Men’s Basketball Set to Host Holy Cross, Travel to Siena

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's basketball returns home to close out the opening month of the season against Holy Cross Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. before traveling to Siena Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. to kick off the final month of 2018. The Holy Cross game will be broadcast on ESPN+, while the Siena game can be found on either ESPN+ or ESPN3 (TBA).

How to Follow
Broadcast vs. Holy Cross: ESPN+ (Talent: Scott Sudikoff, Ben Altsher, Dylan Hornblum)
Broadcast vs. Siena: ESPN+
Live Stats: vs. HC | vs. SIE
Twitter: @HarvardMBB
Game Notes: Click Here
Tickets: Click Here

What to Know

  • The Crimson has opened the season with a 3-3 record with wins over MIT (78-66), UMass (74-71) and Saint Mary's (74-68). Junior Chris Lewis leads the team with 15.8 points per game, while sophomore Danilo Djuricic and junior Justin Bassey are also averaging double figures with 11.3 and 11.0 per game.
  • First-year guard Noah Kirkwood was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for his strong play Nov. 19-25. 12.0 points per game across two games against West Coast Conference competition in San Francisco and Saint Mary's, while also posting 5.5 rebounds per game. Kirkwood helped Harvard become just the second non-conference team in the past three-plus seasons to win at McKeon Pavilion.
  • Harvard returns 99.4 percent of its scoring and 99.0 percent of its minutes from last year's squad, which captured the program's sixth Ivy League championship and made its second-ever appearance in the NIT.
  • Harvard is 36-15 overall against its in-state rivals under head coach Tommy Amaker, and owns a 27-8 record against Boston area schools with Amaker at the helm. Harvard played four schools from Massachusetts last year (3-1), and is 2-1 against Bay State programs this season. Holy Cross will be the program's final in-state opponent in 2018-19.
  • Harvard is 3-0 this season when leading at halftime. The trend continues from a year ago, when Harvard went 16-2 when heading to the locker rooms with the lead. 

Last Week

At The Helm
The all-time winningest head coach in Harvard men's basketball history, Tommy Amaker returns to the Harvard sidelines for the 12th 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), six Ivy League championships (2011-15, '18) and six 20-win seasons (2010-15). Amaker owns a 390-261 career record: 214-122 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall.

What's Next?
Just before finals week begins, Harvard will travel to Vermont on Saturday, Dec. 8 for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.