Andrew R. Mooney
In last week’s Around the Ivies, I offered a salute to the Ivy fans that come out to support their teams and hurl abuse at their more athletic peers. This week, I’d like to give it up for the players, struggling through the end of a physically and emotionally taxing basketball season while still hurdling the same general academic obstacles that the rest of us face.
Ivy League basketball will get some decent exposure this weekend, with two games set to air on national television. The players will receive the vast majority of the attention, and rightly so, but I’d like to take a moment to give it up for those other Ivy students ready for their moment in the spotlight: the fans.
At times, the Harvard men’s basketball team’s performance on Friday night seemed to leave the door open for a potential upset that would have shaken up the Ivy standings. But just as soon as Brown had capitalized on a Crimson dry spell to cut its deficit to six in the second half, the Bears’ self-destructive play prevented them from making things interesting.
This weekend marks the first of back-to-back road stints for the Crimson. First on deck this week is a Friday night game against Brown. Then, Harvard will travel to New Haven to take on the Bulldogs in a Saturday showdown. The Crimson’s basketball beat writers answer five questions about this weekend’s matchups.
I wonder what the Thursday night odds were on Smith winning Ivy Player of the Week. He certainly earned the award, racking up 34 points on 93 percent shooting, 16 rebounds, and 16 blocks in the weekend’s two games, including a near-triple-double on Friday. Those are comical numbers for a guy who came into the matchup against Penn averaging 3.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game, but the Crimson wouldn’t have swept the Killer P’s without him.
This weekend’s home-stand will pit Harvard against two conference foes. First up will be a Friday night showdown against Penn. On Saturday, Harvard will take on arguably its biggest threat in the Ancient Eight, its rival Princeton. The Crimson’s basketball beat writers answer five questions about this weekend’s match ups.
This week, the world saw an event come to pass for the first time since 1415, igniting widespread mourning, speculation of scandal, and spiritual crises: The Crimson failed to cover a conference basketball game live.
I would like to open the spring term’s first edition of Around The Ivies with the, well, bad press currently coming out of New Haven.
You would have to scan far down the list of last season’s leading scorers to find the player whom the Harvard men’s basketball team may most lean on to put the ball in the hoop this year. But the Crimson needs no reminder of how much can change in a year, so it should have no reservations about assigning that role to sophomore Wesley Saunders.
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On Saturday at Bedford Field, the Crimson is set to square off against a No. 2 Princeton team that boasts four members from the U.S. national squad.
The Harvard field hockey team earned both its first Ivy League win and winning streak of the season on Saturday afternoon, defeating Brown (2-6, 0-3 Ivy) in a tense 1-0 battle.
In a tightly contested matchup between archrivals, the Harvard field hockey team forced overtime with a late goal, but ultimately fell to Yale, 2-1, Saturday at Jordan Field.
What rotation will the Crimson rely on in its bid to defend its Ivy crown and return to the NCAA Tournament?
For large periods of the second half of Sunday’s game against No. 17 Boston College, the Harvard field hockey team played even with its more heralded opponents. But the Crimson was unable to convert its bevy of offensive chances into goals to surmount an early deficit, ultimately falling, 3-0, at Jordan Field.