Scott A. Sherman
When he arrived on campus in September, rookie point guard Siyani Chambers, the reigning Minnesota Mr. Basketball, likely was not expecting to end his first collegiate season with another significant award. Chambers was projected to receive sparse minutes off the bench behind then-senior co-captain Brandyn Curry as the former slowly came to adapt to the collegiate game. But within weeks, Curry had left school, and Chambers was handed the keys to the car far sooner than anyone had expected coming into the year.
After a regular season of breakouts and busts, comebacks and collapses, and departure and development, the Harvard men’s basketball team has finished things on top.
The Crimson (9-17-3, 6-14-2 ECAC) is in the postseason, where it has the chance to return to its first NCAA Tournament since 2006 if it can get hot at the right time.
The last time the Harvard men’s basketball team won a game in Jadwin Gymnasium, Tommy Amaker—who had finished college eight months earlier—was a graduate assistant for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, and none of the players he currently coaches had been born.
2012 was not an easy year for the Harvard baseball program. The team went just 12-30 during the regular season, finishing second-to-last in the Ivy League.
Rookie forwards Greg Gozzo and Kyle Criscuolo each had two goals, classmate Brayden Jaw had one score, freshmen Brian Hart and Jimmy Vesey both had two assists, and fellow newcomer Peter Traber made 29 saves to spark the Crimson to a 6-2 win over Clarkson.
Just like Ray Lewis, Matt Birk ’98 has decided to go out on top.
I still remember the day it became clear that Keith Wright ’12 had made the leap. It was Oct. 30, 2010, and it was at Harvard coach Tommy Amaker’s annual preseason coaching clinic—the first chance for fans to get a glimpse of the upcoming season’s squad.
On a night when most of the Ivy basketball world was looking ahead to Saturday, the Harvard men’s basketball team made sure it took care of business at home on Friday night first. The Crimson (14-7, 6-1 Ivy) cruised to an easy victory over Penn (5-18, 2-4) at Lavietes Pavilion—its first stress-free win of conference play thus far—to set up a much-anticipated contest against Princeton on Saturday that will place one of those two teams alone atop Ivy standings midway through the conference season.
The Harvard men’s hockey team has won only two games in the last three months, but the Crimson continues to have Boston University’s number.
Alex Killorn '12 made his Tampa Bay Lightning debut Sunday, facing former intracity rival Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Somehow, someway, the Harvard men’s basketball team has made it through the first four games of its conference season unscathed.
This time, there was no need for another dramatic comeback for the Harvard men’s basketball team. Instead, the focus was on staving one off.
In a double-overtime thriller at Lavietes Pavilion, the Crimson advanced to 4-0 Ancient Eight with an 89-82 win over Brown.
Six Pro Bowls, two All-Pro selections, and two significant leadership awards since graduating from Harvard, Matt Birk '98 has finally made it to football’s biggest stage. His journey to that point was as unlikely as it is unprecedented.