As the 2015-16 season has progressed, the race for the Ivy League title has become a two-horse race. The Yale Bulldogs have led for the entire way, but the Princeton Tigers were nipping at their heels, just a half-game back with one game in hand.
Based on their track records this year, it looked as though the teams were on a collision course for a one-game play-off at the end of the regular season to determine who would represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament. With Yale taking care of Cornell on Friday night, Princeton was looking to keep pace with a road win over the Harvard Crimson.
As expected, the Crimson haven’t been as strong as in year’s past in 2015-16, and injuries haven’t helped their cause. The loss of Siyani Chambers was well-documented, and the team hasn’t been able to dominate their opponents like they have in recent years.
On Friday night, the Crimson had their sights set on an upset. They were led by Canadian senior Patrick Steeves, who missed his first three seasons with the Crimson.
For the past few years, the Ivy League has been dominated by the Harvard Crimson. Others have taken a run at the conference crown, but it has been extremely tough to knock the Crimson from the top of the conference totem pole.
Entering the 2015-16 season, the Crimson were dealt a serious blow when it was announced that Siyani Chambers would miss the entire season due to injury. It was a similar situation to the one the Columbia Lions faced a season prior.
Coming off a strong 2013-14 season, the Lions lost Alex Rosenberg for the 2014-15 season due to injury. A season that was filled with optimism fell off the rails rather quick, much like Harvard’s did this season.
This season, Harvard hasn’t been their dominant selves in the Ivy League, and the likes of the Lions have taken full advantage. On Friday, the Lions were looking to keep pace atop the conference standings, while Harvard was looking to get a big road win and play spoiler.
Before the 2015-16 season even started, the Harvard Crimson found themselves with their backs against the wall. It was announced that Siyani Chambers would miss the entire season due to injury, and the Crimson were without their top offensive threat.
In the early part of the season, it was clear that the Crimson missed their star. They made the trip to Hawaii with a 4-6 record to their name, and haven’t looked like the dominant Crimson team that fans have become accustomed to seeing on a nightly basis.
As it turns out, all they needed to get back on track was a trip to Hawaii and an appearance in the Diamond Head Classic. In their opener, the Crimson took down BYU in a close contest, 85-82. On Tuesday afternoon, they turned their attention to the Auburn Tigers, looking for a spot in the tournament finals on Christmas Day.