Harvard vs. Vermont
The Harvard men's basketball team will tip off 2016 by hosting Vermont at Lavietes Pavilion Sunday, Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and simulcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Sunday's contest will be the second of four-straight games at home for the Crimson, which is 3-1 at Lavietes Pavilion this season. Harvard boasts a 64-6 record (91.4) at home since 2010-11, good for the eighth-highest home-court winning percentage over the past six-plus seasons. Harvard has posted a winning record at home in all nine seasons under Tommy Amaker.
Last Time Out
The Harvard men's basketball team closed the calendar year with a 77-57 win over Wofford at Lavietes Pavilion Thursday afternoon.
Harvard shot a season-high 63.8 percent (30-47) and dished out 22 assists for the team's fourth win in five games. The Crimson defense, meanwhile, stifled Wofford (3-9), holding the Terriers to 40.4 percent (23-57) shooting including a 2-of-15 clip from beyond-the-arc.
Zena Edosomwan finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and a career-high five assists. Evan Cummins set personal-bests with 15 points and four blocks to go with four assists, with Patrick Steeves contributing 12 points and three assists. Tommy McCarthy added 10 points.
Creating a Winning Culture
Harvard has posted a 144-50 (.742) overall record since the start of the 2009-10 season, ranking as the 16th-highest win percentage in the country over the last six-plus seasons (as of games played Dec. 27).
Harvard has posted a 63-6 (.913) record at Lavietes Pavilion since the start of the 2010-11 season, representing the eighth highest home-court win percentage in the country over the last five-plus seasons (as of games played Dec. 27).
Strength of Schedule
Harvard's non-conference schedule featured three teams that reached the Associated Press top 10 (Kansas, Oklahoma, Providence) and six teams ranked in the top 150 of the RPI (Auburn, BYU, Kansas, Northeastern, Oklahoma, Providence).
Harvard leads the Ivy League in opponent field goal percentage (39.3%) and is second in scoring defense (65.0 ppg), having held seven opponents to under 40.0 percent shooting and five opponents to under 60 points.
Under Tommy 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.
Harvard is averaging 16.2 assists per game and matched the program record for most assists in a game under Tommy Amaker with 25 at Northeastern. Under Amaker, the Crimson has never averaged more than 15.4 assists per game (2009-10).
From Way Down Town
Harvard has made at least five 3-pointers in all 13 games this season, the second-longest streak under Tommy Amaker. The program record for most consecutive games with five or more 3-pointers under Amaker stands at 15 games spanning two seasons, Feb. 20, 2010 - Dec. 11, 2010.
Harvard is averaging 7.9 3-pointers per game while shooting 40.2 percent from distance. Under Amaker, the Crimson has never averaged more than 6.8 3-pointers per game (2010-11) and has never shot better than 39.8 percent (2012-13).
On the Glass
Harvard is averaging 36.8 rebounds per game and has pulled down at least 40 boards in a game five times. Under 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).
Zena Edosomwan was named Ivy Lague Player of the Week on Dec. 28 after averaging 20.3 points per game and 13.0 rebounds per game at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Edosomwan also set a pair of tournament records with 39 total rebounds and 17 boards versus BYU.
Weisner Perez was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Dec. 7 after averaging 14.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg in a pair of games at Northeastern and No. 4/6 Kansas. Perez is the first member of the Crimson to earn the award since Siyani Chambers '16-17 did so on March 11, 2013.
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 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. Perez, meanwhile, helped the Dominican Republic finish 13th in its first appearance since 1983.
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.
On The Sidelines
Head coach Tommy Amaker's 167 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 .660win percentage (167-86), meanwhile, ranks first among Harvard coaches who have spent at least two seasons at the helm of the team.
Tommy Amaker, 2007-present
Harvard will be well represented in the professional ranks this season as six former members of the Crimson continue their playing careers.
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 Dragovic 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.
Harvard has gone 89-52 in non-conference play under head coach Tommy Amaker, including seven-straight seasons with a winning out-of-conference mark.
Harvard owns a 14-22 record against power conference opponents under Tommy Amaker. The Crimson defeated Boston College in six straight seasons from 2009-2014, and has also topped Auburn, California, Cincinnati, Colorado, Florida State, Michigan, TCU and Utah.