In First Game Back in NBA, Lin Scores Eight

Published by Peter G. Cornick on January 27, 2012 at 3:12AM

Jeremy Lin '10 had his best game as a Knick yet on Jan. 24, scoring eight points while tallying four assists in just six minutes of play.

After his triple-double in his first game with the D-League Erie Bayhawks, Jeremy Lin '10 was once again recalled to the injury-plagued New York Knicks. 

And unlike previous poor performances in a Knicks jersey, this time Lin made a stronger case for staying up in the NBA. 

Although it came in the last six minutes of a Jan. 24 New York blowout of the Charlotte Bobcats, Lin registered eight points, doled out four assists, and grabbed two rebounds. He also blocked a shot by Charlotte center Bismack Biyombo, who has a five-inch height advantage on the Harvard grad.


The Inside Scoop on Yale Basketball

Published by Martin Kessler on January 26, 2012 at 3:12AM

With the Harvard men’s basketball team traveling to New Haven Friday night to take on the Bulldogs in what has been billed as the Ivy League’s premier matchup, we caught up with The Yale Daily News’ Charles Condro to get the inside scoop on Yale basketball. Check out what Condro had to say below:

The Harvard Crimson: What can Harvard expect from Yale this Friday?


Charles Condro: First of all, Harvard can expect to be challenged defensively. Yale has the Twin Towers in Greg Mangano '12 and Jeremiah Kreisberg '14. The Crimson just isn't as vertically gifted as the Bulldogs. On the other end of the height spectrum, guard Austin Morgan '13 can shoot the lights out. When the Elis play their best basketball they can compete with anyone, but they do have a tendency to look sluggish in the opening minutes of halves.

THC: Is Greg Mangano a legitimate NBA prospect?

CC: If you watch the NBA draft you know that a lot of people get drafted for their physical gifts rather than their skill set (ask Scottie Reynolds). Mangano has NBA height (6'10") that makes him an attractive prospect. He is a light 240lbs though, but you can add muscle whereas you can't make yourself taller. He is lanky but plays strong around the rim, has a knack for rebounding and NBA range from beyond the arc. Possibly the best compliment he got was from Florida coach Billy Donovan when he called him "awkward." He's no Dirk, but he gets his shot off in the same awkward, unblockable, frustrating way. Look for him to come off the board late in the second round, and, even if he doesn't, he will get some attention as an undrafted free agent.


Harvard Earns No. 23 Spot in USA Today/ESPN Poll

Published by Peter G. Cornick on January 24, 2012 at 3:12AM

Captain Keith Wright extends while dominating the backboard.

The first day of shopping period is a hectic one for many students, but the Harvard men’s basketball team looks comfortable in the USA Today/ESPN Coach’s Poll, earning a spot for the sixth straight week and moving up to No. 23.

But the Crimson finds itself out of the AP Top 25 for the third straight week with only 32 points.

Harvard’s only competition in the past week was in its victorious trip to Hanover to take on Dartmouth in the team’s second Ancient Eight game of the season.  And while the Crimson prevailed, 54-38, the game was characterized by sloppy play on both sides.

Harvard missed its first nine field goal attempts, but freshman guard Corbin Miller notched 13 points coming off the bench to inspire the offense as the game progressed.

The Crimson will need to improve on its performance in Hanover, as the team travels to New Haven Saturday to take on Yale. 

The Bulldogs, arguably Harvard’s toughest opponent remaining on the schedule, will rely on senior forward Greg Mangano on both sides of the court, as the big man is averaging 19.4 ppg, 2.5 bpg, and 10.3 rpg.

After facing the Elis, Harvard will travel halfway home before taking on Brown this Sunday to close out its Ancient Eight weekend road trip.

Where Are They Now? Birk Nominated for Prestigious Honor While Knicks Recall Lin

Published by Peter G. Cornick on January 23, 2012 at 3:12AM

Three days after his triple-double in a Jan. 20 D-League game, Jeremy Lin '10 was recalled by the New York Knicks.

As Baltimore Ravens kicker Bill Cundiff’s 32-yard field goal sailed wide left, many Cantabrigians celebrated.

But the New England Patriots’ win sent one former Harvard hero home, where he will decide whether the time has come to hang up the cleats.

Matt Birk ’98 led a Ravens offensive line to the AFC Championship Game Sunday in Foxboro to face Tom Brady and the Patriots. But after Brady’s one-yard run gave the Patriots the lead with over 11 minutes remaining, Birk and the Ravens offense couldn’t put together a scoring drive.

After Cundiff’s missed kick put an end to Birk’s 14th professional season, many have wondered if this is the end for the six-time Pro Bowler. While some reports indicated this would be the last go-around for Birk, the center himself recently denied those claims


The Back Page's Athlete of 2011 Results: Ortiz v. Wright

Published by Robert S Samuels on January 19, 2012 at 3:12AM

2011 was a big year in Harvard athletics. Women’s soccer captured its third Ivy League championship in four years. The men’s basketball team took home a share of the Ancient Eight title and entered the nation’s Top 25, both firsts in program history. Football set a modern-era program record for points in a season, scoring 374 points en route to a 9-1 finish and a league crown. Four other teams—men’s fencing, men’s heavyweight and lightweight crew, and softball—also finished 2011 on top of the Ivy League standings.

There were a number of standout individual performances as well. Women’s fencer Alexandra Kiefer captured the NCAA Foil Individual title. Men’s basketball forward Keith Wright became just the second player in Harvard history to take home Ivy League Player of the Year honors. Women’s soccer and lacrosse captain Melanie Baskind was named to the First Team All-Ivy in two different sports and was selected as the Ivy League Player of the Year in soccer.

We at The Back Page have taken on the tall task of determining the best Harvard athlete of 2011. Here’s how it will go down: we’ve selected 16 standout Harvard athletes—eight male and eight female—and set up two single elimination brackets. Each round, Harvard’s finest will square off in head-to-head matchups. And based on their performances in 2011, we will determine who advances and who is eliminated until just one male and one female remain. Then, the two champs will square off to determine the top Harvard athlete of 2011.

Recently we released the first-round winners on the male side of the bracket. Today, we reveal the winner of our first semifinal matchup between football's Josue Ortiz and men's basketball's Keith Wright.

Check back all this week as we go through our selections.