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Username Post: Brown-Yale Weekend        (Topic#21168)
Masters Student
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02-15-18 09:14 AM - Post#247911    

Nice Harvard Crimson article about the upcoming weekend submits that Bryce practiced Monday, but at less than "full throttle."

No insight on whether Makai Mason is available for Yale and no mention of Desmond Cambridge's health for Brown.

The Crimson author does remind that prior to the most recent two seasons Harvard started 7-1 five consecutive years, during which time Harvard reached the NCAA tournament 4 times. Exception would have been 2010-11 playoff loss to Princeton. Of course, with such a young squad, only Coach Amaker and the seniors (who generally don't play) have been here before. Last weekend, underclassmen played 82% of minutes, scoring 94% of Harvard's points. Mr James sophomore class win shares must be accumulating, even without Bryce.

Despite the Crimson's strong start, losses to both Brown and Yale would leave Crimson only a game ahead of those teams and likely put the regular season title out of reach. No game will be easy as every game is a must-win for for each of the 3-5 (Columbia, Princeton, Cornell) and 4-4 teams (Brown, Yale).

On the other hand, the support and excitement for this year's squad seems to be growing - and for good reason. I awoke this morning to an email from my sister asking about Ivy Tournament Tix. There is no way she ever attended a Harvard basketball game during her 4 years there and the Tournament would be her first game of this season.

I've got my tix through March 11th. Fortunately, my wife, both sons, and, apparently, my sister, are fans.

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Re: Brown-Yale Weekend
02-15-18 10:41 AM - Post#247917    
    In response to HARVARDDADGRAD

A question for you: Assuming Penn and Harvard finish in the top two spots, if you had to pick now, who would you choose to play in the first round of the tournament?

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02-15-18 10:59 AM - Post#247919    
    In response to westphillywarrior

Dartmouth would be my unrealistic answer, and that's still scary.

After that, if Mason comes back healthy you have to want to avoid Yale.

That leaves Brown, Columbia, Princeton and Cornell - each of whom are incredibly dangerous if they shoot well. Cornell would be my choice, but the Big Red is the least likely to make it out of that group.

Each of Brown, Columbia and Princeton play good offense, but have weaknesses on defense. Had Bryce not had his only effective game of the season against Brown, that game could have gone to Brown. Columbia shot well against Harvard, and Princeton did not. Likely, that will reverse itself in the rematches.

I guess this is all a way of saying I don't really know. Other than Dartmouth and Cornell, I'm worried about each of the remaining 5 teams, especially Yale if Mason returns.

Maybe I'll know more after this weekend. If Harvard can handle a healthy Brown without Bryce that might be my answer.

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02-15-18 11:03 AM - Post#247920    
    In response to HARVARDDADGRAD

I think it's a testament to the league's depth that there really isn't a good answer to that question.

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02-15-18 11:12 AM - Post#247921    
    In response to mrjames

Also, Harvard is a only a KenPom 175 team and no game is a foregone conclusion. Even Penn is at 150. Teams with rankings with that are middling shouldn't feel certain about any game.

It's a function of the bottom and top coming closer to each other.

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02-15-18 11:13 AM - Post#247922    
    In response to mrjames

I agree. It seems to me any team that makes it to the Palestra on March 11-12 has a legitimate shot at the NCAA bid.

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