Even with Bryce Aiken out injured, the Harvard basketball team is chock-full of recruits that the Ivy League likely wouldn’t have gotten a decade ago. Tommy Amaker has raised the bar, and went to where no Crimson team had gone before, four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and two NCAA victories (and a near Sweet 16 visit).
In many ways, Amaker and Harvard have dragged other Ivy League competitors, particularly Yale and Princeton, with them (Yale also grabbed an NCAA Tournament victory, while the Tigers lost by two to Notre Dame last season).
It was every Columbia fan’s recurring nightmare: Siyani Chambers was dribbling down the left-hand side of the court as the final seconds ticked away. And as he took a three from the left wing, the crowd at Levien Gymnasium collectively held its breath. Continue reading →
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 →
What Happened Last Week: Harvard did what Harvard does in tournaments. Santa brought blowout wins for Princeton and Dartmouth, overtime heartbreakers for Brown and Penn, a blown first-half lead for Cornell, and rest for Columbia and Yale. Continue reading →
Though he is demonstrative on the sideline, Boston University coach Joe Jones is typically even-keeled after games, noting the good and bad from wins and losses alike. But after the Terriers’ comeback fell short in Tuesday’s 75-69 loss to Harvard, Jones was visibly frustrated, showing the wear of a tumultuous first month. Continue reading →
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 →
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: