By Brian Willwerth
It’s time for our weekly look at the men’s basketball programs at Harvard, Boston University and Northeastern.
If you’re Harvard, what must be going through your mind right now? You’ve had the best season in school history with a record 24 wins. You’ve been in-and-out of the Top 25. And yet, with two games remaining, the Ivy League title is still uncertain. That’s because the Crimson were stunned by Penn on Saturday night at Lavietes Pavilion, ending Harvard’s 28-game home winning streak. More importantly, the Crimson and Quakers are now even in the loss column, (Penn has three games remaining to Harvard’s two). Harvard finishes the regular season with road games against Columbia and Cornell. If the Crimson wins both of those games, they’ll most likely clinch at least a share of the league title. Even so, if Penn also wins out, there could be a tie, which would force a one-game playoff.
For Boston University and Northeastern, the next step is the conference tournament. With Saturday’s victory over Hartford, the Terriers went 12-4 in the America East for the second year in a row. Last year, they were the No. 2 seed in the tournament, but this year, they’re No. 3, behind Stony Brook and Vermont. And in the America East quarterfinals, BU will face the same Hawks they defeated in the season finale. BU is capable of making another run to an NCAA berth, even with SBU and UVM standing in their way. Stay tuned.
The Huskies are getting ready for the CAA tournament, where they’ll be the No. 7 seed and will face 10th-seeded William & Mary on Friday night. NU finished the regular season 9-9 in the conference. They’ve been a tough team to figure out. Their last five games have gone: L, W, L, W, L. The last win was in their final home game against one of the league’s powerhouses, George Mason. Can Northeastern play like it did in that game the rest of the way, or will the Huskies continue to be inconsistent? Either way, one thing is certain: they need to win the conference tournament in order to go to the Big Dance.