Harvard vs. Ryerson
The Harvard men's basketball team will Ryerson on Tuesday, Jan. 12 in the program's final non-conference home contest of the year. The game is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network with Bill Spaulding, Scott Sudikoff and Ben Altsher on the call.
Harvard has finished with a .500 record or better in non-conference play in seven-straight seasons under Tommy Amaker and will need to win out in its final two non-league games to do so again. The Crimson will conclude non-conference play on Saturday, Jan. 16 at Howard.
Last Time Out
Agunwa Okolie scored 29 points and Patrick Steeves added 20 as the Harvard men's basketball team opened Ivy League play with a 77-70 win over Dartmouth on Saturday in front of a sold-out Lavietes Pavilion crowd.
Okolie scored 14 of Harvard's final 18 points, including all 10 in the final 2:14 to seal the win. The senior finished the afternoon shooting 9-of-11 from the floor and a perfect 10-of-10 at the line, adding six rebounds to his stat line. Steeves, meanwhile, connected on 4-of-5 from 3-point range to go with five rebounds and three assists.
Evan Cummins chipped in 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Zena Edosomwan also had a well-balanced stat sheet, going for eight points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Creating a Winning Culture
Harvard has posted a 146-51 (.741) 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 Jan. 10).
Harvard has posted a 65-7 (.903) 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 Jan. 10).
Strength of Schedule
Harvard's non-conference schedule has featured three teams that have been ranked in the Associated Press top 10 (Kansas, Oklahoma, Providence) and seven teams ranked in the top 150 of the RPI (Auburn, BYU, Kansas, Northeastern, Oklahoma, Providence, Vermont).
Zena Edosomwan is one of just 22 student-athletes in the country averaging a double-double with 13.6 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game.
The last Harvard student-athlete to average a double-double was Kyle Snowden '97, the program's all-time leader in rebounds, who did so in 1995-96 averaging 15.1 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game. Yale graduate Greg Mangano (16.3 ppg, 10.0 rpg in 2010-11) is the only Ivy Leaguer to average a double-double since Snowden accomplished the feat.
Harvard leads the Ivy League in opponent field goal percentage (39.5%) and is second in scoring defense (65.3 ppg), having held seven opponents to under 40.0 percent and five 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 averaging 16.1 assists per game and matched the program record for most assists under Tommy Amaker with 25 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 18-straight games dating back to last season, the longest streak under Tommy Amaker.
Harvard is averaging 7.7 3-pointers per game while shooting 41.0 percent from distance. Under 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 36.3 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).
Agunwa Okolie was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Jan. 11, becoming the third member of the Crimson to earn a weekly award from the conference following Zena Edosomwan's selection as Player of the Week on Dec. 28 and Wesiner Perez's Rookie of the Week plaudit on Dec. 7.
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 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 three times this season, and a total of 32 times since 2010-11.
FIBA U19 World Championships
Chris Egi, Corey Johnson and Weisner Perez represented 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 168 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 79 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 (168-87), 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.