Harvard vs. Northeastern
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning to Boston after three contests in California, Harvard men's basketball will face Northeastern on Thursday, Nov. 30 at Matthews Arena. The tip-off is set for 7 p.m., and will be broadcast on NESN.
The Opening Tip
• Harvard is off to a 3-4 start with victories over MIT, UMass and Saint Joseph's. Sophomore Bryce Aiken leads the Crimson with 18.0 points per game, including a career-best 30 in a 70-67 (OT) victory over the Minutemen, while classmate Seth Towns posts 13.2 points per game to go with 4.8 rebounds. Classmate Chris Lewis has been strong inside, scoring 12.9 points per game on 60.7 percent shooting. He also leads the team with 5.1 rebounds per game.
• The Crimson has owned the series history with Northeastern, going 38-15 since the first meeting in 1920. Harvard has earned the win in six of the last nine matchups, including an 86-80 triumph in Cambridge a year ago.
• Harvard has been on television in some form for each of its first seven games, and continues with two-straight against Northeastern, on NESN, and Kentucky, on ESPN. The Saturday contest on ESPN's main channel will be just the second in program history, with the first coming in 2011 against Oklahoma State. In total, the Crimson is set to play 25 televised games in 2017-18.
Recapping the Wooden Legacy
Player of the Week
Opening the season with a career-best performance, Harvard men's basketball sophomore Bryce Aiken was selected as the Ivy League Player of the Week for Nov. 6-12.
Aiken became Harvard's first player to net 30 in a game since Wesley Saunders '15, guiding the Crimson to a 70-67 (OT) victory over Massachusetts. The Randolph, New Jersey native poured in 12 of Harvard's final 16 points, including a game-winning stop-and-pop 3-pointer from 26 feet with just 1.9 seconds to go in the extra frame. Aiken also scored 12 points in the opener against MIT, and shot a dazzling 58 percent from 3-point range over the weekend.
The Amaker File
The all-time winningest head coach in Harvard men's basketball history, Tommy Amaker returns to the Harvard sidelines for the 11th season. The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball has directed the Crimson to a period of unprecedented prosperity in the form of four NCAA tournament appearances (2012-15), five Ivy League championships (2011-15) and six 20-win seasons (2010-15).
Rookie of the Week
Breaking out in the first road action of the year, Harvard men's basketball's Danilo Djuricic was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for Nov. 13-19.
Djuricic was strong on both ends of the floor, averaging 12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game against Holy Cross and Manhattan. The Brampton, Ontario native poured in a career-high 14 points against the Crusaders, and knocked down five 3-point shots over the weekend. He also rejected a career-best five shots against Holy Cross.
A year removed from a 15-16 campaign, Northeastern is 2-4 on the season, including a 1-0 mark at Matthews Arena. Harvard tallied wins in its first two games over Boston University and Wentworth, but enters the matchup with four straight losses.
Vasa Pusica leads the team with 12.5 points per game, while Donnell Gresham Jr. has added 9.5 per game. Nine different players average at least 11 minutes per game.
Kings of Massachusetts Courts
Harvard is 34-14 overall against its in-state rivals under head coach Tommy Amaker, and owns a 26-7 record against Boston area schools with Amaker at the helm. Harvard played four Division I schools from Massachusetts, and six overall, last year (4-2). They play four in the 2017-2018 season, and are 2-0 thus far.
Picked at the Top
Harvard men's basketball was picked by the media to finish first in the preseason Ivy League poll, finishing above Yale, Princeton and Penn with 121 total votes. Additionally, Harvard received votes in both the Associated Press poll and USA Today coaches' poll. The full preseason predictions can be found below:
Team (1st place) – Total Votes
- Harvard (6) – 121
- Yale (8) - 118
- Princeton (3) - 114
- Penn - 86
- Columbia - 55
- Cornell - 48
- Dartmouth - 39
- Brown – 31
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Following the three-game Wooden Legacy, Harvard traks to Northeastern for a 7 p.m. tipoff Nov. 30 at Matthews Arena. The game will be broadcast by GoNUxstream.