Sunday, November 27, 2011

Harvard Has It Going

First the Harvard football team steamrolls the Ivy League. Now it's the Harvard men's basketball team making news. Consider the lede from a Boston Globe story this morning:
In a tournament featuring the likes of No. 4 Connecticut and No. 22 Florida State, it was the Ivy League’s Harvard (6-0) that prevailed, winning three games in as many days over Utah, Florida State, and Central Florida to take home the title.

After holding the Seminoles to 41 points in Friday’s semifinals, it was Harvard’s defense that delivered another victory in the final. The Crimson held Central Florida (4-2) to 21 points below its average in a 59-49 win yesterday at Imperial Arena.
There is not-unreasonable speculation that Harvard could break into the top-20 this week.'s Jeff Goodman has a story that starts this way:
Harvard has never been ranked in the Top 25.

That needs to change Monday when the new poll is released.
The Crimson could be joined soon as a ranked team by the Princeton women, who are off to a 5-0 start that includes a 15-point win over Villanova and a 17-point win over Marist, which had been among those "others receiving votes." The Tigers are coached by Dartmouth alum Courtney Banghart '00, a former Big Green assistant who has led them to a 50-8 record and Ivy League championships the past two seasons.

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