Who would have ever thought that Harvard University students would be at the center of an academic cheating scandal? As unthinkable as it may seem, that is exactly the case with allegations that two Crimson basketball players, Kyle Casey and Brandon Curry, were involved in the largest cheating scandal in the school’s history. The Harvard co-captains along with approximately 125 others allegedly cheated on an open-book take home final examination for an Introduction to Congress course.
Casey a senior forward who averaged 11.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game, and Curry a senior guard who averaged 7.8 points, 4.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game will not play for the team during the 2012-13 season. Casey withdrew from the school and Curry decided to take a year off from school amidst the allegations.
The Crimson men’s basketball team reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 66 years and chances are that they will have a difficult time reaching the tourney again this year sans their co-captains leading the squad. The historic university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts has only reached the tournament two times (1946 and 2012) in the 73-year history of college basketball’s most exciting event.
Harvard will definitely have to do some retooling for their basketball program this season and must rely heavily heavily on their second leading returning scorer junior guard Laurent Rivers (10.1 PPG and 2.6 RPG last season) and freshman forward Steve Moundou-Missi (4.9 PPG and 3.4 RPG last season) in order to win the Ivy League title and make back-to-back appearances in the Big Dance come March 2013.