It was truly a historic year for the men’s basketball program. After winning its first non-conference tournament, the Battle 4 Atlantis, in November 2011, and earning a spot in the Top 25 for the first time the following month, 2012 saw Harvard reach even greater heights. Led by a balanced offensive attack and a defense that ranked fourth in the country, the Crimson won its first-ever outright Ivy League title, set a program record for wins with 26, garnered its first-ever commitment from a top 100 recruit, and earned a spot in its first NCAA Tournament since 1946. Though the Crimson fell to Vanderbilt, 79-70, in the Big Dance, the team had already put Harvard on the map as a mid-major power in college basketball.
No NFL teams signed reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Josue Ortiz '11 following April's NFL draft. Of the Harvard football players from the 2011 team looking to go pro, only former left tackle Kevin Murphy '12—now a member of the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad—was signed.
Kyle Casey (30) and Brandyn Curry (10), shown here in the Harvard men’s basketball team’s contest versus Princeton at Lavietes Pavilion last season, were expected to lead the Crimson in the team’s quest for its third straight Ivy League title.
A distraught Kyle D. Casey '13 clasps his head in his hands in the waning moments of the Harvard men's basketball team's 79-70 loss to Vanderbilt in last year's NCAA tournament. Implicated in the Government 1310 cheating scandal, Casey has decided to withdraw from the College, according to Sports Illustrated.