Showing posts with label basketball. Show all posts
Showing posts with label basketball. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Amaker NCAA Quoteboard

Quotes from Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker in Albuquerque on Wednesday, March 14th.

On competing with schools like Vanderbilt in recruiting:

"Certainly its a challenge for us to put ourselves in those categories with some of the great institutions with playing in the larger conferences. When you think of Vandy and the SEC and Stanford and the Pac-10, Pac-12, many other schools around the country, Northwestern and the Big Ten. Thats kind of a goal of ours, to see if we can get involved in those circles.
We've been able to do it. Our staff has worked incredibly hard to identify those prospects and try to build relationships with those kids and the various individuals around them. Certainly having some success here with our program, I think, has allowed us to gain some traction and a foot hold to make our way and to identify kids that fit the profile for Harvard.
That's a neat thing for us to be in those circles with Vandy, and Northwestern, and Stanford and those schools with the kids that we're trying to compete for."

On selling Harvard to recruits:

"There are other great places and great alums and son on and so forth, but we think we have a niche here, and we wanted to present that as an option for the kids that we thought would be viable candidates for our campus. I was just excited to have the opportunity to represent Harvard and still am, and hopeful that we can continue to do what we've started and the journey that we've been on. Its been a lot of fun. We've been able to kind of take it in a direction that we have a lot of traction about it. We're hopeful that the momentum will continue to grow."

On his reaction to learning that Vanderbilt would be the opponent:

"Very honestly, I thought right away how tough its going to be. I've had a chance to peek on different games that Vandy has played throughout this season, and certainly I think the marquee game was just played in terms of their upset of Kentucky.
But I knew right a way of a veteran team, a team that can score. Very athletic, more athletic than people give them credit for being in the SEC with incredible athletic teams that have been known throughout the years in that league.
I think Vandy matches up with all those teams. So I knew right away how challenging this match-up would be because of their coach, Coach Stallings. I've known him for a number of years and have a great deal of respect for what he's done and accomplished in his career.

This team, I think this team has been built, in my opnion from the outside looking in. You can imagine this team being built for an opportunity to make a deep run with their experience, the veterans, their balance and their athleticism.So it didn’t surprise me they were able to make that run through the SEC tournament. Were just hopeful that we can match their intensity. I think they’re focused. They’ll be a team that having come off a few early round losses in the past, will be very motivated and very focused. I’m hopeful that we can match those things."

On the athleticism of Lance Goulbourne:

"Well, you've characterized it very well. He's very athletic, 6'8'', an older player, veteran player and very experienced player. I think he's from what I've been able to watch and see thus far is he's very comfortable and has embraced who he is and what his role is. That says a lot about a low of players if you can do that. It's easier said than done.

But he has appeared that he really relishes his role in being that, as you mentioned, setting screens, getting offensive rebounds, keeping balls alive, sprinting the floor, blocking shots, doing a lot of things that maybe most people, unless you're an astute basketball person or coach are sometimes overlooked. I think he's a big piece of the puzzle for their ballclub."

On the Vision Amaker had for Harvard

We’re very excited about having the opportunity to represent Harvard and thinking of this as the possibilities and potential associated with our great name, we just felt were enormous. We just felt if there was somehow to bring some energy and excitement, present this option to a few kids that could see this as an incredible challenge and opportunity. I just thought that the vision could provide something that we're seeing right now. Harvard basketball being relevant, being national, playing in big games, winning championships, getting to the NCAA tournament.

On Vanderbilt’s Size:

“They are, obviously, athletic and big, Ezili in the middle. I don’t know if I mentioned or not but another thing is they’re balanced. That’s something we talk about our ball club a lot is having great balance. Well’, they’re incredibly balanced with front line, strength, athleticism, scoring and incredible perimeter shooting.

There are no holes with this basketball team. There is no question about it. I think as many people are starting to talk around the country with teams that have a chance to make deep runs in this tournament, I think Vanderbilt is one of those teams that are at the forefront of everybody’s mind.

On who might step up:

“I don’t think we have any one person. That’s been the beauty of our team all year. When we speak of our balance, that’s the key for us. I like ot think the game of basketball should be played in a way that the go-to guy is the open guy. We’ve adopted that in a lot of ways.”

