By Brian Willwerth
It’s time now for our weekly look at the men’s basketball programs at Harvard, Boston University and Northeastern.
Most of our attention continues to be focused on Harvard, and with good reason. After consecutive back-to-back double-digit victories over Brown and Yale, the Crimson now sit at 9-1 in the Ivy League, and 23-3 overall. Their next two contests are at home – against Princeton and Penn. If Harvard wins both of those games – and they’ve won 27 in a row at Lavietes Pavilion – they’ll clinch at least a share of the Ivy League title. The Crimson’s 23 wins tie a school record. The 27-game home winning streak is the second-longest active streak in the country, trailing only Kentucky’s run of 50 in a row at Rupp Arena. Harvard has never been to the NCAA tournament. The school is already basking in the glory of Jeremy Lin’s newfound success in the NBA, but will be there an even big party in Cambridge on Saturday night? Stay tune.
In order for there to be a celebration on Commonwealth Avenue or Huntington Avenue, Boston University and Northeastern need to run the table the rest of the way, including winning their respective conference tournaments. The Terriers and Huskies lost their BracketBuster games over the weekend to Loyola and Stony Brook, respectively. BU and NU both have two regular-season games remaining. BU is in the better position in its conference, holding down the #3 seed in the America East. Still, the Terriers will have to get past Stony Brook, Vermont, or both to repeat as conference tournament champions. The Huskies’ challenge is much more daunting; the CAA could very easily be a multiple-berth conference when Selection Sunday rolls around.