CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off its first NCAA tournament berth since 1946 and its second straight Ivy League title, the Harvard men's basketball team will play 14 home games and will have several games broadcast nationally.
"In addition to the always competitive Ivy League slate, we look forward to once again playing one of the strongest non-conference schedules in Harvard history. We look forward to getting our new season underway and are excited by the challenges it presents."
Under the leadership of Amaker, who is entering his sixth season as the head coach of the Crimson, Harvard returns 14 players from last season's squad that finished 26-5 overall and went 12-2 in the Ivy League. The Crimson also earned its first national ranking in program history, reaching as high as No. 21 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and captured the crown at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
Harvard will open its 102nd season of men's basketball by hosting MIT at Lavietes Pavilion Nov. 9. The Crimson will then appear on ESPN as part of the network's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon Schedule when the team takes on Massachusetts Nov. 13 at 10 a.m.
After hosting Manhattan Nov. 16, Harvard vists Saint Joseph's Nov. 20, before playing back-to-back home games against Vermont (Nov. 27) and Fordham (Dec. 1). The Crimson then plays at Boston College Dec. 4, as the team is looking for its fifth straight win over the Eagles. Harvard remains on the road at Connecticut Dec. 7, before welcoming Boston University (Dec. 11) and Holy Cross (Dec. 22) to Lavietes Pavilion before the holiday break.
The Crimson closes out the 2012 calendar year by traveling west to face California (Dec. 29) and St. Mary's (Dec. 31). The game against the Gaels will be shown nationally on ESPN2. Harvard returns to Cambridge to host Rice Jan. 5 before starting conference play at Dartmouth Jan. 12.
On Jan. 19, Harvard travels to face Memphis in another nationally televised game on FSN. Following the final non-conference game of the regular season, the Crimson hosts Dartmouth (Jan. 26), Yale (Feb. 1) and Brown (Feb. 2)
Coach Amaker and Harvard visit Cornell (Feb 8) and Columbia (Feb. 9), before playing home games against Penn (Feb. 15) and Princeton (Feb. 16).
Harvard then heads on the road for four straight, facing Brown (Feb. 22), Yale (Feb. 23), Princeton (March 1) on ESPNU and Penn (March 2). On the final weekend of the regular season, the Crimson hosts Columbia (March 8) and Cornell (March 9). The game against the Big Red will serve as Senior Day.