Men's Basketball Announces Selection Sunday Plans

Published by Martin Kessler on March 09, 2012 at 3:12AM

The Harvard men’s basketball team earned its spot in the history books this past week, claiming its first-ever outright Ivy League championship and clinching an NCAA tournament berth. It seems fitting, then, that the Crimson will spend Selection Sunday in the Hall of History.

The Harvard squad will gather this Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Lee Family Hall of Athletic History, located on the Murr Center’s first floor, to watch the NCAA tournament selection show.

Along with the rest of the nation watching on CBS, Harvard will learn its seed and opponent for its NCAA tournament matchup this coming week. The Crimson, which was projected to be an 11 seed in ESPN’s Joe Lunardi’s most recent bracket, will also learn the site of its opening game.

The Crimson’s first matchup will be either March 15 or 16 in Albuquerque, N.M., Columbus, Ohio, Greensboro, N.C., Louisville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn., Omaha, Neb., Pittsburgh, Penn., or Portland, Ore. If Harvard wins its opening matchup, it will play again two days later at the same site.

Housing Day: The Top Athlete in Each House

Published by Chelsea Gilbert on March 08, 2012 at 3:12AM

Housing Day is filled with the hype of which house is the best house. But whether it be quad or river, it doesn't really matter what house you're in, right? All that matters is who wears the house the best.  Here is a list of athletes who make their houses shine.


Housing Day: The Most Athletic House

Published by Chelsea Gilbert on March 08, 2012 at 3:12AM

As we prepare for the Housing Day festivities, I thought I would take the time to determine which house is the most athletic. With really no valid way of accomplishing this, I turned to stalking and decided to make a huge table tallying the number of varsity athletes in each house.

After the tallying was complete, Dunster came out victorious with a total number of 84 athletes affiliated with the house. I must admit that this is a rough estimate, since gocrimson fails to report the house for a number of sophomores, but there is another reason why Dunster comes out on top: its dining hall.

While it's true that Dunster has a lovely dining hall with real napkins and a spacious servery, the real reason it stands out is that it is open an entire 30 minutes later than every other dining hall. As a member of the track team, it is a fantastic feeling of relief after I walk out of Palmer Dixon, swear to myself as I look at the clock, and then realize I am actually going to make HUDS dinner since Dunster will be open.

The Dunster dining hall has spared me who-knows-how-much money after long, tough preseason practices. And what makes it better is that the grill also stays open longer for that extra protein after a lifting session. The funny thing is that if Harvard Hoochies were to walk into the Dunster dining hall at 7:30 P.M., they would probably faint at the sight of all of the athletes there. It's a different atmosphere at that time; practice bags are everywhere, teams sit by table like a high school cafeteria, and there are sports discussions to boot.

Even if Dunster didn't have the highest number of athletes, the dining hall would make up the difference because the number of athletes it brings in on a nightly basis definitely earns Dunster the title.


Lin and Knicks Falter Again

Published by Alexa N. Gellman on March 06, 2012 at 2:25AM

After a tough, overtime loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday, Jeremy Lin and the Knicks were not able to bounce back against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.  The Knicks were defeated, 95-85, by the Mavs at the American Airlines Center.

Jeremy Lin’s less-than-stellar performance contributed to the Knicks’ struggles.  Lin scored 14 points, only half of what he contributed in the Feb. 29 home win against Dallas.  The Harvard grad had only two turnovers and seven assists, but it was not enough to propel the now-struggling team to victory.


Ivy League Archives: How Good was this year's Crimson?

Published by Peter G. Cornick on March 06, 2012 at 3:12AM

Harvard senior Chris Lorditch embraces head coach Tim Murphy shortly after soaking him with Powerade. Harvard defeated Penn 37-20 and claimed its 14th Ivy League Championship on Nov. 12.

By clinching the Ivy League Basketball title this past weekend, Harvard became the fifth school in the Ancient Eight to claim both the basketball and football crowns in the same year. The Back Page took a look in the archives to see how the Crimson’s efforts on the hardwood and gridiron stack up with other school’s accomplishments.