Harvard at Northeastern
The Harvard men's basketball team will continue its busy start to the season by playing its seventh game in 20 days when it heads across town to face Northeastern on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Tip off from Matthews Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. live on GoNUxstream.
Wednesday's contest will mark the third-straight year that the Crimson and Huskies have faced one another, with Harvard coming out on top each of the last two years to push its advantage in the all-time series to 36-14.
Last Time Out
The Harvard men's basketball team cut a 10-point deficit to just one with under 10 seconds to play, but was unable to come away with a steal in the closing moments as Holy Cross held on for a 50-49 win Sunday afternoon at the Hart Center.
Patrick Steeves finished the day with six points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and contributed two rebounds, three assists and one block during the team's comeback attempt. Evan Cummins, Corbin Miller and Tommy McCarthy each recorded eight points, with Zena Edosomwan chipping in six points and nine rebounds.
Harvard shot just 37.3 percent (19-51) from the floor but limited Holy Cross to a 30.2 percent clip (16-53) while outrebounding the Crusaders, 40-35. The difference came at the line, where Holy Cross was 13-of-18 against a 3-of-8 performance by the Crimson. The Crusaders were paced by Malachi Alexander who turned in 17 points and five boards.
Creating a Winning Culture
Harvard has posted a 141-47 (.750) overall record since the start of the 2009-10 season, ranking as the 15th-highest win percentage in the country over the last six-plus seasons (as of games played Nov. 29).
Harvard has posted a 63-6 (.913) record at Lavietes Pavilion since the start of the 2010-11 season, representing the ninth highest home-court win percentage in the country over the last five-plus seasons (as of games played Nov. 29).
Harvard has held all six of its opponents to under 40.0 percent shooting to begin the year, the program's longest streak under Tommy Amaker, and leads the Ivy League in both scoring defense (58.0 ppg) and opponent field goal percentage (34.0%).
Under Amaker, Harvard has held six opponents to fewer than 40 points, including MIT this season, and seven opponents to less than 30.0 percent shooting, including MIT and Bryant this season.
On the Glass
Harvard is averaging 40.2 rebounds per game and has pulled down at least 40 boards in five of six games this season. Under head coach Tommy Amaker, the Crimson has never averaged more than 34.2 rebounds per game for a season (2014-15) and has never had more than seven 40-rebound games in a year (2007-08, 2014-15).
From Way Down Town
Harvard has made at least five 3-pointers in all six games this season, the team's longest streak since going seven straight games to close out the 2013-14 campaign (Feb. 22 - March 22).
Harvard shot 10-of-20 from 3-point range against Bryant, marking the most 3-pointers made by the Crimson since hitting 12 versus Penn on Feb. 1, 2014.
Force Down Low
Junior Zena Edosomwan has been a force in the paint as he leads the team with 12.8 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game. Edosomwan has scored in double-figures in four of six games and is the only Ivy Leaguer currently averaging a double-double.
Edosomwan grabbed 16 rebounds at Providence, the second-most ever by a member of the Crimson under head coach Tommy Amaker (Steve Moundou-Missi '15, 17 rebs. at Vermont, Dec. 6, 2014).
Shooter on the Floor
ESPN's Paul Biancardi reffered to freshman Cory Johnson as "one of the best freshmen shooters in all of college basketball" prior to Harvard's game at Boston College. Johnson responded with a 3-of-4 performance from distance and finished the game with 12 points.
Johnson currently leads the team with 16 3-pointers and is shooting 41.0 percent (16-39) from 3-point range.
Points Responsible For
Freshman Tommy McCarthy has scored or assisted on 29.9 percent (111 pts.) of Harvard's points this season. McCarthy ranks second on the team in scoring (10.7 ppg) and is first in assists (20).
Taking The Reigns
Freshmen Tommy McCarthy (12 points vs. MIT) and Corey Johnson (17 points at Providence) 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 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 83 times since 2010-11.
Harvard sold out its first two home games verus MIT and UMass, marking the first time under head coach Tommy Amaker that the Crimson has sold out its first two home games of the year. Harvard has played in front of a sold-out Lavietes Pavilion crowd 31 times since 2010-11.
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).
On The Sidelines
Head coach Tommy Amaker's 163 wins at Harvard rank second all-time in Harvard coaching annals and are the seventh-most in the Ivy League since the conference began competition in 1956. His 78 Ivy League victories, meanwhile, have him tied with former Cornell and current Penn head coach Steve Donahue (2000-10) for 10th place in conference history.
Frank Sullivan, 1991-2007
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.
Amaker's .663 win percentage (163-83), 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 85-49 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 28-11 overall against its in-state rivals under head coach Tommy Amaker, and owns a 21-6 record against Boston area schools with Amaker at the helm.