Harvard vs. Bryant
The Harvard men's basketball team is set to host Bryant on Wednesday, Nov. 25 in what will be the team's final home game until New Year's Eve. The game is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. and will be simulcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network with Tony Simeone, Scott Sudikoff and Bill Spaulding on the call.
Harvard boasts a perfect 4-0 record versus Bryant, including a 66-57 victory in the last meeting between the teams on Jan. 20, 2015. Zena Edosomwan turned in a 13-point, eight-rebound performance in the victory while shooting 7-of-10 at the line.
Harvard-Stanford in China
Harvard, in coordination with the Pac-12 and Stanford, announced on Nov. 13 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, Nov. 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."
Last Time Out
Zena Edosomwan turned in a 20-point, 9-rebound effort but it was not enough as the Harvard men's basketball team fell at Boston College Sunday afternoon, 69-56.
Edosomwan finished one rebound short of his third straight double-double after scoring 14 points and grabbing six rebounds in the second half. Corey Johnson contributed 12 points, five assists and four rebounds while shooting 3-of-4 from 3, and Tommy McCarthy chipped in 13 points.
Harvard shot 43.5 percent (20-46) from the field and was 7-of-13 from beyond-the-arc, but a 9-of-23 performance at the line proved to be the difference as Boston College made 23-of-29 freebies. Matt Milon was the Eagles' leading scorer with 16 points off the bench, including 4-of-6 from 3, to go with 15 points and five assists from Eli Carter.
Creating a Winning Culture
Harvard has posted a 140-46 (.753) overall record since the start of the 2009-10 season, ranking as the 15th-highest win percentage in the country over the last six-plus seasons (as of games played Nov. 22).
Defending Home Court
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. 22).
Force Down Low
Junior Zena Edosomwan has been a force in the paint as he leads the team with 14.3 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game. Edosomwan has already turned in a pair of double-doubles and just missed a third-straight double-double with a career-high 20 points and nine rebounds at Boston College on Sunday.
Edosomwan grabbed 16 rebounds at Providence, 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.
Shooter on the Floor
Prior to Harvard's game at Boston College ESPN's Paul Biancardi reffered to freshman Cory Johnson as "one of the best freshmen shooters in all of college basketball." Johnson responded with a 3-of-4 performance from distance and finished the game with 12 points.
Johnson currently leads the team with 12 3-pointers and is shooting 46.2 percent (12-26) from 3-point range.
Harvard has held all four of its opponents to under 40.0 percent shooting to begin the year and leads the Ivy League in both scoring defense (63.2 ppg) and opponent field goal percentage (36.8%).
The Crimson set the tone 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 Tommy Amaker, and the sixth time an opponent has shot less than 30.0 percent.
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 rank second all-time in Harvard coaching annals and are the seventh-most in Ivy League history since the conference began competition in 1956. His 78 Ivy League victories, meanwhile, have him tied with former Cornell and current Penn head coach Steve Donahue (2000-10) for 10th place in conference history.
Frank Sullivan, 1991-2007
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.
Amaker's .664 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