On John Jenkins

“He’s as good of a shooter that we’ll face in our tenure at Harvard. Certainly he leads the SEC in scoring. He he has deep range. It’s been talk about his quick release. They do a number of things to get him shots, get him open. He has good size.He’s a terrific basketball player. You don’t lead the SEC in scoring and win the conference tournament without being an outstanding player and one of the top players in the country. We’re hopeful that we can make it difficult for him as we’ve talked about having awareness and trying to make it incredibly difficult for him to get easy shots.”

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Crimson Acknowledge Friday's Importance

Image courtesy of Harvard University


by Scott Reed
WHRB Sports

Following Saturday's win over Dartmouth, the Harvard Crimson this week will return to the road to face Yale on Friday in New Haven in a game that could go a long way towards deciding the Ivy title. Each team is 2-0 in Ivy play after sweeping home-and-home series with weaker league teams (Harvard with Dartmouth, Yale with Brown). The Bulldogs are considered by some to be the chief challengers to the favorite Crimson this season, as Yale was picked 2nd in the preseason poll along with Princeton, and any Ivy contender will say that although all league games are important, the potential of tagging a title challenger with a loss elevates the significance of a match-up like this.
"Obviously they're [Yale] a favorite, and with fourteen games and no league tournament, you can't drop games against any team, but against a team that you know, is favored to hopefully be finishing up at the top, then yeah [its important]," says Harvard senior guard and co-captain Oliver McNally. McNally also pointed to Harvard's recent frustration in Payne Whitney Gym as a motivating factor, saying "we've got to exorcise some demons in that arena." The Crimson lost two buzzer-beaters in New Haven last year, a 70-69 thriller to Yale and that heartbreaking neutral-site playoff match-up with Princeton.
Harvard coach Tommy Amaker also recognized the significance of the game Friday, although he cautioned that most of the Ivy schedule had yet to be played: "It could very well be viewed as maybe the first one of the first marquee or big games of the conference season," said Amaker of the Yale game, "[but] I think there are going to be many more."
And of course, its also a contest between Harvard and Yale, a rivalry that demands significance no matter the teams or the records. Amaker on the rivalry: "Even without the significance of ranking, and how Yale is playing, them knocking us off last year... its still Harvard-Yale, so even if we were coming in with winless records ...it would be a big game for us to suit up for and be excited to play and I'm sure they feel the same way." McNally added, "Its Harvard-Yale, so whetever sport its in, it holds a little more meaning."
Harvard has been in games like this before under Amaker, though never as the favorite. Two years ago the Crimson, undefeated in Ivy play, traveled to Ithaca for their first matchup with heavy league favorite Cornell. Harvard was overmatched, losing 86-50, and had to play catch-up to the Big Red the rest of the season. Last year, Harvard faced a similar situation in its matchup with the favored Princeton Tigers on the road. Princeton won that game in a close battle, but Harvard was able to win the rematch in Cambridge in the regular season finale to claim a share of the conference championship. This week, Harvard again faces a chance to get a step ahead of one of its main competitors - a win means a leg up on Yale, while a loss means that the Crimson start from behind in a race that, given the whims of the NCAA selection committee, there is usually no prize for finishing second.
McNally is looking forward to the challenge: "We'll be really hyped up and ready to go, but I mean hopefully we have a mature team that will come in as focused as we did against Dartmouth and for the other teams we play in the league."

Scott Reed is the play by play broadcaster for Harvard men's basketball on WHRB and GoCrimson.com. He may be found on Twitter at @ScottReedWHRB

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Moundou-Missi fitting in at Harvard

Image courtesy of Harvard Athletics

by Scott Reed
WHRB Sports

In the midst of one of what is so far one of the most successful seasons in school history, the Harvard Crimson, though led by a talented corps of returning juniors and seniors, are also receiving strong contributions from a newcomer: freshman Steve Moundou-Missi, an athletic 6'-7" forward whose journey to Cambridge is as long as his game.

A valuable contributor for the Crimson on the court this season, Moundou-Missi has appeared in all of Harvard's seventeen games, and is second on the team behind Wesley Saunders in minutes played by a first-year. He also leads all Crimson freshman in scoring and had a team-high sixteen points in Harvard's last win, over George Washington on January 14th. Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker has made it known repeatedly that he is pleased with the forward's performance: during preseason workouts, Amaker identified Moundou-Missi as the "most consistent" member of the freshman class, and praise continued following his breakout performance against GWU: "We're thrilled to have the chance to coach [him]...he's an outstanding player."

