After winning its first game in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, the Harvard men’s basketball team will once again bow out of the Dance before the Sweet Sixteen.
Let’s be clear, Saturday isn’t just a big day for Harvard; it’s a big day for the Ivy League.
Michigan State plays in the mold of its coach as a tough defensive team with a host of rugged post defenders that clean up the defensive glass.
Harvard will need the assertive Saunders early and often in Saturday’s matchup. He must succeed on both sides if he and his team are to emerge victorious.
Harvard will face Cincinnati in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday in Spokane, Wash.
Both teams’ hopes rest on their respective stars being able to shut down the other while continuing to contribute on the offensive end. Harvard and Cincinnati are just 11-8 when their stars make less than 35 percent of their shots, and a combined 42-2 otherwise.
Twenty-four hours before the biggest game of his season, Harvard men’s basketball coach Tommy Amaker dismissed any discussion of his name in connection with the recently vacated Boston College head coaching job.
All the major bracket projections—ESPN, USA Today, and CBS Sports—have the Harvard men’s basketball placed as either an 11 seed or a 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament. With that in mind, one can look at eight possible Crimson opponents using the most recent five and six seeds in ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi’s latest bracket.
After adding the returning All-Ivy senior talents and top-100 recruit freshman Zena Edosomwan, the murmurs were not of the Crimson winning the Ivy League, but of going undefeated.
The growth of populism and political brinksmanship in Washington have prompted the need for a president free of the burden of re-election.
To create a league power, Tommy Amaker had to navigate league rules to pry kids from the major programs who could offer them scholarships and automatic admissions. This process began in living rooms rather than locker rooms, with pitches to top high school players who could help redefine what it meant to be a Harvard basketball player. In order to create “a program worthy of the Harvard brand,” Amaker has maneuvered the complicated Ivy League system with creative tactics, some of which have incited criticisms.
The numbers not only indicate that this year’s Harvard squad was significantly better, but that last year’s Crimson team might have been one of the league’s worst champions in the last three decades.
As the clock wound down on Harvard’s third consecutive Ivy League championship, punctuated by a 70-58 victory over Yale, the difference between 2013 and 2014 was evident.
With one week left in the Ancient Eight season, ATI columnist David Freed reflects on one of the greatest by-products of the Harvard-Yale rivalry.