Harvard vs. UMass
The Harvard men's basketball team will play its third game in five days to begin the season as it welcomes UMass to Lavietes Pavilion Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. This will mark the third meeting between the schools in the last four years with each team having won the previous meeting on their home court.
The game will be simulcast on NESN National and the Ivy League Digital Network with Bill Spaulding, Ben Altsher and Nick Koop on the call. For a listing of which satellite providers carry NESN National, click here.
Harvard-Stanford in China
Harvard, in coordination with the Pac-12 and Stanford, announced on Nov. 13 that the Crimson and Cardinal will meet next year in the 2016 Pac-12 China Game presented by Alibaba Group.
The game will be played Sunday, November 13, 2016 in China and televised live in the United States on November 12. The specific location -- and U.S. and China broadcast information -- will be finalized at a later date.
"We are incredibly proud to represent Harvard in this global event," commented Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball. "This will be a unique and transformational learning experience for our student-athletes. We look forward to competing against a great basketball program in Stanford, while offering our young men an opportunity to learn first-hand about the magnificent Chinese culture."
Last Time Out
The Harvard men's basketball team dropped its first contest of the season Saturday night, falling to Providence 76-64 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
Zena Edosomwan registered his first career double-double with 13 points and a career-best 16 rebounds. Corey Johnson led the team with 17 points shooting 5-of-10 from 3-point range, and Agunwa Okolie reached double-figures for the second straight night with 10 points. Tommy McCarthy, meanwhile, contributed nine points and seven assists.
Harvard shot 45.3 percent (24-53) on the night and was 9-of-20 from beyond-the-arc, but committed 22 turnovers leading to 27 Providence points. Kris Dunn led all scorers with 32 points while also turning in six rebounds, five assists and eight steals.
Creating a Winning Culture
Harvard has posted a 140-44 (.761) overall record since the start of the 2009-10 season, ranking as the 11th highest win percentage in the country over the last six-plus seasons (as of games played Nov. 15).
Home is Where the Wins Are
Harvard has posted a 62-5 (.925) 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 five-plus seasons (as of games played Nov. 15).
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).
From Way Down Town
Harvard shot 9-of-20 from 3-point range at Providence, marking the most 3-pointers made by the Crimson since hitting 12 versus Penn on Feb. 1, 2014. Corey Johnson went 5-of-10 from deep while Corbin Miller connected on 3-of-4 attempts.
Zena Edosomwan recorded the first double-double of his career at Providence, scoring 13 points while grabbing 16 rebounds. Edosomwan's 16 rebounds were the second-most ever by a member of the Crimson under head coach Tommy Amaker, behind only Steve Moundou-Missi's '15 17-rebound performance at Vermont last year.
Defense has been Harvard's calling card under head coach Tommy Amaker and this year's Crimson squad set the tone on opening night, holding MIT to just 38 points on 29.2 percent shooting. This marked the sixth time a Crimson opponent has scored fewer than 40 points under Amaker, and the sixth time an opponent has shot less than 30.0 percent.
Taking The Reigns
Freshmen Tommy McCarthy (12 points vs. MIT) and Corey Johnson (17 points at Providence) have led Harvard in scoring in each of the team's first two games, marking the first time since 2010-11 that the Crimson has been led in scoring in consecutive games by freshmen. Laurent Rivard '14 led the team in scoring in three straight games during his rookie campaign, marking the only time that the team has been led by a rookie or group of rookies in three straight contests under head coach Tommy Amaker.
Freshmen on the Floor
Freshmen Tommy McCarthy and Corey Johnson made their first career starts versus MIT, becoming the first pair of freshmen to start a season opener for the Crimson since Max Kenyi, Oliver McNally '12 and Keith Wright '12 in 2008. Classmates Balsa Dragovich and Weisner Perez also saw the court against the Engineers, representing the first time since 2009 that at least four freshmen played in a season opener; Kyle Casey '13-14, Brandyn Curry '13-14, Dee Giger '13-14 and Christian Webster '13.
In The Spotlight
18 of Harvard's 30 games in 2015-16 have been picked up for national or regional television broadcasts, including 11 games on the ESPN family of networks. Including this season, the Crimson will have played on TV a total of 83 times since 2010-11.
Harvard's season opener versus MIT was played in front of a sold-out crowd, the 30th sell out at Lavietes Pavilion since 2010-11. Should Tuesday's game against UMass reach capacity, it would mark the first time under head coach Tommy Amaker that Harvard has sold out its first two home games of the season.
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.
Harvard will be well represented in the professional ranks this season as six former members of the Crimson continue their playing careers.
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's 162 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
Amaker's .669 win percentage (161-80), meanwhile, ranks first among Harvard coaches who have spent at least two seasons at the helm of the team.
Tommy Amaker, 2007-present
Harvard has gone 84-46 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.
Kings of Massachusetts Courts
Harvard is 28-8 overall against its in-state rivals under head coach Tommy Amaker, and owns a 21-5 record against Boston area schools with Amaker at the helm.