Harvard and Stanford will tip off the 2016-17 season in China.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard, in coordination with the Pac-12 and Stanford, announced today that the Crimson and Cardinal will meet next year in the 2016 Pac-12 China Game presented by Alibaba Group.
The game will be played Sunday, November 13, 2016 in China and televised live in the United States on November 12. The specific location -- and U.S. and China broadcast information -- will be finalized at a later date.
"We are incredibly proud to represent Harvard in this global event," commented Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball. "This will be a unique and transformational learning experience for our student-athletes. We look forward to competing against a great basketball program in Stanford, while offering our young men an opportunity to learn first-hand about the magnificent Chinese culture."
In addition to the game itself, the trip will feature educational and cultural experiences for the student-athletes and university delegations.
"We are honored to participate in this terrific event with such an outstanding university and to visit, with them, an incredibly historic and culturally rich country," stated Bob Scalise, John D. Nichols '53 Family Director of Athletics. "Exposure to different views and ways of life is a cornerstone of Harvard's mission, and we are thrilled for our student-athletes to have this unique opportunity to travel abroad and experience another culture as a part of their education."
Harvard has won five-straight Ivy League championships and has reached the NCAA tournament in four-successive years under Amaker. In addition, the Crimson's .764 win percentage (139-43) since 2009-10 is the 11th-best in the NCAA with its .924 home-court win percentage (61-5) since 2010-11 ranking fifth in the country.
Harvard will open its 2015-16 season this evening at Lavietes Pavilion versus MIT. The game is scheduled for a 7:45 p.m. tip live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The announcement of the 2016 Pac-12 China Game was made during a pre-game press conference for this year's event, which will be played Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and televised live in the United States on ESPN at 7 p.m. PST. The game is the first collegiate or professional regular season contest to be played in China.
The Pac-12 China Game is part of Pac-12 Global, an initiative to promote goodwill for the Conference and its member institutions through sport, and provide student-athletes with a transformative cultural exchange experience.
"This is a great opportunity for these students to participate in true cultural exchange through college sports," said Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott. "Their experiences both on and off the court will not only be valuable to their future success, but also help foster goodwill and mutual understanding between our two countries."
Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA), the world's largest online and mobile commerce company, returns as the presenting sponsor for the 2016 game. Alibaba Group is the unrivaled leader in mobile in China, and the game will be distributed live via its mobile and digital distribution platforms.