Men's Basketball Opens 2015-16 Campaign Versus MIT, at Providence


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Harvard vs. MIT
Friday, November 13, 2015
  7:45 p.m.
Lavietes Pavilion
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Ivy League Digital Network
Scott Sudikoff, Bill Spaulding,
Dylan Hornblum
WHRB.org
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Harvard Game Notes
MIT Game Notes
Harvard (0-0)
MIT (0-0)
Harvard leads, 52-9
W, 73-52 (November 14, 2014)
W13


Game Info
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Time
Venue
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Talent
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Talent

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Home Team
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Last Meeting
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Harvard at Providence
Saturday, November 14, 2015
  7 p.m.
Dunkin' Donuts Center
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Fox Sports Network
Don Orsillio, Tarik Turner
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Providence Game Notes
Providence (0-0)
Harvard (0-0)
Providence leads, 5-0
L, 93-70 (November 24, 2007)
L5


The Storyline
The Harvard men's basketball team will tip off its 2015-16 campaign at Lavietes Pavilion Friday, November 13 versus MIT. The game is part of a men's and women's doubleheader with the women's team taking on Maine at 5:30 p.m. The Crimson and Engineers are slated for a 7:45 p.m. tip.

The game will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network featuring ILDN veterans Scott Sudikoff and Bill Spaulding on the call. Dylan Hornblum will provide sideline analysis.

Harvard will have a quick turnaround as it is back in action the following night at Providence. Tip off between the Crimson and Friars is scheduled for 7 p.m. live on Fox Sports Network featuring Don Orsillio and Tarik Turner on the call. For a listing of where the game will be available in your area, click here.

Faculty & Staff Night
All Harvard faculty and staff can purchase tickets to Friday night's home opener in advance for just $5 by clicking here.

What to Watch For
• Harvard made its fourth-straight appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2015, becoming just the third program to represent the Ivy League in the Big Dance in four-successive years. Princeton was the last to do so in 1989-92, with Penn making a record six straight trips from 1970-75.

• Harvard has won five-straight Ivy League championships, becoming just the second program in Ancient Eight history to win at least five-successive titles (Penn 1970-75, 1978-82). Harvard is one of three programs in the country with an active streak of at least five consecutive regular season championships; Kansas (11-straight Big 12 titles), Murray State (6-straight Ohio Valley titles).

• With a 22-8 record in 2014-15, Harvard reached the 20-win plateau for a sixth-straight season, matching Penn (1969-75) for the longest streak of 20-win seasons in Ivy League history.

• Harvard boasts a 139-43 (.764) record since 2009-10, good for the 11th-highest win percentage in the country in that time (as of games played April 6). This includes a 72-7 record at home and a 67-36 mark away from Lavietes Pavilion (57-30 road, 10-6 neutral).

• The Crimson is 61-5 (.924) at home since 2010-11, representing the fifth-highest home-court win percentage in the NCAA over that time (as of games played April 6).

• Harvard lost eight student-athletes from its 2014-15 squad, accounting for 69.2 percent of the team's points, 60.9 percent of its rebounds, and 61.7 percent of its minutes; Charlie Anastasi, Matt Brown, Siyani Chambers, Steve Moundou-Missi, Alex Nesbitt, Wesley Saunders, Kenyatta Smith and Jonah Travis.

Last Time Out
Zena Edosomwan went off for 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Harvard men's basketball team defeated McGill in an exhibition Saturday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion, 66-63.

Edosomwan scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half and finished the game shooting 9-of-16 from the floor. Corey Johnson was also in double figures for Harvard with 15 points and three assists, while Tommy McCarthy chipped in nine points and five assists. Evan Cummins contributed eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

Harvard shot 46.3 percent (25-54) from the field but was just 28.6 percent (4-14) from 3 and 57.1 percent (12-21) from the line. The Crimson defense, however, stifled the McGill offense, holding the Redmen to 37.7 percent (26-69) while registering eight total blocks.

Creating a Winning Culture
Harvard has posted a 139-43 (.764) overall record since the start of the 2009-10 season, ranking as the 11th highest win percentage in the country over the last five-plus seasons (as of games played April 6).

Rank
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20

School
Duke
Kentucky
Kansas
Gonzaga
Wichita State
San Diego State
Syracuse
Murray State
Ohio State
Stephen F. Austin
Harvard
Louisville
Arizona
Saint Mary's
BYU
VCU
New Mexico
Belmont
Florida
Memphis

Record
185-36
189-38
183-38
174-37
176-39
166-44
167-45
157-43
172-48
148-45
139-43
168-53
163-52
153-50
160-54
163-56
151-54
148-54
157-60
147-58

Win %
83.7
83.3
82.8
82.5
81.9
79.0
78.8
78.5
78.2
76.7
76.4
76.0
75.8
75.4
74.8
74.4
73.7
73.3
72.4
71.7

Home is Where the Wins Are
Harvard has posted a 61-5 (.924) record at Lavietes Pavilion since the start of the 2010-11 season, representing the fifth highest home-court win percentage in the country over the last four-plus seasons (as of games played April 6).

Since 2010-11, the Crimson has enjoyed two home win streaks of at least 20 games; 28 games (Feb. 20, 2010 to Feb. 25, 2012), 20 games (Dec. 1, 2012 to Feb. 7, 2014).

