CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Wrapping up 2018 with the first of two games before the new year, Harvard men's basketball will host George Washington on Saturday, Dec. 22 at Lavietes Pavilion. The 2 p.m. tip-off will be broadcast on ESPN+.
What to Know
- The Crimson has opened the season with a 4-5 record with wins over MIT (78-66), UMass (74-71), Saint Mary's (74-68) and Holy Cross (73-62). Junior Chris Lewis leads the team with 14.3 points per game, while junior Justin Bassey and sophomore Danilo Djuricic are also averaging double figures with 10.9 and 10.0 per game.
- First-year guard Noah Kirkwood was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week in back-to-back weeks on Nov. 26 and Dec. 3. He became the first Harvard player to earn back-to-back Rookie of the Week honors since Siyani Chambers '16-17 on Jan. 7 and 14, 2013, and has averaged 12.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game over the two-week stretch.
- 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. Last season's Ivy League Player of the Year and AP All-American Seth Towns was recently named to the Lou Henson Award watch list.
- Despite dropping a handful of close games, Harvard is still ranked as a top-100 team by KenPom, with the Crimson playing the nation's 10th-most difficult non-conference schedule. Yale and Penn are close behind, ranked 101st and 109th, respectively.
- Harvard went 3-1 against the A-10 a year ago, with wins over Massachusetts, Saint Joseph's and Fordham. The team is 1-1 against the conference this year, while also hosting George Washington in December. Harvard and GW are tied in the series history, 3-3.
Last Time Out
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 391-263 career record: 214-122 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall.
The Crimson travels to Atlanta to face Mercer at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 29 at State Farm Arena, and will then head to Chapel Hill to take on No. 9/10 North Carolina Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. The contest with the Tar Heels will be broadcast on ESPN2 or ESPNU.