Thursday, August 4, 2011

Basketball Schedule Released!

The 2011-2012 Harvard men's basketball schedule has been released after much speculation.

Harvard opens with rematch with the Engineers of Division III. The Crimson won last years matchup 84-58.

11/15 @ Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.
The Crimson stay in-state for their first road game.

11/19 @ Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles, CA.
Traveling West will bring Harvard into fertile recruiting grounds and will be a return to the Golden state for senior Oliver McNally (San Francisco) and sophomore Jamie Moore (Rocklin, CA.)

11/24 TBA, Battle 4 Atlantis, Bahamas.
The field will include Florida State, Connecticut, Central Florida, Utah, College of Charleston, UMass, and UNC-Asheville. Harvard will be guaranteed 3 games in the Bahamas.

11/25 TBA, Battle 4 Atlantis, Bahamas.

11/26 TBA, Battle 4 Atlantis, Bahamas.

12/1 @ Vermont, Burlington, VT
The Catamounts were a 20+ game winner last year, losing in the semifinals of the American East championship and earning an NIT bid.

12/4 vs. Seattle, LAVIETES PAVILION
The Redhawks travel cross-country for this early December matchup.

12/7 @ Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
This will be the third year in a row that the Crimson travel to UConn, with the Huskies winning the last two meetings. Connecticut is the defending national champion. This could be the second matchup between the two teams in the season (providing they also meet in the Bahamas.)

12/10 @ Boston University, Boston, MA.
Harvard won last year's matchup with BU convincingly.

12/22 vs. Florida Atlantic, LAVIETES PAVILION
No, not the team Isaiah Thomas coaches (Florida International).

12/29 @ Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.
Harvard will be looking for its 4th straight victory in Chestnut Hill over the Eagles of the ACC. BC lost star guard Reggie Jackson to the NBA Draft. Kudos to Boston College for keeping Harvard on the Schedule.

12/31 vs. St. Joseph's, LAVIETES PAVILION
The days of Jameer Nelson may be gone in Philadelphia, but coach Phil Martelli still has the Hawks competing in the A-10. 

Continue on for the 2012 portion.

1/3 @ Fordham, Bronx, NY
Harvard travels to the oldest Division 1 basketball arena in the country: the Rose Hill Gymnasium, which opened in 1925.

1/7 vs. Dartmouth* LAVIETES PAVILION
Harvard opens its Ivy schedule with traditional travel partner Dartmouth. The Big Green finished at the bottom of the Ivy League last year with a 1-13 conference record.

1/10 @ Monmouth, West Long Branch, NJ.
What is there to say about Monmouth? Seriously, what is there to say about Monmouth?

1/14 vs. George Washington, LAVIETES PAVILION
The Colonials of the Atlantic 10 make a return trip to Cambridge after Harvard got the victory in Washington, DC last January.

1/21 @ Dartmouth*, Hanover, NH.
I'm told that this game will be played indoors, so the trip to Hanover shouldn't be too tough for the Crimson.

1/27 @ Yale, New Haven, CT.
The Bulldogs played Harvard tough twice last year, narrowly losing in Lavietes and then defeating the Crimson at the buzzer in New Haven, costing Harvard a spot in the NCAA tournament. Harvard isn't eager to return to the Payne Whitney Gymnasium, where it lost at the end to both Yale and Princeton, the latter in the one-game Ivy playoff for a spot in the tournament.

1/28 @ Brown, Providence, RI.
The Bears jumped out to big leads in both games with Harvard before falling. The Crimson can't look past this team.

2/3 vs. Cornell, LAVIETES PAVILION
To the dismay of no one outside of Ithaca, the Big Red struggled last year. A rebound is likely.

2/4 vs. Columbia, LAVIETES PAVILION

The Lions return big-time scorer Noruwa Agho.

2/10 @ Penn, Philadelphia, PA.
This writer's pick for the dark horse in the Ivy League - could be a battle for a leg up in the conference race.

2/11 @ Princeton, Princeton, NJ.
Historically one of the toughest venues for Harvard Basketball, as the Crimson haven't won at Jadwin Gymnasium in two decades. Harvard has this matchup with the team it shared the Ivy title with circled on the calendar. Sydney Johnson is no longer the Tiger coach (leaving shockingly for Fairfield), but Princeton returns plenty of talent.

The Bears blew a 24 point lead on their last trip to Cambridge.

Look for this one to be close, as Yale returns big man Greg Mangano.

2/24 vs. Princeton
The last chance to deal the Tigers a loss in Ivy play.

Circle this game and this weeekend, as this could be make or break against the two teams largely believed to be competing with Harvard for the title.

3/2 @ Columbia, New York, NY.
The final weekend of the regular season kicks off in New York.

3/3 @ Cornell, Ithaca, NY.
Senior night in Ithaca presents a tough atmosphere for a Harvard team that could be looking to clinch the Ivy title.

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