The criticism is not unfounded. Take, for instance, the Crimson’s 3-8 record in games televised on the ESPN family of networks over the past three seasons. Or look at Harvard’s embarrassing last two postseason appearances: a 93-71 loss to Appalachian State in the first round of the 2010 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament and a 71-54 defeat at Oklahoma State on national television in the National Invitation Tournament last March.
Casey missed four of five critical free throws down the stretch, and Princeton closed the game on a 28-18 run to grab the eight-point win that gave the Crimson its first Ivy League loss of the season.
The Harvard men’s basketball team enters the 2011-12 campaign facing high expectations. It’s not just expected to win the Ivy League championship. It’s not just expected to make the NCAA tournament.
This revelation did not occur when he effortlessly lifted me into the air and twirled me above his head, nor when he pinned me to the ground with his hands tied behind his back. (These things really did happen; video proof can be found tomorrow at TheCrimson.com).