Nate Hartnick is a Staff Writer for the Daily. He is a junior studying English and Economics. Nate can be reached at

Stat Talk: Boston’s plan to stop the Greek Freak

This season saw the Milwaukee Bucks dominate the NBA with a simple formula: Surround human wrecking ball Giannis Antetokounmpo with versatile shooters. Antetokounmpo is essentially a basketball cheat code: He combines seven-foot stature and freakishly long limbs with the quickness of a point guard. He has lived in the paint this season, putting up the […]

Stat Talk: Are the Celtics peaking at the right time?

An unfortunate storyline has surrounded this season’s Celtics, defined by uncertain leadership and frustratingly inconsistent play. It was a year of stark highs and lows: a heroic 33-point drubbing of the defending-champion Warriors was followed six days later by an embarrassing 25-point rout at the hands of the Clippers. However, Celtics fans continued to cling […]

Stat Talk: A disenchanted NBA fan’s playoff preview

As a die-hard basketball fan, I want to be excited for the NBA playoffs. But a fatalistic dread is creeping in, a feeling that has become familiar since the summer of 2016. Beyond watching our hometown teams lift the Larry O’Brien trophy, all that fans really want to see is legitimate competition: the thrill of a tightly […]

Softball team sweeps Bates in 1st home series

After closing out a successful week in Florida on a sour note with a pair of losses, the Tufts Jumbos swept the Bates Bobcats this weekend in a three-game series. A week of practice proved restorative and helpful following the arduous 15-game slate in Florida. Sophomore pitcher Kristina Haghdan noted the benefits of the rest. “We took […]

Stat Talk: The Growing Legend of Zion Williamson

I’m sure we’re all tired of talking about Zion Williamson. While the hype surrounding the most exciting prospect to enter the NBA since LeBron is certainly deserved, the media’s obsession with him is beginning to justifiably irritate fans. However, in the spirit of March Madness, I want to look beyond the highlight reel dunks and […]

Stat Talk: Lebron James — a king dethroned?

LeBron James has an annual tradition: He coasts through the regular season, then activates “playoff mode” just in time to make a remarkable Finals run. Each year, doubters inevitably claim that he has ceded his title as the best player in the world only to end up looking awfully foolish. But his first season in […]

Stat Talk: The rise of the Milwaukee Bucks

If you asked a casual NBA fan to name the team that leads the league by a wide margin in overall record, average point differential and defensive rating, nearly all would guess the Golden State Warriors. This would be a reasonable guess — the Warriors possess perhaps the richest collection of talent in NBA history. However, […]

Stat Talk: The Kyrie Irving Dilemma

Coming into the 2018–19 season, few teams had higher expectations than the Boston Celtics. With LeBron James finally departing for LA and releasing his stranglehold on the Eastern Conference, the team seemed poised to step up as the conference’s new top dog. The Celtics boast a strong core of young talent, much of which General […]

Jumbos ride wave of confidence into championship season

Following an inspiring performance at the Boston Winter Open at Boston University on Friday and Saturday, Tufts’ women’s swimming and diving team competes this coming weekend at the NESCAC Championships. The meet will be held at Wesleyan University, where the Jumbos will look to improve on their fourth-place finish from last season. The Boston Winter […]

Stat Talk: Talent evaluation in a changing league

Any NBA fan can attest to the evolution that the league has undergone in recent years. Basketball has transformed into a game centered around 3-point shooting and pace-and-space offense. Gone are the days of grind-it-out post play, as the defensive battles of the mid 2000s seem like a faraway memory. The average team today attempts […]