Harvard vs. Brown
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A weekend removed from climbing to the top of the Ivy League standings, Harvard men's basketball remains at home for clashes with Brown and Yale Feb. 16-17 at Lavietes Pavilion. The Brown game will tip-off at 7 p.m. on NESN and the Ivy League Network, while the Yale game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU at 9:30 p.m.
The Opening Tip
• Harvard is 12-11 on the season, including a 7-1 first-place mark in Ivy League action. The 7-1 start is the team's best since 2014-15, when the program capped five-straight years starting 7-1 in Ivy play. All five of those teams qualified for postseason play, including four NCAA tournament berths.
• Sophomore Seth Towns leads the Crimson with 15.5 points per game, including 19.9 points per game in conference play, which ranks second in the league. Towns also leads the league with 22 made threes during Ivy action, and was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for Jan. 15-21.
• At halftime during its contest with Princeton, Harvard Athletics and the basketball programs announced the dedication of the court in the newly-renovated Lavietes Pavilion as Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Court. The honor comes on the heels of Stemberg's selection as an Ivy League Legend of Basketball.
On The Road Again
Harvard is 7-1 in conference play, including an impressive 4-1 mark on the road. The Crimson is one of four Ivy squads to win a road conference game this season, with the other seven teams combining to go 5-23.
Last Time Out
Home Court Advantage
Harvard is 6-1 at home this season, and holds a .799 winning percentage at home under head coach Tommy Amaker. The Crimson has won 10 of its last 11 games at home, and 16 of its last 18. Since the start of the 2013-14 season, Harvard holds a 24-7 home record against Ivy League opponents.
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 was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for Jan. 15-21.
Towns exploded for a then-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 381 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.
The Crimson is 7-1 in 2017-18 after a pair of victories over Dartmouth, and one apiece over Yale, Brown, Cornell, Princeton and Penn. Harvard is led by Seth Towns' 19.9 points per game in conference play, which ranks second in the league.
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.
Sophomore Seth Towns has been one of the top shooters in the Ivy League this season, as he ranks in the top-five in the league in 3-point percentage (.452) and in the top-10 for 3-pointers made (47). Towns also ranks seventh in the league in scoring (15.5 points) and 16th in rebounding (5.0 boards).
In Ivy games only, Towns ranks second with 19.9 points and 3.1 triples per game.
Mike Martin leads Brown in his sixth season, and has the Bears positioned with an 11-10 record in 2017-18, including a 4-4 mark in Ivy play. Harvard captured the first matchup, 86-77.
Brandon Anderson and Desmond Cambridge are each averaging 18.1 points per game, with Anderson leading the team with 4.0 assists per game.
Yale is led by James Jones in his 19th season, and holds an 11-13 overall record, including a 4-4 mark in Ivy play. Harvard won the first meeting, 54-52.
Miye Oni leads the Yale offense with 15.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. Alex Copeland and Blake Reynolds also average in double figures, scoring 12.2 and 10.1 per night, respectively.
Out of the Blocks
Getting out to a good start is important to the Crimson squad, as Harvard is 11-2 this season when leading at halftime.
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 Crimson played in front of a sold-out Lavietes Pavilion crowd four times last season, and has sold out three games this season. Since 2010-11, the Crimson has played in front of a full house a total of 43 times.
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 hits the road for the final time in the regular season, traveling to Princeton and Penn Feb. 23-24 for a pair of 7 p.m. tip-offs. The Princeton battle will be broadcast on ESPNU, while the meeting with Penn can be found on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network.