Harvard Men's Basketball Visits UMass Tuesday for ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon
Siyani Chambers and the Crimson will make their first TV appearance of the season at Massachusetts Tuesday (Kevin Burns).
After opening the year with a 69-54 win at home over MIT Friday, Harvard will face its first road test of the season by visiting Massachusetts in a game shown live nationally on ESPN at 10 a.m. as part of the network's annual Tip-Off Marathon.
In addition to national TV coverage on ESPN, the game will be streamed online on ESPN3.com. Announcers Sean McDonough and Bill Raftery will have the call for the ESPN networks.
Harvard audio will also be available on GoCrimson.com. Ben Zauzmer and Charlie Hobbs will have the call on GoCrimson.com.
Live statistics will also be available for the game at GoCrimson.com.
Series History Against UMass
Harvard and UMass have met 20 times, but not since the 1991-92 season, a 98-63 victory for the Minutemen.
UMass leads the all-time series, 13-7, between the two teams from the Commonwealth.
Harvard's Last Time Out
In the season opener against MIT Nov. 9, Jonah Travis paced the Crimson with 14 points and added eight rebounds, while Wesley Saunders scored 11 and Laurent Rivard added 10 points in a 69-54 victory. Kenyatta Smith blocked five shots and grabbed eight boards, as the Crimson improved to 29-1 over its last 30 games at Lavietes Pavilion, dating back to the 2009-10 season. Harvard also scored 38 points in the paint, and was 6-of-15 from beyond the arc (.400) in the win.
UMASS's Last Time Out
The Minutemen faced American International College in an exhibition Nov. 3 and won, 87-82. Chaz Williams led UMass with 24 points and 11 assists for a double-double, and Freddie Riley drained six 3-pointers to finish with 21 points.
Harvard Joining ESPN Marathon
As part of the 2012 ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, Harvard and UMass are part of a 24-hour live marathon of college basketball on ESPN that day, featuring 11 games from across the country.
ESPN Marathon Schedule
12 a.m.: West Virginia at Gonzaga
2 a.m.: Davidson at New Mexico
4 a.m.: Houston Baptist at Hawaii
6 a.m.: Stony Brook at Rider
8 a.m.: Northern Illinois at Valparaiso
10 a.m.: Harvard at Massachusetts
12 p.m.: Temple at Kent State
2 p.m.: Detroit at St. John's
4 p.m.: Butler at Xavier
7 p.m.: Michigan State vs Kansas (Champions Classic, Georgia Dome – Atlanta, Ga.)
(Approx. 30 min. following MSU/KU): Duke vs Kentucky (Champions Classic, Georgia Dome)
The Crimson is currently on a 15-game winning streak against schools from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since falling to Northeastern in overtime, 76-71, Dec. 10, 2008, including four straight wins over Holy Cross and Boston College and three against Boston University.
Ivy League Newcomer of the Year (Rivals.com)
All-Ivy League Team (Rivals.com)
Best Shooter in the Ivy League (Rivals.com)
In Harvard's 69-54 win over MIT Nov. 9, four Crimson players posted a career-high for points: Wesley Saunders (11), Siyani Chambers (nine), Kenyatta Smith (eight) and Alex Nesbitt (two). Smith also grabbed a career-best eight rebounds and posted a career-high five blocks.
Harvard is one of the younger teams in the nation this season, as the Crimson has a total of 15 years of college experience coming into the year.
Ivy Champion Harvard Crimson
For the second straight year and for the second time in school history, Harvard earned the Ivy League title in 2011-12. Harvard also tied the program record by winning 12 conference games.
Back To 20
For the third straight year and the third time in program history, Harvard won 20 games in a season, boasting a 26-5 overall mark last season. The Crimson went 21-8 in 2009-10 and posted a 23-7 overall mark last season.
Prior to the season, Harvard made a 10-day international training trip to Italy. The Crimson played four exhibition games, while visiting such cities as Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan. Harvard went 4-0 on the trip, defeating Rieti, Bassano Basket, Pallacanestro Firenze and Paffoni Omegna.
