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.
The Crimson (24-4, 11-1 Ivy) became the first team since Penn in the mid-90’s to clinch at least a share of four straight league titles.
For the opening spurt of its game against Cornell, the Harvard men’s basketball team played like the last—not first—place team.
Do you remember the first game of the season, when this Cornell team was up eight at halftime on Syracuse? Me neither.
There must be something in the Sunday brunches of Columbia junior Steve Frankowski.
Saturday’s 59-47 win against Princeton (15-8, 3-6) at Jadwin Gymnasium marked the first time in history that Harvard has gone 4-0 in the season series against Penn and Princeton. The Killer P’s, whom Amaker called the “gold standard” of Ivy League basketball on Friday night, were outscored by 68 points across the four meetings.
For the second time in four weeks, the Harvard men’s basketball team (21-4, 8-1 Ivy) rolled over the Penn Quakers (6-16, 3-5), this time by a 20-point margin at the Palestra, 83-63. After a three-point loss to Penn in the teams’ last meeting of 2013, the Crimson has outscored its Pennsylvania rivals by 50 points in the team’s two meetings this season.
Heading into this weekend, there is an abundance of important men’s basketball storylines to follow in the Ancient Eight. After hanging on by the skin of its teeth last week against Princeton, can Yale continue its stellar play on the road? Can Harvard take down Princeton in Jadwin for the first time since the Game Boy was released? Will Cornell get its second win against Division I competition? What DOES the fox say?
The top-seeded Crimson dropped just one match en route to the championship round but was swept by the second-seeded Lions.
Fresh off a 74-67 loss to Yale, the Crimson (18-4, 5-1 Ivy) must bounce back as it heads to the Empire State this weekend for its first pair of conference road games.
With the score tied at 73 and less than 20 seconds left in overtime, Columbia forward Alex Rosenberg gathered a pass at the top of the key. Staring down his defender, Harvard co-captain Laurent Rivard, Rosenberg watched the clock tick away, bleeding it out for the final possession.
Despite forcing 19 turnovers, the Harvard men’s basketball team (18-4, 5-1 Ivy) could not get stops when it needed to in a 74-67 loss to Yale (11-9, 5-1). After the Crimson came within four with seven minutes to go, the Bulldogs scored on four of five possessions to go up by 11.
While the Crimson went 4-0 against the two teams last year, only one of the wins—a 65-47 triumph over the Bears—came in double digits.
Instead of getting rid of the extra point altogether or even making it more challenging, we should go back a century, when position players handled the placekicking.
The Crimson notched its first win, 3-1, over the MIT Engineers Saturday night behind 20 blocks, more than the team recorded in any game in each of the previous two seasons.