Alright, so this season admittedly hadn’t gotten off to a roaring start for men’s basketball. Especially questionable results included a 21-point loss to a school called Austin Peay (to be fair, they have made March Madness at some point during my lifetime) and a 17-point loss to American (who did make March Madness last year, but as a really shitty 15-seed).
None of that matters, though, because there’s only one non-conference game you should care about: the annual intra-city game against PC, which occurred last night. In this biggest of spots, against a higher-pedigree program steeped in history, Bruno–as you may have guessed from the fact that we’re running a post on the game–delivered, with a 77-67 win.
That’s right, for the second time in three years, we can say that we have the best basketball team in Providence, and no one can stop us. Hey, everyone, we have the best basketball team in Providence! Yeah, see? No one stopped me.
Now let’s get possibly carried away for a second and read too much into one result–because, hey, beyond its inherent significance as a milestone victory in a rivalry game, this win could actually portend bigger things to come for the Bruno Ballers. Harvard, once widely considered a cinch to win the Ivy League after back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances, has been underwhelming so far, with a loss to Holy Cross–who, to be fair, also beat Brown–and a double-overtime squeaker against mediocre Vermont.
In last night’s game, the Bears’ sophomore leaders, Leland King ’17–improbably one of Sports Illustrated‘s preseason five breakout sophomores to watch–and Steven Spieth ’17–whose golfer brother Jordan is drawing comparisons to a young Tiger Woods–combined for 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. That joint line is a promising sign after the Bears looked inexperienced and overmatched in wilting down the stretch after leading at halftime against powerhouse program Illinois as this writer watched in dismay via WatchESPN.com. (Yeah, ESPN is broadcasting Brown basketball games! Kind of.)
So, for now, Brown sports fans–all three of you–celebrate this marquee win. But come January 17–the Ivy opener against Yale, as if you didn’t already have it marked on your calendar–get ready for a dogfight. March Madness 2015, baby. Let’s fucking do it.