In a conference not usually known as a destination for top recruits, Harvard Basketball and Tommy Amaker are in new territory.
"Fifty years from now, the only semblance of a narrative for an insignificant basketball game might be the words I put to paper at 14p."
At some point the reader might be led to believe that there was no unimportant moment in the span of two hours at the Palestra. Perhaps they’d be right.
Most pundits would agree that neither Penn nor Harvard would be described as great, but neither ball club deserves a 16-seed next week. Hopefully, the committee will be tuned into ESPN2 on Sunday afternoon.
The Harvard men’s basketball team secured its first Ivy League regular season title since 2015 after defeating Columbia, 93-74, on Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion.
With just over a minute left in overtime and with Harvard up 86-85 against Cornell, what might’ve the biggest play of the night happened outside of Lavietes Pavilion. In fact, it happened all the way in New Haven.
While the Crimson (15-11, 10-2 Ivy League) is locked into a top two seed in next weekend’s Ivy League Tournament, both of New York’s Ivy League teams have much to play for this weekend.
Harvard’s roster has combined for 44.1 percent of the Crimsons points and, as is the case for most teams, the forwards for Tommy Amaker’s team take care of the majority of the team’s rebounding needs.
Though the Crimson would lead for nearly the entire contest, neither club could seem to find its way offensively, as the Bears shot 38 percent on the night while Harvard would hardly best that mark, shooting 40 percent from the field.
A 17-0 run in the first half propelled Harvard to a 15-point win over Yale on Saturday night. The victory also clinched the Crimson a spot in the Ivy League Tournament.
Harvard and Yale have a burgeoning rivalry on the hardwood, fueled by high-stakes games and recent stacked recruiting classes for both teams.
PRINCETON AT HARVARD “I don’t know how you draw it up any worse than that.” Those were Harvard coach Tommy Amaker’s words following this game last year. You can hardly blame him—the Crimson lost this one despite being up three with the ball with 34 seconds to go. We won’t delve into the details, but needless to say, mistakes were made.
In a season that’s seen plenty of notable individual performances from players such as Towns, Lewis, and a now injured Bryce Aiken, Saturday’s win for Harvard came from an all-around balanced effort.
Despite a career-high 31 points from sophomore forward Seth Towns, Harvard fell 83-76 against Columbia at Levien Gymnasium on Friday night. After jumping out to a 15-point lead behind a flood of early three-pointers, the Crimson defense gave up a 48-point second half to the Lions.
Harvard sits in first place in the Ivy League and has won its last four conference contests, a far cry from its 1-5 mark to begin Ancient Eight play in 2015-2016. Our picks heading into this weekend's Ivy League match ups: