CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Bringing an end to its non-conference action with a trip to the nation's capital, Harvard men's basketball will face off with Howard on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Monumental Sports Network on Facebook.
What to Know
- The Crimson holds a 6-7 record on the season, including a 0-1 mark in Ivy League play. Junior Chris Lewis leads the team with 12.8 points per game, while first-year Noah Kirkwood is also averaging double figures with 10.1 per game. Lewis also paces the Ivy League in blocks (2.0) and field goal percentage (63.5), while ranking 20th 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 is 6-1 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.
- In each of the four times the Crimson has met a MEAC opponent, Harvard came out on top. In the most recent MEAC-Harvard matchup, the Crimson bested Howard 67-46 on Dec. 30, 2016. Harvard is 3-0 all-time against the Bison, while also picking up a victory over Coppin State.
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 resumes Ivy League action against Dartmouth on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. Kicking off a five-game homestand, the contest will be broadcast on NESN and ESPN+.