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.


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.