Free Admission for Saturday's Men's Basketball Exhibition Versus McGill


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Harvard vs. McGill
Saturday, November 7, 2015
  3:30 p.m.
Lavietes Pavilion
FREE ADMISSION
Ivy League Digital Network
Andy Towne, Scott Sudikoff
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Matt Clarida, David Freed
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Harvard (0-0)
McGill (4-3)
First meeting
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The Storyline
Harvard fans will get their first look at the 2015-16 men's basketball team as the Crimson hosts McGill in an exhibition game Saturday, Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m. Admission to the game is free to all fans.

The game will also be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network featuring ILDN veterans Andy Towne and Scott Sudikoff on the call.

What to Watch For
• Harvard made its fourth-straight appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2015, becoming just the third program to represent the Ivy League in the Big Dance in four-successive years. Princeton was the last to do so in 1989-92, with Penn making a record six straight trips from 1970-75.

• Harvard has won five-straight Ivy League championships, becoming just the second program in Ancient Eight history to win at least five-successive titles (Penn 1970-75, 1978-82). Harvard is one of three programs in the country with an active streak of at least five consecutive regular season championships; Kansas (11-straight Big 12 titles), Murray State (6-straight Ohio Valley titles).

• With a 22-8 record in 2014-15, Harvard reached the 20-win plateau for a sixth-straight season, matching Penn (1969-75) for the longest streak of 20-win seasons in Ivy League history.

Media Day
The Crimson met with members of the media on Tuesday, Nov. 3 in advance of the team's exhibition game versus McGill.

Creating a Winning Culture
Harvard has posted a 139-43 (.764) overall record since the start of the 2009-10 season, ranking as the 11th highest win percentage in the country over the last five-plus seasons (as of games played April 6).

Rank
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20

School
Duke
Kentucky
Kansas
Gonzaga
Wichita State
San Diego State
Syracuse
Murray State
Ohio State
Stephen F. Austin
Harvard
Louisville
Arizona
Saint Mary's
BYU
VCU
New Mexico
Belmont
Florida
Memphis

Record
185-36
189-38
183-38
174-37
176-39
166-44
167-45
157-43
172-48
148-45
139-43
168-53
163-52
153-50
160-54
163-56
151-54
148-54
157-60
147-58

Win %
83.7
83.3
82.8
82.5
81.9
79.0
78.8
78.5
78.2
76.7
76.4
76.0
75.8
75.4
74.8
74.4
73.7
73.3
72.4
71.7

Home is Where the Wins Are
Harvard has posted a 61-5 (.924) record at Lavietes Pavilion since the start of the 2010-11 season, representing the fifth highest home-court win percentage in the country over the last four-plus seasons (as of games played April 6).

Since 2010-11, the Crimson has enjoyed two home win streaks of at least 20 games; 28 games (Feb. 20, 2010 to Feb. 25, 2012), 20 games (Dec. 1, 2012 to Feb. 7, 2014).

Rank
1
2
3
4
5

School
Kentucky
Kansas
Duke
Belmont
Harvard

Record
84-4
80-4
78-4
63-4
61-5

Win %
95.5
95.2
95.1
94.0
92.4

FIBA U19 World Championships
Chris Egi, Corey Johnson and Weisner Perez competed at the highest level over the summer, representing their respective countries at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships in Greece.

Egi, who was appointed as a captain by his coaching staff, paired with Johnson to lift Team Canada to a fifth-place finish, the country's highest finish at the competition. Egi appeared in all seven of Team Canada's games, averaging 6.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 1.3 bpg. Johnson also appeared in all seven games and was the team's third-leading scorer at 12.1 ppg, including a 21-point performance versus Tunisia on 7-of-10 shooting from the 3-point line.

Perez, representing the Dominican Republic, also appeared in all seven games and averaged 3.6 ppg and 3.7 rpg.

Edosomwan in China
Junior Zena Edosomwan spent three weeks this summer in China with the WILSA program hosting basketball camps and discussing college options with local youths.

Going Pro
Harvard will be well represented in the professional ranks this season as six former members of the Crimson continue their playing careers.

Student-Athlete
Kyle Casey '13-14
Brandyn Curry '13-14
Evan Harris '09
Jeremy Lin '10
Wesley Saunders '15
Keith Wright '12

Professional Team
Bakersfield Jam (NBA DLeague)
  Eisbaren Bremerhaven (Germany)
Gotha (Germany)
Charlotte Hornets (NBA)
Westchester Knicks (NBA DLeague)
Austin Spurs (NBA DLeague)

Student-Athletes
Harvard was honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) with the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award for the 2014-15 season, with Charlie Anastasi '15, Alex Nesbitt '15, Agunwa Okolie and Patrick Steeves earning recognition as members of the NABC Honors Court.

The Crimson was one of just three NCAA Division I programs to play in March Madness and be recognized with the Team Academic Excellence Award.

Captaining the Ship
Evan Cummins is one of four members of Northfield Mount Hermon's Class of 2012 to be voted captain for the upcoming season; Spike Albrecht (Michigan), Tommy Carpenter (Dartmouth), Ethan O'Day ( Vermont).

Moving on Up
Head coach Tommy Amaker continus to move up the ranks of the Ivy League's winningest coaches. Amaker's 161 wins at Harvard are the seventh most since the conference began competition in 1956, while his 78 Ivy League victories have him tied with former Cornell and current Penn head coach Steve Donahue (2000-10) for 10th place in conference history.

Amaker has led Harvard to five-straight Ivy League championships, tying him with former Penn coach Bob Weinhauer (1977-82) for the third most titles in Ancient Eight history.

On The Sidelines
With 161 victories under his belt, Tommy Amaker ranks second all-time in Harvard coaching annals.

Frank Sullivan, 1991-2007
Tommy Amaker, 2007-present
Floyd S. Wilson, 1954-68
Edward A. Wachter, 1920-33
Frank McLaughlin, 1977-85

178
161
143
120
99

Amaker's .671 win percentage (161-79), meanwhile, ranks first among Harvard coaches who have spent at least two seasons at the helm of the team.

Tommy Amaker, 2007-present
John K. Clark, 1900-02
Edward A. Wachter, 1920-33
Frank McLaughlin, 1977-85
Robert W. Harrison, 1968-73

.671
.606
.597
.474
.457

In The Spotlight
13 of Harvard's 30 games in 2015-16 have already been picked up for national or regional television broadcasts, including six games on the ESPN family of networks. The Crimson matched the program record with 17 televised games last year, and including this season will have played on TV a total of 77 times since 2010-11.

For Harvard Athletics' complete television broadcast schedule, click here.

Sold Out
Harvard has played in front of a sold-out crowd at Lavietes Pavilion 29 times since 2010-11, including six times in 2014-15.

Conference Watch
Harvard has gone 83-45 in non-conference play under head coach Tommy Amaker, including seven-straight seasons with a winning out-of-conference mark. The Crimson has posted at least 10 non-conference victories five times under Amaker, including a program record 14 wins in 2011-12 and 2013-14.