Letter to Harvard Ad Board reveals cause of suspicion

According to The Crimson, a letter attained by the Harvard news outlet reveals what originally caused Prof. Matthew B. Platt to suspect there was cheating on his take-home final exam.

The scandal in the Government 1310 class led to Crimson basketball captains Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry withdrawing from the university yesterday.

Originally, there were only thought to be 13 plagiarisms on the test, but upon further investigation, that number has jumped north to about 125 — constituting almost half of the 279-person class. The original group of 13 is reported to have been 2012 graduates and members of the baseball team.

An unusual answer to a bonus question and an odd typo — an unnecessary space in the number "22, 500" — lie at the root of suspicion.

“I am convinced that the similarities between these papers are not the product of chance,” Platt wrote in the May 14 letter.

Kyle Casey, others to withdraw from Harvard amidst cheating scandal

UPDATE (6:37 p.m.) — The Boston Herald is reporting that Harvard basketball co-captain Brandyn Curry is also expected to withdraw from the university today and miss the upcoming basketball season.

8:39 a.m. — News broke early this morning that Harvard basketball captain Kyle Casey is set to withdraw from Harvard this year. He is implicated in a cheating case with about 130 other students from a Government class last semester. A student told The Crimson more than half of the 279-person class played a varsity sport, though not all of them are necessarily being investigated.

Investigations began by Harvard's Ad Board in late August, when it was determined that students had collaborated on the Government 1310 take-home exam.

While the investigations could take until November, athletes involved have been advised to withdraw from the university for the term or year in order to save eligibility. Multiple sources have told SI.com that Casey is choosing to withdraw, and additionally Brandyn Curry and another unnamed basketball player are involved in the case and under review.

The football team is "preparing for the worst," an unnamed player told The Crimson.

The deadline to withdraw is today, so stay tuned for more updates as we will surely see some recognizable names save themselves a year of eligibility. Those who do not withdraw and are later found to be guilty -- no matter at what point during the season -- will lose a year of eligibility. Wins could be vacated from a team if a player is later deemed ineligible.

Brandyn Curry is getting ready for Rosen

The opening to Harvard's student paper's preview for the Penn game tomorrow:

Nearing midnight on Tuesday in Currier House, a group of students huddled around a table in the dining hall scrambling to finish a problem set, while others sat down the hall watching the end of SportsCenter. Alone in the Cardio Room, running a full sprint on the treadmill, was junior Brandyn Curry.

“I’ve got to chase Zack Rosen up and down the court for 40 minutes on Friday,” explained Curry, as he wiped the sweat off his forehead moments after finishing his workout—his second of the day.

Curry is not the only one looking ahead to his meeting with the Penn standout this Friday when the No. 21/25 Crimson (20-2, 6-0 Ivy) visits the Quakers (12-10, 4-1).

Ivy League basketball fans have already been drooling over the point guard matchup, which pits Rosen, the Ivy League’s second leading scorer, against Curry, arguably the conference’s top perimeter defender. Whichever player wins that matchup has a good shot at leading his team to victory.

Stop drooling, fans! The game is just a day away.

Zack Rosen named candidate for Bob Cousy Award

For the second-straight year, Zack Rosen is up for the Bob Cousy Award. Rosen is up against 64 other point guards throughout the country, including locals Tyreek Duran (La Salle) and Maalik Wayns (Villanova).

PGs from several Ivy schools made the list as well — Columbia's Brian Barbour, Cornell's Chris Wroblewski and Harvard's Brandyn Curry. Check the full list here.

Rosen currently ranks No. 14 in the country among guards in points per game (20.8) and No. 21 in assists per game (6.0).

The field of 65 will be narrowed to 20 by the New Year, and continues to split in half each month until the winner is announced during the Final Four weekend in New Orleans.