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By Ricky Liu, Crimson Staff Writer

Each Thursday, The Crimson will compile a series of unique statistics about Harvard's sports scene. Welcome to the Magic of Numbers—without the problem sets. We'll do the math for you.


21 – The number of matches in the current win streak for the No. 1 Harvard women’s squash team. The Crimson has not lost since the beginning of the 2009-2010 season and is ranked first in both the CSA Team poll and the Ivy League standings.

11 – The number of victories that Harvard has claimed by perfect 9-0 sweeps during its winning streak. Last time out, the Crimson lost to No. 3 Trinity 9-0 but did pick up the victory, 7-2, improving its record to a perfect 9-0 on the season.

239 – The current win streak for the No. 1 Trinity men’s squash. The Bantams currently hold the longest winning streak of any team in collegiate varsity sport, having gone undefeated since the 1996-1997 season. The last team to defeat Trinity was Harvard on February 7, 1997, but the Bantams took the last meeting between the two teams, 6-3.


13 – Number of games won during the current home winning streak for Harvard men’s basketball.

3 – Number of consecutive games won in overtime by the Crimson, the last being an 83-82 double-overtime victory over Penn last Saturday. Junior Oliver McNally hit the game-winning shot with 11.5 seconds to go.

1 – The ranking for the Harvard women’s basketball team in the Ancient Eight standings after wrapping up this past weekend with victories over Princeton and Penn. Harvard snapped the Tigers’ 22-game conference winning streak while also defeating the Quakers in a double-overtime contest, 88-84.

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