Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Men's Bball: Harvard Starts 1-0 in Ivy Play, Enters ESPN's "Bracketology"

The Harvard men's basketball team is now 1-0 in conference play following a 68-53 road win over Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire. Junior Co-Captain Keith Wright led all scorers with 16 points, and sophomore Kyle Casey took a big step in returning from his injury by scoring 13. As Harvard and Dartmouth are the only teams that have begun Ivy play, that moves the Crimson into first place in the league. Harvard is now included in the mock NCAA field of 68 in the "Bracketology" published by ESPN's Joe Lunardi. Lunardi has the Crimson as the #13 seed in the Southwest bracket, facing off against #4 seed Wisconsin in Tampa, Florida. A link to the full projected field is here.

Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated's Andy Glockner projects that the Princeton Tigers will instead win the Ivy League and be seeded 13th in the East bracket. Here is a link to the SI projections.

Why the difference? There may be a genuine difference of opinion between the two writers, but Lunardi has said in the past he just puts the team at the top of the current Ivy standings into the projected field, which would now be Harvard. Whatever it may be, the Harvard-Princeton games on February 4th and March 5th loom large.

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