Turn Back the Clock: Jan. 31, 2009

The Quakers' 23-game winning streak at Dartmouth snapped   January 31, 2009

When’s the last time you can remember Penn men's hoops having a winning streak of over 20 games?

From the 1997 season until January 31, 2009, Penn had a 23-game winning streak over Dartmouth. But on that night, the Quakers lost 63-60 to the Big Green in a huge upset.

The night before, the Red and Blue beat Harvard 66-60 for their first Ivy game of the 2008-2009 season, holding off the League’s top scorer at the time, Crimson junior guard Jeremy Lin.

But on that night, Penn’s defense had no answer for Dartmouth’s Alex Barnett, who went on to be Ivy League Player of the Year.

With 24 points, the senior forward blew Penn out of the water.

The night started out looking hopeful. The Quakers were up 56-48 with 5:24 left after sophomore guard Tyler Bernardini sank two free throws, extending a nine-point run for Penn.

Yet the lead slipped all too quickly through the Red and Blue’s fingers as Dartmouth came back to score 15 of the last 19 points in the game.

After a Dartmouth timeout, Barnett drove the game in Big Green’s favor. The scoreboard finally broke even when Big Green senior forward Dan Biber was fouled on a layup and sank a free throw, tying the game at 60-60.

Biber complemented Barnett well for Dartmouth, taking 17 points on the game. His final three points came from outside the paint, capping the game at 63-60 for Dartmouth and reminding the Quakers that they were only just starting Ivy play.

-by Danielle Chuang

ESPN has gone Jeremy Lin-sane, The DP did it first

When was the last time an Ivy League graduate was the subject of six of seven segments upcoming on Sports Center? When was the last time any athlete got that treatment? Jeremy Lin, everybody:

(h/t @beyondthebets)

And in case there was any question, I was unequivocally the first person to ever make a pun off of Jeremy Lin's name. Proof:

Jeremy Lin gets the best of Wizards, Ryan Wittman tells dad he guarded Lin better

Last night the Jeremy Lin train rolled through the woeful Washington Wizards, 107-93, behind another great game from the hottest Asian-Ivy-League-turned-pro-athlete to hit New York since, well, ever.

On the losing end was the Wizards interim coach Randy Wittman. Name ring a bell? He's the father of former Cornell sharpshooter Ryan Wittman — who faced Lin for four years in the Ancient Eight. After the game, Ryan reportedly texted his father with a little quip:

“He told me that they [Cornell] did a much better job guarding him than we did tonight,” Randy Wittman told the Washington Post. “Makes Dad feel good.”

Zing!

Jeremy Lin’s emergence leads people to care about Ivy League athletes turned pro

Harvard is getting a lot of attention for its athletic program these days.

The basketball team is ranked No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll (its eighth consecutive week being ranked in this poll) and No. 25 in the AP Top 25.

Now, with the emergence of Harvard grad Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks (Lin-sanity, they're calling it), people are suddenly realizing all of the great athletes who have gone to Harvard and other Ivy League schools.

Sports Illustrated posted a photo gallery of "Sports Figures Who Attended Harvard," which, in addition to Lin, includes Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk, Academy Award-winning actor Tommy Lee Jones (did you know he played football at Harvard?), and a variety of other athletes and Harvard grads involved in the sports world.

Huffington Post College spread the love around the Ancient Eight, posting its own photo gallery of "Jeremy Lin and 6 Other Ivy League Athletes Who Made It In the Pros." Their photos include Lou Gehrig, who attended Columbia before signing with the Yankees; Princeton's Bill Bradley; Yale running back Calvin Hill (fun fact: he was fraternity brothers with George W. Bush); Fitzpatrick; hockey goalie Ken Dryden, who left his homeland of Canada to attend Cornell; and Columbia grad George Starke, who played for the Washington Redskins.

Penn did get one shoutout in The New York Times, which mentioned new Big 5 Hall of Fame inductee Matt Maloney, who suited up for the Atlanta Hawks in the 2002-03 season. The rest of the article was about Lin and the rest of the Crimson.

Which Ivy League athletes who have gone on to the pros deserve more recognition?

Former Ivy standout Jeremy Lin: “How to Get into Harvard”

Harvard alum Jeremy Lin, a 6'3 guard who graduated in 2010 and has gone on to the NBA's Golden State Warriors, shows how he's keeping himself busy during the league's lockout. The two-time All-Ivy player definitely has a sense of humor in this clip. Even though it's pretty cheesy, great to see this side of players that we can't always witness on the court.

