Harvard is off to a 2-0 start with wins over MIT and UMass (Paul Rutherford).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hitting the road for the first time this season, Harvard men's basketball will travel to Holy Cross and Manhattan Nov. 16 and 18, respectively, for 7 p.m. and 1 p.m. tipoffs. The action in Worcester can be found on the Patriot League Network, while Saturday's clash in NYC will be broadcast on ESPN3.
The Opening Tip
• Harvard is off to a 2-0 start after victories over MIT and UMass. Sophomore Bryce Aiken leads the Crimson with 21.5 points per game, including a career-best 30 in a 70-67 (OT) victory over the Minutemen. The performance included a game-winning triple from Aiken with just 1.9 seconds to play.
• Winning its first two games at home, Harvard departs Cambridge for a nation-long 39-day road trip that spans eight games. Tied with Penn for the longest stint away from home in the country, the Crimson will play games in four different states on the road trip.
• The all-time winningest head coach in Harvard men's basketball history, Tommy Amaker returns to the Harvard sidelines for the 11th season. The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball has directed the Crimson to a period of unprecedented prosperity in the form of four NCAA tournament appearances (2012-15), five Ivy League championships (2011-15) and six 20-win seasons (2010-15). Amaker owns a 371-244 career record: 195-104 at Harvard, 108-84 at Michigan and 68-55 at Seton Hall.
Player of the Week
Opening the season with a career-best performance, Harvard men's basketball sophomore Bryce Aiken was selected as the Ivy League Player of the Week for Nov. 6-12.
Aiken became Harvard's first player to net 30 in a game since Wesley Saunders '15, guiding the Crimson to a 70-67 (OT) victory over Massachusetts. The Randolph, New Jersey native poured in 12 of Harvard's final 16 points, including a game-winning stop-and-pop 3-pointer from 26 feet with just 1.9 seconds to go in the extra frame. Aiken also scored 12 points in the opener against MIT, and shot a dazzling 58 percent from 3-point range over the weekend.
Recapping the Weekend
Controlling the paint in the season opener, sophomore Chris Lewis tallied his first-career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds against MIT Nov. 10. The big man followed it up on Sunday with a 15-point performance, and he co-leads the team in rebounds through two outings.
Welcome, Welcome, Welcome!
Tommy Amaker and his coaching staff added three members as the Class of 2021.
Danilo Djuricic, a forward from Ontario, captained the Canadian Men's National U16 and U17 teams and won a silver medal in the U16 FIBA Championships. Reed Farley is a guard from California, who was a four-year starter and three-year captain with his high school team in La Jolla, California. The second guard joining the Crimson is Rio Haskett. The three-year starter is an elite athlete that was a senior captain at his high school in Richmond, Virginia. In his four years he helped his high school to a 90-11 record.
Creating a Winning Culture
Harvard has posted a 173-68 (.715) overall record since the start of the 2009-10 season, ranking as the 19th-highest win percentage in the country over the last seven-plus seasons.
Harvard has posted a 94-16 (.854) record at Lavietes Pavilion since the start of the 2009-10 season, representing the 18th highest home-court win percentage in the country over the last seven-plus seasons.
Scouting Holy Cross
The Crusaders hold an early 1-0 record after a 69-64 victory at Sacred Heart to open the season last Friday. Holy Cross went 15-17 a year ago, including a 9-9 conference record.
The team graduated its top-two leading scorers, and top returner Karl Charles opened the season with a 23-point outburst while also chipping in a team-high four rebounds. Holy Cross connected on 9-of-23 3-pointers in the debut, with six different players hitting one from downtown. Holy Cross last made the NCAA Tournament in 2015-16.
The Jaspers open their season Wednesday night, Nov. 15, against St. Francis Brooklyn. A year ago, Manhattan went 10-22 with a 5-15 MAAC record.
Seniors Zavier Turner and Zane Waterman return after posting double-digit scoring averages a year ago, at 14.9 and 14.5, respectively. The Steve Masiello-led team is looking for its first NCAA Tournament berth since the 2014-15 season.
Picked at the Top
Harvard men's basketball was picked by the media to finish first in the preseason Ivy League poll, finishing above Yale, Princeton and Penn with 121 total votes. Additionally, Harvard received votes in both the Associated Press poll and USA Today coaches' poll. The full preseason predictions can be found below:
Team (1st place) – Total Votes
- Harvard (6) - 121
- Yale (8) - 118
- Princeton (3) - 114
- Penn - 86
- Columbia - 55
- Cornell - 48
- Dartmouth - 39
- Brown - 31
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Harvard heads to Fullerton, California for the Wooden Legacy tournament, where the Crimson will open with No. 21/22 Saint Mary's on Thanksgiving Day at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNEWS. Harvard will continue against either St. Joseph's or Washington State Nov. 24, and will finish the event Nov. 26. All three Harvard games will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.