CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Advancing to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) for the first time in program history, Harvard men's basketball will take on North Carolina State on Sunday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.
What to Know
• The Crimson holds a 19-11 record on the season, including a 10-4 mark in Ivy League play. Bryce Aiken leads the team with 22.4 points per game, including an Ivy League-leading 22.2 points per night in league play. Chris Lewis and Noah Kirkwood are also in double figures at 10.2 and 10.8 per night apiece.
• 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 had a net rating of plus-3.2 points per 100 possessions in Ivy games, and since the return of Aiken to the team (13-4), Harvard's net rating has improved to plus-5.1.
• The NIT berth is the third in Harvard's history, as the Crimson traveled to Oklahoma State in 2011and to Marquette in 2018). Harvard topped Georgetown on Wednesday, March 20, for its first NIT victory, 71-68.
• The Crimson advanced to the Ivy League Tournament championship game for the second-straight season, but fell to Yale in the final, 97-85. Aiken led Harvard with 28.5 points per game, breaking his own tournament-record for scoring with 38 against the Bulldogs, and was an all-tournament selection.
• 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
Securing the first National Invitation Tournament (NIT) victory in program history, Harvard men's basketball topped Georgetown, 71-68, on Wednesday night at McDonough Arena.
Junior Bryce Aiken led the scoring for the Crimson with 19 points, while classmate Robert Baker and first-year Noah Kirkwood totaled 11 apiece. Junior Chris Lewis was also in double figures with 10. The win was the first in the NIT for an Ivy League program since 2002, and Harvard's first postseason tournament victory on a national scale since 2014, when it upset Cincinnati in the NCAA Tournament.
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 34 wins shy of breaking into the top-100 in NCAA history, and with a win over Georgetown, Amaker can pass former City College of New York coach Nat Holman and former South Carolina, Wake Forest and East Carolina coach Dave Odom.
The winner of the clash will take on the victor of No. 1 UNC Greensboro and No. 5 Lipscomb. Game time, location and broadcast information will be announced at a later date.