Crimson staff writer
It started as a series of tweets. Journalists began reporting just before 4:00 p.m. that none of the players from the Milwaukee Bucks had taken the floor for warm-ups in advance of their Game 5 playoff tilt against the Orlando Magic. The actions taken in the ensuing hours, amongst NBA players and across the sports world, ensured that August 26, 2020 will be a date that serves as a watershed moment in the intersection of sports and society.
Aiken will play next season as a graduate transfer for the Seton Hall Pirates, a decision he announced this afternoon on his Instagram page.
Amir Mamdani takes a look at every game in the Ivy League this weekend as the Crimson will return home and look to make up ground in the standings.
And while Baker’s future may one day lead him to the NBA League offices once again, or perhaps the front office of an NBA franchise, those are opportunities to consider on another day. But three seasons and three Ivy League tournaments have left the Crimson’s seniors, at one time ranked as a top 10 recruiting class nationally, without a single, ever so elusive, NCAA Tournament appearance.
With one final non-conference game looming in the form of a visit from UC Irvine this Saturday, Harvard has a very real possibility of entering Ivy League play with a six-game winning streak intact.
But despite the first appearance of the season for senior guard Bryce Aiken, Harvard was swept away by a second half barrage from beyond the arc by the Buffalo Bulls.
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.