Men's Basketball Appears in a Variety of Preseason Rankings

Published by David Freed on April 18, 2014 at 1:05AM

Just a week after Shabazz Napier and the UConn “Hungry” Huskies took home the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball championship, prognosticators have already begun looking towards next season. For the third straight year, the Harvard men’s basketball team has made a selection of preseason lists. The Back Page has a list of what everyone is saying about Harvard so far this year.

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Does Harvard Have a Shot? Kentucky

Published by Andrew Farber on March 16, 2014 at 12:31AM
Curry

Co-captain Brandyn Curry and fellow veterans will be instrumental if the team takes on a young Kentucky squad in the NCAA tournament

With Selection Sunday just around the corner, the Harvard men’s basketball team will know who it will be matched up with in the round of 64 of the NCAA tournament soon enough. But sometimes speculation is more fun than reality, so we at The Back Page decided to look at what we consider to be the Crimson’s potential opponents in the NCAA tournament and to try and speculate what chance—if any—Harvard will have at pulling the upset.Here, we take a look at Kentucky from the SEC.

Record: 24-9, 12-6 SEC

Best Wins: #6 Louisville, Tennessee, Missouri

Worst Losses: Arkansas, LSU, South Carolina

RPI: 15

Ken Pomeroy Ranking: 19

Projected Seed (from ESPN’s Joe Lunardi): 6

Star Players: Julius Randle (Fr. Forward) 15.4 ppg 10.6 rpg, Willie Cauley-Stein (So. Center) 7.4 ppg 6.3 rpg 2.9 bpg, Andrew Harrison (Fr. Point Guard) 10.8 ppg 3.7 apg

If Harvard draws Kentucky in tomorrow’s Selection Sunday Show, they will already be leading Wildcats in one category: age. Kentucky’s average age is 18.75 years, as the team is stacked with nine freshmen. This isn’t a new phenomenon in Lexington, however, as Wildcats coach John Calipari is notorious throughout college basketball for providing a one-year trampoline to the NBA for the country’s top incoming freshmen.

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Does Harvard Have a Shot? New Mexico

Published by Dominic Martinez on March 16, 2014 at 7:32PM
Chambers

Sophomore Siyani Chambers and co. may find themselves in a familiar situation if the team faces New Mexico in the tournament.

With Selection Sunday just around the corner, the Harvard men’s basketball team will know who it will be matched up with in the round of 64 of the NCAA tournament soon enough. But sometimes speculation is more fun than reality, so we at The Back Page decided to look at what we consider to be the Crimson’s potential opponents in the NCAA tournament and to try and speculate what chance—if any—Harvard will have at pulling the upset. Here, we take a look at the No. 20 New Mexico Lobos from the Mountain West.

Record: 26-6, 15-3 Mountain West

Best Wins: #8 San Diego State, #13 Cincinnati

Worst Losses: New Mexico State, UNLV, Boise State

RPI: 18

Ken Pomeroy Ranking: 48

Projected Seed (from ESPN’s Joe Lunardi): 6

Star Players: Cameron Bairstow (Sr. Forward) 20.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, Kendall Williams (Sr. Guard) 16.4 ppg, 5.0 apg

After knocking off New Mexico in one of last year’s biggest NCAA tournament upsets, the Crimson could once again find itself paired up with the Lobos on Selection Sunday. Both New Mexico and Harvard graduated just one starter from last year’s squads, so this game could potentially be one of the most interesting second-round matchups. 

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Does Harvard Have a Shot? UMass Amherst

Published by Andrew Farber on March 15, 2014 at 11:15PM
Saunders is Ivy Player of the Year

Junior wing Wesley Saunders will look to exact revenge should Harvard draw UMass Amherst to open up postseason play.

With Selection Sunday just around the corner, the Harvard men’s basketball team will know who it will be matched up with in the round of 64 of the NCAA tournament soon enough. But sometimes speculation is more fun than reality, so we at The Back Page decided to look at what we consider to be the Crimson’s potential opponents in the NCAA tournament and to try and speculate what chance—if any—Harvard will have at pulling the upset.Here, we take a look at UMass Amherst from the Atlantic 10.

Record: (24-7, 10-6 A 10)

Best Wins: #19 UNM, #23 VCU,

Worst Losses: St. Bonaventure, Richmond, George Mason

RPI: 16

Ken Pomeroy Ranking: 48

Projected Seed (from ESPN’s Joe Lunardi): 8

Star Players: Chazz Williams (Sr. Guard) 15.6 ppg, 7.0 apg, Cady Lalanne (Jr. Center) 11.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg

Sampson Carter is a name that most people won’t know before they fill out their brackets this year. In fact, the only real storyline about the senior heading into March Madness is that older brother, Shyrone Chatman, is his assistant coach. But if Harvard draws UMass Amherst in the first round, you can be sure Carter’s name will be weighing on the minds of Crimson fans for much more than his family ties.

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Does Harvard Have a Shot? North Carolina

Published by Andrew Farber on March 15, 2014 at 11:12PM
Captain Clutch

Harvard men's basketball co-captain Laurent Rivard will be key in the Crimson's foray into March Madness.

With Selection Sunday just around the corner, the Harvard men’s basketball team will know who it will be matched up with in the round of 64 of the NCAA tournament soon enough. But sometimes speculation is more fun than reality, so we at The Back Page decided to look at what we consider to be the Crimson’s potential opponents in the NCAA tournament and to try and speculate what chance—if any—Harvard will have at pulling the upset.Here, we take a look at the No. 15 North Carolina Tar Heels from the ACC.

Record: (23-8, 13-5 ACC)

Best Wins: #3 Louisville, #1 Michigan State, #5 Duke, #11 Kentucky

Worst Losses: Belmont, UAB, Miami

RPI: 20

Ken Pomeroy Ranking: 23

Projected Seed (from ESPN’s Joe Lunardi): 4

Star Players: Marcus Paige (So. Guard) 17.1 ppg, 4.5 apg, James Michael McAdoo (Jr. Forward) 14.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg

As the tournament approaches, bracketologists often revert to the transitive property to help pick upsets. If this property has any glimmer of verity, Harvard could be projected to beat North Carolina, as the Crimson’s margin of victory over Boston College is greater than UNC. Additionally, the Tar Heels have even recorded losses against second-tier teams, such as Belmont and University of Alabama at Birmingham.

But these contests don’t give the full picture. That’s because UNC plays best when the lights are the brightest. On November 24, with the a national audience on ESPN, the Tar Heels exploded with a 93-84 win over #3 ranked Louisville behind 32 points from guard Marcus Paige.

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