Men's Basketball Hosts Cornell, Columbia in First Ivy Back-to-Back


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Harvard vs. Cornell
Friday, January 29, 2016
  7 p.m.
Lavietes Pavilion
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Ivy League Digital Network
Ben Altsher, Chris Boscherini,
John Avino
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Harvard (9-9, 1-1 Ivy)
Cornell (7-9, 0-2 Ivy)
Cornell leads, 91-77
L, 57-49 (February 27, 2015)
L1


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Harvard vs. Columbia
Saturday, January 30, 2016
  7 p.m.
Lavietes Pavilion
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Scott Sudikoff, Ben Altsher,
Taralynn Asack
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Harvard (9-9, 1-1 Ivy)
Columbia (13-6, 2-0 Ivy)
Columbia leads, 94-80
W, 80-70 (February 28, 2015)
W5


The Storyline
The Harvard men's basketball team returns to the friendly confines of Lavietes Pavilion for the first of six-straight back-to-back weekends as the 14-Game Tournament gets into full swing. The Crimson will first host Cornell on Friday, Jan. 29 before welcoming Columbia to Lavietes Pavilion on Saturday, Jan. 30. Both games will tip off at 7 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Harvard boasts a 10-6 record versus Cornell under head coach Tommy Amaker and is 12-4 versus the Lions. The Crimson has gone a combined 13-3 versus its New York counterparts at home.

Last Time Out
The Harvard men's basketball team was upended at Dartmouth Saturday night, falling 63-50 despite holding an 11-point lead in the second half.

Harvard opened the second half with a 12-0 run to take a 38-27 advantage, but was outscored 36-12 the rest of the way. Dartmouth finished the evening with a 42-28 advantage on the glass, and converted 20-of-26 free throws, including 14-of-18 in the second half.

Zena Edosomwan finished with 18 points and seven rebounds for Harvard. Agunwa Okolie contributed 13 points and eight boards, and Corbin Miller chipped in 10 points. The Crimson struggled to find its touch all night, shooting just 4-of-13 from 3 and 6-of-20 at the line.

Harvard Hoops Gives Back
The Harvard men's basketball team spent an afternoon at the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club.

Creating a Winning Culture
Harvard has posted a 148-52 (.740) 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. 24).

Harvard has posted a 66-7 (.904) 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 Jan. 24).

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).

Double-Double Trouble
Zena Edosomwan is one of just 24 student-athletes in the country averaging a double-double with 13.9 points per game and 10.6 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 with 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.

Getting Defensive
Harvard leads the Ivy League in opponent field goal percentage (39.2%) and opponent 3-point percentage (27.8), both program bests under head coach Tommy Amaker, and is second in scoring defense (64.5 ppg). The Crimson has held 10 opponents to under 40.0 percent shooting and six 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.

Dropping Dimes
Harvard is averaging 15.7 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 17 of 18 games this season. The Crimson is averaging 7.7 3-pointers per game while shooting 40.8 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 37.6 rebounds per game and has pulled down at least 40 boards in a game seven 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).

The Crimson outrebounded Ryerson 58-32, representing the most rebounds by a Crimson team under Tommy Amaker and the squad's largest rebounding margin.

Ivy Honors
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.

Sold Out
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.

The Crimson 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.

On The Sidelines
Head coach Tommy Amaker's 170 wins at Harvard rank second in school history and are the seventh-most in the Ivy League since the conference began competition in 1956. His 79 Ivy League victories, meanwhile, are good 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.

Harvard Coach
1. Frank Sullivan, 1991-2007
2. Tommy Amaker, 2007-present
3. Floyd S. Wilson, 1954-68
4. Edward A. Wachter, 1920-33
5. Frank McLaughlin, 1977-85

Harvard Wins
178
170
143
120
99

Ivy Coach
1. Pete Carril, Princeton 1967-96
4. Joe Vancisin, Yale 1956-75
5. Jack Rohan, Columbia 1961-74, 1990-95
6. Frank Sullivan, 1991-2007
7. Tommy Amaker, 2007-present

Overall Wins
514
206
198
178
170

Ivy Coach
1. Pete Carril, Princeton 1967-96
7. Jack McCloskey, Penn 1956-66
8. Glen Miller, Brown 1999-06, 2006-10
9. Dick Kuchen, Yale 1986-99
10. Tommy Amaker, 2007-present

Ivy Wins
310
87
81
80
79

Going Pro
Harvard will be well represented in the professional ranks this season as six former members of the Crimson continue their playing careers.

Student-Athlete
Kyle Casey '13-14
Brandyn Curry '13-14
Evan Harris '09
Jeremy Lin '10
Wesley Saunders '15
Keith Wright '12

Professional Team
Bakersfield Jam (NBA DLeague)
  Eisbaren Bremerhaven (Germany)
Gotha (Germany)
Charlotte Hornets (NBA)
Westchester Knicks (NBA DLeague)
Austin Spurs (NBA DLeague)

Chasing History
• Harvard has won at least 20 games in each of the last six years, matching Penn (1969-75) for the longest streak of 20-win seasons in Ivy League history.

• The Crimson has won five straight Ivy League championships, becoming just the second program in Ancient Eight history to win at least five successive titles (Penn 1970-75, 1978-82).

• The Crimson has made four-straight NCAA tournament appearances, joining Princeton (1989-92) and Penn (1970-75) as just the third program in Ivy League history to represent the conference in the Big Dance in four successive years.