Almost as remarkable as Moundou-Missi's impact on a deep Crimson team is his personal journey, which started in West Africa and continued in west-central Florida. He is a native of Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, a nation of 19 million people. Starting out, Moundou-Missi played a different kind of roundball: soccer. "Growing up, I didn't want to play basketball," he says, "but once I got to know it, I liked it."

The odds of Moundou-Missi finding his way to the basketball court would have been long if not for the influence of his parents, who each played the sport for the Cameroon national team in the 1980s. They brought him to the US in his teens, where he eventually ended up at Montverde Academy in central Florida, a college preparatory school known for both its international student body and its nationally-competitive men's basketball team, led by Kevin Sutton, incidentally now an assistant coach at George Washington. After Moundou-Missi led the way in Harvard's 69-48 victory over the Colonials, Sutton gushed about his former player:"I'm very proud of him," he said, "honestly, I think he can be a pro."

Moundou-Missi had a stellar high school career, where he also had the chance to play with other very talented players: thirteen of his teammates (including current Harvard sophomore Ugo Okam) in his three years there would go on play Division-I basketball, and the 2009-2010 Montverde team that included Moundou-Missi was ranked the fifth-best high school team in the United States by ESPN. His success at the high school level led to his courtship by several so-called "power conference" schools, including Iowa and Florida.

Moundou-Missi's decision to attend Harvard, however, was largely academically-motivated. "I am trying to be an engineer later in life...I love math, I love physics," he says. He won a national math competition while in high school and according to Coach Tommy Amaker, Harvard's partnership with MIT, in which a student enrolled at one university can take courses at the other, played an influential role in the forward's decision to come to Cambridge.

Moundou-Missi's matriculation at Harvard has already paid dividends for the Crimson, who head into the meat of their Ivy League schedule, and Amaker is excited about the potential of his freshman forward, both this season and beyond: "We're thrilled to have the chance to coach Steve...We were thrilled to have him decide on Harvard, because we knew he would be an outstanding player and an outstanding citizen here on campus."

Friday, February 25, 2011

First-Place Crimson Travel to Brown

Next for Harvard Basketball:

@ Brown
Where: Pizzitola Sports Complex, Providence, RI
When: 7pm tonight
Coverage: WHRB.org low-bandwith stream

The Harvard Crimson head to Providence tonight hoping to avoid the same fate that befell the Princeton Tigers last Friday, who lost to Brown 75-65 at Pizzitola. If Harvard wins its next four, it is in the NCAA tournament, but a tough road remains. Tonight's game will be available online on the "low-bandwith" stream on whrb.org, with WHRB's Scott Reed and Charlie Hobbs on the call.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Harvard Getting First-Place Pub

Fresh off of their weekend road sweep of Cornell and Columbia which finished with Harvard in a tie for first place (thanks to a Princeotn loss to Brown), the Crimson are seeing some positive press. Following the Columbia win, Harvard basketball was on the front page of ESPN.com's basketball section (image here).

Joe Lunardi of ESPN's "Bracketology" predicts Harvard to be in the field of 68 as a 14-seed facing 3-seed Georgetown in Charlotte, North Carolina in the first round. Meanwhile, Andy Glockner of Sports Illustrated's "Bracket Watch" has the Crimson as a 13-seed facing 4-seed Vanderbilit in Denver, Colorado.

In the rankings, Harvard continues to receive a vote in the Associated Press Top 25. The Crimson's RPI rating is #41, just behind Michigan State and just ahead of Illinois. Here's how all eight Ivy League teams stack up in the RPI:

#40 Harvard Crimson
#54 Princeton Tigers
...and a big drop off to
#165 Yale Bulldogs
#168 Penn Quakers
#174 Columbia Lions
#218 Brown Bears
#244 Cornell Big Red
#297 Dartmouth Big Green.

