If it wasn’t a rivalry before, it certainly is now.
Even if Harvard does beat the Tigers on Friday, it would be a stretch to think Dartmouth could beat a Princeton team fresh off what would be its first conference loss.
You couldn’t have written it better for the Harvard men’s basketball team’s four seniors. Playing in their last game at Lavietes Pavilion, the Crimson’s four seniors wrote themselves a storybook ending against Brown on Saturday night.
The sports section of the Yale Daily News—a newspaper, we think—recently published a piece with the following title—By the Numbers: Counting Yale’s Losses. We’re well aware counting isn’t necessarily a strong suit for students down in New Haven, but losing isn’t the kind of thing you’d want to advertise either.
In what was perhaps its most complete game in conference to date, the Harvard men’s basketball team took a large and early lead against a visiting Cornell squad en route to an 87-75 win over the Big Red Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion.
With the Cornell men’s basketball team trekking to Cambridge for a Saturday evening showdown with the Crimson, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the 2009-2010 Big Red team that helped put Ivy League basketball back into the national conversation.
The Bulldogs (14-7, 6-2 Ivy League) came within four after rattling off six uncontested points, but Chambers and Aiken closed out the game at the line to give Harvard (14-7, 6-2) the 75-67 win in New Haven.
Harvard's two leading scorers took charge for the Crimson and gave Harvard an 87-74 win as freshmen Bryce Aiken and Seth Towns had 23 and 17 points, respectively.
The Brown men’s basketball team knows a thing or two about what it’s like to be a little brother. In recent years, the Bears have received worse treatment from Harvard than even nine-year-old me could have imagined giving my brothers.
Despite going up by four with just over a minute left on the clock, a late layup off an offensive rebound gave Princeton the win Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion.
Despite facing off against a Penn team that entered Friday’s contest without a conference win, the Quakers (7-10, 0-4 Ivy League) would force Harvard (12-6, 4-1) to play a full 40 minutes of basketball at Lavietes Pavilion.
To say that Harvard does not have the basketball history that Princeton does is like Emperor Hirohito saying that World War II did not develop in Japan’s favor after he surrendered to the U.S.
Coming off a matchup where the Crimson rallied late to take a win against Cornell, Saturday’s late effort simply wasn’t enough as Harvard struggled to shoot the ball and sent the Lions to the line early and often.
With eight seconds on the clock Aiken pulled up and drained the two—and much like it had a year earlier, Harvard came away with the late win in another nailbiter in Ithaca off the hands of a freshman point guard. Last time, it was a 76-74 win off a jumper from then-freshman point guard Tommy McCarthy. This time, Aiken’s jumper sent Harvard home with a 77-71 victory.
To put it more simply, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale have solidified themselves as the class of Ivy League basketball over the last five seasons while Brown, Cornell, and Dartmouth have emerged as perennial bottom feeders. The direction of the league going forward will largely have to do with the jobs that Steve Donahue and Jim Engles do at Penn and Columbia.