RTC Live: Boston University @ HarvardPosted by nvr1983 on December 11th, 2010
Game #73. The Harvard Crimson host in-town rivals Boston University at Lavietes Pavillion. Harvard is off to a quick 6-2 start with losses to George Mason and Michigan, while the Terriers come in with a 4-6 record. The Terriers have won their last six games at Lavietes, but the Crimson lead the overall series 33-26. Both teams sport very impressive freshman guards: Boston University has the quick D.J. Irving, while Harvard has the touted Canadian sharpshooter Laurent Rivard (who averaged 18 points a game in last week’s games against Fordham and Michigan). As for upperclassmen, Harvard’s Christian Webster and captain Keith Wright are the team’s high scorers, both averaging over 15 points a game. On the Terrier side Jake O’Brien and John Holland are the players to watch: both are capable of putting up points in a hurry and Holland has averaged over 17 points a game so far this season. This should be a fast, exciting game. Both teams are athletic and thrive in transition. The key for Boston University will be to contain Harvard’s Keith Wright especially, as he’s taken over several games already for the Crimson. Unfortunately for the Terriers, Harvard has a relatively balanced attack. But limiting Wright in the post and not giving up open threes will be crucial for the Terriers if they want to extend their Lavietes streak to eight games. On Harvard’s defense, they need to contain Irving and keep him from penetrating too often. He’s incredibly explosive and can really spark an offense. This should be a great game between two teams that should be in the hunt of conference championships–and the automatic NCAA bid that comes with it–come March. The game tips off at 2 PM Eastern.