Littlefield On Sports: Harvard's Hoop Dreams

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In its 375 year history, Harvard University has produced an enviable record of churning out graduates who have gone on to become leaders in both the public and private sectors. Not once, though, has the school won an Ivy League men's basketball title.

That is, until this past weekend when Harvard topped Princeton for at least a share of the championship. The Crimson can win the title outright, along with a birth to the NCAA tournament, with one more win over Princeton on Saturday.

The two teams split their season series at one win apiece. Princeton won the first match-up in February by a score of 65 to 61, while Harvard won the most recent meeting, 79 to 67.

For Harvard, a tournament appearance would be unfamiliar territory — the school has made the tournament just once, in 1946.

So too, would be a conference championship. In fact, Harvard is the only school in the Ivy League to never win a conference championship. Princeton has won a share of the league title 25 times. Penn also has 25 titles. Cornell and Yale have each won four championships. Dartmouth College has two championships, while Brown University and Columbia university have each won once.

We get the latest in Boston sports news from WBUR's Bill Littlefield.


This segment aired on March 9, 2011.


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