CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Bringing a close to an eight-game road trip that will eventually span a nation-high 39 days without a home game in Cambridge, Harvard men's basketball treks to Fordham for a Wednesday night clash Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Atlantic 10 Network.
The Opening Tip
- Harvard is off to a 3-6 start with victories over MIT, UMass and Saint Joseph's. Sophomore Bryce Aiken leads the Crimson with 17.9 points per game, including a career-best 30 in a 70-67 (OT) victory over the Minutemen, while classmate Chris Lewis has been strong inside, scoring 13.8 points per game on 63.8 percent shooting. A third sophomore, Seth Towns, has added 13.3 per game, including a season-high 25 at No. 7 Kentucky Dec. 2.
- The Crimson's sophomore class has combined to average 53.5 points per game, equating to 77.6 percent of the team's scoring.
- Harvard has been on television in some form for each of its first nine games, including last Saturday's contest on ESPN's main channel against Kentucky. It was just the second time in program history that Harvard men's basketball appeared on ESPN's flagship channel, with the first coming in 2011 against Oklahoma State. In total, the Crimson is set to play 25 televised games in 2017-18, which paces the Ivy League.
Last Time Out
Taking the floor in a nationally televised game on ESPN, Harvard men's basketball fell in a close battle to No. 7/7 Kentucky, 79-70, on Saturday afternoon at Rupp Arena.
Sophomore Seth Towns came within a point of his career-high, totaling 25 points, including a career-best six triples, to go with six rebounds. Freshman Danilo Djuricic was in double figures with 10 points, and led the squad with seven rebounds.
Against the A-10
The Crimson is 2-0 this season against Atlantic 10 foes, with wins over Massachusetts Nov. 10 and Saint Joseph's Nov. 24. The Crimson will face two additional A-10 teams this season, beginning with Fordham Wednesday and continuing at George Washington Dec. 23.
Pacing the Ivies
Chris Lewis has been tough to handle on the glass and in the paint, as the sophomore leads the Ivy League in blocks per game (1.44) and offensive rebounds per game (2.56). Additionally, Bryce Aiken has scored the most points in the Ancient Eight to start this season, with 161.
Player of the Week
Opening the season with a career-best performance, Harvard men's basketball sophomore Bryce Aiken was selected as the Ivy League Player of the Week for Nov. 6-12.
Aiken became Harvard's first player to net 30 in a game since Wesley Saunders '15, guiding the Crimson to a 70-67 (OT) victory over Massachusetts. The Randolph, New Jersey native poured in 12 of Harvard's final 16 points, including a game-winning stop-and-pop 3-pointer from 26 feet with just 1.9 seconds to go in the extra frame. Aiken also scored 12 points in the opener against MIT, and shot a dazzling 58 percent from 3-point range over the two games.
Jeff Neubauer guides the Rams in his third season, and has helped Fordham to a 3-4 mark to start the season, with wins over LIU Brooklyn, Manhattan and Maine. Pests defensively, Fordham is averaging 12.0 steals per game, which ranks fourth in the country.
Will Tavares leads the team with 17.1 points per game, while Prokop Slanina has pitched in 12.0 per game. Joseph Chartouny leads the team on the glass with 7.3 boards per night.
Controlling the paint in the season opener, sophomore Chris Lewis tallied his first-career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds against MIT Nov. 10. Classmate Seth Towns followed with his own against Holy Cross, totaling 24 points and 10 boards, and Robert Baker chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds against Saint Joseph's.
Out of the Blocks
Getting out to a good start is important to the Crimson squad, as Harvard is 3-0 this season when leading at halftime.
Picked at the Top
Harvard men's basketball was picked by the media to finish first in the preseason Ivy League poll, finishing above Yale, Princeton and Penn with 121 total votes. Additionally, Harvard received votes in both the Associated Press poll and USA Today coaches' poll. The full preseason predictions can be found below:
Team (1st place) – Total Votes
- Harvard (6) – 121
- Yale (8) - 118
- Princeton (3) - 114
- Penn - 86
- Columbia - 55
- Cornell - 48
- Dartmouth - 39
- Brown – 31
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Harvard returns to Lavietes Pavilion Dec. 21 against Boston University. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., and will be broadcast on NESNplus.