Harvard at Yale
Harvard at Brown
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Continuing its six-game road trip, Harvard men's basketball takes its 2-0 conference record to Yale and Brown this weekend for a pair of Ivy League clashes. Tip-offs are set for 7 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively, and will be broadcast on WCTX MyTV9 and NESNplus, in addition to the Ivy League Network.
The Opening Tip
• Harvard is off to a 7-10 start, including a 2-0 mark in Ivy League action. Harvard triumphed over Dartmouth twice, including the program's 11th -straight win in an Ivy League opener.. Harvard also earned its seventh sweep of Dartmouth in the last nine years.
• 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 11.7 points per game on 57.7 percent shooting. A third sophomore, Seth Towns, has added 14.0 per game, including five games of at least 20 points, and dropped a career-best 26 on Dartmouth Jan. 20.
• 16 different Harvard players have started a game this season, which leads the nation. Deploying a balanced attack, Harvard has 11 players averaging at least 10 minutes per game this season.
Player of the Week
Following a tremendous performance that helped Harvard men's basketball move to 2-0 in Ivy League play, sophomore Seth Towns has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday.
Towns exploded for a career-best 26 points to go with six rebounds and two blocked shots in a 62-57 (OT) win at Dartmouth. The win was the first on the road for any Ivy team in the conference thus far, and helped head coach Tommy Amaker earn his 200th victory at Harvard. The 26 points for Towns was the most of any Ivy League player over the past week, and was his fifth game with at least 20 points this season.
Towns is the second Harvard player to earn Ivy Player of the Week honors this season, joining Bryce Aiken on Nov. 13.
The 200-Win Club
Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball, became the fifth coach in Ivy League history to reach 200 wins with an Ivy school with a win over Dartmouth Jan. 20. Amaker was the second-fastest to achieve the honor, doing it in 315 games. Princeton's Pete Carril did it the quickest, in 286 games, while Penn's Fran Dunphy (316 games) and Yale's Joe Vancisin (415) and James Jones (417) have also reached 200 wins.
Amaker has 376 total wins as a Division I head coach, which also spans time at Seton Hall and Michigan. He is already the all-time winningest head coach in Harvard basketball history, surpassing Frank Sullivan with a win over Boston College Dec. 7, 2016.
Last Time Out
Earning the first road victory in conference play by any Ivy League team this season, Harvard men's basketball triumphed over Dartmouth, 62-57 in overtime, led by a career-best 26 points from sophomore Seth Towns.
Towns led all-scorers, tying a career-best with 26 points to go with six rebounds and two blocked shots. Sophomore Chris Lewis was in double figures with 12 points, while classmate Justin Bassey tallied his first-career double-double season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Bassey also chipped in a career-high four steals. A fourth sophomore, Henry Welsh, finished with six points and six rebounds, both of which are season-highs.
Defending the Goal
Midway through the season, Harvard boasts the top scoring defense in the conference. The Crimson has limited its foes to just 66.3 points per game, which is 2.5 points better than second-place Princeton (68.8). Harvard has also played the league's toughest schedule, according to KenPom rankings.
Yale is led by James Jones in his 19th season, and holds an 8-10 overall record, including a 1-1 mark in Ivy play after splitting a pair with Brown.
Miye Oni leads the Yale offense with 16.4 points and 3.3 assists per game, while Blake Reynolds has pitched in a team-high 5.7 rebounds to go with 10.7 points per game. Alex Copeland also averages in double figures, scoring 11.9 per night.
Mike Martin leads Brown in his sixth season, and has the Bears positioned with an 8-7 record in 2017-18, including a 1-1 mark in Ivy play after splitting a pair with Yale.
Brandon Anderson paces Brown with 18.7 points and 3.9 assists per game, while Desmond Cambridge and Zach Hunsaker have pitched in 15.9 and 10.5 points per game, respectively.
Tough on D
The Crimson defense has been intense over its past six games, holding all teams to some of their lowest offensive outputs of the season: Wofford (3rd-lowest, 63 pts), Dartmouth (lowest & 2nd-lowest, 51 & 57 pts), Vermont (lowest, 62 pts), Minnesota (3rd-lowest, 65 pts) and George Washington (7th-lowest, 58 pts).
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.
Just Lew It
Chris Lewis has been tough to handle on the glass and in the paint, as the sophomore leads the Ivy League in blocks per game (1.8), and is among the leaders in double-doubles (2), field goal percentage (57.7) and offensive rebounds per game (2.1). He's also averaging a career-best 11.7 points per game, which ranks 14th in the league.
Harvard also leads the league as a team in blocked shots, with 3.9 per game.
Sophomore Seth Towns has been one of the top shooters in the Ivy League this season, as he ranks in the top-10 in the league in 3-point percentage (.423) and in the top-10 for 3-pointers made (30). Towns also ranks ninth in the league in scoring (14.0 points) and ninth in rebounding (5.3 boards).
In Ivy games only, Towns leads the league with 21.0 points and 4.0 triples per game.
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 concludes its six-game road trip at Columbia and Cornell Feb. 2-3. The games will be broadcast on SNY and Eleven Sports, respectively, as well as the Ivy League Network.