College Basketball action on Friday evening and the Harvard Crimson from the Ivy League will square off with the Northeastern Huskies of the CAA Conference at Matthews Arena, Boston, Massachusetts. These teams met last year and Northeastern won that game on the road by a score of 81-71. Both teams enter this game at 1-0 on the year already.
Harvard Starts With A BangThe Harvard Crimson won a share of the Ivy League title a season ago and they are ready for a big year as their top nine scorers from that team all return. This year, it could be the first time that they make the NCAA Tournament since 2014/15. Harvard began their season with the bang as they topped MIT by a score of 84-27. Granted, it was MIT, but it was still an impressive win for the Crimson. They led 33-10 at the break and ripped off 51 points in the 2nd half. Despite having their top nine scorers back from last year, it was freshman Chris Ledlum who led them in scoring with 13 points and 11 rebounds. That has to be scary for the rest of the Ivy League.
Christian Juzang averaged just 8.0 ppg last year, but he was 2nd in the win with 12 points. Bryce Aiken led the team in scoring last year with 22.2 ppg but he did not play in the game. He should be available for this one. Harvard shot 56.7% from the field in the win while allowing the Engineers to hit just 24.4% of their shots in the contest. The Crimson have the deepest and most talented team in the Ivy League this year. Their depth is strong and with their top nine scorers backs from last year, they should walk away with the Ivy League title this year. Harvard was 200th in the nation in scoring last year at 71.7 ppg and 142nd in points allowed at 70.1 ppg.
Northeastern Starts With A Win Of Their OwnThe Northeastern Huskies went a solid 23-11 last year, which included a 14-4 mark within the CAA. They then went onto the NCAA Tournament for just the 2nd time since 1990/91, where they lost 87-53 to Kansas in the first round. The Huskies have a shot at another trip to the Big Dance, despite losing three of their five starters from a season ago. They do have back Jordan Roland, who was their 2nd leading scorer with 14.6 ppg, while adding a transfer from Illinois in Greg Eboigbodin, along with four solid freshmen. One more key addition is Guilien Smith, who is a grad transfer from Dartmouth. This is a deep team and we must note that they did beat Harvard on the road last year by a score of 81-71. Can they do it again? Keep reading to find out. The Huskies were 100th in scoring last year at 75.4 ppg and 158th in points allowed at 70.8 ppg.
The Huskies enter this game off a nice 72-67 road win over Boston University. They did trail the game by one at the half but outscored the Terriers 40-34 in the 2nd half. Jordan Roland had a monster game as he scored 39 points on 15 of 24 shooting. It was a career-high for him and he also hit four key free throws at the end of the game to seal the deal. Tyson Walker was 2nd with 11 while Maxime Boursiquot was 3rd with four. The defense struggled some as the Terriers hit 49.1% of their shots, but the Huskies were able to knock down 50.9% of their shots. Northeastern did hit 11 of their 14 free throws while the Terriers were 5/12 from the charity stripe and that was the difference in the game.
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