The KenPom ratings are less kind to the Crimson, as they have Harvard at #80, behind N.C. State and ahead of Providence. Here are the Ivy League teams in the KenPom rankings:

#80 Harvard Crimson
#102 Princeton Tigers
#169 Penn Quakers
#181 Yale Bulldogs
#203 Cornell Big Red
#229 Columbia Lions
#240 Brown Bears
#302 Dartmouth Big Green

Link to ESPN's Bracketology
Link to Sports Illustrated's Bracket Watch

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Crimson Show Youth in First Half, Maturity in Second

by Scott Reed
WHRB Sports
My Opinion

Cambridge, MA - It was the worst half of the Harvard season to date, a half riddled with turnovers, defensive miscues, and lights-out shooting by the opponent. The dismalness of the half was rivaled only by that of the first frame of the Crimson's blowout defeat against the UConn Huskies. Connecticut has since proven to be one of the nation's best ten teams, however, while Saturday's opponent, the Brown Bears (9-13, 2-6 Ivy), were near the bottom of the Ivy League.
The first half Saturday was ghastly for the Crimson: Brown shot 63% from the field including 8 for 12 behind the three point line, and Harvard (18-4, 7-1 Ivy) committed a dozen turnovers. Harvard's frustration was apparent with the grimaces on each Crimson player's face following every made Brown basket, each more incredible than the last. The Crimson looked lost on offense, with those twelve turnovers, although they would end up shooting 46% for the half.
Perhaps it was the young, senior-less Harvard team's inability to move on from the previous night's exciting victory over Yale that led to the poor first half performance (Harvard did indeed seem sluggish at the start), or perhaps the Bears had the shooting half of their lives. A modest Brown lead quickly snowballed into a 24-point edge, aided in part by the on-court Crimson frustration. Whatever the cause of Harvard's first half malaise, the Crimson went into the locker room faced with the sobering prospect of losing a league game at home to a team well below their own talent level.
"We knew what we had to do," said Kyle Casey, whose 15-footer cut the deficit to a measly 22 points just before the first-half buzzer, in a postgame interview. "We didn't panic." Indeed they did not, at least not once the second half started. If the first half was evidence of Harvard's youth, the second was a testament to its resolve, the same resolve seen in last week's win at Penn. The Crimson outscored Brown 54-25 in the second half, including one 46-14 run, and were able to escape the night without picking up a deadly second Ivy loss. The game was won in the first eight minutes of the second half, in which Harvard cut the 22 point halftime deficit down to four. From then on, it was a matter of simply outplaying a team well below the Crimson's caliber.
So what does this mean going forward? The first half was a sobering reminder that with a team this young, no game may be chalked up as an automatic win. Yet, as it has done in its last three games, Harvard emerged victorious. Playing at home certainly helped (the Crimson moved to a program best 12-0 at Lavietes Pavilion), and 22 point halftime deficits are of course much tougher to overcome on the road.
Still, though, the Crimson avoided total disaster Saturday, and that is something. Harvard will play in many more games of consequence this season, as the Ivy race with Princeton seems headed to the wire. On an ordinary evening, many Crimson faithful might have shaken their head on hearing of the Tigers' narrow win over Cornell. But they had just witnessed their own team avoiding disaster at home. And for tonight, that was enough.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

My Opinion: Harvard Shows Resolve in Double-OT Win

By Scott Reed
WHRB Sports

Philadelphia, PA - The scoreboard lights at the Palestra had barely been extinguished, erasing the evidence of Harvard's 83-82 triumph over the Penn Quakers, when Harvard basketball coach Tommy Amaker reflected on the wild, wild finish.
"It was a game in which either team could have come out on top," said Amaker. Any member of the raucous crowd of 6,283 would surely agree, but the Crimson were the ones who made the deciding plays, and as close as the razor was between victory and defeat, that says something about this team.
There were many times this team could have folded. They could have folded after Penn had completed its monster comeback to send the game into overtime. They could have given up when Zac Rosen beat the buzzer to force a second overtime ("Its like your heart gets ripped out," said Junior Co-Captain Oliver McNally of Rosen's dagger). They could have given up after the Quakers jumped out to a five point lead minutes into that double-OT. They could have even called it quits for the weekend after a heartbreaking loss to Princeton the night before. But they didn't. And thats the point.
This is a young but talented Harvard team, quite possibly the most gifted of any of the 100 Harvard basketball squads to date. Yet for all of the progress Amaker has made at Harvard, his teams had yet to close out a matchup against the elite of the Ivy League in a game that had championship implications. Last year, for example, in the program's then-biggest game, Harvard was shellacked by more than 30 points at Cornell. They later lost to both Princeton and Cornell at home in games that went down to the wire. And they had fallen this past Friday to Princeton, in the first contest against the top half of the Ivy League (Cornell has since proven a tougher rebuilding job than was first thought).
Some might say the matchup with Princeton was the bigger game of the weekend, but the game Saturday night in the Palestra was a game championship teams have to win: on the road, the night after a loss, against a hostile crowd, and after giving up a big lead. And Harvard came through tonight in a way it hadn't before, which opens the door to new possibilities as the season progresses. The Crimson now know they can come through in the clutch in a conference game, and that is itself significant, something that could make this game echo well into March.
Granted, this team has a long way to go, especially after falling to Princeton on Friday to fall behind the Tigers in the Ivy standings. Next week's matchup with Yale looms large. And there are surely things to dislike if you are a member of the Harvard coaching staff. Losing an eighteen point lead is one of them, and Harvard's usually-automatic free throw shooting faltered a bit down the stretch. But the greater significance is that the Crimson were able to overcome those mistakes and still win.
"We were fortunate enough to bounce back [tonight]," said Amaker. Not just fortunate enough, Coach. Tough enough.

