By Brian Willwerth
It’s time for our weekly look at the men’s basketball programs at Harvard University, Boston University and Northeastern University.
When you play in a conference like the Ivy League, here’s how damaging one loss can be. Harvard had its nine-game winning streak snapped last Saturday against Princeton. The loss knocked the Crimson out of the Top 25, (they had just re-entered the AP poll the previous week). More importantly, Harvard is still in first place, but is now just one game ahead of Yale and 1.5 ahead of the Tigers. I still think they’re going to be in the March Madness tournament, but you don’t want to put your fate in the hands of the selection committee. The good news for the Crimson: they’ve won 25 in a row at home, and their next four games are all at Lavietes Pavilion.
Two days after losing the Beanpot, Boston University fans had to deal with another setback on the court. The Terriers’ basketball team lost at home to New Hampshire Wednesday night, snapping a three-game winning streak and dropping BU to 10-4 in the America East. Despite the loss, the Terriers remain in third place in the conference, two games ahead of Albany, and they’ve already swept the Great Danes this season. It’s looking more and more like BU will be the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament in Hartford. Vermont and Stony Brook are currently leading the pack.
Northeastern snapped a three-game losing streak Tuesday night with a win over Towson at Matthews Arena. NU is now 8-8 in the CAA – right in the middle of the standings. But there is some serious competition ahead if the Huskies are to make a miraculous run through the upcoming conference tournament. Drexel, George Mason, VCU, the list goes on. On Saturday, Northeastern welcomes Stony Brook in a one of those BracketBuster games that ESPN loves so much.