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In years past, this might have been viewed as a barometer game, affording Harvard a chance to take full measure of its basketball program in comparison with the University of Connecticut, its high-powered host from the American Athletic Conference.
But that might not be the case this year.
The Crimson (13-1), off to their best start since going 19-1 in the 1945-46 season, are on an upward trajectory to the rarefied air of the nation’s elite. Back-to-back Ivy League titles and trips to the NCAA Tournament only enhanced the perceptions of Tommy Amaker’s program.
So when UConn hosts Harvard in a nonconference clash Wednesday night at Gampel Pavilion, the Crimson won’t necessarily view it as a barometer game.