Men's Basketball Closes 2018 Against Mercer at State Farm Arena

Photo by Tod Fierner
Photo by Tod Fierner
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taking the court for the final time in the calendar year, Harvard men's basketball travels to State Farm Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks, to face Mercer on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 1:30 p.m. The game will not be streamed, but fans can listen in to WHRB to follow along.

How to Follow
Radio: WHRB | Mercer Radio
Live Stats: vs. Mercer
Twitter: @HarvardMBB
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What to Know

  • The Crimson has opened the season with a 5-5 record, with two non-conference games remaining before the Ivy League opener. Junior Chris Lewis leads the team with 13.4 points per game, while junior Justin Bassey and sophomore Danilo Djuricic are also averaging double figures with 11.1 and 10.1 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. He leads all Harvard rookies with 9.6 points per game, and ranks second in the Ivy League among first-year players.
  • Harvard returned 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.
  • Senior captain Corey Johnson has caught fire from beyond the 3-point arc, going 11-for-20 from downtown over the past four games. Against Vermont, where he went 5-for-9 from long range, Johnson became the third player in program history to make 200 career triples.
  • Current Hawks guard and Harvard class of 2010 Jeremy Lin is averaging 10.8 points and 3.2 assists per game this season in the NBA. At State Farm Arena this season, Lin has posted averages of 12.2 points and 3.5 assists, with shooting splits of 55/41/84.

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 392-263 career record: 215-122 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall.

What's Next?
The Crimson heads to Chapel Hill to take on No. 14/14 North Carolina Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. The contest with the Tar Heels will be broadcast on ESPN2.