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Monday / December 18.
  • Harvard Cracks Top 25 for First Time

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    At this very moment, there are more Ivy League schools (1) in the Top 25 than there are schools from the Pac-12 (0).

    And for the first time ever, that Ivy League school is Harvard.

    Tommy Amaker’s Crimson are No. 25 in the country in the AP rankings and No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.

    The Crimson becomes the first Ivy League team to be ranked nationally in a major poll since Cornell was ranked No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today poll during the 2010 season. The last Ivy team to appear in the AP was the 1997-98 Princeton team that finished No. 8 in the rankings.

    Harvard, which is off to an 8-0 start for the first time since the 1984-85 campaign, won the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament Nov. 26, defeating Utah, then-No. 20 Florida State and Central Florida along the way.

    Harvard is one of 15 remaining undefeated teams in the country and owns a 19-game home win streak, tied for the seventh longest in the nation.

    Keith Wright leads Harvard with 11.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while Kyle Casey (10.9 ppg) and Laurent Rivard (10.1 ppg) are also averaging double figures.

    Harvard will get a great test Thursday against No. 9 UConn (7 p.m., ESPN2).

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.