North Carolina and Harvard have essentially equal experience playing on the big stage of the tournament, something that more and more Davids have become able to say as they step up to slay Goliath.
The winner of Friday night's Harvard-Yale game will clinch a share of the Ancient Eight title. The Bulldogs and Brown stand in the way of the Crimson's fourth straight trip to the Big Dance.
Harvard coach Tommy Amaker's squad is in a much different place than it was a month ago.
Despite trailing by as many as 12 points early on, the Crimson stormed back to beat Princeton on Friday, 63-55, to take command of the Ancient Eight standings.
Despite a poor offensive performance in the first half, the Harvard men’s basketball team (17-5, 7-1 Ivy) won handily against Cornell (12-12, 4-4) thanks to a big run to open up the second half.
Between a career night from its senior wing and stellar bench play, the Crimson had just enough to beat Brown in overtime on Friday.
The Crimson looks to bounce back from a devastating loss to Dartmouth at Lavietes by sweeping the Killer P's, Princeton, and Penn on the road this weekend.
After a sloppy loss to Boston College the week prior, the men's basketball team overcame some early weak shooting and rode strong defense to a win over Bryant.
After shooting an abysmal 25 percent from the field and 12.5 percent from beyond the arc to go along with 10 turnovers in the first half, the Crimson, catalyzed by senior forward Jonah Travis, came back to force overtime against Boston College on Wednesday before falling, 64-57.
Although players have just concluded their exams, Harvard is still yet to take its toughest test: a matchup against the No. 5/6 University of Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottseville Sunday.
The Crimson led by just one point at the break but broke the game open with timely shooting late in the contest.
Maybe it was the pregame speech from Coach Amaker, maybe it was the result of a thrilling win just a couple days ago over UMass. Whatever it was, the Crimson came out Wednesday night against Northeastern a newfound energy.
On a night when many of his teammates struggled, Harvard senior Wesley Saunders was dynamic, showcasing a plethora of moves that could ascend to the next level.
In the team's first game of the season, Harvard's best players were their best players.
While their gymnasiums are only two miles apart, the strength of Harvard's and MIT's basketball programs could not be farther.