Harvard will look for its second-straight, and seventh overall, Ivy League title in 2018-19 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard men's basketball season edges that much closer, as Harvard has announced its 2018-19 schedule. Harvard will play host to 12 contests inside Lavietes Pavilion, while playing contests in 11 states and the District of Columbia.
The eighth annual Crimson Madness kicks off Oct. 13 for the upcoming season, the 108th in program history, with free admission for all fans. Events include a dunk, 3-point competition and an intrasquad competition. Tip-off to the season begins with the annual battle against cross-town rival MIT Nov. 6 at 7 p.m., and continues at home against Northeastern Nov. 9. Harvard hits the road for the first time to face in-state rival Massachusetts Nov. 13, before heading to Rhode Island Nov. 16. Harvard caps the road trip with a west-coast swing to the Bay Area against San Francisco Nov. 21 and St. Mary's Nov. 24.
Returning from California and back in Lavietes Pavilion, Harvard takes the court against Holy Cross Nov. 28, before hitting the road to Vermont Dec. 8. Harvard closes the calendar year at home against George Washington Dec. 22 and against Mercer at Philips Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks, Dec. 29 or 30.
Opening up the new year, the Crimson faces the consistently-ranked Tar Heels of North Carolina in Chapel Hill Jan. 2. Harvard has had success against power five opponents under Tommy Amaker, with wins in seven of the last 10 seasons.
The Crimson resumes play in Lavietes Pavilion against McGill Jan. 6 before a road trip to Dartmouth Jan. 12 to open Ivy League play. Harvard concludes its non-conference action at Howard Jan. 21.
The squad returns to Cambridge for a five-game Ancient Eight homestretch against Dartmouth Jan. 26, rival Yale Feb. 1, Brown Feb. 2, Columbia Feb. 8 and Cornell Feb. 9. The team hits the road for a pivotal four-game road trip to follow including Princeton Feb. 15, Penn Feb. 16, Brown Feb. 22 and Yale Feb. 23.
Wrapping up the home campaign with back-to-back games, the Crimson takes on Penn March 1 before Senior Night against Princeton March 2. Harvard enters the 2019 conference calendar with wins in each of its last 11 home Ivy contests.
Harvard closes the regular season with matchups at Cornell March 8 and Columbia March 9, followed by the Ivy League Tournament March 16-17, hosted by Yale.
Following the program's sixth Ivy League championship in 2018, including a berth to the NIT, 16 players return from last season, including 2018 Ivy League Player of the Year Seth Towns, alongside four newcomers.
All 12 home games, and the entire Ivy League schedule, will be available to stream on ESPN+.