Humans have been putting spherical objects in hoops for centuries, but until the invention of the dunk, the fast break, and face dribbling, it wasn’t an activity worth watching. See if “basketball” lives up to the hype with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $16, you get two tickets for seating in Section 1 or 6-10 to see a Harvard Crimson men’s basketball game at Lavietes Pavilion ($30 value). Choose from the following games:
- Against the Florida Atlantic Owls on Thursday, December 22, at 7 p.m.
- Against the St. Joseph’s Hawks on Saturday, December 31, at 4 p.m.
- Against the George Washington Colonials on Saturday, January 14, at 2 p.m.<p>
After seizing Harvard’s first Ivy League basketball title last season, the Crimson have surged into the 2011–12 season seeking to establish the university as a perennial hoops powerhouse. Tommy Amaker, who led the squad to a school record 23 victories last season, enters his fifth campaign as head coach and has already forged a reputation for luring some of the nation’s top student-athletes with his fiery passion and a dollar bill that’s attached to a fishing pole.
Through 10 games this season, the Crimson have bolted out to a 9-1 start, which has earned them a ranking among the top 30 teams in the country. Recently named Ivy League co-player of the week, forward Kyle Casey leads a potent offensive attack, and guard Brandyn Curry dissects defenses by executing crisp passes and threatening to reveal the identity of the opposing team’s mascot. First opened in 1926, Lavietes Pavilion hosts each Harvard home game, housing uproarious cheers and fast-break layups in front of capacity crowds of up to 2,195 fans.
Championships and distinguished alumni are both part of Harvard's 150-year athletic tradition that traces back to a wrestling match between sophomores and freshmen in 1780. Beyond their four NCAA championships in men's hockey, women's lacrosse, women's rowing, and fencing, Harvard has produced 141 national team championships and numerous Olympians who have faced off against elite competition and in almost every time zone. In addition to winning three conference titles in a row, the men's football team went 9–1 last year, and has won at least seven games in each of the past 15 years, an Ivy League record. The Harvard Crimson women's tennis program accounts for 18 ivy league championships, laying claim to five of them in the past 12 years.
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