Stepping Up On D
The Crimson allowed only 55.6 points per game last season, good for fourth in the nation in scoring defense. Harvard only allowed 70 points three times and surrendered 50 or less points in 11 games and less than 40 points twice. The Crimson opened 2012-13 by only surrendering 54 points against MIT Nov. 9.
On The Big Screen
The Crimson will play at least 14 games on national or regional television this season.
Harvard was 6-4 on TV last year and will face Massachusetts Nov. 13 (ESPN), Saint Joseph's Nov. 20 (NBC Sports), Vermont Nov. 27 (NBC Sports), Boston College Dec. 4 (ESPN3), Connecticut Dec. 7 (SNY), California Dec. 29 (Pac-12 Networks), Saint Mary's Dec. 31 (ESPN2), Memphis Jan. 19 (FSN), Dartmouth Jan. 26 (NBC Sports), Princeton Feb. 16 (NBC Sports), Yale Feb. 23 (CBS Sports), Princeton March 1 (ESPNU), Penn March 2 (NBC Sports) and Cornell March 9 (NBC Sports) on national television this season.
Last year, the Crimson became the first Ivy team ranked in the AP poll since Princeton was rated No. 8 in the final poll of the 1997-98 season. On Jan. 2, 2012, Harvard was No. 21 in the coaches poll and No. 22 in the AP poll, the highest rankings in program history. The Crimson matched the No. 21 ranking in the coaches poll Feb. 6.
Harvard/Amaker Against UMass
The Crimson has not yet faced Massachusetts under head coach Tommy Amaker. Harvard and UMass both competed at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament last season, but the teams never met in the bracket. Harvard won the tournament, defeating Utah, Florida State and Central Florida on the way.
In the Ivy League preseason media poll, Harvard was picked to finish second in the Ancient Eight. The Crimson received one first-place vote, earning 109 points, and trailed only Princeton (16 first-place votes) and 134 points in the preseason ranking.
Harvard, which was first last season, received first-place votes for only the fifth time in school history (2011-12, 2010-11, 1989-90 and 1988-89).
2012-13 Ivy League Preseason Media Poll
1. Princeton– 134 points (16 first-place votes)
2. Harvard– 109 (one first-place vote)
3. Columbia–90 points
4. Cornell– 80 points
5. Penn– 74 points
6. Yale– 55 points
7. Brown– 50 points
8. Dartmouth– 20 points
All We Do Is Win
Last season, Harvard was one of only 40 schools in the nation with at least 26 victories.
Lavietes Is The Place To Be
Harvard enjoyed a 28-game win streak at home, a program record, between Feb. 19, 2010 and Feb. 24, 2012. The streak was the second longest in the country during that stretch, and Harvard finished 11-1 at home during season after going 14-0 at Lavietes Pavilion in 2010-11.
The Crimson is 29-1 at Lavietes since Feb. 19, 2010.
The Crimson, which owned a 15-4 record in road/neutral sites last year, will play at least 14 road games this winter. Harvard's 15 road/neutral sites wins in 2011-12 set a new program record, surpassing 10 victories during the 2009-10 campaign.
Head Coach Tommy Amaker
Tommy Amaker (Duke '87) is in his sixth season as head coach of the Harvard men's basketball team. He registered his 250th career coaching victory Dec. 4, 2011 against Seattle at Lavietes Pavilion. Amaker has guided Harvard to its first national ranking and also led the Crimson to back-to-back Ivy League titles, the first two conference crowns in school history. In addition, the Crimson established a program record with 26 victories in 2011-12.
He brings a 269-195 (.580) career head coaching record into today's game, including a 93-56 (.624) mark at Harvard, a 108-84 (.563) record at Michigan and a 68-55 (.553) record at Seton Hall.
Amaker Moving Up Harvard Coaching Chart
With his 93 wins in Cambridge, Tommy Amaker now ranks fifth in program history in coaching victories.
Frank Sullivan (1991-2007) - 178 wins
Floyd S. Wilson (1954-68) - 143
Edward A. Wachter (1920-33) - 120
Frank McLaughlin (1977-85) - 99
Tommy Amaker (2007-present) - 93
Amaker owns the highest winning percentage in Crimson history (with two or more years of service) with a .624 clip.