Rank
1
2
3
4
5

School
Kentucky
Kansas
Duke
Belmont
Harvard

Record
84-4
80-4
78-4
63-4
61-5

Win %
95.5
95.2
95.1
94.0
92.4

FIBA U19 World Championships
Chris Egi, Corey Johnson and Weisner Perez competed at the highest level over the summer, representing their respective countries at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships in Greece.

Egi, who was appointed as a captain by his coaching staff, paired with Johnson to lift Team Canada to a fifth-place finish, the country's highest finish at the competition. Egi appeared in all seven of Team Canada's games, averaging 6.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 1.3 bpg. Johnson also appeared in all seven games and was the team's third-leading scorer at 12.1 ppg, including a 21-point performance versus Tunisia on 7-of-10 shooting from the 3-point line.

Perez, representing the Dominican Republic, also appeared in all seven games and averaged 3.6 ppg and 3.7 rpg.

Edosomwan in China
Junior Zena Edosomwan spent three weeks this summer in China with the WILSA program hosting basketball camps and discussing college options with local youths.

Going Pro
Harvard will be well represented in the professional ranks this season as six former members of the Crimson continue their playing careers.

Student-Athlete
Kyle Casey '13-14
Brandyn Curry '13-14
Evan Harris '09
Jeremy Lin '10
Wesley Saunders '15
Keith Wright '12

Professional Team
Bakersfield Jam (NBA DLeague)
  Eisbaren Bremerhaven (Germany)
Gotha (Germany)
Charlotte Hornets (NBA)
Westchester Knicks (NBA DLeague)
Austin Spurs (NBA DLeague)

Student-Athletes
Harvard was honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) with the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award for the 2014-15 season, with Charlie Anastasi '15, Alex Nesbitt '15, Agunwa Okolie and Patrick Steeves earning recognition as members of the NABC Honors Court.

The Crimson was one of just three NCAA Division I programs to play in March Madness and be recognized with the Team Academic Excellence Award.

Captaining the Ship
Evan Cummins is one of four members of Northfield Mount Hermon's Class of 2012 to be voted captain for the upcoming season; Spike Albrecht (Michigan), Tommy Carpenter (Dartmouth), Ethan O'Day ( Vermont).

Moving on Up
Head coach Tommy Amaker continus to move up the ranks of the Ivy League's winningest coaches. Amaker's 161 wins at Harvard are the seventh most since the conference began competition in 1956, while his 78 Ivy League victories have him tied with former Cornell and current Penn head coach Steve Donahue (2000-10) for 10th place in conference history.

Amaker has led Harvard to five-straight Ivy League championships, tying him with former Penn coach Bob Weinhauer (1977-82) for the third most titles in Ancient Eight history.

On The Sidelines
With 161 victories under his belt, Tommy Amaker ranks second all-time in Harvard coaching annals.

Frank Sullivan, 1991-2007
Tommy Amaker, 2007-present
Floyd S. Wilson, 1954-68
Edward A. Wachter, 1920-33
Frank McLaughlin, 1977-85

178
161
143
120
99

Amaker's .671 win percentage (161-79), meanwhile, ranks first among Harvard coaches who have spent at least two seasons at the helm of the team.

Tommy Amaker, 2007-present
John K. Clark, 1900-02
Edward A. Wachter, 1920-33
Frank McLaughlin, 1977-85
Robert W. Harrison, 1968-73

.671
.606
.597
.474
.457

Chasing History
• Harvard has won at least 20 games in each of the last six years, matching Penn (1969-75) for the longest streak of 20-win seasons in Ivy League history.

• The Crimson has won five straight Ivy League championships, becoming just the second program in Ancient Eight history to win at least five successive titles (Penn 1970-75, 1978-82).

• The Crimson has made four-straight NCAA tournament appearances, joining Princeton (1989-92) and Penn (1970-75) as just the third program in Ivy League history to represent the conference in the Big Dance in four successive years.

In The Spotlight
18 of Harvard's 30 games in 2015-16 have been picked up for national or regional television broadcasts, including 11 games on the ESPN family of networks. Including this season, the Crimson will have played on TV a total of 83 times since 2010-11.

Sold Out
Harvard has played in front of a sold-out crowd at Lavietes Pavilion 29 times since 2010-11, including six times in 2014-15.

Conference Watch
Harvard has gone 83-45 in non-conference play under head coach Tommy Amaker, including seven-straight seasons with a winning out-of-conference mark. The Crimson has posted at least 10 non-conference victories five times under Amaker, including a program record 14 wins in 2011-12 and 2013-14.

Starting Fast
Harvard began 2014-15 with a 10-3 record, marking the fifth time under head coach Tommy Amaker that the Crimson has gone 10-3 or better to start the year; 24-3, 2011-12; 18-3, 2013-14; 15-3, 2010-11; 14-3, 2009-10, 10-3, 2014-15.

Harvard vs. The Power Conferences
Harvard owns a 13-18 record against power conference opponents under Tommy Amaker. The Crimson defeated Boston College in six straight seasons from 2009-2014, and has also topped California, Cincinnati, Colorado, Florida State, Michigan, TCU and Utah during Amaker's tenure. The Crimson defeated at least one power conference foe in each of Amaker's first seven seasons.

Kings of Massachusetts Courts
Harvard is 27-8 overall against its in-state rivals under head coach Tommy Amaker, and owns a 20-5 record against Boston area schools with Amaker at the helm.

Opening Up
Harvard is 68-36 (.654) all time in season openers and 6-2 under head coach Tommy Amaker.

Harvard is 8-0 in Ivy League openers under head coach Tommy Amaker.