Harvard at Dartmouth
The Harvard men's basketball team returns to Ivy League play as it travels north for a re-match with Dartmouth on Saturday, Jan. 23. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Harvard knocked off Dartmouth when the teams first met on Jan. 9, 77-70, marking the ninth straight year that the Crimson has defeated the Big Green in both team's Ivy opener. A win on Saturday would mark the sixth time under head coach Tommy Amaker that the Crimson has opened its Ivy slate with a sweep of Dartmouth.
Last Time Out
Zena Edosomwan powered the Harvard men's basketball team to a 69-61 win at Howard's Burr Gymnasium Saturday afternoon for the team's third-straight win heading into Ivy League play.
Edosomwan went for 17 points and 15 rebounds, including 13 points and 10 rebounds in the second half for his seventh double-double of the season. Patrick Steeves led all scorers with 18 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3, with Corbin Miller chipping in 15 points with five makes from beyond-the-arc.
Tommy McCarthy added three 3-pointers as Harvard finished with a season-high 12 makes from distance. Harvard shot 44.6 percent (25-56) overall while holding Howard to a 38.3 percent (23-60) clip and outrebounding the Bison 45-28.
Creating a Winning Culture
Harvard has posted a 148-51 (.744) overall record since the start of the 2009-10 season, ranking as the 14th-highest win percentage in the country over the last six-plus seasons (as of games played Jan. 17).
Harvard has posted a 66-7 (.904) 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 Jan. 17).
Strength of Schedule
Harvard's non-conference schedule has featured three teams that have been ranked in the Associated Press top 10 (Kansas, Oklahoma, Providence) and seven teams ranked in the top 150 of the RPI (Auburn, BYU, Kansas, Northeastern, Oklahoma, Providence, Vermont).
Zena Edosomwan is one of just 23 student-athletes in the country averaging a double-double with 13.6 points per game and 10.8 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 (39.2%) and opponent 3-point percentage (27.8), both program bests under head coach Tommy Amaker, and is second in scoring defense (64.6 ppg). The Crimson has held nine opponents to under 40.0 percent shooting and six 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 16.1 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 20-straight games dating back to last season, the longest streak under Tommy Amaker.
Harvard is averaging 7.9 3-pointers per game while shooting 41.2 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 38.1 rebounds per game and has pulled down at least 40 boards in a game seven 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).
The Crimson outrebounded Ryerson 58-32, representing the most rebounds by a Crimson team under Tommy Amaker and the squad's largest rebounding margin.
Agunwa Okolie was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Jan. 11, becoming the third member of the Crimson to earn a weekly award from the conference following Zena Edosomwan's selection as Player of the Week on Dec. 28 and Wesiner Perez's Rookie of the Week plaudit on Dec. 7.
Harvard has played in front of a sold-out Lavietes Pavilion crowd three times this season and a total of 32 times since 2010-11.
The Crimson 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.
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 170 wins at Harvard rank second in school history and are the seventh-most in the Ivy League since the conference began competition in 1956. His 79 Ivy League victories, meanwhile, are good 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.
Harvard will be well represented in the professional ranks this season as six former members of the Crimson continue their playing careers.
• 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.