Harvard vs. Wofford
The Harvard men's basketball team will return to Lavietes Pavilion after more than a month on the road to host Wofford Thursday, Dec. 31 at 2:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on NESN in New England and will be simulcast on the Ivy League Digital Network for fans outside the region.
After playing four of its first six games at home, Harvard has been on the road for its last seven contests concluding last week at the 2015 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. The Crimson reached the tournament final with wins over BYU and Auburn, but fell to No. 3/2 Oklahoma in the title game, 83-71.
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Last Time Out
The Harvard men's basketball team had a top-five opponent on the ropes for a second time this season but was unable to pull off the upset as No. 3/2 Oklahoma held on to claim the 2015 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, 83-71.
Harvard trailed by as many as 20 points in the second half before pulling with 70-65 with 4:28 to play, Oklahoma closed the game with a 13-6 run, however, to remain unbeaten on the year.
Zena Edosomwan was named to the All-Tournament team after finishing the game with a career-high 25 points and 16 rebounds. The junior averaged 20.3 points per game and 13.0 rebounds per game for the tournament, and set a new tournament record with 39 rebounds.
Creating a Winning Culture
Harvard has posted a 144-50 (.742) overall record since the start of the 2009-10 season, ranking as the 16th-highest win percentage in the country over the last six-plus seasons (as of games played Dec. 27).
Harvard has posted a 63-6 (.913) record at Lavietes Pavilion since the start of the 2010-11 season, representing the eighth highest home-court win percentage in the country over the last five-plus seasons (as of games played Dec. 27).
Strength of Schedule
Harvard's non-conference schedule featured three teams that reached the Associated Press top 10 (Kansas, Oklahoma, Providence) and six teams ranked in the top 150 of the RPI (Auburn, BYU, Kansas, Northeastern, Oklahoma, Providence).
Harvard has played in three in-season tournaments under Tommy Amaker, posting an 8-1 record while reaching the title game in each. The Crimson fell to No. 3/2 Oklahoma in the title game at this year's Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic after winning the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis in 2011 and the 2013 Great Alaska Shootout.
Harvard leads the Ivy League in both opponent field goal percentage (39.2%) and scoring defense (65.7 ppg), having held seven opponents to under 40.0 percent shooting and four opponents to under 60 points.
Under Tommy 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.
Harvard is currently averaging 15.8 assists per game and matched the program record for most assists in a game during Tommy Amaker's tenure with 25 dimes at Northeastern. Under Amaker, the Crimson has never averaged more than 15.4 assists per game (2009-10).
From Way Down Town
Harvard has made at least five 3-pointers in all 12 games this season, the team's longest streak since going 12-straight games during the 2012-13 season (Nov. 11 - Jan. 12). The program record for most consecutive games with five or more 3-pointers under Tommy Amaker stands at 15 games and spanned two seasons, beginning Feb. 20, 2010 and concluding Dec. 11, 2010.
Harvard is currently averaging 7.9 3-pointers per game while shooting 39.3 percent from distance. Under Tommy Amaker, the Crimson has never averaged more than 6.8 3-pointers per game (2010-11) and has never shot better than 39.8 percent (2012-13).
On the Glass
Harvard is averaging 37.2 rebounds per game and has pulled down at least 40 boards in a game five times. Under 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).
Zena Edosomwan was named Ivy Lague Player of the Week on Dec. 28 after averaging 20.3 points per game and 13.0 rebounds per game at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Edosomwan also set a pair of tournament records with 39 total rebounds and 17 boards versus BYU.
Weisner Perez was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Dec. 7 after averaging 14.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg in a pair of games at Northeastern and No. 4/6 Kansas. Perez is the first member of the Crimson to earn the award since Siyani Chambers '16-17 did so on March 11, 2013.
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.
Harvard sold out its first two home games verus MIT and UMass, marking the first time under head coach Tommy Amaker 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. Perez, meanwhile, helped the Dominican Republic finish 13th in its first appearance since 1983.
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.
On The Sidelines
Head coach Tommy Amaker's 166 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 .659 win percentage (166-86), meanwhile, ranks first among Harvard coaches who have spent at least two seasons at the helm of the team.
Tommy Amaker, 2007-present
Harvard will be well represented in the professional ranks this season as six former members of the Crimson continue their playing careers.
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 Dragovic 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.
Harvard has gone 88-52 in non-conference play under head coach Tommy Amaker, including seven-straight seasons with a winning out-of-conference mark.
Harvard owns a 14-22 record against power conference opponents under Tommy Amaker. The Crimson defeated Boston College in six straight seasons from 2009-2014, and has also topped Auburn, California, Cincinnati, Colorado, Florida State, Michigan, TCU and Utah.