Fewer than 24 hours after the conclusion of the 2013 NCAA tournament, CBS Sports began to look to the future.
That future looks bright for the Harvard men’s basketball team.
On Tuesday morning, CBSSports.com released its “Top 25 (and one): Way-too-early preseason rankings for 2013-14,” ranking the Crimson at No. 21.
Kentucky owns the top spot, while 2012-13 national champion Louisville came in at third. Harvard beat out 1-seed Indiana and Final Four shocker 9-seed Wichita State.
There was no doubt that a Harvard men’s basketball player would earn Athlete of the Week honors after the team’s historic 68-62 upset of New Mexico in the NCAA tournament on Thursday. With Laurent Rivard taking home the top honors, here are some of the other athletes with great performances from this past week, including three more men from the basketball squad.
After upsetting New Mexico to win their first round match-up, the Crimson will take on the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday (6:10 EST, TNT) in the round of 32. With a Sweet Sixteen bid on the line, staff writer David Freed breaks down the individual matchups at stake for the Crimson.
As detailed in the previous part of the preview (LINK HERE), the Crimson stands a better chance against the Wildcats than it did against New Mexico. While all the odds were thrown out of the window in Harvard’s 68-62 victory over the Lobos, the Crimson match up better with the smaller, less defensive-minded Wildcats.
Before the game against Arizona on Saturday (6:10 EDT, TNT), The Back Page brings you a quick ‘By the Numbers’ preview about what to look for against the Wildcats.
0 … Times that Arizona coach Sean Miller has coached against an Ivy League team.
12-5… Arizona’s record on road or neutral site games this season (the Wildcats are 14-2 at home).
11 … Number of three-pointers that Harvard junior Laurent Rivard has made in his two NCAA tournament game (on 16 attempts).
29 … Number of consecutive winning seasons for Arizona (Harvard has four).