Ladies and Gentlemen: The Crimcademy Awards

Published by Taryn I. Kurcz on February 29, 2012 at 3:12AM

If you are like most people, you were probably pretty disappointed with the Oscars on Sunday night.

Save the unexpected showings by Cirque du Soleil and Angelina Jolie’s leg, depending on what you’re into, you probably were looking for something that had a little bit more pizazz.

Well I’m here to tell you that Billy Crystal is not the only one who can read minds.

We at The Crimson Sports know you all are dying to hear the winners of the Oscars, Harvard Athletics style—the Crimcademy Awards, if you will.

So before somebody cues the music to end my monologue, for your consideration…

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Fate of Ivy League Basketball Crown Unclear

Published by Jacob D. H. Feldman on February 28, 2012 at 3:12AM

“It’s real tough,” Wright said. “But we’ve got to move on. We have two games we’ve got to win next week.”

Penn’s upset of the Harvard men’s basketball team Saturday altered the race for the 2012 Ivy crown. The final weekend of conference play will no longer be a coronation of the Crimson, as a number of scenarios exist in which Harvard does not end up with the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Here is what could happen depending on the outcome of next weekend’s games.

If Harvard wins its weekend matchups with Columbia on Friday and Cornell on Saturday, it will secure at least a share of the Ivy League Title. When those two teams came to Cambridge, odds makers gave Harvard a roughly 94 percent chance of winning each game. Those percentages will be lower when the Crimson take to the road, but Harvard will still be expected to emerge victorious in both contests. Its fate is no longer solely in its hands though, as the Quakers now will also have a say in who represents the league in the Big Dance.

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Keith Wright To Play in Portsmouth Invitational

Published by Keith H. Bender on February 28, 2012 at 3:12AM

Co-captain Keith Wright, shown here in action against Princeton on Friday night, was chosen to play at this year's Portsmouth Invitational.

Yet another Crimson standout has secured the opportunity to play in front of scores of NBA scouts. Following in the footsteps of Jeremy Lin '10, Harvard senior forward Keith Wright was named as one of 64 elite members of the Class of 2012 to be invited to the annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Portsmouth, Va.

The tournament, held Apr. 11-14, takes place less than thirty minutes by car away from Wright’s hometown of Suffolk, Va.

“It’s a great honor, especially because that’s where I’m from," Wright said. "I used to go to the Portsmouth games when I was a sophomore in high school.”

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Lin's Squad Wins Rising-Star Game

Published by Daniel A. Grafstein on February 25, 2012 at 3:12AM

Three weeks ago, nobody would have imagined this. But after dazzLINg fans at the world’s most famous arena, a Harvard grad played his way onto the national spotlight during all-star weekend.

With basketball fandom’s attention turned to one game, the stage was set for Jeremy Lin ’ 10 to take on the NBA’s most promising talents in Friday night’s BBVA Rising Star Challenge.

The event that traditionally pits rookies against sophomores got a new look this year, as the NBA decided to change to a draft format. Team Shaq’s Lin, drafted third overall, was unable to find his groove in the 9 p.m EST start in Orlando’s Amway Center.

Lin did not get the time he is used to of late, in part due to the fact that Team Shaq carried five point guards on the roster. In his nine minutes, he scored two points, registered an assist and committed a turnover.

Coming off two 30-minute games on back-to-back nights, the reduced time was a welcomed break for the sophomore. But the news wasn’t all bad for the Knicks. Landry Fields, the sophomore out of Stanford, had a productive night for Team Shaq. He went 8-12 from the floor in 18 minutes of play.

Despite the reduced role, Lin could not escape the media. Late in the fourth quarter, Marv Albert approached Lin about his darling status. During the conversation, Lin revealed he and Shumpert’s botched dunk contest plans. Shumpert, who will be held out of the contest with a knee injury, would have attempted a windmill over a couch on the ball.

The Inside Scoop on Princeton Basketball

Published by Martin Kessler on February 24, 2012 at 3:12AM

Junior point guard Brandyn Curry and the Harvard men's basketball team will get another shot at Princeton Friday night after falling to the Tigers on the road two weeks ago.

With Princeton coming to town Friday night, the Harvard men’s basketball has a shot at gaining retribution for falling to the Tigers on the road two weeks ago. In preparation for Friday’s matchup, we caught up with The Daily Princetonian’s Kevin Whitaker via email to learn more about the Tigers. Find out below what the Crimson should do to slow down star forward Ian Hummer, where to grab a meal at Princeton, and how to tell the Tigers’ players apart.

The Harvard Crimson: What can Harvard expect from Princeton this time around?

Kevin Whitaker: I think it's pretty clear at this point that Harvard has a matchup problem with Princeton - four of the Crimson's last five Ivy losses have come at the hands of Tigers. Even if it's not entirely the textbook 'Princeton Offense' principles, the Tigers have turned up the dial on inside cuts and have tried to get players going towards the hoop against Harvard, which has worked well against the swarming perimeter defense. I don't think the Tigers will score 48 second-half points again this time, so it will be up to the defense to continue playing well - I was impressed with Doug Davis' defense and the team's scheme against Brandyn Curry, who was the key player when Harvard won last year.

THC: How has Princeton been playing since the win over Harvard at Jadwin?

KW: It hasn't really been that long, has it? The Tigers have been playing some of their best basketball of the season, especially on offense - starting with the second half against Harvard, Princeton has scored 200 points in 100 minutes. There's been more cutting and more motion, and most importantly, Princeton has been rebounding better. The Tigers are very tall, but they were constantly losing the rebound battle early in the season; throughout the four-game win streak, they've been even or better on the boards.

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