Harvard at Boston College
The Harvard men's basketball team will renew its annual rivalry with Boston College this weekend as it heads to Chestnut Hill for a 12:30 p.m. tip off Sunday, Nov. 22. Harvard will be looking to avenge an overtime loss to the Eagles last season which snapped a six-game win streak in the series.
The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU and the WatchESPN app with Tom Hart and Paul Biancardi on the call.
Last Time Out
Harvard and UMass battled back and forth in front of a sellout crowd of 2,195 at Lavietes Pavilion Tuesday night, but UMass pulled away early in the second half and held off a late comeback for a 69-63 win. Zena Edosomwan recorded his second-consecutive double-double, posting a career-high 18 points, going 7-for-12 from the floor, and grabbing 15 rebounds.
Corbin Miller followed with 11 points with Weisner Perez adding seven, as Harvard's bench outscored UMass' (2-0), 21-12.
Harvard struggled from the floor and shot 35.7 percent (20-56) for the game, including a 5-of-27 performance from 3. UMass, meanwhile, got hot in the second half, connecting on 13-of-25 attempts to pull away for the win. Jabarie Hinds led all scorers with 24 points.
Creating a Winning Culture
Harvard has posted a 140-45 (.757) overall record since the start of the 2009-10 season, ranking as the 13th highest win percentage in the country over the last six-plus seasons (as of games played Nov. 19).
Home is Where the Wins Are
Harvard has posted a 62-6 (.912) record at Lavietes Pavilion since the start of the 2010-11 season, representing the ninth highest home-court win percentage in the country over the last five-plus seasons (as of games played Nov. 19).
Zena Edosomwan posted the first two double-doubles of his career in back-to-back games against Providence (13 pts., 16 rebs.) and UMass (18 pts., 15 rebs.).
Edosomwan's 16 rebounds at Providence were the second-most ever by a member of the Crimson under head coach Tommy Amaker, behind only Steve Moundou-Missi's '15 17-rebound performance at Vermont last year. His 31 rebounds over the two games, meanwhile, is the highest two-game total by a member of the Crimson under head coach Tommy Amaker.
This year's Crimson squad set the tone at the defensive end on opening night, holding MIT to just 38 points on 29.2 percent shooting. This marked the sixth time a Crimson opponent has scored fewer than 40 points under Amaker, and the sixth time an opponent has shot less than 30.0 percent.
Harvard has held all three of its opponents to under 40.0 percent shooting to begin the year, and has outrebounded its opponent in each game.
From Way Down Town
Harvard shot 9-of-20 from 3-point range at Providence, marking the most 3-pointers made by the Crimson since hitting 12 versus Penn on Feb. 1, 2014. Corey Johnson went 5-of-10 from deep while Corbin Miller connected on 3-of-4 attempts.
Taking The Reigns
Freshmen Tommy McCarthy (12 points vs. MIT) and Corey Johnson (17 points at Providence) led Harvard in scoring in each of the team's first two games, marking the first time since 2010-11 that the Crimson has been led in scoring in consecutive games by freshmen. Laurent Rivard '14 led the team in scoring in three straight games during his rookie campaign, marking the only time that the team has been led by a rookie or group of rookies in three straight contests under head coach Tommy Amaker.
Freshmen on the Floor
Freshmen Tommy McCarthy and Corey Johnson made their first career starts versus MIT, becoming the first pair of freshmen to start a season opener for the Crimson since Max Kenyi, Oliver McNally '12 and Keith Wright '12 in 2008. Classmates Balsa Dragovich and Weisner Perez also saw the court against the Engineers, representing the first time since 2009 that at least four freshmen played in a season opener; Kyle Casey '13-14, Brandyn Curry '13-14, Dee Giger '13-14 and Christian Webster '13.
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.
Harvard sold out its first two home games verus MIT and UMass, marking the first time under Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball, that the Crimson has sold out its first two home games of the year. Harvard has played in front of a sold-out Lavietes Pavilion crowd 31 times since 2010-11.
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.
Harvard will be well represented in the professional ranks this season as six former members of the Crimson continue their playing careers.
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).
On The Sidelines
Head coach Tommy Amaker's 162 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.
With 162 victories under his belt, Tommy Amaker ranks second all-time in Harvard coaching annals.
Frank Sullivan, 1991-2007
Amaker's .667 win percentage (162-82), meanwhile, ranks first among Harvard coaches who have spent at least two seasons at the helm of the team.
Tommy Amaker, 2007-present
Harvard has gone 84-47 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.
Harvard vs. The Power Conferences
Harvard owns a 13-19 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 28-9 overall against its in-state rivals under head coach Tommy Amaker, and owns a 21-5 record against Boston area schools with Amaker at the helm.