior wing Wesley Saunders will look to exact revenge should Harvard draw UMass Amherst to open up postseason play.

With Selection Sunday just around the corner, the Harvard men’s basketball team will know who it will be matched up with in the round of 64 of the NCAA tournament soon enough. But sometimes speculation is more fun than reality, so we at The Back Page decided to look at what we consider to be the Crimson’s potential opponents in the NCAA tournament and to try and speculate what chance—if any—Harvard will have at pulling the upset.Here, we take a look at UMass Amherst from the Atlantic 10.

Record: (24-7, 10-6 A 10)

Best Wins: #19 UNM, #23 VCU,

Worst Losses: St. Bonaventure, Richmond, George Mason

RPI: 16

Ken Pomeroy Ranking: 48

Projected Seed (from ESPN’s Joe Lunardi): 8

Star Players: Chazz Williams (Sr. Guard) 15.6 ppg, 7.0 apg, Cady Lalanne (Jr. Center) 11.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg

Sampson Carter is a name that most people won’t know before they fill out their brackets this year. In fact, the only real storyline about the senior heading into March Madness is that older brother, Shyrone Chatman, is his assistant coach. But if Harvard draws UMass Amherst in the first round, you can be sure Carter’s name will be weighing on the minds of Crimson fans for much more than his family ties.

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Does Harvard Have a Shot? North Carolina

Published by Andrew Farber on March 15, 2014 at 11:12PM
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Harvard men's basketball co-captain Laurent Rivard will be key in the Crimson's foray into March Madness.

With Selection Sunday just around the corner, the Harvard men’s basketball team will know who it will be matched up with in the round of 64 of the NCAA tournament soon enough. But sometimes speculation is more fun than reality, so we at The Back Page decided to look at what we consider to be the Crimson’s potential opponents in the NCAA tournament and to try and speculate what chance—if any—Harvard will have at pulling the upset.Here, we take a look at the No. 15 North Carolina Tar Heels from the ACC.

Record: (23-8, 13-5 ACC)

Best Wins: #3 Louisville, #1 Michigan State, #5 Duke, #11 Kentucky

Worst Losses: Belmont, UAB, Miami

RPI: 20

Ken Pomeroy Ranking: 23

Projected Seed (from ESPN’s Joe Lunardi): 4

Star Players: Marcus Paige (So. Guard) 17.1 ppg, 4.5 apg, James Michael McAdoo (Jr. Forward) 14.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg

As the tournament approaches, bracketologists often revert to the transitive property to help pick upsets. If this property has any glimmer of verity, Harvard could be projected to beat North Carolina, as the Crimson’s margin of victory over Boston College is greater than UNC. Additionally, the Tar Heels have even recorded losses against second-tier teams, such as Belmont and University of Alabama at Birmingham.

But these contests don’t give the full picture. That’s because UNC plays best when the lights are the brightest. On November 24, with the a national audience on ESPN, the Tar Heels exploded with a 93-84 win over #3 ranked Louisville behind 32 points from guard Marcus Paige.

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Athlete of the Week Runners-Up: Week of 3/10

Published by Ty Aderhold on March 14, 2014 at 11:42AM
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Harvard men's basketball co-captain Laurent Rivard will be key in the Crimson's foray into March Madness.

While sophomore wrestler Todd Preston’s double sudden death overtime victory at the EIWA Championships all but guaranteed him Athlete of the Week honors, here were some other baller performances (read: they all played really good basketball) by Crimson athletes this past weekend.

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Saunders Named Ivy Player of the Year

Published by Andrew Farber on March 14, 2014 at 11:34AM
Saunders is Ivy Player of the Year

Junior wing Wesley Saunders will look to exact revenge should Harvard draw UMass Amherst to open up postseason play.

The culmination of the regular season has inundated the Harvard men’s basketball team (26-4,13-1) with awards, as six members of the Crimson were announced to the All-Ivy League team on Wednesday.

Junior guard Wesley Saunders led the pack, as he was unanimously voted to the first team for the second straight year. Saunders was also named the Ivy League Player of the Year, becoming only the third player in Harvard’s history to garner the award. Saunders averaged 14 points per game and dropped 20 points five times this year.

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Saunders, Chambers Make All-District Team

Published by Andrew Farber on March 14, 2014 at 11:10AM
Saunders Makes All-District

Saunders, shown here in action earlier this season, earned all-district first team honors.

As the Harvard men’s basketball team (26-4,13-1) heads into post-season play for the third straight season, individual honors continue to pour in for the Crimson. Junior guards Wesley Saunders and Siyani Chambers, who helped Harvard capture its fourth straight Ivy League Title, were tabbed to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District Teams in District 13.

Saunders, who has led Harvard in scoring, was named to the first-team for the second year in a row. Saunders was also named to United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District I Team, association officials announced Tuesday.

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