What Happened Last Week: Princeton snapped Yale’s 12-game win streak, pulling even in the loss column. Columbia stayed in the race with a dominant home sweep. Harvard shocked Cornell with the season’s most improbable comeback. Continue reading “Ivy League Weekly Roundup: Talking 2-Bid Ivy”
2015 ended so well for Harvard: The Crimson won four of their final six games, with only close losses to the likely #1 and #2 in tomorrow’s national rankings. November’s struggles were a distant memory, and they looked ready to challenge for yet another Ivy League title. Continue reading “Vermont 65, Harvard 62: Setbacks Plague Crimson”
What Happened Last Week: Harvard gave No. 4 Kansas a scare in Lawrence, erasing a 13-point deficit in the second half before losing by six points. Princeton lost for the first time this season at Stony Brook. Cornell, Brown, Yale and Columbia each won multiple games. Continue reading “Ivy League Weekly Roundup: Dec. 8”
What Happened Last Week: The Ivy League got off to a great start: Yale hung with Duke for a half, Penn and Columbia topped solid teams, and Princeton and Harvard beat D-I opponents by D-III scores. But the weekend was brutal for everyone not named Miles Wright. Continue reading “Ivy League Weekly Roundup: Nov. 30”
BOSTON – Sportswriters (and the world at large, to be honest) tend to make way too big a deal out of singular events, but if there was ever a statement as to the current (and future) power of the Ivy League, it was Harvard’s complete demolition of Bryant Wednesday night at Lavietes Pavilion.
Having unfortunately borne witness to many of them over the years, it had all the look of a “guarantee game”. Of course, if Bryant wanted that, it could have gone down the street to Boston College or down I-95 to Providence.
But from the opening tip, Zena Edosomwan was just bigger and stronger than anyone the Bulldogs could throw at him, young guards Tommy McCarthy and Corey Johnson were bordering on arrogance because they could score whenever they pleased. Physically, athletically, skill-wise, whatever way you sliced it, it didn’t take a basketball expert to figure out who was the better team. It was a 20-point game by halftime and it was time to clear the benches and cheer for the walk-ons by the midway point of the second half.
Who is the best team in Massachusetts?
For the last few years, the answer has been Harvard: The Crimson was a top-100 team nationally in each of the last five seasons, going 16-3 against their Bay State brethren in that time. But after Sunday’s 69-56 defeat at Boston College — on the heels of a 69-63 loss to UMass earlier in the week — Harvard’s reign has ended, at least for a year. Continue reading “Three Thoughts: Boston College 69, Harvard 56”
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – You may have been distracted by the Kris Dunn Show Saturday night, and what a show it was. Seven steals in the first half, 25 points in the second and a stat line that needed a triple-take: 32 points, 8 steals, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. And Tommy Amaker said afterward he was most impressed with his defense.
While the Dunn Show was certainly worth the price of admission, especially as he took over in the second half, there was another team on the floor with him, and young Harvard did some pretty good things despite falling in the end. The Crimson were actually playing their second game in as many days, shaking off MIT 59-39 after a slow start Friday night.
So what have we learned about Harvard so far? Here are a few things:
The first four times Harvard’s season began with a “Crimson Madness” showcase, it ended in the NCAA tournament. But at the fifth annual event last Friday night, with only one of last year’s top six scorers in uniform, the mood was more speculative than celebratory.