All along John F. Kennedy Street, they were singing.
Cries of “Ten thousand men of Harvard gained victory today!” rang out from both sides into the ebullient darkness of a warm March night. While the official attendance in Ray Lavietes Pavilion was only 2,195, it certainly felt like the thousands of players, coaches and fans of Harvard basketball, who for a century had never seen an Ivy League title, were there, too. It was their cries of joy amplifying the few who were privileged enough to see this day live. Ten thousand men of Harvard, indeed.
Lavietes Pavilion, the second oldest arena in Division I, had never seen a game of this magnitude. The Princeton Tigers came in at 11-1 in the Ivy League with a chance to win the league outright. Harvard needed a win to clinch a tie and force a possible playoff next weekend for the crown. (Princeton still has a game left at rival Penn on Tuesday.) There were 91 credentialed media members, two NBA front offices and Bill Simmons, the Sports Guy himself, sitting courtside. Former Harvard star Jeremy Lin flew up from Philadelphia, where his Golden State Warriors were preparing for a game, to witness history….