Men’s Basketball Resumes Ivy Action at Brown and Yale

Photo by Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Traveling for the second-straight Ancient Eight weekend, Harvard men's basketball travels South for a pair of pivotal conference battles against Brown and Yale on Feb. 22 and 23, respectively. Both games will tip off at 7 p.m., and will be broadcast on ESPN+. The Brown clash can also be found over the air on NESN.

How to Follow
TV: vs. Brown – NESN/ESPN+ (Talent: Nick Coit, Adam Giardino) | vs. Yale – ESPN+ (Talent: John Ryan, Josh Hess)
Live Stats: vs. Brown | vs. Yale
Twitter: @HarvardMBB
Game Notes: Click Here

What to Know
• The Crimson holds a 13-8 record on the season, including a 6-2 mark in Ivy League play. Bryce Aiken leads the team with 21.6 points per game, while classmates Chris Lewis and Justin Bassey are also in double figures with 11.7 and 10.7 per night, respectively. Harvard has been strong on the defensive end, boasting the Ivy League's top scoring defense at 68.3 points per game.
• 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, and the 15th most in a game this season around the country. He also landed SportsCenter's Top Play of the Night with a double-clutch buzzer beater from midcourt to end the first overtime. The inclusion in the countdown was Harvard's third since the start of last season.
• Harvard sits alone in second place in the Ivy League at 6-2, with a net rating of plus-6.3 points per 100 possessions in conference games. Since the return of Aiken to the team (7-1), Harvard's net rating has improved to plus-11.6 points per 100 possessions.
• Harvard has been very successful in overtime games under head coach Tommy Amaker, including eight straight OT wins and 18 of the last 19. The Crimson is 19-4 in OT games since the 2007-08 campaign, and 14-1 in Ivy OT games over the same span. The Crimson has won 13 straight Ivy OT games, and is 2-0 this season.
• Following a pair of road victories and superb performances, junior Bryce Aiken has been named the Ivy League Player of the week and first-year Noah Kirkwood has been named the Rookie of the Week. The awards sweep is Harvard first since Aiken paired with Siyani Chambers '16-17 in February, 2017. Aiken was additionally selected as the Lou Henson Award National Player of the Week.

Last Time Out

400 Wins
On Feb. 16 at the Palestra, Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball, became the 135th coach in NCAA history to reach 400 career wins as a Division I head coach. He stands 39 wins shy of breaking into the top-100 in NCAA history, and with two wins this weekend, Amaker can tie former Samford, LSU and Arkansas State coach John Brady.

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 returns to Lavietes Pavilion for its final home games of 2018-19 when it hosts Penn and Princeton March 1-2, each at 7 p.m. The Penn contest will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU, while the Princeton game can be found on ESPN+. The bout with the Tigers will also be aired nationally on Westwood One radio.