Men’s Basketball Welcomes MIT for Season Opener

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Kicking off its season with MIT for the sixth-straight season, Harvard men's basketball will welcome the Engineers to Lavietes Pavilion on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

How to Follow
Broadcast: ESPN+ (Talent: Alex Vispoli, Elijah Gonzalez, Dana Grey) | International Stream
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Game Notes: vs. MIT
Twitter: @HarvardMBB
Tickets: vs. MIT

What to Know

  • The Crimson went 19-12 (10-4 Ivy) last season, earning its seventh Ivy League championship in the past nine years. Harvard advanced to the second round of the NIT for the first time in program history after beating Georgetown in the nation's capital, 71-68.
  • Harvard returns one of the most experienced teams in the country, ranking second nationally in percentage of scoring (96.7%) and minutes (95.7%). Bryce Aiken led the team in scoring a year ago at 22.2 points per game, which was the third-highest average in a single season in program history. On Monday, he was named to the Naismith Award watch list.
  • The Crimson boasts four players that have earned All-Ivy League recognition, including first team nods for Bryce Aiken (2017, 2019), Seth Towns (2018) and Chris Lewis (2018). Justin Bassey was an honorable mention pick in 2018. Noah Kirkwood returns after earning the Rookie of the Year title last season.
  • The Crimson has played MIT in each of the last 10 seasons, going 10-0 with an average margin of victory of 21.4 points. Harvard leads the all-time series with the Engineers, which dates back to the 1900-01 season, 56-9.
  • Harvard was picked first in the preseason Ivy League media poll, as announced by the league office on October 12. Harvard tallied 15 of 17 first place votes, edging second-place Penn by 17 points and third-place Yale by 40 points. The 17 media members chose Princeton as the fourth team to make the fourth-annual Ivy League tournament, which will be hosted at Lavietes Pavilion.

At The Helm
The all-time winningest head coach in Harvard men's basketball history, Tommy Amaker returns to the Harvard sidelines for the 13th season. The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball has directed the Crimson to a period of unprecedented prosperity in the form of four NCAA tournament appearances (2012-15), seven Ivy League championships (2011-15, 18-19) and six 20-win seasons (2010-15). Amaker owns a 406-270 career record: 230-131 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall.

Next Up
Harvard continues its opening week with a trip to Northeastern Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. before returning to host Maine on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. The bout with the Huskies will be broadcast on NESN, while the clash with Maine will air on ESPN+.