On the road for the first time this season, Northeastern handed Harvard its first defeat off of a record-setting 44-point effort from captain Jordan Roland.
Harvard men’s basketball crushed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 84-27 in its season opener Tuesday night, a margin of victory that tied a program record set in 1946 against Northeastern.
In some ways, the seniors have fulfilled all of the expectations that were placed on the group, which 247 Sports’ Composite Team Rankings regarded as the 25th-best recruiting class in the nation. They have won at least a share of the Ivy League title in consecutive years and last season advanced to the second round of the NIT for the first time in program history. But one achievement is missing: an NCAA Tournament appearance.
The 2019-20 Harvard men’s basketball program has the potential to be historic, but let’s allow that path to be more versatile and open-ended than a simple straight line upwards.