Men’s Basketball Set for Orlando Invitational, Opens with Texas A&M on ESPN2

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Celebrating Thanksgiving in Florida, Harvard men's basketball travels to the ESPN Wide World of Sports for the Orlando Invitational Nov. 28-Dec. 1. The Crimson opens with Texas A&M Nov. 28 at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.

How to Follow
Broadcast: vs. Texas A&M – ESPN2 (PxP: Dave Feldman, Color: Dan Dakich)
Live Stats: vs. Texas A&M
Game Notes: Orlando Invitational
Bracket: Orlando Invitational - Other teams: Texas A&M, Maryland, Temple, Davidson, USC, Fairfield, Marquette
Twitter: @HarvardMBB

What to Know
• Harvard is 4-2 on the season, with wins over MIT, Maine, Siena and Holy Cross. Showcasing its depth, six players are averaging at least eight points per game, and nine players have at least one game in double figures this season. Harvard ranks 10th nationally in blocks per game (6.5) and total blocks (39).

• 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 third nationally in percentage of scoring (96.7%) and second in 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.

• After a 32-point performance at Holy Cross, senior Bryce Aiken became the 35th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark. He was named the Ivy League Player of the Week, which is the fifth of Aiken's career, including three Player of the Week awards.

• Harvard has been a problem for teams at in-season tournaments over the past decade. Amaker has led Harvard to three in-season tournament championship games, putting together a 9-3 record including wins against four power-five teams. In 2015, the Crimson defeated BYU and Auburn at the Diamondhead Classic in Honolulu before dropping a close contest with a second-ranked Oklahoma team. The Crimson picked up championship wins against TCU at the Great Alaskan Shootout in 2013 and over UCF at the Battle 4 Atlantis in 2011. The last Crimson victory came over St. Joseph's in the Wooden Legacy Tournament in 2017.

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 410-272 career record: 234-133 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall.

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Next Up
Harvard returns to Lavietes Pavilion for an in-state matchup with Massachusetts on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on NESN and ESPN+.