Men’s Basketball Readies for Princeton on ESPNEWS, Penn on ESPN+

Photo by Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hitting the road for the first of two consecutive weekends, Harvard men's basketball travels to Princeton and Penn Feb. 15-16 for a pair of 7 p.m. tip-offs. The contest with the Tigers will be broadcast nationally on ESPNEWS, while the battle with the Quakers can be found on ESPN+ and NBCSN-Philadelphia.

How to Follow
TV: vs. Princeton - ESPNEWS (Talent: Derek Jones, Noah Savage) | vs. Penn – ESPN+/NBCSN-Philadelphia (Talent: Joe Tordy, Vince Curran)
Live Stats: vs. Princeton | vs. Penn
Twitter: @HarvardMBB
Game Notes: Click Here

What to Know

  • The Crimson holds an 11-8 record on the season, including a 4-2 mark in Ivy League play. Junior Chris Lewis leads qualified players with 11.9 points per game, while junior Justin Bassey (10.3), classmate Christian Juzang (9.7) and first-year Noah Kirkwood (9.2) are scoring north of nine points per game. Bryce Aiken made his season debut against Howard, and is averaging 19.2 points per game across six appearances.
  • Aiken set a new career-high with 44 points on Feb. 8 against Columbia, which is the second-highest point total in a single game in program history. The Randolph, New Jersey landed SportsCenter's Top Play of the Night with a double-clutch buzzer beater from midcourt to end the first overtime.
  • Harvard is tied for second in the Ivy League at 4-2, with a net rating of plus-4.7 points per 100 possessions in conference games. Since the return of Aiken to the team (5-1), Harvard's net rating has improved to plus-11.8 points per 100 possessions.
  • Harvard has been very successful in overtime games under head coach Tommy Amaker, including seven straight OT wins and 17 of the last 18. At Harvard, the Crimson is 17-4 in OT games since the 2007-08 campaign.
  • Harvard went 12-2 in conference play last year, including an impressive 5-2 mark on the road. The Crimson boasted a third of all Ivy road wins in 2018, with the other seven teams combining to go 13-39. Harvard is 4-6 away from home this season, with six of the 10 being decided by six points or less.

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 398-266 career record: 222-127 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall.

Off the Court

Additionally, take a look behind the scenes on our Instagram stories in Atlanta and Washington D.C.

What's Next?
The Crimson caps its four-game road trip at Brown and Yale Feb. 22-23. Both games will tip off at 7 p.m., and will be broadcast on ESPN+.