Lin '10 Scores 13 as Knicks Roll to Second Straight Win

Published by Juliet Spies-Gans on March 17, 2012 at 3:12AM

For the second straight game, the New York Knicks earned a victory, handily defeating the Indiana Pacers, 115-100, on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. But for the second straight game, Jeremy Lin ’10 wasn’t the one spearheading his team’s success.

Lin, statistically speaking, was strictly mediocre. He shot 42.8 percent from the field and totaled 13 points on three-for-seven shooting. The Harvard alum grabbed five boards as well as five assists and turned the ball over three times—a limited number compared to that of some of his recent games.

With the recent resignation of Mike D’Antoni and the readjustment to new interim coach Mike Woodson, some big questions surrounded Knicks basketball. How would Lin fit into the new system? How long until Baron Davis takes over the starting point guard position?


Lin '10, Knicks Snap Losing Skid While D'Antoni Resigns

Published by Juliet Spies-Gans on March 15, 2012 at 3:12AM

Jeremy Lin '10, shown above coming out of the tunnel before a previous contest, struggled Wednesday against the Trailblazers, scoring six points while committing as many turnovers.

A lot changed for Jeremy Lin ’10 and the New York Knicks on Wednesday. For starters, the team’s head coach, Mike D’Antoni, resigned. And for the main course? The team won its first game since February, defeating the Portland Trailblazers in resounding fashion, 121-79.

The Knicks led by 26 at halftime and, despite getting outscored in the third quarter, completed a 40-point fourth period to earn the 42-point victory.

"I think everyone was obviously very emotional, but we sat down and said, 'This is where we want to go, and this is what we had to do to get there,'" Lin told reporters after the contest. “We came out with a lot of energy...more than we have in a long time."


The Odds Are Against Harvard Men's Basketball

Published by Daniel A. Grafstein on March 15, 2012 at 3:12AM

Depending on whom you ask, the Harvard men's basketball team will enter its second-round matchup against Vanderbilt Thursday as the five- to six-point underdog.

Last week, the Commodores made history by knocking off the tournament’s top-seeded Kentucky to win its first SEC tournament in 61 years. The Crimson will end its own long drought in the Thursday matinee—the last time Harvard made the NCAA tournament, FDR ’03 had just finished his third term as president of the United States of America.

Some independent models give an idea of the Crimson’s chances of winning. Ken Pomeroy gives the squad a 33-percent chance of advancing, and a nine-percent chance of reaching Sweet 16. The ELO rubric, which takes both winning percentage and strength of schedule into account, predicts similar figures. With a few conversions, the model is revealed to pick Harvard’s winning its first game 33 percent of the time and its first two 10 percent of the time.


Keys to a Harvard NCAA Tourney Victory

Published by Martin Kessler on March 14, 2012 at 2:47AM

Vanderbilt freshman Shelby Moats warms up at Wednesday's open practice in Albuquerque.

The odds are certainly stacked against the Harvard men’s basketball team heading into its matchup with fifth-seeded Vanderbilt Thursday afternoon.

The Commodores, which entered the season ranked No. 7 in the country, are coming off a victory over No. 1 Kentucky in the SEC championship and boast an experienced, talented, and athletic lineup.

But as history has shown, crazy things happen in college basketball during the month of March. Here are three keys for a Crimson victory Thursday afternoon.


Road to the Final Four, Day 1

Published by Brian A. Campos on March 14, 2012 at 3:12AM

Junior forward Kyle Casey attempts a shot at Wednesday's open practice in Albuquerque.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Let me start off by saying that flights from Boston to Albuquerque are not cheap, which forced me (and the Crimson Sports board, with which I tagged along) to travel to Denver, where we rented an SUV to make the picturesque drive to Albuquerque, N.M. Thank you, NCAA committee, for that one, really.

Despite the remote location, I made the trip because I figured that, as a senior, it would be my last chance to go to the NCAA tournament as a current student and root for my own school.

Before earning its tournament berth this year, Harvard had not made it to the Big Dance since 1946, when the NCAA tournament invited only eight teams and was second to the then-bigger NIT.

Not only is this moment truly historic, but it is also a testament to how far the basketball program has come under Crimson coach Tommy Amaker.

In the time I’ve been here at Harvard, I’ve witnessed the drastic transformation, and I wanted to take in the final stage—the NCAA tournament—of such change for myself. Is it worth making my bank account cry as it took a significant hit?