Men’s Basketball Travels to Cornell and Columbia, Looks to Repeat as Ivy Champions

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On the road with a chance to repeat as Ivy League champions for the first time since 2015, Harvard men's basketball travels to Cornell and Columbia for a pair of 7 p.m. contests March 8-9. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN+, while the Columbia game will be tape-delayed on SNY.

How to Follow
TV: vs. Cornell – ESPN+ (Talent: Barry Leonard, Eric Taylor) | vs. Columbia – ESPN+ (Talent: Lance Medow, Steve Pinone)
International Streams: Click Here
Live Stats: vs. Cornell | vs. Columbia
Twitter: @HarvardMBB
Game Notes: Click Here

What to Know
• The Crimson holds a 16-9 record on the season, including a 9-3 mark in Ivy League play. Bryce Aiken leads the team with 21.0 points per game, including an Ivy League-leading 21.5 points per night in league play. Classmates Chris Lewis and Justin Bassey and first-year Noah Kirkwood are also in double figures with 11.0, 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 16th 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 first place in the Ivy League with Yale, while holding the tiebreaker for the top seed in the Ivy League Tournament. The team has a net rating of plus-5.0 points per 100 possessions in Ivy games, and since the return of Aiken to the team (10-2), Harvard's net rating has improved to plus-8.7.
• Kirkwood tied the program standard of six Ivy League Rookie of the Week awards March 4, which is co-owned by Siyani Chambers '16-17 and Dan Clemente '01. Kirkwood has won three straight ROW awards.
• Harvard split the matchups against Columbia and Cornell in Cambridge, winning a 98-96 (3OT) thriller against the Lions before falling to the Big Red, 67-61.

Last Time Out

400 Wins
On Feb. 16 at the Palestra, Tommy Amaker 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 tie or pass current Pepperdine head coach Lorenzo Romar.

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What's Next?
The Crimson has already clinched its spot in the third-annual Ivy League Tournament, held March 16-17 in New Haven, Connecticut at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. The semifinals will be broadcast on ESPNU, while the championship contest will be shown on ESPN2.