Men’s Basketball Readies for Matchup at Holy Cross

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's basketball returns to the Bay State after it played the first-ever contest in the province of Ontario over the weekend, as it travels to Holy Cross on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. The action will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.

How to Follow
Broadcast vs. Holy Cross: Patriot League Network (Talent: Jim Cain, Anthony Mazzini)
Live Stats: vs. Holy Cross
Game Notes: vs. Holy Cross
Twitter: @HarvardMBB

What to Know
• Harvard is 3-2 on the season, with wins over MIT, Maine and Siena. Showcasing its depth, eight players are averaging at least 6.8 points per game, and nine players have at least one game in double figures this season. Harvard ranks eighth nationally in blocks per game (6.8).
• 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.
• Continuing a strong start to his opening season, first-year Chris Ledlum was been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Nov. 8. Ledlum averaged 8.5 points per game on the week, including a career-best 14 points in a 59-56 victory over Siena on Thursday. Ledlum hit three triples in the contest, and also blocked a shot in each of Harvard's games on the week.
• After an 18-point performance in his season debut against Buffalo, senior Bryce Aiken is just nine points away from reaching 1,000 in his career. He will become the 35th player in program history to reach the mark. Chris Lewis is 32 points away from joining Aiken with 1,000 career points, and he sits just seven blocks away from setting a new program record for blocks in a career (150), which would surpass Keith Wright '12.

Last Time Out

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 409-272 career record: 233-133 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall.

Next Up
Harvard heads to Florida to compete in the 2019 Orlando Invitation, with a Thanksgiving battle against Texas A&M set for 1 or 1:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2, and the whole tournament will air on ESPN's family of networks.