Pictured: Tommy Amaker and the Crimson will play 13 home
games in 2009-10.
Photo Courtesy, Dave Silverman
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The 99th season of Harvard men's basketball begins November 13 with 28 games including 13 games at Lavietes Pavilion.
Third-year head coach Tommy Amaker's Crimson will open the season at nearby foe Holy Cross against first-year head coach Sean Kearney. Two days later, on November 15, the Crimson opens its home schedule with a 2 p.m. game against the Tribe of William & Mary in a return game from last season.
On November 20, the Crimson plays its first-ever game against new Division I-member Bryant University at 7 p.m. on the eve of the Harvard-Yale football game in New Haven, Conn.
After a road game at Army (November 23), the Crimson welcomes New Hampshire to Lavietes Pavilion for a November 25 meeting as Harvard looks to extend its winning streak against the Wildcats to five games to match its best streak in a series that dates to 1921.
The Crimson will make a short trip over the Charles River on November 29 with a game at Boston University (time to be determined).
On December 2, the Rice Owls make their first trip to Cambridge for an 8 p.m. game. Harvard then heads on an intriguing three-game road trip spanning reading period and holiday breaks. On December 6, the Crimson travels to the University of Connecticut in a game that will be played either in Storrs or Hartford, Conn.
Four days later, on December 6, another short road trip sees the Crimson return to Boston College's Conte Forum for a 7 p.m. game against the Eagles. Harvard won last year's showdown with an 82-70 victory against the then-17th-ranked team in the nation.
Harvard then remains idle for the next 13 days until venturing back to Washington, D.C. for the second straight year. After playing George Washington in the nation's capital last year, Harvard will take on the Georgetown Hoyas at the Verizon Center December 23 at noon.
After the holidays, Harvard will return to the court December 28 with a 4 p.m. home game against Cambridge neighbor MIT. The two teams have not played since the 1985-86 season. Harvard leads the all-time series, which dates to 1900-01, by a 47-8 margin.
Two days later, on December 30, Harvard plays host to George Washington in a 6 p.m. game at Lavietes in the Colonials' first trip to Cambridge. Following the game, Harvard takes to the air for a west coast trip to round out its non-conference schedule. On January 2, the Crimson plays at Seattle University in a game to be played at the Key Arena - former home of the Seattle Supersonics. The team then heads to Santa Clara, Calif. for a return game against the SCU Broncos on January 4. Harvard defeated Santa Clara last season at home, 73-68, and also won the last time meeting in Santa Clara - a 55-54 decision back in 1998-99 during the Cable Car Classic.
The Ivy League's "14-game tournament" begins as it historically has - with Harvard taking on Dartmouth on Saturday January 9 in a 2 p.m. game at Lavietes Pavilion. Harvard will sit through its second 13-day rest of the season before traveling to Hanover, N.H. for a return game of the series on January 23.
On the last weekend in January, Harvard travels to Columbia and Cornell. February opens with a pair of home games against Princeton (Feb. 5) and Penn (Feb. 6) in 7 p.m. games. Harvard is back on the road Feb. 12-13 with nearby trips to Yale and Brown.
The team will then enjoy a two-week stretch at home, hosting Cornell and Columbia on Feb 19-20 and then against Brown and Yale on Feb. 26-27 - also in 7 p.m. starts.
Harvard will close out the regular season slate of games March 5-6 at Penn (7 p.m.) and Princeton (6 p.m.) respectively.