Author John Ezekowitz

22 entries

The Power of Success

Two years ago, as a freshman, I made the trek across a frozen Charles River to Lavietes Pavillion for my first Harvard basketball game. On that blustery December night, the Crimson beat Rice by 21 points to move to 6-1 on the young season. The game was a blip on the radar around campus. That night, the student...

That Defining Moment

It happened right in front of me. The famous Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges once wrote that there is "a single moment--the moment when a man knows forever more who he is." While smaller in scope than what Borges imagined, most basketball games, too, have one moment that define them, a moment we often cannot...

Harvard at Yale 1/27/2012

For any fan of Harvard basketball, it only took stepping one foot inside the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven, Connecticut for the memories to come flooding back. Harvard's twin last possession losses at this Church of basketball last winter cost them their first trip to the NCAA tournament in over 60 years....

The Benefits of Youth

For any fan of Harvard basketball, it only took stepping one foot inside the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven, Connecticut for the memories to come flooding back. Harvard's twin last possession losses at this Church of basketball last winter cost them their first trip to the NCAA tournament in over 60 years....

Home Court Advantage

As I walked into Lavietes Pavilion with 1:30 left to go in the first half of Harvard's clash with Columbia, I thought to myself that, all things considered, things had gone very well. I had planned to be at both of Harvard's Ivy Weekend home games, but real life had intervened. I thought I would miss both games....

A Throwback Revival at the Cathedral

Imagine a drill sergeant yelling at you in your face. Then imagine that you are in a tiny room, and the noise reverberates and crashes. Then multiply that by 8,000. That was what the Palestra was like last night. One particular second half moment stands out: Penn had just gone on a 7-0 run whipping up the crowd...

The Power of Narratives

Princeton basketball. The name instantly conjures up visions of backdoor cuts, low-scoring games and teams that won with ruthless execution rather than talent. Our consumption of sports is built on narratives. A large portion of the time, the narrative is constructed of falsehoods or exaggerations. The narrative...

When Nobody Cares Who Gets the Credit

Sometimes, it takes an outsider to provide a new perspective on this game we love. I've seen, either in person or from afar, every game Harvard has played this season. I've seen the Crimson triumphant in the Bahamas, laid low by a zone at Rose Hill, conquer the mighty Palestra and fall at Jadwin. In some ways,...

The Last Stand of the Tigers

Watching the Princeton-Harvard game last night, I couldn't help but be reminded of one of my favorite movies, Die Hard. At the end of Die Hard, after our hero John McClane has against all odds beaten the gangsters and saved his wife, one last terrorist, one we had left for dead, bursts out of the Nakatomi Plaza...

Harvard's Final Exam

I am not afraid. I m actually rather curious. Usually in life, you know how things are going to happen. You can imagine even in great detail what the dentist is going to do to you, what yo...

A Mile High And Louder Than Hell

Drive past the University Arena on the campus of New Mexico, aka The Pit, and it doesn't look so fearsome. The low-slung, one-story structure sits on a plateau overlooking the valley south of Albuquerque. Make your way past the ticket-taker, however, and you are immediately greeted with this view: The court...

Basketball Succeeds Where Hockey Has Not

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The Drought

As Harvard and Brown lined up for the National Anthem on a mild February Friday night at Lavietes Pavillion, you could easily spot the disparity that became the story of the Bears' season. Harvard filled the line with no fewer than 18 players dressed in warmups (without scholarships in the Ivy League, schools...

The Impossible Triad (Harvard vs. Brown)

The Pizzitola Sports Center is a bizarre place to watch a college basketball game. It is a low-slung, wide building from the outside, connected to Brown's hockey rink next door. Inside, the sidelines of the court are flanked by low bleachers; on one side, there is a small second deck hung over the bleachers. On...

Show an Affirming Flame

"May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair Show an affirming flame." September 1st, 1939, W.H. AudenI don't know Zack Rosen, the man. I don't know what he is like away from the bright lights, how he studies for finals, or acts at campus parties during the off-season....

A Changing of The Guard

In the middle of the second half on Friday night, Harvard's freshman point guard Siyani Chambers did something he had not done for the last 76 minutes of the Crimson's game time: he sat down. Chambers deserved the rest. The diminutive guard had orchestrated Harvard's evisceration of the visiting Manhattan...

For Princeton, Size Matters

Watch the Princeton Tigers go through layup lines, and not much stands out. The team is fairly homogenous; the uniforms and shoes are all the same (no headbands or accoutrements here), and even the players' haircuts are uniform. Get them on the court against another team, however, and you see what is easy to...

A Two Minute Miracle

For 38 minutes on Saturday, the Dartmouth Big Green thoroughly and comprehensively outplayed Harvard on the road at Lavietes Pavilion. To put that accomplishment in context, you need to know a bit about Dartmouth basketball. To say the Big Green have struggled recently would be an understatement. Dartmouth has...

Just Another Ivy Saturday Night

It is often difficult for college basketball fans who do not follow the Ivy League to understand the profound swings that race their way up and down the Eastern seaboard on cold winter Fridays and Saturdays. For every other college basketball league, the regular season is important, but there is always the safety...

A Youthful Surprise

This was never supposed to be Boston University's year. The Terriers lost what were widely considered to be their two best players, swingman Darryl Partin (to graduation) and center Jake O'Brien (to transfer) from last year's squad. The Terriers also graduated two other starters, leaving juniors Dom Morris and...

The Rare Ivy League Conference Tournament

If you've read my writing, you may have guessed that my main area of conference expertise is the Ivy League. The Ancient Eight does not have a conference tournament, preferring to send the winner of their true round-robin conference schedule to the NCAA's. On rare occasions, however, when there is a tie for...

The Power of Belief

The hallmark of Tommy Amaker's teams at Harvard has been repetition. From the high pick and roll offense of Jeremy Lin to the 4 out, 1 in motion offense of the recent teams, Amaker has picked one basic offensive philosophy and stuck with it, no matter what. The Crimson have essentially run five offensive sets...

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