Scott Reed is the play-by-play commentator for Harvard football and men's basketball.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Harvard Hosts Columbia and Cornell in Big Ivy Weekend

Next for Harvard basketball:

vs. Columbia Lions
When: Friday, January 28th at 7pm
Where: Lavietes Pavilion
Coverage: Live-blog here at WHRB Sports Blog

vs. Cornell Big Red
When: Saturday, January 29th at 6pm
Where: Lavietes Pavilion
Coverage: Live-blog here at WHRB Sports Blog

After starting 2-0 in Ivy League play with wins over travel-partner Dartmouth, the Harvard Crimson (13-3, 2-0 Ivy) play host to the Columbia Lions and the Cornell Big Red this weekend at Lavietes Pavilion. It is always important to hold serve at home in the Ivy League, and is especially true this week considering the monster weekend facing the Crimson next week at Princeton and Penn.

Columbia's Noruwa Agho

Columbia Lions (11-5, 2-0 Ivy)

Although Harvard, Princeton, and Cornell were predicted to battle it out for Ivy League supremacy, Columbia has emerged as a possible conference dark horse with two wins over the Big Red last weekend. The Lions faced a lackluster non-league schedule but emerged with only five losses, the best coming against Steve Lavin's Saint John's team by a score of 79-66. Columbia survived two close games with Cornell, winning 79-75 last Friday in New York City and following that up with a 70-66 win in Newman Arena. The Lions, who have now won 9 of their past 11 games, are led by 6-3 Junior Guard Noruwa Agho, one of the top players in the Ivy League. Agho leads the Ancient Eight in scoring with 16.3 points per game and adds 4.6 assists per game, good for fifth in the Ivy League. The Crimson will need to focus on Agho if they wish to move to 3-0 in Ivy play. Sophomore Brian Barbour adds 12.9ppg for the Lions.

Cornell's Chris Wroblewski

Cornell Big Red (4-12, 0-2 Ivy)

Much to the delight of the rest of the Ivy League, Cornell appears to have fallen from its perch as the Ancient Eight's inevitable champion. The Big Red have taken a tumble from last year's Sweet Sixteen appearance and third straight Ivy title. This slide was somewhat expected, as Cornell's head coach Steve Donahue moved on to coach the Boston College Eagles, and six Big Red seniors, including star big man Jeff Foote and guard Louis Dale, graduated. Cornell was picked to finish 3rd in the Ivy League behind Princeton and Harvard, but so far seem to be performing below expectations with only four total wins. The nonconference slate for Cornell was tough, facing such big-name teams as Syracuse (lost by 20), Seton Hall (lost by 24), and Minnesota (only lost by 5). Cornell has struggled with lesser competition, however, losing to the likes of Albany, Binghamton, and Bucknell. Cornell was then swept by Columbia, giving the Big Red its first 0-2 league start since the 2001-02 season.

The Harvard Crimson should take note, however, that this Cornell team remains a talented bunch, as Donahue did not leave the cupboard bare. Chris Wroblewski, one of the stars of last year's team, is second in the Ivy League in scoring at 15.5ppg and leads the conference in assists with 5.9 assists per game (Harvard guard Brandyn Curry is second with 5.6). Junior guard Andrew Ferry has stepped up in a big way for Cornell too, averaging over 12 points per game.