Harvard in the Times

With anticipation growing for the showdowns up in Cambridge, Mass. this weekend, even the New York Times Sports section is giving some inches to the little old Ivy League. In an article today, the Times took a look at Harvard's rise to contender over the last three years: "In 100th Season, Harvard Basketball Seeks First Ivy Title".

Those of us who regularly follow the Ivy League will quickly note that the Times' headline writers probably don't...The Ivy League has only been handing out titles for the last 54 years. Regardless, it's a good look at the program and what coach Tommy Amaker is doing with it.

Perhaps the most interesting tidbit to me is at the end, which points out that Harvard star and 2010 grad Jeremy Lin and his Golden State Warriors will actually be in Boston Friday night to play the Celtics — so he'll have to miss watching his alma mater's game against Penn.

Tweets of the Week

I'm a believer of New Year's Resolutions. Last year, I vowed to run a half marathon — I ran two. So this year (or at least this semester), the Buzz is trying out some new weekly initiatives. Without further ado, I introduce "Tweets of the Week," coming to you every Friday. Posts will be either about Ivy League athletes or posted by them:

Lots of Quakers shoutouts this week, mostly from Kentucky basketball fans. Rosen was also the subject of several tweets about the "Ginger" chants he received at Rupp.

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Bradford Blackmon is one of the nicest football players that I spoke with this season. And note his picture: hugging the Ivy trophy on the bus back from Cornell.

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Good to see that Jeremy Lin can multitask. Harvard...

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QB Keiffer Garton retweets offensive lineman Chris Fortunato. Guess they learned how to pop champagne from those back-to-back Ivy Championships. Happy New Year's!

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Brief Update on Lin (He’s Golden)

Good news for the Ivy League — Jeremy Lin has found himself a real job after graduation: Playing for the Golden State Warriors.

Multiple outlets are confirming that the Harvard guard, who had a spectacular summer league showing, will sign with his home town team.

from the Boston Globe:

Former Harvard star Jeremy Lin, an undrafted free agent guard, was signed by the Golden State Warriors yesterday. He is the first Asian-American player signed by the Warriors since 1947. In an area with a large Asian population, Lin becomes an instant celebrity.

“This is unbelievable,’’ Lin told an array of television crews, photographers and print media in Oakland, Calif. “I’ve never been part of something like this.’’

He'll reportedly make $500,000 in his rookie year.

Jeremy Lin meets John Wall

It's been a slow week, and Danny Monckton is yet to respond to my dunk contest challenge, so here's a tidbit from one of my favorite sports blogs, the DC Sports Bog.

Apparently Harvard grad Jeremy Lin met John Wall in an NBA summer league game, and despite Wall's celebrity, Lin got the audience behind him with some excellent play. Check out the link above for some video highlights.

Unlike Wall, the #1 draft pick taken by the Wizards, Lin went undrafted, and is playing for the Mavericks summer team.

More national coverage and updated lines

So far this week, we've seen a book devoted to Ivy hoops and a Wall Street Journal piece saying that the Harvard-Cornell game (tonight, 7 p.m. ET, Ithaca, N.Y.) may be “[t]he game of the year in college basketball.”

Well, now Sports Illustrated jumps into the fray with a feature on Harvard basketball. The story focuses on coach Tommy Amaker and star guard Jeremy Lin, who may be headed for the NBA. SI also had an interesting table with the story, replicated below:

School

NBA Alums

NBA Games

Last Played

Princeton

10

2,668

2001-02

PENN

12

2,176

2002-03

Dartmouth

7

1,748

1994-95

Columbia

5

1,068

1978-79

Yale

3

976

2002-03

Cornell

2

172

1950-51

Brown

3

63

1953-54

Harvard

2

54

1953-54

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Zach Klitzman gave his picks for yesterday's games. All the favorites cruised, and Klitzman didn't do too badly, going 2-1.  But his line-setting prognostication skills weren't quite as good; here are the previously unavailable spreads for today's action:

Harvard at Cornell -8

Princeton -2 at Yale

Dartmouth at Columbia -9

Penn at Brown -6

School

NBA Alums

NBA Games

Last Played

Princeton

10

2,668

2001-02

PENN

12

2,176

2002-03

Dartmouth

7

1,748

1994-95

Columbia

5

1,068

1978-79

Yale

3

976

2002-03

Cornell

2

172

1950-51

Brown

3

63

1953-54

Harvard

2

54

1953-54