Men’s Basketball Prepares to Face No. 15/15 North Carolina

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening 2019 with its penultimate non-conference match-up, Harvard men's basketball will take on No. 15/15 North Carolina on Wednesday, Jan. 2. The 7 p.m. tip-off will be broadcast on ESPN2 and Westwood One radio.

How to Follow
TV: ESPN2 (Talent: Mike Couzens, Jordan Cornette)
Radio: Westwood One – SiriusXM Channel 81 (Talent: Patrick Kinas, Kelly Tripucka)
Live Stats: vs. UNC
Twitter: @HarvardMBB
Game Notes: Click Here

Listen In
Head Coach Tommy Amaker joined CBS' Jon Rothstein for his insider podcast "College Hoops Today" to talk about the team and preview the game against UNC:

What to Know

  • The Crimson has opened the season with a 6-5 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, first-year Noah Kirkwood and sophomore Danilo Djuricic are also averaging double figures with 10.5, 10.5 and 10.1 per game, respectively.
  • Kirkwood was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the third time this season Dec. 31, making him the first Harvard player to earn three Rookie of the Week awards in the same season since junior Seth Towns in 2016-17. He also earned the honor in back-to-back weeks on Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, when 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.
  • 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. Showcasing its depth, 10 different Harvard players have started a game in 2018-19 and 11 players are averaging at least nine minutes per game.
  • Harvard is 2-3 all-time against North Carolina, with the Crimson earning its victories in 1925 and 1926. When facing current ACC programs, Harvard holds a 20-59 mark, with 16 wins coming against Boston College. Harvard's last meeting with an ACC program came against BC on Dec. 7, 2016 - a 74-66 win - while Harvard is 8-4 against ACC teams in the Tommy Amaker era.
  • Senior captain Corey Johnson has caught fire from beyond the 3-point arc, going 13-for-23 (56.5%) from downtown over the past five 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.

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 393-263 career record: 217-122 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall.

What's Next?
The Crimson opens Ivy League play at Dartmouth on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on NESN+ and ESPN+.