Although Harvard will be favored in both contests this weekend, both opponents will be tough to put away. Raucous crowds are expected on both nights, and hopefully the momentum of a loud Lavietes Pavilion will be enough to carry the Crimson through.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Announcing the Five Days of Sportsmas

Final exam time at Harvard can be a stressful time for Harvard students, particularly those students who host a regular radio show on WHRB. In order to maintain quality air during this period but also give the student staff a chance to study for exams, WHRB has what is known as its Orgy season. An Orgy, a trademarked term of WHRB, is a block of programming (sometimes an expansion of WHRB's traditional programming) that takes up a large block of time- this can be anywhere from four hours to days worth of music all organized around a certain theme.

WHRB Sports is no exception to the Orgy period schedule. In the past, we've traditionally presented an extended edition of Crimson Sportstalk centered around a sporting event- last year, it was the men's and women's basketball doubleheader. When looking at the schedule, we recognized a new opportunity, a chance to broadcast five straight days of Sports. Thus, the Five Days of Sportsmas Orgy was born, as WHRB will bring you around 16 hours of Harvard Sports coverage like no one else can.

It all starts Tuesday night, December 7th at Lavietes Pavilion, when the Harvard Crimson take on Division III outfit WPI at 7pm. The rest of Sportsmas will feature men's and women's hockey and men's and women's basketball broadcasts as well. The full schedule is in the sidebar to the right as well as below the jump. We're still working on the final details but expect interviews with coaches, players and national figures both during and immediately after our broadcasts. We're looking forward to our most ambitious schedule in our tenure at WHRB Sports and we hope you are too. Thanks for listening and have a MERRY SPORTSMAS!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

October-November Schedule Announcement

As the calendar turns from September to October, Harvard athletics, and thus WHRB's coverage of Crimson athletics, begins a transition from the fall season to the busy and exciting time when the fall season and winter season are both in full swing. As the student voice of Harvard football, and the home of Harvard hockey, there are some exciting games ahead on our calendar for the next two months. The month of October will have us broadcast six contests across two different sports, before yielding to a November that will feature fifteen games across four different sports, in addition to Crimson Sportstalk every Sunday at 1pm. Here are some of the highlights:

Friday, October 29th: Harvard women's hockey vs. Yale, 7pm.
Harvard's quest for an ECAC title and a return to the NCAA Tournament begins as the Crimson start their season at the Bright Hockey Center against their arch-rivals, the Yale Bulldogs. Harvard, led by the winningest Division I Coach, Katey Stone, take on a Yale team led by former Harvard assistant Joakim Flygh.
Friday, November 5th: Harvard men's hockey vs. Union, 7pm
The Crimson look to get their season off on the right foot as they take on the high flying Union Dutchmen at the Bright Hockey Center. Led by head coach Ted Donato '91, the underdog Crimson, picked 7th to finish in the ECAC by the coaches, will look to prove themselves against a preseason frontrunner for the Cleary Cup.
Saturday, November 13th: Harvard football at Pennsylvania, 1:30pm
The two favorites for the Ivy League title collide in Philadelphia and the Crimson will be looking for revenge against the toast-throwing Quakers, the only team to beat the Crimson in Ivy League play last year. If Harvard is to have any shot of being Ivy League champions, the Crimson will need a win at Franklin Field.
Wednesday, November 17th: Harvard Men's Basketball vs. Holy Cross, 7pm 
The season gets under way at Lavietes Pavilion as the Crimson take on Bay State rival Holy Cross. Harvard, fresh off a 20+-win season and its first postseason bid since 1946, will now be looking for an Ivy Championship and a trip to the NCAA tournament.
Saturday, November 20th: THE GAME, Harvard football vs. Yale, 12pm
Always circled on both Harvard and Yale fans' calendars every year, The 127th edition of The Game, held this year at Harvard Stadium, needs no introduction. Be sure to tune in for our special, hour long pregame show at 11am, and stick around as Tim Murphy's Johnnies seek their fourth straight win over the rival Elis.
Tuesday, November 23rd: Harvard women's basketball at Boston University, 7pm.
Harvard women's basketball, a WNIT participant last year, has an early season trip to face local rival Boston University. Last season, the Crimson defeated all four Bay Area opponents, including Boston University, for the first time in school history.
Sunday, November 28th: Harvard men's basketball vs. Colorado, 2pm
It's sure to be a big game with a BCS school making the rare visit to Cambridge, as the Colorado Buffaloes wrap up their potential final season in the Big XII before heading to the Pac-10 conference. Harvard will be looking to earn a "signature win" at home, hoping to impress both the Crimson Crazies and the tournament selection committee. The Crimson, 1-1 vs. BCS schools last year, last hosted a BCS school in December of 2007, when Tommy Amaker's former program, the Michigan Wolverines, paid a visit, with Harvard getting a 62-51 win.

