Top-Seed Men’s Basketball Opens Ivy League Tournament with Penn on ESPNU

Harvard huddles before its game at Columbia
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Entering the Ivy League Tournament as the top seed and league champions for the second-straight season, Harvard men's basketball will face fourth-seeded Penn on Saturday, March 16 in the semifinals. The tip-off is set for 12:30 p.m. on ESPNU. 

How to Follow
TV: vs. Penn – ESPNU (Talent: Mike Couzens, Dalen Cuff) | Championship Game – 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 17 on ESPN2
Radio: Westwood One (Talent: Scott Graham, Kelly Tripucka)
Live Stats: vs. Penn | Championship Game
Twitter: @HarvardMBB
Game Notes: Click Here

What to Know
• The Crimson holds a 17-10 record on the season, including a 10-4 mark in Ivy League play. Bryce Aiken leads the team with 21.8 points per game, including an Ivy League-leading 22.2 points per night in league play. Classmate Chris Lewis and first-year Noah Kirkwood are also in double figures with 10.7 and 10.4 per night, respectively.
• Harvard ended 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-3.2 points per 100 possessions in Ivy games, and since the return of Aiken to the team (11-3), Harvard's net rating has improved to plus-6.2.
• Kirkwood set a new program standard with seven Ivy League Rookie of the Week awards, including four-straight to end the season. The guard was rewarded as the conference Rookie of the Year March 12.
• 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.
• Helping Harvard to its seventh Ivy League championship in nine seasons, first-year Noah Kirkwood was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, while junior guard Bryce Aiken was a unanimous choice to the All-Ivy League first team. Additionally, Aiken was one of three Ivy League players added to the U.S. Basketball Writers' Association All-District team. 

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 35 wins shy of breaking into the top-100 in NCAA history, and with two wins this weekend, Amaker can pass former City College of New York coach Nat Holman and former South Carolina, Wake Forest and East Carolina coach Dave Odom.

Reflecting, But Looking Forward

What's Next?
The winners of the semifinals will face off in the Ivy League championship game on Sunday, March 17 at noon. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.