CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Looking to repeat as Ancient Eight champions for the first time since 2015, Harvard men's basketball opens the Ivy League calendar on Saturday, Jan. 12 in Hanover, New Hampshire against Dartmouth. The 7 p.m. tip-off will be broadcast on ESPN+.
What to Know
- The Crimson has opened the season with a 6-6 record entering conference play. Junior Chris Lewis leads the team with 12.9 points per game, while junior Justin Bassey and first-year Noah Kirkwood are also averaging double figures with 10.0 per game apiece. Lewis also paces the Ivy League in blocks (2.2) and field goal percentage (66.7), while ranking 11th nationally in the latter category.
- 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 10 minutes per game.
- Harvard has won 11 consecutive Ivy League openers dating back to the 2007-08 season, with each win coming against Dartmouth and five of those coming at Leede Arena. Harvard is 18-4 against the Big Green in the Tommy Amaker era, which is Harvard's second-best record against an Ivy team over the span (19-3 against Brown). Last season, Harvard fought to a 61-51 victory to open conference play at the newly renovated Lavietes Pavilion.
- 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 12th-most difficult schedule. Yale joins the Crimson in the top-100 ranks.
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 393-264 career record: 217-122 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall.
The Crimson concludes its non-conference slate with a trip to Howard on Monday, Jan. 21. The game will tip-off at 1 p.m. on ESPN+.