Monday, Yale sophomore point guard Makai Mason shook the Ivy League by declaring for the NBA draft. Seniors declaring for the NBA draft is rare enough in the Ancient Eight; Mason’s decision, even coming on the heels of a 31-point outburst against fifth-seeded Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, is nearly unprecedented.
The upperclassman, who sat out his first three seasons in Cambridge due to recurring injury, confirmed late Tuesday that he will transfer to another school for at least the 2016-2017 season.
On the eve of the first NCAA Tournament Harvard won’t be participating in since 2011, the Crimson made their way into the news for the wrong reasons.
It was the second straight year that a Harvard player has won the award, with former co-captain Steve Moundou-Missi ’15 taking the award a year ago.
The tournament will exclude half the league’s teams, maintaining some of the importance of regular season play.
At its peak, this team pushed top-10 foes Providence, Kansas, and Oklahoma to the limit—throw in a win over BYU and Harvard demonstrated a peak on par with Crimson squads of the past.
After securing its best win of the season, a 73-71 victory over rival Princeton, the Harvard men’s basketball team (13-16, 5-8 Ivy League) wraps up its regular season by hosting the Penn Quakers (11-15, 5-7) Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion. Staff writer David Freed has three things to watch as Harvard looks to sweep an Ivy League weekend for the first time this year.
In the final game of their careers, Harvard’s senior class never left the outcome in doubt. The three seniors scored a combined 29 points, propelling Harvard (14-16, 6-8 Ivy League) to early 17-3 and 40-20 leads en route to an 18-point blowout of the visiting Penn Quakers (11-16, 5-8), 74-56.
Senior Patrick Steeves scored a career high 25 points and hit the two free throws that provided the definitive margin.
With a guaranteed losing record, the Crimson will almost definitely miss the postseason—making this weekend’s games against Penn and Princeton the last for the senior class.
Princeton and Yale stand atop the Ivy League with one weekend remaining. For a pair with two combined losses in 2016, both to each other, a playoff feels less likely and more inevitable.
If the men's basketball season ended now, both Princeton and Yale would be among the best 10 league champions (by point differential) since 1970. And if the season ended today, both should be going dancing.
A day after trailing Yale by double digits for nearly the entire second half, Harvard jumped out to a 14-point lead midway through the first half against Brown and never looked back in a 61-52 victory.
After losing to archrival Yale on Friday night, the Harvard men’s basketball team (11-16, 3-8 Ivy League) wraps up its final road trip of the year in Providence against the Brown Bears (8-17, 3-8).
The Harvard men’s basketball team (11-16, 3-8 Ivy) struggled to generate offense all night against archrival Yale (19-6, 10-1) in a 59-50 loss.