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Required Reading On The Harvard Crimson

There are still two days between now and the Bearcats contest with the Crimson on Thursday, plenty of time to get up to speed on the Crimson. Not just on them as a basketball team, there is still plenty more time for that, but for these guys as people and characters.

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Wesley Saunders Is Always A Move Ahead-- Boston Globe

But when Wesley’s father sat him down in front of a chessboard, it was for a reason.

"I did it just to try to force him to concentrate and learn complex strategy and thinking two and three moves ahead," Edward said.

Edward was planting a seed.

So when years passed and Saunders came to a fork in the road — one way leading to college basketball powerhouses, the other to an Ivy League underdog — he thought through all the possibilities.

Chambers Is Harvard's Unquestioned Leader -- Boston Globe

"I think it’s my job as a point guard to make sure everybody’s all right, everybody’s on the same page. When you go out there and you’re all right and you feel relaxed, then you play a lot better."

Laurent Rivard Is Reinventing Himself-- One Bid Wonders

To a certain extent it’s a reputation he earned. There’s no question he likes to shoot threes—and that it’s something he does well: last season, Rivard made 87 field goals; 80 of them were three-pointers. And he’ll be the first to admit he shouldn't be defending the opponent’s quickest guard.

But in his final season, Rivard has been quietly reinventing himself. With Harvard boasting more scoring threats than ever before, Rivard has turned his attention to the little things—moving the ball, playing help defense—that don’t necessarily show up on the stat sheet.

Higher Education -- SB Nation Longform

On a coffee table is a copy of a recent story about the Harvard team entitled "The Startup" from Slam Magazine. "We viewed it as that, as an undervalued stock," says Amaker, who studied at Duke's Fuqua School of Business. "And how we were going to see if we could grow this and a lot of the folks who didn't jump on board were going to wish that they did."

A look around the gym the previous Saturday suggested that quite a few people had bought what he was selling. Lavietes Pavilion, which only seats 2,195 people, but had been dormant before the team's resurgence, had been sold out and featured a raucous student section; two Boston Celtics, Kelly Olynyk and Phil Pressey, had trekked across town for the game; and faculty and staff from across the university, once loathe to be seen at a basketball game, were sitting courtside.