Crimson Madness

The final buzzer had sounded and most of the fans had already left Lavietes Pavilion. But a group remained, waiting outside the Harvard locker room for a chance to score some autographs from a team fresh off its first NCAA tournament win in program history.

One boy in the crowd wore a jersey that looked awfully familiar. It was the Crimson one with the No. 4 on the back—the one that’s been popping up in the stands at Harvard games ever since Cambridge caught a case of Linsanity.
Only this one didn’t have “Lin” on the back. The kid had taped over that part. Instead, he had scribbled a new name on the back: “Zena.”

And if Friday night’s intrasquad scrimmage at Lavietes Pavilion was any indication, you might just start seeing a few more of those in the coming years.

Harvard returns four starters from last year’s team that topped third-seeded New Mexico in the NCAA tournament, including First Team All Ivy selections Siyani Chambers and Wesley Saunders. Harvard has also added Brandyn Curry and Kyle Casey to the mix, two guys that have already taken home All-Ivy honors in the past.
But on Friday night, Edosomwan stole the show.

Making his first appearance in his No. 4 Harvard uniform (the first player to wear No. 4 since Lin ’10) the highly touted rookie led all scorers with 16 points in one half of action.

“My teammates did a good job of giving me the ball in open spots,” said Edosomwan, who added a game-high five rebounds and shot six of nine from the field in 12 minutes off the bench.

Edosomwan did most of his damage around the basket, but the forward also knocked down a jumper from the free throw line and put the ball on the deck for two points on another occasion.

“Going into the game I was like, ‘OK, there’s one thing I can control: I can control how hard I play,’” said Edosomwan who said his head was “spinning” when he first checked into the game. “My teammates do a good job of just keeping me grounded. Continue reading “Crimson Madness”

Mass. Basketball tips off at the Boston Garden — site of opening triple-header

By Martin Kessler

Harvard forward Jonah Travis should be a favorite to win the Crimson's dunk contest on Friday, Oct. 18. OBW Photo / Sam Perkins
Harvard forward Jonah Travis should be a favorite to win the Crimson’s dunk contest on Friday, Oct. 18. OBW Photo / Sam Perkins

The head coaches from Boston University, Boston College, Harvard, and Northeastern gathered in a large room tucked beneath the bleachers. Just outside, a fresh layer of ice was freezing on the surface of the rink at the center of the cavernous arena. The Boston media swarmed.

The scene looked familiar on Thursday morning at the TD Garden—the site of Boston’s annual college hockey Beanpot. But when all 6 feet 9 inches of UMass forward Raphiael Putney walked through the door into the Legends Room, it became quite clear that the crowd wasn’t there for hockey.

On the cusp of the start to the 2013-14 college basketball season, representatives from Holy Cross, UMass Amherst, and UMass Lowell joined their peers from the Boston area’s four Division I programs for the third annual Commonwealth of Massachusetts Media Day.

In a city known for its historic college hockey rivalries, college basketball is looking to establish its own tradition in Boston. For now it will settle for sharing center stage.

The TD Garden—site of the hockey Beanpot since the arena opened in 1995—will host a college basketball tripleheader on Nov. 10 featuring matchups between Boston University and Northeastern; Holy Cross and Harvard; and Boston College and UMass.

“We’re trying to see if we can gain some traction and some momentum for college basketball in the New England and Boston area,” Harvard coach Tommy Amaker explained. “We think it has an opportunity to carve out a little bit of a niche a la what the Beanpot has done in hockey. You know that’s been going for years and years and years, but we think this is the right time.” Continue reading “Mass. Basketball tips off at the Boston Garden — site of opening triple-header”