What a terrible game. Almost nobody could endure it in person, and I imagine very few suffered through the entire HDNet telecast. Technically, Harvard’s 75-47 win over Utah made 2011-12 the fifth straight season that the Crimson has topped a BCS program. But this game had all the excitement of an airport delay.
A few interesting developments stood out from the boredom. One was junior forward Christian Webster showing some life. Last season’s second-leading scorer racked up just nine points in the first three games of the season. His two-for-seven shooting line (two-of-six from three) is not exactly impressive, but it is progress. Webster scored eight points in a two-and-a-half minute stretch late in the first half, and for the first time this season he seemed involved in the offense. The junior added three rebounds, two assists, and three steals in 19 minutes of limited action.
Brandyn Curry was the only sizzle in the blowout. The Harvard guard connected on three acrobatic layups, including one in which he drove down the middle of the lane, faked a pass with his left hand before Euro-stepping and finishing with his right. He (along with Kyle Casey) commanded the game in the decisive early moments, posting nine points and three assists in 20 minutes.
The most active player on the court was freshman forward Jonah Travis. The rookie grabbed six boards in 17 minutes and went to the line for a team-high four free throws. At just 6’6, Travis is one of the smallest players in the frontcourt but you wouldn’t know if from his production. The rookie works hard and is worth keeping your eye on away from the ball—always fighting for position, showing on screens, rotating for weak-side help.
A few more thoughts:
Freshman Corbin Miller, who scored 13 pretty meaningless points, must be relieved that he chose Harvard over Utah.
In all my years of television watching, I don’t think I’d ever seen anything on HDNet (I didn’t even know Comcast carried it until last night). I would compare the channel to a seedy town that I don’t plan to visit again (as titillating as The Super seems).
Harvard got what it wanted: a matchup against Florida St. It will be interesting to see whether last night’s unchallenging yet restful game helps or hurts the Crimson against the Seminoles.