Men’s Basketball Hosts Penn on ESPNU, To Celebrate Senior Class Against Princeton

Photo by Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning to Cambridge for the final time this season, Harvard men's basketball is set to welcome Penn and Princeton March 1-2 to Lavietes Pavilion. Both tip-offs are set for 7 p.m., and will be broadcast on ESPNU and ESPN+, respectively. The Princeton bout will also be broadcast over the air on Westwood One.

Additionally, undergraduates attending the games will receive free pizza courtesy of &Pizza on Friday and free Harvard basketball t-shirts on Saturday. The Crimson will honor its six-member senior class in a ceremony prior to the game on Saturday.

How to Follow
TV: vs. Penn – ESPNU (Talent: Will Flemming, Malcolm Huckaby) | vs. Princeton – ESPN+ (Talent: Bill Spaulding, Connor Clement, Tyler Murray)
International Streams: Click Here
Radio: vs. Princeton – Westwood One (Talent: Lance Medow, Tom Brennan)
Live Stats: vs. Penn | vs. Princeton
Twitter: @HarvardMBB
Game Notes: Click Here
Tickets: vs. Penn | vs. Princeton

What to Know

  • The Crimson holds a 14-9 record on the season, including a 7-3 mark in Ivy League play. Bryce Aiken leads the team with 21.8 points per game, while classmates Chris Lewis and Justin Bassey and first-year Noah Kirkwood are also in double figures with 11.7, 10.3 and 10.4 per night, respectively.
  • 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. His streak of late-game heroics – against Columbia, Penn and Yale - have been viewed around the world by more than three million people on Twitter and Instagram. Additionally, the clips have generated nearly 300,000 likes, shares and retweets.
  • Harvard is tied for second place in the Ivy League, with a net rating of plus-4.3 points per 100 possessions in conference games. Since the return of Aiken to the team (8-2), Harvard's net rating has improved to plus-9.2 points per 100 possessions.
  • Kirkwood is one Ivy League Rookie of the Week award shy of tying the program standard of six, co-owned by Siyani Chambers '16-17 and Dan Clemente '01. Kirkwood has won two-straight ROW awards.
  • Harvard swept the road trip to Princeton (78-69) and Penn (75-68, ot) Feb. 15-16, becoming just the 12th team in Ivy League history to win both games consecutively on the road. The unbeaten road trip to the Quakers and Tigers was the Crimson's first since 2014-15.

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 38 wins shy of breaking into the top-100 in NCAA history, and with two wins this weekend, Amaker can pass former Samford, LSU and Arkansas State coach John Brady.


What's Next?
The Crimson puts a cap on the 2018-19 regular season with a trip to Cornell and Columbia March 8-9. Both games will begin at 7 p.m., and will be broadcast on ESPN+.