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I see. They are cheating. LOL!!! Seriously though, they are "averaging" to hit the Ivy League standards, and getting the 6'10" Nigerian kid doesn't surprise me. Like Tiffles people, they may value education, and if the kid is poor he can get a better financial package at an Ivy School than he can with a full boat at a Division 1 school.
Back in the day (the 60's) Harvard always had guys on their football and hockey teams who were between 900-1000 on the 1600 SAT scale when their median scores were in the 1400's. It seems that Amaker is recruiting harder than most, and has some leeway in getting kids admitted for the bottom tail of Harvard's normal curve. Getting into an Ivy School is harder than graduating once you do get in. Carry on. I stand corrected.
I don't disagree with anything you say here, not saying they are playing at a different level than other Ivy's...just a different level from the previous regimes at Harvard.
I think kids are bigger and better athletes today than back in those days, but I don't think they are better basketball players. Most modern players don't know how to use both hands, and fundamentals have been replaced with athleticism. IMO.
Here's a fun trivia question for you. In the 1969 football season and the 69-70 basketball season the ROY in both Pro leagues was an Ivy Leaguer. (Actually, in the NBA Bill Cowans (sp?0 was co MVP with an Ivy Leaguer). Without looking it up, can you name them and their schools?
Drinks on Goodman at 4th ave in November!
"I like fixing broken things" - Kevin Plank
NBA is Petrie (princeton), no clue on NFL........I used to go to Princeton bball games as a kid in the 80's and used to read random crap in the programs.
nfl has to be calvin hill
let's not also forget that the financial aid packages the ivies can give out are a huge asset in recruiting, as long as they take something like basketball seriously enough (which harvard clearly has been for a few years now)
The fact that Penn lost to Magic Johnson in the Final Four in 1979 should overcome some of that modern bias. Donahue's Sweet 16 team from 2010 probably deserves a mention too, along with some of the more recent (90s) Penn and Princeton teams.
Can't fool you guys, but yes Calvin Hill and Geoff Petrie were ROY in their respective leagues. And there are generous financial packages available to athletes who can qualify academically and who are poor kids without parental support to pay any portion of their education. They go far beyond tuition, bookd, room and board and the occasional per diem available to other D1 athletes at the big football and basketball Programs.fwiw.
My first aid package was $2800 out of $3000 and my Dad was a coal miner and I had 3 other brothers with one in school, and it went up every year because I knew how to work the system. A friend a year behind me got $3800 but his mother worked for minimum wage in a cabinet factory and his Father was disabled. If you are a decent athlete, reasonably smart and poor, they pay you to go there. And you only flunk out if you work really hard at it. It's a reasonable way to climb the social ladder to success and much more reliable in the long term than a few years in the pros and then going to work without a network to help you out in finding decent careers when school and sports are both gone. It worked really well for me.
The New Mexico loss caused this guy to quit his job.
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thats one of the most embarrassing things I've ever read
"Now, the mighty MWC is 1-3 in the NCAA, and has not lost to any team seeded above a 13. It's not like they lost to Indiana or Louisville or even GEORGETOWN or Michigan State. No, the losses were to the traditional powerhouses of LaSalle, California and Harvard. The league I thought was so good turns out to be so bad.
I was wrong."
Dude was wrong about Georgetown too...BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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