While you were spending way too much time catching Pokémon on Google Maps, here is what happened in Crimson sports this past weekend:
Radcliffe lightweight crew beat BU and MIT to win its second consecutive Beanpot on Saturday. Perhaps MIT, which finished both the 1V and 2V races almost 30 seconds behind the Black and White, should consider attending the lesser-known Lentilcup next year. We hear it offers great competition for weaker schools while still providing all of the legume amenities the Beanpot is known for.
Men’s lacrosse was unsuccessful in its upset bid of No. 3 Duke, falling by a final score of 17-11. The Blue Devils were able to set the tone early by scoring just eight seconds into the match. Crimson head coach Chris Wojcik, so upset with his team’s performance in those first few seconds, is rumored to have spent his entire halftime speech saying the word “goal” every eight seconds to drive the point home.
Spring break is on the horizon, meaning that the winter sports season is coming to a close. Several Harvard teams are deep in postseason play, including the men’s and women's basketball teams, who are in the second rounds of the NCAA Tournament and the WNIT, respectively. Additionally, the Crimson will be sending a handful of individuals into postseason competitions, including sophomore wrestler Todd Preston, junior diver Mike Mosca, and 11 fencers.
Nonetheless, even amidst the commotion surrounding the playoffs, Harvard athletes have still found the time to take to Twitter. Here at The Back Page, we have compiled some of our favorites from the past week. Enjoy!
When the start of the NFL season rolls around this September, Harvard alum Ryan Fitzpatrick ’05 will once again take a crack at winning the AFC South division title. However, this time around, he will be suiting up for a new team.
The former Tennessee quarterback agreed to a two-year deal with the Houston Texans Thursday. According to the Houston Chronicle, the deal will be worth $7.5 million.
In the wake of Harvard’s upset victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the NCAA Tournament round of 64 here on Thursday, the Back Page caught up with some key players for Michigan State, the four seed in the East region and the Crimson’s opponent in Saturday’s round of 32.
ADREIAN PAYNE, Senior Center
“I was watching a little bit on TV and I heard that they don’t run a lot or push the ball a lot, so it’s probably sort of a team like Wisconsin maybe, you know they’re really smart and they don’t turn the ball over a lot. They’re just solid, so we’re just going to have to come out and be solid too because they’re not going to be doing anything crazy.”
BRANDEN DAWSON, Junior forward
“We really didn’t watch a lot of their game. We were in here in the locker room and we watched a little of it towards the end. Those guys have great guards, they play solid, they don’t make mistakes.”
ALVIN ELLIS III, Freshman guard
“We’re not familiar with them, but we have managers and stuff to do research on them, and we’re going to watch some film tonight and tomorrow and learn their plays and see what it takes on Saturday.”
KEITH APPLING, Senior guard
“A lot of people had those guys picked to win that game [against Cincinnati]. Me, honestly, I thought that Cincinnati's athleticism would take over, but Harvard, they just seem like a grind it out team that can win many different ways.”
MATT COSTELLO, Sophomore forward
“We’ll learn a lot tonight. That’s the plan. I’m not quite sure what’s going with that but we’ll watch a lot of film tonight and see what we can do.”
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 Kentucky from the SEC.
Record: 24-9, 12-6 SEC
Best Wins: #6 Louisville, Tennessee, Missouri
Worst Losses: Arkansas, LSU, South Carolina
Ken Pomeroy Ranking: 19
Projected Seed (from ESPN’s Joe Lunardi): 6
Star Players: Julius Randle (Fr. Forward) 15.4 ppg 10.6 rpg, Willie Cauley-Stein (So. Center) 7.4 ppg 6.3 rpg 2.9 bpg, Andrew Harrison (Fr. Point Guard) 10.8 ppg 3.7 apg
If Harvard draws Kentucky in tomorrow’s Selection Sunday Show, they will already be leading Wildcats in one category: age. Kentucky’s average age is 18.75 years, as the team is stacked with nine freshmen. This isn’t a new phenomenon in Lexington, however, as Wildcats coach John Calipari is notorious throughout college basketball for providing a one-year trampoline to the NBA for the country’s top incoming freshmen.