Strong Non-Conference Schedule Highlights 2017-18 Slate for Men’s Basketball

Strong Non-Conference Schedule Highlights 2017-18 Slate for Men’s Basketball

Harvard will play 11 home games at the recently renovated Lavietes Pavilion (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The opening tip is inching closer for men's basketball, as the team announced its 2017-18 schedule on Tuesday. The campaign will include 11 home games at Lavietes Pavilion as well as games in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

Harvard will open its 107th season with its annual Crimson Madness event Oct. 13 at 7 p.m., the seventh in program history. Free of charge for all fans, Crimson Madness will include dunk and 3-point competitions as well as an intrasquad scrimmage.

Kicking off the schedule with a pair of games at Lavietes Pavilion, Harvard will open with cross-town rival MIT Nov. 10 before hosting Massachusetts Nov. 12. The Crimson concludes its three-game start in the state of Massachusetts with a trip to Holy Cross Nov. 16, before heading to Manhattan for a Nov. 18 battle.

The Crimson will compete for the crown of the 2017 Wooden Legacy tournament, which hosts eight teams from around the country Nov. 23-26. Hosted on the campus of Cal State Fullerton, Harvard will open the event against Saint Mary's on Thanksgiving Day on ESPNNEWS before taking on either Washington State or Saint Joseph's Nov. 24. All three Harvard games at the tournament will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.

Returning home to Boston, the squad will make the quick trip to Northeastern for a Nov. 30 contest before traveling to Rupp Arena for a Dec. 2 clash with Kentucky. The matchup with the Wildcats will be the first in program-history. The Crimson concludes its pre-finals slate with a game at Fordham Dec. 6.

Welcoming a cross-town rival to Lavietes, Boston University makes the trip down Storrow Drive to Cambridge for a Dec. 21 bout, which precedes a Dec. 23 trip to the nation's capital to face George Washington. The Crimson wraps up 2017 with a jaunt to Minnesota Dec. 29. Harvard has toppled at least one power-five opponent in nine of the last 10 seasons.

Vermont travels to Cambridge for the Crimson's final home non-conference game Jan. 2, with the team's Ivy League opener set to follow Jan. 6 when Dartmouth hits the road for Cambridge. The Crimson closes its non-league schedule with a Jan. 10 trip to Spartanburg, South Carolina to take on Wofford.

Making the early return trip in Ancient Eight action, Harvard heads to Dartmouth Jan. 20 for its first of five-straight Ivy outings on the road. Set to follow are trips to Yale and Brown Jan. 26-27 and Columbia and Cornell Feb. 2-3.

A four-game homestand Feb. 9-17 begins the second half of Ivy League play, as Princeton, Penn, Brown and Yale travel to Cambridge for a quartet of pivotal outings. Harvard closes its regular season road schedule with a return trip to Penn and Princeton Feb. 23-24.

Returning home for the final weekend matchup before the Ivy League Tournament, Harvard will take on Cornell and Columbia March 2-3 to wrap up the regular season. The Ivy League Tournament is set for March 10-11 at the Palestra.

All Harvard home and Ivy League contests will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.

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