Harvard vs. No. 21 Saint Mary's
Towns has led the Crimson in scoring three times this season (Paul Rutherford).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With warmer weather on the horizon, Harvard men's basketball travels to Fullerton, California for the Wooden Legacy tournament Nov. 23-26, hosted at Titan Gym by Cal State Fullerton. The Crimson opens with Saint Mary's Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. on ESPNEWS, and continues Nov. 24 against St. Joseph's or Washington State. The final game will be against Georgia, San Diego State, Sacramento State or the host Titans, and all games will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.
The Opening Tip
- Harvard is off to a 2-2 start with victories over MIT and UMass. Sophomore Bryce Aiken leads the Crimson with 16.8 points per game, including a career-best 30 in a 70-67 (OT) victory over the Minutemen, while classmate Seth Towns posts 16.5 points per game to go with a team-high 6.3 rebounds.
- The Crimson has seen success in neutral site tournaments in recent years, as the program advanced to the first-place game at the 2015 Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii, won the 2013 Great Alaska Shootout and earned the title at the 2011 Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
- Harvard has been on television in some form for each of its first four games, and continues with three-straight during the Wooden Legacy. In total, the Crimson is set to play 24 televised games in 2017-18.
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.
The Amaker File
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.
Rookie of the Week
Breaking out in the first road action of the year, Harvard men's basketball's Danilo Djuricic was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for Nov. 13-19.
Djuricic was strong on both ends of the floor, averaging 12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game against Holy Cross and Manhattan. The Brampton, Ontario native poured in a career-high 14 points against the Crusaders, and knocked down five 3-point shots over the weekend. He also rejected a career-best five shots against Holy Cross.
Scouting No. 21 Saint Mary's
One season removed from earning a six-seed in the NCAA Tournament, #21 Saint Mary's is off to a 4-0 start with wins over St. Francis (Pa.), New Mexico State, Cal State Fullerton and San Jose State.
Calvin Hermanson leads the team with 19.0 points per game, while Jock Landale has pitched in 17.5 points and 8.0 rebounds. Emmett Naar averages 9.5 assists per game. Randy Bennett leads the Gaels in his 16th season, and has led the team to six NCAA tournaments.
Scouting Round Two
The Hawks are off to a 2-1 start with wins over Illinois-Chicago and Princeton, while they dropped their opener at Toledo. The squad went 11-20 a year ago, including a 4-14 Atlantic 10 mark. Taylor Funk leads the team with 20.3 points per game, while James Demery and Shavar Newkirk have tallied 18.0 and 16.0 points as well, respectively. Phil Martelli is in his 22nd season as the Saint Joseph's head coach.
Washington State is 3-0 in 2017-18 with victories over Texas Southern, Seattle and Idaho State - all in Pullman. The team was 13-18 a season ago, including a 6-12 Pac 12 record. Robert Franks leads the team with 18.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, while Malachi Flynn and Carter Skaggs are also in double figures with 15.7 and 13.7 points per game. Ernie Kent leads the Cougars in his fourth season.
Creating a Winning Culture
Harvard has posted a 173-70 (.710) 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 20th highest home-court win percentage in the country over the last seven-plus seasons.
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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Following the three-game Wooden Legacy, Harvard traks to Northeastern for a 7 p.m. tipoff Nov. 30 at Matthews Arena. The game will be broadcast by GoNUxstream.