Harvard at No. 4/6 Kansas
The Harvard men's basketball team will play its third-straight game away from home when it takes to the court at No. 4/6 Kansas Saturday, Dec. 5 at Allen Fieldhouse. Tip off is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. EST live on ESPN2 with Jon Sciambi and Fran Fraschilla on the call.
Saturday's contest will mark the sixth meeting between Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball, and Kansas head coach Bill Self. Amaker was on the sidelines at Michigan for four of the previous five meetings and was at Seton Hall for the first meeting between the two in 2000. Self was the head coach at Illinois for all five games and owns a 5-0 record against Amaker.
Harvard and Kansas are two 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), Harvard (5-straight Ivy League titles).
Harvard's .746 win percentage (141-48) since 2009-10 ranks as the 15th-highest in the NCAA during this decade. Kansas, meanwhile, ranks third with a win percentage of .828 (188-39).
Harvard's .913 home-court win percentage since 2010-11 ranks as the ninth-highest in the NCAA over the last five-plus seasons. Kansas, meanwhile, ranks second with a home-court win percentage of .954 (83-4).
Last Time Out
The Harvard men's basketball team rallied late but came up short Wednesday night, falling to Northeastern, 80-71, at Matthews Arena.
Zena Edosomwan once again led the charge for Harvard with 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting, seven rebounds and four assists. Patrick Steeves and Weisner Perez both set career-highs with 13 points off the bench, with Steeves also contributing five rebounds and three assists. Tommy McCarthy totaled eight points and dished out a career-best nine assists.
Harvard shot a season-high 55.4 percent (31-56) and assisted on 25 of 31 makes, matching the highest number of assists for a Harvard squad under head coach Tommy Amaker. The Crimson defense, meanwhile, limited Northeastern to a 43.1 percent (28-65) clip but allowed 10 3-pointers as the Huskies shot 14-of-17 at the line. Quincy Ford led the way for Northeastern, turning in a 22-point, 10prebound performance.
Creating a Winning Culture
Harvard has posted a 141-48 (.746) 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 Dec. 2).
Harvard has posted a 63-6 (.913) 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 Dec. 2).
Harvard held each of its first six opponents to under 40.0 percent shooting, the program's longest streak under Tommy Amaker, and leads the Ivy League in opponent field goal percentage (35.5%).
Under Amaker, Harvard has held six opponents to fewer than 40 points, including MIT this season, and seven opponents to less than 30.0 percent shooting, including MIT and Bryant this season.
On the Glass
Harvard is averaging 38.7 rebounds per game and has pulled down at least 40 boards in five of seven games. Under head coach Tommy Amaker, the Crimson has never averaged more than 34.2 rebounds per game for a season (2014-15) and has never had more than seven 40-rebound games in a year (2007-08, 2014-15).
From Way Down Town
Harvard has made at least five 3-pointers in all seven games this season, the team's longest streak since going seven straight games to close out the 2013-14 campaign (Feb. 22 - March 22).
Harvard shot 10-of-20 from 3-point range against Bryant, marking the most 3-pointers made by the Crimson since hitting 12 versus Penn on Feb. 1, 2014.
Force Down Low
Junior Zena Edosomwan has been a force in the paint as he leads the team with 13.6 points per game and 9.6 rebounds per game. Edosomwan has scored in double-figures in five of seven games, with 19 of his 40 field goals being dunks.
Edosomwan grabbed 16 rebounds at Providence, the second-most ever by a member of the Crimson under head coach Tommy Amaker (Steve Moundou-Missi '15, 17 rebs. at Vermont, Dec. 6, 2014).
Shooter on the Floor
ESPN's Paul Biancardi reffered to freshman Cory Johnson as "one of the best freshmen shooters in all of college basketball" prior to Harvard's game at Boston College. Johnson responded with a 3-of-4 performance from distance and finished the game with 12 points.
Johnson currently leads the team with 17 3-pointers and is shooting 37.8 percent (17-45) from 3-point range. He has made at least one 3-pointer in all seven games to begin his career.
Points Responsible For
Freshman Tommy McCarthy has scored or assisted on 31.2 percent (138 pts.) of Harvard's points this season. McCarthy ranks second on the team in scoring (10.3 ppg) and is first in assists (29).
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 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 83 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 163 wins at Harvard rank second all-time in Harvard coaching annals and are the seventh-most in the Ivy League 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 .660 win percentage (163-84), 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 85-50 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.
Beating The Odds
The Crimson is 4-9 against ranked opponents since 2008-09, marking the only four wins over ranked opponents in program history.
Harvard vs. The Power Conferences
Harvard owns a 13-20 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.