No one goes undefeated in college basketball anymore. Itís just not going to happen; they will never again be an undefeated national champion. There is still a chance, however, for a team to reach the NCAA Tournament without losing a game. In fact, thereís a team that could do it this season. This team plays its home games in a 2,195-seat gym called a pavilion. Iím talking about Harvard.
Tommy Amakerís team has four starters returning and also benefits from the return of forward Kyle Casey and point guard Brandyn Curry, who had to sit out last season as part of a school-wide academic scandal. Casey will merely be the best player in the Ivy League. Forward Wesley Saunders was all-league last season and also returns. Siyani Chambers who replaced Curry at point guard grew up quickly and could improve more. Thereís more including top-notch shooter Laurent Rivard. Plus thereís a freshman -- 6-9 Zena Edosomwan -- who could make an impact.
There will be no stopping the Crimson in the Ivy League. There may be no stopping them at all. Thirty and oh is possible. This seasonís schedule is not as difficult as last season. There are some obvious tough spots. Who do you think would beat them?
The possible losses:
- At Colorado: The Buffs are no pushover, thatís for sure, but still a winnable game.
- Denver in the Great Alaska Shootout: Incredibly, this first-round game is a meeting of the two best teams in the tournament.
- Vermont: The Catamounts are a veteran team.
- Boston College: The game is at the Pavilion. Steve Donahue is such a nice guy to play there.
- At UConn: This is the toughest one, the Crimson need to play their best game.
The rest of the non-conference schedule is conquerable especially consecutive games against ESPN writer Howard Bryant.
(The Crimson face Howard Nov. 15 and then Bryant Nov. 20.)
Starting Jan. 11, itís all Ivy League and thereís no one the Crimson should lose to in the league. If they enter the Ivy League without loss, theyíre going to do it.
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