Harvard vs. Dartmouth
The Harvard men's basketball team will tip off its Ivy League slate against Dartmouth on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live in New England on NESN and will be available outside the region on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Saturday's contest will mark the 29th-straight season that Harvard and Dartmouth have met in both team's Ivy League opener. Harvard boasts an 18-10 record during this time, and is a perfect 8-0 in Ivy openers under Tommy Amaker.
Last Time Out
The Harvard men's basketball team made several comeback attempts but was unable to get over the hump as it fell to Vermont, 65-62, to open the New Year at Lavietes Pavilion.
Harvard shot 45.7 percent (21-46) from the field but turned the ball over 17 times. Vermont capitalized on those mistakes, scoring 23 points off turnovers while shooting 42.4 percent (25-59) on the day.
Agunwa Okolie finished with a season-high 16 points as Corbin Miller added 15 points, connecting on 5-of-6 from beyond-the-arc. Corey Johnson chipped in 14 points and Zena Edosomwan added 10 rebounds and eight points.
Creating a Winning Culture
Harvard has posted a 145-51 (.740) 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 Jan. 4).
Harvard has posted a 64-7 (.901) 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 Jan. 4).
• Harvard has won at least 20 games in each of the last six years, matching Penn (1969-75) for the longest streak of 20-win seasons in Ivy League history.
• The Crimson 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).
• The Crimson has made four-straight NCAA tournament appearances, joining Princeton (1989-92) and Penn (1970-75) as just the third program in Ivy League history to represent the conference in the Big Dance in four successive years.
Strength of Schedule
According to the KenPom rankings, Harvard's strength of schedule ranks 18th in the NCAA (as of Jan. 5) with the adjusted offense of Harvard's opponents ranking 15th.
Harvard's non-conference schedule has featured three teams ranked in 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).
Zena Edosomwan is one of just 22 student-athletes in the country averaging a double-double with 14.0 points per game and 10.6 rebounds per game.
The last Harvard student-athlete to average a double-double was Kyle Snowden '97, the program's all-time leader in rebounds, who did so in 1995-96 averaging 15.1 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game. Yale graduate Greg Mangano (16.3 ppg, 10.0 rpg in 2010-11) is the only Ivy Leaguer to average a double-double since Snowden accomplished the feat.
Harvard leads the Ivy League in opponent field goal percentage (39.5%) and is second in scoring defense (65.0 ppg), having held seven opponents to under 40.0 percent and five 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 15.9 assists per game and matched the program record for most assists 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 17-straight games dating back to last season, the longest streak under Tommy Amaker.
Harvard is averaging 7.9 3-pointers per game while shooting 40.6 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 36.4 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 represented 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 .657 win percentage (167-87), 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.