CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taking the hardwood following its seventh Ivy League championship a year ago, Harvard men's basketball has released its 2019-20 schedule. The campaign features 12 home games at Lavietes Pavilion.
The ninth-annual Crimson Madness kicks off the season on Oct. 18, while the program's 109th season officially begins Nov. 5 at home against MIT. Harvard will play three of its first four games at home, as it travels to Northeastern Nov. 8 before returning to campus to host Maine and Siena Nov. 10 and 14, respectively.
Harvard will participate in the first-ever James Naismith Classic, presented by Citi, at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena on Nov. 16 against Buffalo. The bout is part of a one-day tripleheader, and will give Harvard consecutive seasons competing in an NBA arena.
Following a road tilt at Holy Cross Nov. 22, Harvard will participate in the Orlando Invitational, Nov. 28-Dec. 1 at ESPN's Wide World of Sports. The Crimson drew Texas A&M in the opening round in a game that will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2, while the entire tournament will be broadcast on ESPN's networks.
In-state rival Massachusetts visits Cambridge Dec. 7 in Harvard's final home game of the calendar year. A pair of back-to-backs round out 2019, with Harvard traveling to George Washington and Howard Dec. 21-22 and California and San Francisco Dec. 29-30.
Hosting its final pre-Ivy League tune-up, UC Irvine travels to Cambridge on Jan. 4. The first two Ancient Eight games come against Dartmouth Jan. 18 and 25, the latter of which kicks off a five-game road trip that includes stints at Penn and Princeton from Jan. 31-Feb. 1 and Yale and Brown from Feb. 7-8.
Cornell and Columbia visit Lavietes Pavilion Feb. 14-15, while Penn and Princeton cap a four-game homestand on Feb. 22 and 23, respectively. Harvard's final road trip is to Columbia and Cornell, closing February Feb. 28-29. Brown and Yale close the regular season March 6-7, with the finale against the Bulldogs set for senior day.
The 2020 Ivy League Tournament will be held in Cambridge at Lavietes Pavilion on March 14-15, and will feature the top four men's and women's teams from the regular season.
Men's basketball season tickets will go on sale Thursday, August 1. To be notified when tickets are released, and to be the first to know when single game tickets go on sale, click here and check the box next to men's basketball to subscribe to our email list.
All of Harvard's home games, as well as the entire Ivy League schedule, will be available for viewing on ESPN+. The Crimson went 19-12 (10-4 Ivy) a year ago, including the program's seventh Ivy League championship and a second round appearance in the National Invitation Tournament.