Even if the Crimson is long gone from the NCAA tournament, your allegiance to Harvard can still play a role in who you cheer for this weekend in the Final Four. Unfortunately, a true Harvard fan has good reasons to root for and against each of the powerhouse teams remaining. Below, we present each case and leave it up to you to decide who to pull for.
The awards keep pouring in for Harvard men's basketball coach Tommy Amaker.
Last week, Amaker was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Coach of the Year for District 13, which composes New England. That distinction came just days after he was tabbed as the United States Basketball Writers Association of America (USBWA) District I Coach of the Year.
Amaker is also a nominee for two prestigious coaching awards that will be announced this weekend. He is one of 21 finalists for the Ben Jobe Award, given annually to the top minority coach in Division I men’s basketball and is also one of 21 finalists for the Hugh Durham Award, presented each year to the top mid-major coach in Division I.
Both honors will be announced Friday at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in New Orleans, La. on the eve of the Final Four.
UPDATED: March 26, 2012, at 1:55 a.m.
Nothing went right for the New York Knicks Friday night as Jeremy Lin and his teammates dropped their first game under new coach Mike Woodson against the Toronto Raptors, 96-79.
Jeremy Lin and the Knicks got back on track at Madison Square Garden on Saturday against the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons stayed within close range for most of the first three quarters, but New York pulled away in the fourth to cruise to a 101-79 victory.
Lin scored 13 points in 24 minutes and finished with three rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
His seven turnovers led the team, which finished with 17. Detroit held a 23-20 edge in points off turnovers.
The game marks the fourth in five nights and the sixth win in the past seven games for New York.
The Knicks will be back in action on Monday night against Milwaukee. Last time New York played the squad there were significant playoff implications. In that match up, the ailing Knicks narrowly lost their fourth consecutive road game in a game where Lin also committed plenty of turnovers. With the loss, the Bucks inched to two games behind the Knicks for the eight and final playoff spot in the east.
Since then, the Knicks have gone 6-3, while Milwaukee has made up ground. The Bucks, who are currently one game behind eighth place, have the chance to overtake their competitors and establish momentum in Monday’s matchup.
With both teams peaking at the right time, the game will surely be an entertaining opportunity for Lin and the Knicks to show off their game. It should also give the new-look Knicks a taste of a playoff-like atmosphere.
The New York Knicks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, stretching their winning streak to five games.
The Knicks have remained undefeated since head coach Mike D’Antoni’s decision to step down last week. After losing their last matchup against the Sixers, 106-94, in New York, the Knicks bounced back to defeat the top team in the Atlantic division.