By Brian Willwerth
Time for our weekly check in with Boston University, Harvard University and Northeastern men’s hoops.
* Ho-hum. Harvard just keeps on winning. The Crimson picked up road victories last weekend against Yale and Brown, and are now 18-2 overall, 4-0 in Ivy League play. Harvard has won six in a row, and returns to the friendly confines of Lavietes Pavilion to face Cornell and Columbia on Friday and Saturday. Both games are sold out. The Crimson still have two games left against Penn, who’s also undefeated in conference play. It may be those two matchups that determine who gets the Ivy league’s automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.
* After winning seven games in a row, Boston University has fallen back to earth. The Terriers have now lost two straight against the two teams ahead of them in the America East standings: on the road against Stony Brook, and a one-point loss at Agganis Arena to Vermont. On Wednesday night, BU nearly pulled off a comeback from a 16-point deficit late in the second half, but fell just short. The Terriers are now tied for third place with Albany, and they’ve beaten the Great Danes once already this season. Next up for BU: back-to-back road games in New York against winless Binghamton, and the aforementioned Albany.
* Northeastern continues to be a middle-of-the-pack team in the CAA. The Huskies dropped their latest game Wednesday night at Matthews Arena to Drexel. NU had won its previous two games, and now sits at 7-5 in the conference, and .500 overall. With four powerhouses (VCU, Drexel, George Mason and Old Dominion) above them in the standings, it looks like the only path to March Madness for the Huskies will be an amazing run through the conference tournament.