CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Departing on its final non-conference road trip of the season, Harvard men's basketball travels to Spartanburg, South Carolina for a Jan. 10 clash with Wofford. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., and will be broadcast on ESPN3.
The Opening Tip
• Harvard is off to a 6-9 start, including a victory over Dartmouth in its Ivy debut. The triumph was Harvard's 11th -straight in an Ivy League opener, with each result coming against the Big Green.
• Sophomore Bryce Aiken leads the Crimson with 16.0 points per game, including a career-best 30 in a victory over UMass, while classmate Chris Lewis has been strong inside, scoring 11.5 points per game on 58.0 percent shooting. A third sophomore, Seth Towns, has added 12.7 per game, including a season-high 25 at No. 7 Kentucky Dec. 2.
• 16 different Harvard players have started a game this season, which leads the nation. Deploying a balanced attack, Harvard has 10 players averaging at least 10 minutes per game this season.
Harvard went 10-4 in Ivy play a year ago, en route to earning the second seed in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament. Sophomore Bryce Aiken led the Crimson with 13.4 points per game as a freshman in Ivy action a year ago en route to earning Ancient Eight Rookie of the Year and all-conference first team honors. Harvard was a stellar 6-1 at home in Ivy play last season, and outscored its opponents over the 14-game stretch by nearly eight points per game.
Defending the Goal
Midway through the season, Harvard has boasted the top scoring defense in the conference. The Crimson has limited its foes to just 67.1 points per game, which is 3.6 points better than second-place Princeton (70.7). Harvard has also played the league's toughest non-conference schedule, according to KenPom rankings.
Last Time Out
Opening Ivy League play with a strong defensive performance, Harvard men's basketball won its conference opener over Dartmouth, 61-51, on Saturday afternoon at Lavietes Pavilion.
Four Harvard (6-9, 1-0 Ivy) student-athletes scored in double figures, led by sophomore Seth Towns with 16. Classmate Christian Juzang contributed a career-high 12 points, while sophomore Justin Bassey and junior Corey Johnson tallied 11 points apiece. Towns and Bassey led the effort on the glass with six rebounds each, while sophomore Chris Lewis patrolled the paint with four blocked shots, which ties a career-best for the second-straight outing.
Home Court Advantage
Harvard is 4-1 at home this season, and holds a .796 winning percentage at home under head coach Tommy Amaker. The Crimson has won eight of its last nine games at home, and 14 of its last 16. Since the start of the 2013-14 season, Harvard holds a 22-7 home record against Ivy League opponents, including a 4-1 mark versus the Big Green.
The Crimson has played eight games in program history against current Southern Conference members, posting a 5-3 mark in those games. The record includes undefeated tallies against Mercer (4-0) and Wofford (1-0).
The Ivy League men's and women's basketball tournaments return to Philadelphia, where they will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, 2018. The top four teams will earn berths to the tournament, with the semifinals on Saturday and the championships on Sunday. All six games will be broadcast live on ESPN's networks. For tickets and more information please visit IvyMadness.com.
The Terriers are 10-5 in 2017-18, highlighted by victories over ACC opponents North Carolina and Georgia Tech. Additionally, the team is off to a 2-1 start in Southern Conference play.
Fletcher Magee leads the team with 23.3 points per game, while three other players average double figures. Cameron Jackson leads the effort on the glass with 7.0 rebounds per game, while also contributing 1.5 blocks. Magee leads the country in 3-point percentage and 3-pointers made.
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
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).
A win against Wofford would be Amaker's 200th at Harvard, making him the fifth coach in Ivy history to reach the mark at an Ancient Eight school.
• Harvard won at least 20 games in six straight seasons from 2009-15, matching Penn (1969-75) for the longest streak of 20-win seasons in Ivy League history.
• The Crimson won five straight Ivy League championships from 2010-15, becoming just the second program in Ancient Eight history to win at least five successive titles (Penn 1970-75, 1978-82).
• The Crimson made four-straight NCAA tournament appearances from 2011-15, 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.
• Harvard has won 11 consecutive Ivy League openers, each coming against Dartmouth.
Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight. Full archives of every game on the Ivy League Network are also available.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here, or download the Ivy League Network app! The #ILN is also available on Apple TV and Roku.
Harvard returns to Ivy play against Dartmouth in Hanover on Saturday, Jan. 20. The game is set for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on Eleven Sports and the Ivy League Network.