Below the jump, we present our full October-November schedule.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

WHRB Sports Blog Exclusive: Our Interview with Basketball Prospectus's Kevin Pelton

Harvard basketball just cruised to an easy victory over a Dartmouth team that is, to put it mildly, in disarray. They are now 1-0 in the Ivy League in what is essentially a 14-game tournament for the conference's lone NCAA bid. They have two more Ivy games before they head out to Ithaca for their huge match-up against Cornell.

In the meantime, we present an interview we recently recorded with Basketball Prospectus's Kevin Pelton. A spin-off of Baseball Prospectus, the site brings a great mix of insightful commentary and statistical analysis to both the professional and collegiate games. Although Kevin usually covers the NBA for the site, he is based in the Seattle area and so had an opportunity to watch the recent Harvard-Seattle game, which led to this article.

He very graciously agreed to talk to us about his thoughts on the Crimson. You can download the interview here.

Monday, November 16, 2009


Alasdair titled this shot "THE HEAVE" and we're trying to get the name to stick.

Any way, here is the video of "THE HEAVE," yesterday's 3OT winning shot by Jeremy Lin against the William and Mary Tribe, courtesy of GoCrimson.com via ESPN, where it was the Top Play on Sportscenter Boston, as well as being a top play on the national edition (still waiting to see where it is ranked). No matter what, this is great publicity for the Harvard program similar to the attention Harvard received last year on ESPN and in the national media after their shocking upset over Boston College, who of course had just downed #1 North Carolina mere days before.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Reactions to Harvard Basketball's Triple OT Thriller

That was the greatest finish to a basketball game I have ever seen.

All right, now that I've begun my post with some utterly absurd hyperbole, let me attempt some reasoned analysis. But it's hard to overstate just how incredible senior guard Jeremy Lin's final shot was. With the Crimson down 1 to William & Mary and less than four seconds left in triple overtime, Lin rushed down the court past multiple Tribe defenders and, while being fouled from his left and falling down, heaved up a desperation three from thirty feet out. He had already missed far more makeable game-winners at the end of regulation and the first extra session. He had no business making such a shot. At best, he might have a chance to win it from the line, where he had been solid but inconsistent all night. But up the shot went, and the result was unreal.

Nothing but net. Harvard 87, William & Mary 85.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rebirth of a Blog

As you may have noticed if you’ve been following this blog, we haven’t updated it in over a year. Which is really rather odd considering we’ve been advertising it on the radio for the past year, so we’re changing things around. This blog is going to be making a comeback worth visiting as a source for Harvard Crimson news and analysis.

Since it’s been a long time, you may have forgotten who exactly we are as bloggers. We are the students from the radio station 95.3 FM WHRB in Cambridge, MA, an independently owned, student-run operation. WHRB stands for Harvard Radio Broadcasting, so as may be expected, the students on the air are Harvard students. Specifically, WHRB Sports is a department at the radio station, and we provide season long coverage of Harvard Crimson football and men’s hockey, as well as select women’s hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, and baseball games. WHRB is the radio station where you can find The Game, the annual men’s Beanpot, the women’s Beanpot, and the Baseball Beanpot.

As far as our plans for the blog, we’ll be discussing them when we all get to campus in about a week or so, but for now, it includes being a place that collects all the news for the various sports at Harvard, particularly men’s football and hockey. To that end, at least a few of us that contribute on-air will be contributing to the blog- I’ll eventually badger them into introducing themselves, at least briefly, on here. While we work on getting this blog back into running order, please enjoy some of our classic interviews that can be found on the right side of the page. Also, I’ll make a bigger announcement about this later, but you can also follow WHRB Sports on Twitter, and of course, on the air, on 95.3 FM in the Boston area, or online anywhere in the world at WHRB.org.

Thanks for sticking with us,

The WHRB Sports Dept.